Clerkship Experiences 2019
"Hi! I’m Miriam Cazador, a 6th year medical student at Hospital del Mar (Barcelona) associated to UPF-UAB. I spent last July doing an elective abroad at St James Hospital in Dublin, for one month I was able to live the everyday of the surgical Upper Gastro-intestinal Unit, under the supervision of Prof. John Reynolds."
St James’ is one of the largest university teaching hospitals in Ireland, which is associated to Trinity College. St James’s Hospital also is the national centre for oesophageal and gastric cancer in Ireland, therefore there are a large amount of cases and it is a very busy team.
My schedule included many different activities such as ward rounds, endoscopic procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings, clinics and surgery. My favourite days were Monday and Friday, because they were Surgical theatre days. I could scrub in at almost all surgeries, being first and second assistant at open and laparoscopic procedures, and even doing some stitching at closures!.
I am very happy for the fact that I could learn about oesophageal cancer and see many esophagectomies, procedure which is centralised to be performed by a few hospitals (by a team of experts), and is not performed at Hospital del Mar. I want to thank Dr Manuel Pera for making possible that I lived this huge opportunity and, also thanks to Prof John Reynolds, who is a distinguished surgeon with a considerable experience in surgical, academic and research fields who welcomed me on his team.
Besides the academic activity, I also had a great opportunity to discover Ireland, with its great history, traditional culture, incredible natural landscapes and warm people (among them, a few medicine Trinity College students, with who I became friend).
I joined the Gimbernat Surgical Association on my 2nd year of medicine degree and became part of the organising committee on my 4th year. Since last year I am part of the Directive Committee of the Society as I am especially interested in surgical specialties.
As student and a member of the Society, I consider the possibility of doing a surgical elective abroad one of the strengths of the Society and a great opportunity for learning while you are enjoying and discovering a new country and his Health System.
"Hi! My name is Victoria Puchades and I’m a 5th year medical student. I had the opportunity to undertake a clerkship at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford (Upper-GI Surgery Unit).
It has been a great experience. During my clerkship, I was able to see different aspects of an upper-GI surgeon’s job.
I spent time in clinics, theatre, guard changes and ward rounds, as well as endoscopies.I was able to scrub almost in every surgery and sometimes to help a little bit.
I consider that I have learnt a lot during my clerkship, especially with Dr. Shaun Preston and Dr. Rodrigo in theatre during the weekly esophagectomy.To discover a different health system was really compelling, I learnt a lot about the NHS England (National Health Service) and its functioning.
During the weekends I was able to travel around England and explore new places such as Oxford, Brighton or London.
Erasmus Experiences 2019
"Hi everyone! We are Miranda and Sílvia, two 6th year medical students from UAB-UPF. During the last term, as a member of the Gimbernat Surgical Association, we were given the opportunity to spend 3 months abroad in Erasmus with Professor Thomas N. Walsh, a renowned upper GI surgeon who works in 3 different hospitals in Dublin. "
Professor Thomas N. Walsh is an excellent surgeon and teacher. He was very kind with us and he organized a wide ranging schedule. We were mainly in Connolly Hospital but we also went with him to The Bonsecure and Hermitage Hospital. We also spend two whole weeks at the Emergency department, where we improve our communicative and physical examination skills.
As part of the team, we scrubbed and assist in major and minor surgeries, attend to the meetings and ward rounds, help performing endoscopies, go to multidisciplinary meetings and to outpatient clinics. We really improved our surgical skills! This training allowed us to know better how is the day life in a surgical specialty, something very important to make a decision in the future.
Apart from that, we also had time to travel a lot and get to know Ireland, an amazing country with warm people and amazing landscapes. We will come back for sure!
With no doubts, we recommend you this opportunity offered by AQG, for us it is been an unforgettable and enlightening experience.
"Hi! I’m Mar de Pablo, a 6th year medical student at UAB-UPF. I’ve had the opportunity of staying 3 months at the Upper-GI Unit, under Professor John Reynolds at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. "
The hospital is in association with Trinity College Dublin and is the national center for oesophageal and gastric cancer. I am lucky because I have learnt a lot while feeling completely part of the team. I could take part in many different activities: ward rounds, endoscopic procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings, outpatients clinics and major and minor surgeries. At ward I was capable of assisting and following the patients like one intern more, and at theater I could assist in the surgical procedures.
