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  • 1) Please introduce yourself. “Salam Sejahtera”. A hello-greeting in the very own language of my country Malaysia. My name is Yong DohJeing. Moreover, my friends call me Johnny Yong. I have accomplished my 30s milestone and is now amidst venturing into another exciting phase of lifetime. My spouse is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, along with my parents and sibling who are currently residing in home country. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? After attaining specialisation in Otorhinolaryngology from National University of Malaysia, I have been practising as a general ORL surgeon in Hospital Queen Elizabeth for 8 years with special interest in Endoscopic SkullBase and Sialoendoscopy. With the Grace of God, I am now pursuing Subspeciality in Head & Neck Surgery and heading towards Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery as my prime passion. 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? My first encounter of World-Class Severance Hospital traces back to a name card honored to me by Professor EunChang Choi during our first met 6 years ago. Called it Serendipity, the contact name card is securely well-kept for years. Through Professor Choi, we learnt of Severance Hospital as the Centre of Excellence in the field of Robotic Head & Neck Oncology where minimally invasive surgery is massively practiced. As with other international fellow, I am drawn by such strong magnetism of aspiring force to be here for world-class training opportunity. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? My granted training span across 4 seasons. I commence my fellowship in early Autumn right at the best times in a calendar year. Witnessing the falls foliage has been an amazing experience. With much gratitude, under the purview of Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare, precious hands-on fellowship opportunity is made possible. 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? My pursue of Robotic Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship in Severance Hospital has been made possible with the presence of Professor YoonWoo Koh as my supervisor. My prime aim is to attain maximum exposure in the field of Minimally Invasive Head & Neck Surgery. Being the World-leading Robotic Surgeon in Head & Neck, Professor Koh has tremendously engaged in teaching and guiding of all the fellows under his wings. Professor Koh is genuinely a Titan in his territory of expertise. 6) What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? Both “Anatomically” and “Physiologically”. Anatomically, the Hospital is beautiful inside out. Occasionally, you may find yourself immersing in soothing music while strolling around the hospital. Modern design of façade equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, Severance is structurally built to be the best. Physiologically, the teamwork functions by the staffs who serve relentlessly in bringing the best service to patient become the soul of the body of Severance. “The First and The Best” is indeed impeccable for Severance “Anatomically and Physiologically”. 7) What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? My prime engagement of fellowship is to participate in the daily surgical activities of my team. Robotic surgery has been the core conducts in our team. Nonetheless, conventional surgery is performed too. The volume of cases attended is high. 8) If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? Robotic Surgery is an ever constantly advancing field. Severance being the world-leading team in the field of Robotic Head and Neck will be among the first in the world to attain such refinement in priority. Therefore, there is a definite desire to be back in time to come to pursue subsequent update in these field. 9) Who are you most thankful for at Severance(who helped you the most) & why? I am indebted to Professor EunChang Choi, who is the first person who refer my fellowship to Professor YoonWoo Koh, a World-Renowned Robotic Head and Neck Surgeon. Being my supervisor, Professor Koh has persevered unreservedly in sharing his utmost superb robotic skills. His phenomenal teaching has inspired me the most. I value too my group of fellow-in-training comrades who strive through the fellowship together with many valuable conducts of mutual assistances and discussions. 10) What was your first impression of Korea? Owing to the fact that my first mission on landing is house-hunting, my first impression of Korea is plenty of Bu-Dong-San (Realty). The first friend I met is a Bu-Dong-San agent who ultimately guided me to secure a place of stay for 1 year. The house-hunting experience is exciting and tiring as looking for vacant house in vicinity of Severance amidst autumn University semester commencement period is indeed challenging. 11)What is the best memory so far during your stay here? I embrace a neo-family with Severance Head and Neck Cancer Team. This is by far the best memorable occurrence etched in my heart. Under the leadership of Professor Koh, entire team has been working so closely to each other rendering eminence cares to patients. Prof HongHJ, Prof KimDaHee, Prof SimNS and Dr Kyu-In are akin to foster siblings where sharing of knowledge is borderless. Mr Han, from international office too shares credit of appreciations for my fellowship facilitation. The ending of fellowship signifies the commence of life-long friendship that is of what left much to be desired. To all in Korea, “Terima Kasih, Sayangmu” (Kamsahamida, Saranghae).

