1) Please introduce yourself. Sylvia Alip. I have no family members who live in Korea, currently. I have a mother, father, and brother in the Philippines currently. I am 31 years old. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? I work in Manila Philippines as a urologic surgeon. 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? I chose Severance has a lot of renowned urologic surgeon who teach specific surgeries. The hospital is a high-volume institution for this particular robotic operation 4) How long is your training period in Korea? One year 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? My focus is on robotic uro-oncology under my supervisor, Dr. Woong Kyu Han. 6) What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? The state-of-the-art technology in Severance Hospital is most impressive. In my field, most especially, latest models of the robotic systems for patient surgery are all available 7) What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? My fellowship program is focused on Robotic Urologic Oncology. This includes surgery for kidney, prostate, bladder cancer, and other genitourinary surgical operations. 8) What was your first impression of Korea? Knowing Korea to be a first-world country, I was of the impression that the country was technologically-advanced, especially in the field of medicine. 9) What is the best memory so far during your stay here? My best memories are from doing the robotic surgeries under the supervision of my Professors. 10) Who are you most thankful for at Severance (who helped you the most) & why? I am most thankful for my co-fellows who have made my experience worthwhile. Living in a foreign country during a pandemic is not easy, but they have made it so. I am also thankful for my mentors, especially Dr. Han who has given me numerous opportunities for learning in and outside of Severance Hospital.
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1) Please introduce yourself. Hello, my name is Dr. Mudit Shah. I am 30 years old and married. I have my parents and a sister back home in India. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? I work in Mumbai, India specializing in Paediatric Orthopaedics. 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? I came to Severance hospital on the recommendation of my senior consultant in India, Dr. Chasanal Rathod. She was a fellow here at Severance hospital a few years back. Since, I was interested in neuromuscular Paediatric Orthopaedics, she suggested me to train under Prof. HyunWoo Kim at Severance as he is the best in this field. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? One year 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? My focus is on learning Neuromuscular deformity management in Paediatric Orthopaedics. My training supervisor is Prof Hyun Woo Kim who is a stalwart in this field. 6) What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? I think Severance hospital is one of the most advanced hospitals I have witnessed in terms of the equipment and the technology it has for providing medical and surgical care. For me the size of the Operating Room complex with almost 50 rooms is absolutely astonishing and amazing. The sheer number of operative cases in the operating room every day helps a budding surgeon like me to develop his skills even more. Severance is also a big centre for research work and they have all facilities to help a researcher do some good original work. 7) What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? The most important focus of my fellowship is neuromuscular deformity management. It does not only include surgical skills but how a multi-specialty approach helps in decision making. It includes upper limb, lower limb and spine deformities in neuromuscular diseases. General Paediatric cases along with emergency patients of trauma and infection are also part of my training curriculum. I am also doing original research work with my mentor, Prof Kim. Associate professor Dr. Park, is helping me gain some experience with animal research at the Yonsei University Avison biomedical research centre. 8) What was your first impression of Korea? This was the first time that I came out of my country for academic purposes and I was very apprehensive about the language, weather and the food. But I have absolutely loved the kindness and the warmth of the people of this country. The rich history, culture with the most amazing food of Korea does not make me miss home. I think I have blended well with the Korean culture. The discipline of the people to prevent the spread of corona virus is something the world should learn. The beauty of the city changes every season and it was absolutely stunning to watch the colors of autumn leaves when I had just landed here. I can’t wait for the cherry blossom season. 9) What is the best memory so far during your stay here? It's difficult to put one memory but I think visiting the countryside to see the autumn leaves, having Korean food with friends and multiple hiking trips are just a few of the many memories that I will take back to India. On the academic front, I think having those healthy discussions with the professor on pre-operative cases and research topics early Monday morning would be something I would definitely miss. 10) What are your thoughts and feelings about the way Korea is dealing with COVID-19, and what is the situation like in your home country? In these extremely difficult times, I think Korea is outstanding in dealing with the pandemic. Not just with the first but with the second wave too. People in Korea are evolved and aware of the situation and they take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Being a developing country with the second biggest population in the world, India was severely affected in terms of number of cases but I am also glad that India is one of the biggest suppliers of the covid vaccine in the world and it is on a path to recovery. 12) Who are you most thankful for at Severance (who helped you the most) & why? It is a long list. Firstly I would like to thank my supervisor and my mentor, Prof Kim, who has not just been a very good teacher but a great host. Prof Kim and the international office have been very supportive to make my travel and movement from India to Seoul very smooth. I would like to thank the medical mission centre for providing me with the Avison fellowship and being like family away from home. I would like to thank Dr. KunBo Park for allowing me to be a part of his surgical team. I would like to thank the ‘workforce’ of the department, the residents of Paediatric Orthopaedics, who have been patient and have helped me a great deal in understanding the department, the culture and life in Korea. Lastly but very importantly, I would like to thank my colleagues and co-fellows with whom I have made great memories and a lifelong friendship - Dr. Lorenzo, Dr. Thanya, Dr. Sharkawy, Dr. Sylvia, Dr. Pichmanil. 13) If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? If I get a chance, I would come back to learn some new surgical techniques and sharpen my skills with Prof Kim. At the same time, I would also like to come back to understand my shortcomings and deficiencies and improve on them with some healthy discussion with Prof Kim.