Apart from the academic activity, I had time to discover Ireland, an amazing country full of incredible landscapes and warm people.
I would strongly recommend this experience, and I am happy to be contacted if further details are needed!"
"Hi! My name is Eva Alberch and I have just finished my 5th year of the degree in Medicine. During the last term, I had the opportunity to do a placement at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, specifically at the Upper-GI Surgery Unit under the mentorship of Mr. Shaun Preston. He is one of the most skilled European surgeons, not only in the surgical treatment of oesophageal cancer, but also in laparoscopic surgery. "
For 10 weeks, I had the chance to experience the daily work of a surgeon. I could daily attend to the guard changes and ward rounds, as well as to outpatients’ clinics, endoscopies, MDTs (Multidisciplinary Team meetings) and M&M (Mortality and Morbidity) meetings and the annual general meeting. However, what I enjoyed the most was the time I spent at the theatre, where I was able to scrub up and assist from the first day in all the surgeries. I was even given the opportunity to put the pleural drains and cut the rib in the oesophagectomies!
Mr Preston was very kind with me and he organised a wide ranging schedule so as to see as many different surgeries as possible. I used to attend to either Hepatobiliary and Colorectal surgeries once a week, in which I was also able to scrub up. Moreover, I spent two whole weeks at Breast Surgery Unit where, not only I could attend to breast surgeries, but also to clinics and some radiology and minimal invasive procedures.
Finally, this training let me understand the organization of a foreign health system, the NHS, and familiarise with its way of work.
The integration in a new team and hospital with a different language was a challenge for me, but I was lucky to meet a team in which I felt welcomed from the very beginning. I have no doubt that it was one of the best experiences in my life from both academic and personal point of view. This is the reason why I would strongly encourage any medical student interested in surgery to go abroad and live it.
Clerkship Experiences 2018
Hi everyone! My name is Ester Puig and I am a 5th year medical student at Hospital del Mar. I have been taking part in “Associació Quirúrgica Gimbernat” since my second year of medical studies as I am especially interested in surgical specialities.
Last summer I did a clerkship at Guy’s Hospital in London and at St James Hospital in Dublin. Both are world renowned teaching hospitals.
At Guy’s Hospital I was in the department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat) and Head and Neck surgery service with Mr Ricard Simo and his team. At St James Hospital I was in the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Department under the supervision of Professor John Reynolds. At both hospitals I was allowed to scrub almost all surgeries and assist the principal surgeon. All the members of both teams were very kind and made me feel very comfortable.
The experience was highly enriching, allowing me to improve my medical knowledge and to discover more about these two beautiful cities.
I encourage all students to do an overseas placement, discover surgery and, of course, enjoy the experience.
Hi everyone! My name is Inés Martínez and I’m a medical student at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
It all started last year, when I started thinking about my future and what I would like to do.
ntil then, I didn’t know if surgery was for me, so when I heard about the surgical clerkship that Gimbernat Surgical Association was offering I didn’t hesitate in asking for it.
I spent three months with Professor Thomas N. Walsh, an excellent Upper GI surgeon, with who I could learn a lot, not only because I could work with him in four different hospitals but also, he and his team were always kind and helpful with me. I was given the opportunity to feel like one more in Professor’s team, so I could scrub in major and minor theatre, perform an endoscopy procedure by myself, go to multidisciplinary meetings and outpatient clinics.
Apart from that, I also had time to travel and know Dublin, an amazing city with warm people that you should know even if the weather it’s not the best. Moreover, it’s a very good opportunity to meet people from different countries and travel a lot!
In fact, it was an unforgettable experience for me, it made me realise how much you can learn in the daily activities so and I strongly recommend it to everyone who is interested in surgery!
Hello everyone! My name is Núria, and I am a 6th year student of Medicine at UPF.
I had always wanted to live an experience abroad as a medical student and when I heard about the opportunity of the Gimbernat Surgical Association, I did not hesitate it for a moment!