    Feb 2, 2023

  • 1) Please introduce yourself. Hi. I’m Gayle Louise Opada-Villarmea, 41 years old and with me here in South Korea are my husband, Karl James Villarmea and my 7-year old twin boys, Kei Gabriel and Keiji Gavin. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? Back in the Philippines, I am practicing both as a Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist in my own private clinic, G.L.O. Medical Specialists Clinic, located in Dumaguete City, 360 kilometers south of Manila. 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? I got to know Severance Hospital through my dermatology consultant at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) in Manila, Philippines who introduced me to my present mentor, Professor Kee Yang Chung. I chose this prestigious institution as my training hospital because of the highly skilled professors who can mentor, the wealth of cases that I can encounter, and the world class facilities that I will be able to use and learn from. All of which I hope, and all the things I will learn, I can bring to my home country. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? My formal hands-on training is 1 year. But before this, we still have to undergo a 1-month Prime course and a 3-month observation period. That brings it to a total of 16 months. 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? My fellowship is focused on Dermatologic Surgery, specifically Mohs micrographic surgery. My supervisor is Professor Kee Yang Chung. 6)What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? Yonsei Severance Hospital is one of the three hospitals in South Korea that has a Melanoma team and the only one in Seoul. It is also one of the top five biggest hospitals in the country. Severance hospital has a lot of patients and numerous skin cancer cases for me to learn from in my specific field of study. 7)What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? My fellowship training focuses on Dermatologic surgery, specifically using the Mohs micrographic surgery technique, where we have to remove surgically the skin cancer with normal skin borders and check the margins in the microscope if there is no skin cancer left before closing it by reconstructive surgery. 8)If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? If I were given a chance to come back, I will still choose Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) technique and focus more on Acral melanoma MMS since it is the most common melanoma in Asians. And maybe add Negative pressure technique in the post-op wound management. 9)Who are you most thankful for at Severance(who helped you the most) & why? I am very thankful to my professor, Prof. Kee Yang Chung and his very efficient nurse, Miss Nam. They really went out of their way to help me maximize my training. They provided me with materials to practice before hands-on training, patiently taught me from the smallest detail of holding the surgical knife, to the angle of the blade when cutting to the holding of sutures when closing. They also went out of their way to help me even with matters that concern outside the hospital. 10)What was your first impression of Korea? My first impression is that Korea is amazingly advanced when it comes to technology. Severance Hospital has world-class facilities and is superior when it comes to treatment of patients. 11)What is the best memory so far during your stay here? Aside from my fellowship training which is for me the best and will be the best memory for me and for my family, the one-month Prime course is actually one that I will consider as one-of the-best because I got to know other fellow international doctors and created friendships with them. I am also thankful we had a Korean language class before starting our fellowship. It did help a lot not just in communicating with patients in the hospital but also outside the hospital.

    Jan 19, 2023

  • 1) Please introduce yourself. My name is Luqman Osman and I am 52 years old. I am married and I have four children : three sons and one daughter . My wife is a gynaecologist and my eldest son is studying in Medical School , the middle son is in High School and then we have twins , a boy and girl. The twins will be three years old in this September. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? I have worked as Consultant at King Saud Medical City, Riyadh , Saudi Arabia for ten years in the Department Of General Surgery. I have worked in the Division Of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery for the last two years. My interest is Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery , Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Oncology. 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? I have known about Severance Hospital since 2017 when the doctors from King Saud Medical City came to this great institution for the first time for speciality training. Severance Hospital is a recognized world leader in Speciality training in the field of Medicine and Surgery . Prof. Woo Jin Hyung of Severance Hospital , my trainer and mentor, is a world authority in the field of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery. Prof. Woo Jin Hyung is a pioneer robotic upper gastrointestinal surgeon. So it is not difficult to see the reason for choosing this great institution . Infact, I am most humbled and grateful to Severance Hospital for giving me this opportunity to be trained in great institution in the field of upper gastrointestinal surgery. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? I am enrolled in the Fellowship Of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery for a period of one year ,starting from 28thFeburary 2022. As Severance Hospital is a world leader in Robotic Surgery. It is my aim to learn the art and craft of robotic surgery in Gastrointestinal Surgery. 5) What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? I tell all my friends and family members that the Severance Hospital lives upto its motto and slogan : the first and the best. Infact when you are approaching the Severance Hospital for the first time , its twin towers of Central Hospital and the Cancer Hospital impress immediately for their architectural design and layout . And as one enters the entrance to the Severance Hospital on the First Floor, one immediately notices the stream of patients going up on the escalators and when you are coming down from the third floor , one admires the imposing yet gentle façade of the Noah’s Ark. Then, when one enters the Operating Rooms , be they in the Main Operating Rooms complex or the Cancer Hospital Complex, the design and layout of the rooms and world class operating equipment , minimally invasive and robotic, impresses very much. 6) What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? My Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery is about the management of disorders of Gastrointestinal System and the focus is on the laparoscopic and robotic Upper Gastrointestinal operative procedures. 7) If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? If I were to get a chance to come back, I will like to join the Thoracic Surgical department and acquire the latest skills in the field of robotic esophageal surgery . 8) Who are you most thankful for at Severance(who helped you the most) & why? I am thankful to the consultants and fellows of department of upper gastrointestinal surgery for their welcoming and cooperative manner . I am most thankful to Prof. Woo Jin Hyung for giving me this opportunity to work in his Department . Indeed, it is a highest honour to be trained by Prof. Woo Jin Hyung , for which I will remain eternally grateful to him. I am thankful to Dr. Sung Hyun Park , senior Fellow , Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery for being the best guide during this period of training at Severance Hospital. As I had no familiarity with the hospital system, his continuous support and direction has been most valuable to benefit from this training at Severance Hospital. 9) What was your first impression of Korea? I have known about Korea since my childhood days and right from the time of landing at Incheon International Airport till this time , every day has been a learning of how great nations develop their systems and manage cities with the provision of world class transportation system, spotless cleanliness of the cities and friendly cosmopolitan atmosphere. 10) What is the best memory so far during your stay here? My best memories to this time are my travels to the cities of Daegu, Yeosu and Suwon for participating in my speciality’s conferences. The high speed train travel , the even pace of development that can be felt and seen in these cities besides Seoul tells a lot about the strong hardworking and innovative national character of the people of Korea. 11) Please describe a special/troublesome experience you went through because of COVID19 during your fellowship. During the time of Covid Pandemic, I was in King Saud Medical City and I had to witness many trouble some experiences , with surgical patients having Covid infection becoming very sick due to the infection and loss of colleagues who passed away during the Pandemic from the Covid infection acquired while treating patients.

