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Daily Kaylee // 12.30.17

Καλημέρα!!! (Kaliméra)

Yesterday was a busy day for me! I spent the day in the gynecology department and then stayed late at the hospital because it was ER day at Papageorgiou. The way it works in Thessaloniki is that each day a different public hospital has their ER open. Papageorgiou does this every 4 days and yesterday was one of them. After that, we all went out to dinner and walked around.

Today, we are planning on shopping around and exploring the city further.

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Daily Kaylee // 12.28.17

hello! I come to you far less jet lagged than my last post and having completed my first day at Papageorgiou. 

a bit about the hospital

Papageorgiou is one of the main public hospitals in Thessaloniki and holds a total of 800 beds. It is run by a board of 7 directors, has 30 clinics and sees about 71,500 patients each year. The department layouts are very similar to the United States with a central nurses station and surrounding rooms. Today, I met with Dr. Rudolf Jobst who is the head of the stroke unit and a senior neurologist at the hospital.  It was the first hospital to use thrombolysis procedure for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes in Greece and is still one of the few centers in the country to offer this treatment. I also had the pleasure of meeting the director of the department Dr. Maria Kotinopoulou. I spent the majority of my day in the emergency clinic of the gynecology department observing and learning about various cases.

what else i did today

After we finished up at the hospital we went on a walk in the city center and spent some time by the sea. We then had lunch/dinner (they call it lunch but its at 5 which is 100% dinner for me) at a seafood restaurant.

 

i will check back in later

 

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Daily Kaylee // 12.27.17

im writing this from 37 thousand feet up. I am 2 hours out from frankfurt, germany, my second stop in my journey to thessaloniki, greece. for the next two and a half weeks I will be partaking in a clinical fellowship in papageorgiou general hospital. during this time i will be shadowing physicians from various different specialties and learning about the health care system in greece. greece is one of my favorite places in the world and I am so fortunate to be able to learn with thessaloniki as my backdrop for the next few weeks.

i’m hoping this experience will offer me insight into what I want to do career wise.

the edge of ireland is growing further away as england becomes visible. flying over millions of people’s homes and lives. I hope to one day go to ireland and england and experience more than the warm glow of their cities from thousands of feet above. think of all of the places we fly over that we will never see at ground view. of all of the places we’ve been but haven’t been at the same time.

i will be posting updates here as often as I can, along with some fun photos.