I was a member of Upper-GI unit in St. James’s Hospital in Dublin during three months, headed by Professor John Reynolds. St James’s Hospital is the national center for oesophageal and gastric cancer in Ireland, therefore there are a large amount of cases and it is a very busy team. During my stay there, everyone made me feel as one more in the team, and they encouraged me to participate in every procedure.
My schedule included ward rounds, endoscopy, multidisciplinary meeting, clinics and surgery. I could assist in most of the surgical procedures and also take part in following patients or endoscopic procedures.
But not everything is about work! I had the chance to discover the amazing landscapes Ireland has got; and I also made great friends with whom I travelled all around. It is definetely an experience I will never forget and I strongly recommend it to anyone!
Clerkship Experiences 2017
Hi everyone! I am Manel, a 6th year medical student at UAB-UPF. As a member of the Gimbernat Surgical Association I was given the opportunity to spend 3 months abroad performing my Erasmus term doing a surgical clerkship in St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, one of the largest university teaching hospitals in Ireland in association with Trinity College.
In the hospital, I spent most of my time in the Upper-GI Unit, headed by Professor John Reynolds, a distinguished surgeon with a considerable experience in surgical, academic and research fields. All the members of the team were very kind and helpful making me feel like home.
I could take part in many different activities such as ward rounds, endoscopy procedures, multidisciplinary meetings, outpatient clinics, minor surgeries and main theatres. I was also given the opportunity to attend other surgeries and modify my timetable as pleased, as well as asking for rotation in other services such as urology or vascular surgery.
Besides the academic activity, I also had a great opportunity to discover Ireland, with its great history, traditional culture and warm people guided by the rain and surrounded by incredible natural landscapes. Moreover, the hospital is in a very convenient location near Dublin city centre that allows you to easily enjoy the character of the city every afternoon.
I encourage all medical students to experience a clerkship abroad to broaden their outlook of medicine and discover surgery as well as themselves.
Hi there! I am Sergio Sans, member of the Gimbernat Surgical Association, which gave me the opportunity to do a summer clerkship at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (Guildford) for a month. My main objective in this experience was to decide if I could be a surgeon in the future.
My head doctor was Dr. Shaun Preston, who is one of the most skilled surgeons in laparoscopic surgeries. I spent this year’s August with the hospital’s Upper GI surgery unit. They arranged me a personal schedule, which consisted on attending morning multidisciplinary sessions, ward rounds, endoscopy, clinics and theatre while joining the Upper GI surgery unit at their daily work. I could assist to surgeries from all the digestive organs: oesophagogastric surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, pancreatic surgery and colorectal surgery. I was given the chance to attend other surgeries such as breast surgery as well. I was able to scrub at most surgeries and assist the main surgeon.
Apart from surgery, I could travel to London and other villages in South England, meet lots of people and enjoying tourism with my friends, who visited me during a weekend.
I strongly recommend this experience to whoever has any interest in surgery and even to any student who is uncertain about surgery as their speciality!
Hi everyone! My name is Marta Contreras, I am studying 6th of Medicine at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Last year I became to be aware that my student days were almost over and one day I will have to decide whether I want to go for the clinics or surgery. As I have always stood up for “If you don’t try, you will never know”, I decided to ask the Gimbernat Surgical Association a surgical clerkship.
I spent almost four months with Professor Thomas N. Walsh in Dublin. He is an excellent surgeon specialized in Upper GI surgery. We managed to work together in four different hospitals: Bon Secour Hospital, Hermitage Clinic, Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital. I was one more in the team so I scrubbed and assisted in almost all the surgeries, learning that every single step is important.
Above all, this opportunity was not only about work, it was also about traveling to a foreign country, meet new people, visit new places and enjoy Dublin. There is time for everything!
Come on! It is a wonderful experience, there is no doubt, if you can, you should go.
Clerkship Experiences 2016
Hi there! I’m Pablo Jiménez, a medstudent of 6th year at Pompeu Fabra University- Autonomous University of Barcelona. As a member of the Gimbernat Surgical Association, I had the opportunity to explore the North Italy and its culture and language, and the general surgery specialty deeply. I enjoyed all these experiences at the same time.
Milan is the capital of the Italian administrative region of Lombardy. Lombardy enjoys the reputation of being the region with the best coverage and technological progress in the field of Italian healthcare.
