I very well remember my first experiences as a medical student in the operating room. I was ordered to stand in a corner with my back to the wall (just as the surgeon ordered), almost motionless because of the staff’s worry that I might touch and contaminate something sterile. I could only listen to the surgeon describing what he was doing. That was a humiliating experience and I was close to abandoning my goal of becoming a surgeon.
September has been a month characterized by academic teaching. I’ve had the pleasure to host two 5-student groups for two consecutive weekends in Lugano. This new heart surgery course (www.cardiocentro.org/kurs-herzchirurgie) that was specifically set up for medical students during clinical semesters.