Currently, I am working in the Clinical Emergency Hospital Bucharest in the Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of Prof. Dr Ioana M Grintescu.
As a fifth-year trainee in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, I am interested in permanently improving my knowledge and practical skills. For this reason, I sought the opportunity to participate in a two-month ESA Trainee Exchange Programme (TEP) in Dresden, Germany, under the close supervision of Prof. Dr Thea Koch.
My time at the Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus was fruitfully spent and filled with pleasant peer encounters. When choosing the host hospital, I was keen on learning more about procedures in regional anesthesia. My tutor introduced me to all their departments and allowed me to perform most of my training in my field of interest. However, I was excited that the program offered me enough flexibility so that I could attend other advanced procedures as well.
I spent the first six weeks in the Orthopedics Ward, where I could assist multiple regional anesthetic interventions guided by ultrasound. Their diversity offered me the chance to enlarge my perspectives in this field and improve my competencies. In my last weeks of training I was able to go in the Pain Management Department, another area of attraction, where I was part of the Acute Pain Team with which I handled pain in different types of pathologies throughout the entire hospital.
Moreover, I was included in trainees’ activities and I could participate in their scientific gatherings that took place weekly in the hospital. The medical staff was friendly and eager to show me their practical routines, their way of decision-making, and how to manage complications in patients, to whom they were highly committed.
Throughout this exchange period, I was always in touch with the European Society of Anaesthesiology representative who was very helpful with providing useful data on the programme and eased the necessary paperwork so that the reimbursement was very prompt.
I am more than honored to have been a part of this life-changing program that brought immeasurable experience in my professional life. I would like to thank my colleagues and mentors at the Hospital in Dresden as well as the ESA organizers.
On a more personal note, the end of the exchange program was highlighted with a surprise visit from my family, including my seven-month-old daughter who I missed terribly. Altogether, the experience and memories I gathered during TEP are inspiring.
I whole-heartily advise other young fellow trainees to take part in such a programme so that they accumulate skills and are offered a new insight on their medical activities.