I had the privilege of doing a month of clinical clerkship in the section of esophageal surgery of the Department of General Surgery at the IRCCS San Donato Hospital. With about 700 beds of hospitalization, it is the hospital a major referral center in northern Italy for minimally invasive surgery and the surgical treatment of cancer of the esophagus. My daily activity was distributed between operating theater, outpatient surgery, endoscopies, surgical ward, and emergencies or pronto soccorso. I had really good times with the head Professor Bonavina and the surgical staff. They are extremely aware to teach their science to the new generations.
At the same time I was doing practice I realized of the value of the North of Italy and its people. Milan and its Duomo, Sforza Castle, Last Supper, Planetarium, Scalla Theatre of Milano, ….and the surrondings: Como Lake, Verona, Padova, Modena, Parma, Bologna, Turin, and so on. I’m Pablo and I have put one of my best experiences in my life’s backpack.
Hi everyone! I am Ana Fernández Marrón and I am a Medicine student at Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Since I started Medicine and I trod on an operation theatre I had known that I wanted to be a surgeon, so I joined Gimbernat Surgical Association from the very beginning. Thanks to the association I have had the chance to attend to differents activities related to surgery, courses and interesting talks but, above all, I have had the opportunity to make a Practical ERASMUS in Dublin.
I spent almost four months with Professor Tom Walsh’s team which is focused on Upper GI surgery. I was able to go to three different hospitals, and in all them I was treat as one more of the team. I scrubbed in almost all the surgeries and I assisted lots of them.
Nevertheless, not all was hospital and theatre, an ERASMUS is much more than this, is a new country, a new city, a new culture, experience and above all a lot of friends. Ireland is a very beautiful country with incredible landscapes, and you should try to travel and discover it as much as possible. Dublin is also amazing, the weather is not the best but the environment around the pubs is more than great! I encourage all young student to live this experience, it makes you grow in many ways.
Hello everyone! My name is Marina García and I am a 6th year medical student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). I joined the Gimbernat Surgical Association during my second year because I was really interested in Surgery. During these three years, I’ve attended to a lot of talks, suture courses and other interesting activities, and finally, thanks to the Association, I had the opportunity to join a research team in the Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI) in Edinburgh during three months.
When I arrived in Edinburgh, I was really welcomed by the team, which consists of research nurses, surgeons and biologists. I was involved in all steps of the research project: first of all, we had to recruit the patients, explain them the project and sign all the documents. Then, we had to go to the theatre and explain the surgeons what kind of samples we would need, collect and take them to the laboratory and finally process the samples.
Despite participating in everything, my daily work was in the laboratory, doing all the digestion of the tissues, staining techniques and analysis of the results by flow cytometry and confocal microscope. Also, when I had free time I was able to see some surgeries and procedures in the hospital thanks to Dr.Damian Mole, one of the surgeons of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
But not everything was working. Edinburgh is an amazing city, full of young people and things to visit. Also there are a lot of cities nearby to visit such as Saint Andrews, Stirling or Glasgow.
To conclude, I’m really grateful to the Gimbernat Surgical Association for giving me the opportunity to make this experience and I really recommend it. If you want to know more information, please feel free to ask me.
Hi everyone! My name is Maria Soriano, member of Gimbernat Surgical Association for some time now. Last year I did a summer clerkship in Guildford thanks to the GSA, and furthermore the third term of 5th year I spent 3 months in London at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Both hospitals are two of London’s oldest and most well-known teaching hospitals. My medical elective consisted on a weekly rotation in different specialties from Otorhinolaryngology (or ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat) and Head and Neck surgery service, such as paediatrics, maxillofacial surgery, skull base surgery, thyroid cancer, rhinology, vestibular disorders, voice, oncology… Not only did I work in the hospital, but I discovered more about this beautiful city called London as well.
All in all, taking advantage of my placement, I did contact King’s College Surgical Society in order to successfully establish some collaboration between both Societies. Therefore, I encourage all students to do an elective/clerkship abroad and enjoy this experience that is offered to us.
Hello everybody. I am Ana Segarra. I am just starting my sixth year of medicine at the “Hospital Del Mar”, where the students of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra/ Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona do our medicine degree. I am part of the association “Associació Quirúrgica Gimbernat” since my second year of medicine because I am especially interested in surgerical specialties. In the association I have had the opportunity to improve some surgical skills as stitching or knotting thanks to the workshops and also attending some pretty interesting speaks.