    Jan 19, 2023

  • 1) Please introduce yourself. PHAM LE TRA , 29 YEARS OLD, 4 MEMBERS 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? Fellow in Electrophysiology Ha Noi Heart Hospital Cardiologist Gia Lai general hospital 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? I knew Severance hospital by a suggestion from a former fellow in Severance Electrophysiology department from Cambodia. I chose Severance hospital for my training because of its reputation in Asia which is the largest and the most professional hospital in Asia. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? 1 year 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? Electrophysiology 6)What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? The most impressive feature of Severance Hospital is the professional. From the first day to now , I saw the professional , discipline of the doctors , staffs of Severance hospital in taking care the patients and doing the researches.Beside it, the modern equipment and technique of Severance is also impressive. For instance , in Viet Nam, we usually spend 4-6 hours for one case of atrial fibrillation ablation but in Severance , professor only spends 1-2 hours to ablate . The number of patients in Cardiology department is also large , maybe triple to our hospital. The construction of Severance hospital is also modern and great . I have never seen the big, nice and modern hospital like it in my career. 7)What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? My specific content of my fellowship program at Severance is electrophysiology including atrial fibrillation ablation , ventricular tachycardia ablation, paroxysmal supra ventricular tachycardia ablation.Beside it , I also observe some special cardiac implantation device like Left Bundle Branch pacing or His pacing ,non fluoroscopy CRT implantation. I can access many new and modern techniques in the world in Severance hospital . I appreciated it. 8)If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? If I was to get the chance to come back , I will focus in ventricular tachycardia ablation which is the most challenging in our field. I hope to learn more from Korean doctors not only in EP but also the attitude , enthusiasm in work .Actually , I also want to learn more about doing researches with professor . In my country , original researches are limited and our ability to do research is very limited too. I hope that , in the near future I can participate to learn and do researches with Korean professors. 9)Who are you most thankful for at Severance(who helped you the most) & why? The grateful and thankful professor who helped me the most is professor Hui-Nam Pak . He is very good, professional and honest. He taught me many things including technique , knowledge and attitude in working and learning. I have been taught by him very strictly .Everyday , I learnt from him when he went to rounding , ward,and in Intensive care unit. In procedures , he guided me many tip and tricks and knowledge to do safety . He also taught us about original researches . He is a pioneer in EP and in atrial fibrillation ablation .I admire him and want to share my huge gratitude to him for his teaching to me in Korea. 10)What was your first impression of Korea? My first impression of Korea is good people, cold weather and clean environment .The people is friendly, honest and polite to foreigners , snowing and autumn weather is very impressive . Clean street and modern building in Seoul makes me impressive too. Beside it, some old cities and old buildings are also special .The foods with Kimchi is also delicious and special, I used to travel to many countries like Thai land and India but Korean food cuisine is extremely different. I hope to enjoy the cold weather , snowing in the winter. 11)What is the best memory so far during your stay here? My best memory during my stay here is the memory with my professor , when he taught me to do procedure in cath laboratory . For the first time , I did the procedure not as well as I expected and I was nervous but professor hold my hand , guided for me detailly in every step to make sure that the procedure is safety to his patients . So after many procedures under his supervised , I can be more confident to do the procedure. I hope that after returning to my country I can do the procedure safety , confidently , independently .I won’t never forget the memories with professor and Korean staff here. 12)Please describe a special/troublesome experience you went through because of COVID19 during your fellowship. -The troublesome experience I went through because of COVID 19 during my fellowship is the quarantine and isolation in 2022 ,February ,14 for 10 days . Being isolated and quarantine in a stranger place is boring but it’s ok because we have to keep the rule and prevent the transmission of Covid 19.Except it, every thing is good to me .The people , the food, the travelling capacity , community transporting is also great.I hope that in the near future I can come back to Korea to attend conference or a short term course in EP or another field. This is a nice memory in my career.

    Jan 19, 2023

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