Irene Sigmund from Vienna, Austria, performed 3-months ESCMID observership at Septic Surgery Unit at Charité-University Medicine Berlin.
"As a resident in orthopaedics and trauma surgery and researcher in the field of musculoskeletal infections, I am supposed to manage periprosthetic joint infections and implant-associated infections after fracture fixation. Dr. Trampuz Andrej - one of the leading specialists in the field of infectious diseases - is researching the principles related to implant-associated infections and implemented a pocket guide for the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic algorithms for this kind of infections. Therefore, I decided to perform an ESCMID observership at the Center for Septic Surgery at Charité - University Medicine Berlin.
The programme was completely adapted to each observer’s individual interests. During my three months observership, I learned specific and novel diagnostic methods, e.g. microcallorimetry, sonication, multiplex PCR, alpha-Defensin, or D-Lactate. During laboratory meetings (where research projects were presented and critically discussed), I also heard about the usefulness of Bacteriophages as a therapeutic approach in the future.
Furthermore, I got the chance to participate in septic revision surgeries and the outpatient facility management for implant-associated infections, which gave me interesting insights into the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for infections at the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery - Charite.
I am very thankful that I had the chance to collaborate with Dr.Trampuz and his team on some specific research projects. Therefore, I would like to express my gratitude to PD Dr. Andrej Trampuz for providing me with this great opportunity to perform this observership, for the hospitality I was welcomed with, and for his continuous support in our projects. Furthermore, I want to thank Dr. Nora Renz, Dr. Susanne Feihl and Dr. Katja Yermak for sharing their knowledge on PJI and for their support during and after my observership.
In particular, it was inspiring for me to see the interdisciplinary team work between infectious disease specialists and orthopaedic/trauma surgeons at this department. Overall, it was a great experience, which definitely encourages me to continue my research in this area also in the future. I would highly recommend this kind of observership in Berlin to anybody in the field of musculoskeletal infections."Irene Sigmund, Vienna, Austria