I finished my fifth year in Ireland, where I was living from April until the end of June. There I did an internship in St. James´s Hospital. This is the largest University teaching Hospital in Dublin and its academic partner is the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
I spent these months in the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Department under the supervision of one of the most important surgeons in this area, Prof. John Reynolds. He and his colleges welcomed me warmly since the first day and made me feel like home. There I learnt how to work in a team and the surgeon´s every day. I saw several surgeries and I understood every process in the field. I also improved my relation with patients and above all my English became much better. Ireland was also a great place to go not only for the academic interest but also for the personal and social ones. In three months I had the opportunity of meeting a lot of interesting people and discovering the island with them. It has so many incredible landscapes to offer and to make every trip unforgettable.
Clerkship Experiences 2015
Hi everyone! My name is María Rodríguez and I had the opportunity to spend 3 months in Dublin. I've been at St. James's Hospital, specifically in Upper gastrointestinal surgery. I've been really integrated with all the members of the team, who were absolutely charming and tried to teach me a lot. At first, I was given a schedule to organize my daily activities: ward rounds, endoscopy sessions,surgical theatre, day surgery, multidisciplinary meetings, clinics, and so on. The team uses the theatre twice a week and most of the operations are open. I was allowed to scrub and take part in many operations.
Furthermore, I benefited from seeing some especialties of surgery that I'd never seen before, like cardiac surgery or colorectal surgery. I've attended the theatre with these teams and they let me take part in.
Also, one the doctors allowed me to take case histories and examine patients in the wards by myself and then, I had to explain him all the information I was given to.
Apart from this, Dublin is a nice city to visit and there are plenty of activities and sightseeing to enjoy. Ireland has beautiful landscapes, so you can spend the weekends travelling all around the country.To sum up, it’s been an amazing experience. I think it’s important to have a different point of view of Medicine in another country. If you like surgery and you have the opportunity to have a stay in a department of surgery, take it, and you’ll know if you really like it.
Hi! My name is MªTeresa Murcia and I am a medical student of Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Last year I became a member of Gimbernat Surgical Association and I am really glad about it. Thanks to the Association, I had the chance of doing a summer clerkship in the Royal Marsden Hospital of London, which is a world-leading cancer center. There I joined the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Unit where I acquired first-hand knowledge related to diagnosis, treatment and current surgical procedures that are being used to treat esophageal and gastric cancer nowadays.
During my 4-week elective internship, I attended ward rounds, theatres and multidisciplinary sessions. I wasn’t allowed to participate directly in theaters but I had the opportunity to see all the operations they performed.
Moreover, I could go to Urology Theater and learn how they deal with cancer. Along this period, doctors, residents and nurses took care of me and made me feel like one of them.
In conclusion, I definitely recommend applying for a clinical elective abroad. Not only will it be a good way of learning medicine, but also you will realize how a surgeons’ life is.
Hi everyone! We are Celia and Maria, members of the Gimbernat Surgical Association, which gave us the opportunity to do a summer clerkship at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, in Guildford.
Our head doctor was Mr. Shaun Preston, who not only operates laparotomies, but he is also one of the most skillful surgeons in laparoscopic surgeries.
The Upper GI surgery unit arranged us an assorted schedule, which consisted on attending multidisciplinary sessions (MDT), ward rounds, endoscopy procedures, clinics, accident & emergency section, theatre and training a bit at Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU).
Moreover, as Upper GI belongs to General Surgery, we could assist either to the Colorectal unit or Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic unit. During our stay, we could also modify the timetable if there was something we wanted to see or do. For example, we attended to Maxilofacial and Breast Cancer theatre.
Furthermore, as we are really interested in surgery, we were allowed to scrub ourselves and help in the theatre. We were even able to finish the stitching!
Related to the accommodation, it belongs to the hospital and it is only 2 minutes far from it and 20 minutes walking or 10 minutes by bus from the centre of Guildford.
But not everything was being at the hospital. During the weekends we travelled to London (which is 30 minutes by train) or to some beautiful villages in South England.