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1) Please introduce yourself. Name: Mona Rae Evangelista Age: 36, turning 37 on February 27 Family members: I am the eldest among 2 children. My mother, father and younger brother are all engineers. I am the only doctor in the family. I have a son who is a smart and good boy. 2) Where is your working place back in your country and what is your specialty? The Medical City in Metro Manila, Philippines Obstetrics and gynecology 3) How did you get to know Severance? Why did you choose Severance as your training hospital? Severance has been the pioneer in Robotic Surgery in Asia. Also, two of my senior co-residents, who graduated ahead of me in my residency training, went to Severance hospital for fellowship training as well. They gave exceptional feedback on their experiences here. 4) How long is your training period in Korea? One year 5) Which area did you focus on during your fellowship at Severance? Minimally invasive surgery – laparoscopy and robotics in Gynecology 6) What is the most impressive feature of Severance Hospital? As my job description is inside the operating room in the cancer center, what impressed me the most are the equipments, machines, and instruments. They are all new and up-to-date. 7) What are the specific contents of your fellowship program at Severance? I am learning techniques in laparoscopy and robotics, in both benign and malignant gynecologic cases.The trend has been geared towards minimally invasive surgery, which – when done efficiently, can reduce the patients’ hospital stay, recovery period, and overall morbidity. It is aesthetically pleasing as well, as there is reduced scarring after the operation. 8) What was your first impression of Korea? Korea is so hip and modern.The country has been popular all over the world for its exciting K-dramas, cool K-pop artists, awesome skincare products, and of course good food. 9) What is the best memory so far during your stay here? My best memory of course is my experience in the hospital, specifically in the Yonsei Cancer Center operating room. The staff, residents, fellows and professors have been so warm and has made my daily experiences very worthwhile. I feel like this is my second home. 10) What are your thoughts and feelings about the way Korea is dealing with COVID-19, and what is the situation like in your home country? Korea has been outstanding in dealing with Covid-19. In my country, contact tracing has been a challenge. This is in contrast to Korea, wherein each person has his own QR code that is used to enter restaurants and other public establishments – for more efficient contact tracing. Covid testing has been very quick and efficient for anyone coming in the country, or anyone who has symptoms. Masks are wore everywhere and at all times. My country, the Philippines, have fluctuating numbers of daily Covid cases. My fellow countrymen are not so lucky in terms of having free Covid-19 testing. Most people still pay for a large fee because not everyone has a health insurance, and not all types of health insurance cover the fee for the Covid test.And as stated previously, contact tracing has been a primary challenge. Therefore, the government just emphasize the importance of social distancing, wearing of masks and face shields – while waiting for the Covid vaccine. 12) Who are you most thankful for at Severance (who helped you the most) & why? I am most thankful to Professor Kim Sang Wun. He has been so accommodating in my stay here in Korea. He has been so patient as well, teaching me not just the surgical techniques but the principles behind it. He has been considerate, especially when I have to attend to some emergency personal or family matters. We sometimes have meals together after work – sometimes in the operating room cafeteria, sometimes outside the hospital (along with the other residents and fellows) - and during those times, he would be so approachable and we would have nice conversations about my goals and aspirations in my career path. 13) If you were to get the chance to come back, which field of clinical study would you like to focus on? I would like to focus on gynecologic oncology, and the updates and trends in the surgical and medical management of different gynecologic cancers.
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< Severance International Fellowship - Prime Course : September 2021 > Severance International Fellowship – Prime Course is a pre-training program that aims to expand clinical experience and skills for clinical research and statistics of international scholars. The course will mainly include introductory lectures about the Korean healthcare system, hospital management, and also practice sessions for research projects done in groups or individuals. The instructors are consisted of professors at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health and other specialists of diverse medical fields, who are professionals in various study fields : global health, health statistics, clinical research methodology, hospital business & management etc.