We could not finish without encouraging any medical student to go abroad and experience themselves this clerkship as the members of the team are really kind and they help you with anything. If you have the opportunity, live it since you’re not only going to improve your language and clinical skills, but also you will see how the National Health Service of another country works.
Clerkship Experiences 2014
Hi! My name is Carlos Ruiz. As a student who joined the Associació Quirúrgica Gimbernat 3 years ago, I was given the chance of spending 3 months in the upper gastrointestinal surgery team in St. James's Hospital of Dublin. There I had the opportunity to scrub in and assist in surgery, take case histories and perform examinations, and attend clinical skills workshops, endoscopy sessions, multidisciplinary meetings and ward rounds.
Moreover, Dublin is a great city to live, maybe a little bit expensive (mainly the accomodation) but with many daily activities to do and amazing landscapes all over the island. I learnt and enjoyed the 3 months as much as I could and I strongly recommend this experience abroad to any medical student.
Hi there! I’m Irene, a member of the Gimbernat Surgical Association who was given the opportunity to travel abroad and participate in a student clerkship in the Upper GI surgery section in The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, during the month of July.
Throughout my stay I was given a schedule with a rotation among the ward round, theatres, endoscopy, clinic and mortality and multidisciplinary sessions. I wasn’t allowed to participate directly in theaters, but I had a great view of it all through the big screens hanging on the walls. I could also modify the timetable as I pleased, for instance by including a weekly oncoplastic theatre list in the breast cancer unit, or even attending the maxilofacial theatre.
Guildford is a small city with two main streets, but it’s located 30 minutes from London by train, so I took advantage of it to visit the big city in two of my four weekends. As for accomodation, I was provided a locked room in a shared building two minutes from the hospital. Even though my stay was in a period of time with no students in the hospital, I got invited to have dinner with the surgery team, and I also met some nice people from the building, with whom I could go have a drink in the evenings. I think seeing a different country is an enriching experience, not only to improve your language skills but also to discover a new way of doing things. I was amazed by the dedication to their job and many other different features about which I could write a whole book. I encourage everyone to have a go at doing a placement in a foreign country!
I’m Nerea Sevilla and I feel grateful that Associació Quirúrgica Gimbernat gave me the opportunity to do a summer Elective in one of the best hospitals in London, St Mary’s Hospital. It was in this hospital where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered “penicillin” in 1928 and where Prince George was born last year.
During the Elective I did plenty of activities. First time in the morning I attended handover and ward rounds, and after I went to either clinics or theatre. In clinics I could take case histories and examine patients. In theatre they mostly operate gastric and esophageal cancer and perform bariatric surgery, and if there was an open surgery I usually scrubbed in. I also assisted to Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards, department meetings and some residents’ lectures.
To sum up, it has been a wonderful experience. I would recommend this kind of Elective to everyone who, apart from learning medicine, wants to improve their English, meet new people and make useful contacts, learn how does NHS (National Health Service) in England works, and get to know London in deep, the city where you’ll never be bored, because as Samuel Johnson said "When a man is tired of London, he's tired of life".
Clerkship Experiences 2013
Hi! My name is Marina Munarriz. Two summers ago, when I had just finished my fourth year of the bachelor's degree in Medicine UPF-UAB, I had the opportunity of spending a summer clerkship period at the Upper GI Unit of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, under the mentorship of Dr. Shaun Preston.
During six weeks I shadowed Dr. Preston and by doing so I could take part in many different activities. I attended to endoscopy procedures, multidisciplinary (MDT) and morbidity and mortality (M&M) meetings; I took part in the Ward Round with the other FY1 doctors and in the outpatient clinic; and, what I liked the most, I could assist in major surgery procedures as oesophagectomy, both open and minimal invasive. Also, I was given the chance of acquiring some laparoscopy skills at the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU).
From my first week in the Hospital, that supposed my first approach to its way of working and to the famous National Health System (NHS), to the end of my stay I really felt a change. I slowly familiarized and got involved in the day by day tasks of the Unit, and I learnt more that I could have imagined. Besides, I have no doubt that all this progress will not have been able without the help and kindness of all the members of the Upper GI Unit. All in all, it was a great experience and I encourage any medical student interested in surgery to live it.