Saying Goodbye to MPP E

In case you didn’t know, MPP is my core course Medical Practice and Policy, and section E is the ~best~ section around.¬†

Anyway, as we conclude our last class and I take the train home (yesterday, sorry had to study for my Danish final ūüôā ) from our final class dinner, I feel like it’s important to point out how amazing this class was.

Being a biology major I’ve focused my first five semesters at Bucknell on all the heavy sciences: organic chemistry, molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, physics and plenty more. But for the first time in my academic career I took a class dedicated to medicine, something I hope to at some point devote my life to. Therefore, this class was what really made this semester worth while and interesting.¬†

There are only so many classes (pre-medical school of course) that can provide you with the experiences and opportunities we had, such as; 

Рwatch a live natural birth (still number one on my list tbh) 

– Practice suturing

РLiterally play with placentas that supported a baby only hours prior 

– ‘Play’ with a one of its kind simulator to practice laparoscopic removal of ovarian cysts¬†

– Interview real patients with real problems and write a report (okay the writing part wasn’t that cool)¬†

– Learn from real doctors (who are super cool btw @ben, @Wendy & @Mia)

РLearn how to insert IVs and even insert them into classmates 

– Get to wear scrubs (amazing)

– Practice an emergency simulation with fake patients (that can breath and act like they’re throwing up) and pretend to save a life

РMeet an incredible group of people, MPPE, from my perspective, had an incredible bond that was felt throughout the semester that simply added to the experience of this class. Of course we can laugh, now, at the rather unfortunate things that have happened 

  • Getting stuck in an elevator in Poznan
  • Touring a boat in Ebeltoft in the freezing cold
  • Running through Berlin for being 20 seconds late to meeting
  • Trying to find the best position to sleep on the long bus rides through Denmark

But this semester and¬†the closeness of the people in the class wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for all the events that made this class possible, thanks MPP E for being an extraordinary¬†academic and social experience this semester.

I guess since classes are over starts the countdown to the dreaded ~going home~: 19

Peace and Studying

 

Here’s some pictures for your enjoyment

 

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Biking Berlin (and more)

Once we left the craziness of Poland we found ourselves in the city of Berlin. Being in Berlin made me wish I paid a little more attention in history class (I know my mom is saying I told you so). The history of Berlin is so extensive it is crazy to be walking the streets and seeing sites that have experienced so much. Once of the craziest things to me was that a lot of history (falling of the Berlin Wall) is not that old, which really really is hard to grasp.

Anyway, what better way to to visit the city (especially being a student in Copenhagen) than by bike. All 30 of us hopped on a bike tour around the city.

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Stops included:

– East vs. West Berlin

– Berlin Wall

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– Jewish Memorial

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– The University Albert Einstein taught at

– Checkpoint Charlie

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– Parliament

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– Location of Hitler’s Bunker

Our guide presented us with plenty of the history of the impacts of the Cold War, WWII, Hitler and plenty more. All of which made us really think about history and how we’ve gotten to where we are now.

The rest of the week was dedicated to hospital visits to a vascular surgical hospital, a neonatology ward, and a family planning center, eating traditional German foods; spatzle, curreywurst and plenty more.

xoxo

Margaret

(Ps-pics to come)

Perusin’ in Poznan

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Poznan, Poland is an interesting place and we had quite an interesting experience. ¬†For a quick overview read the quick list below, for explanations…keep reading.

  1. Rode a propellor plane where all but three passengers were from my class
  2. Had 3 hr lunch, missed walking tour, but still won the walking tour bonuses
  3. Carried 2 pierogi’s in my purse all afternoon
  4. Polish women spoke to us for 10 minutes in Polish not recognizing we didn’t speak Polish
  5. Watched a real life natural delivery (AMAZING)
  6. Paid 4USD for 2 course meal and a drink
  7. Went to an indoor waterpark
  8. Watched the Polish sunset from a huge outdoor hot tub
  9. Got stuck in an elevator
  10. Ran after the train to Berlin

1. Rode a propellor plane where all but three passengers were from my class

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So I guess not many people go to Poznan, Poland from Copenhagen because the only people on our lovely flight were the 30 members of MPP EG (Medical Practice and Policy, sections E/G) and a few other older men. ¬†In reality the plane wasn’t that bad, just very small and a little turbulent on the landing…

2.  Had 3 hr lunch, missed walking tour, but still won the walking tour bonuses

Poznan is a fairly small town, and they are still considered to be part of the “eastern block”, so when 10 of us sat down at a lovely Polish restaurant we did not realize it would take us 3 hours to get out meal and pay. We had a really really good lunch (pierogis and potato pancakes) and it was really cheap, but we did miss our self guided group walking tour because we were just a few steps behind our group. ¬†BUT we still found every landmark, took pictures, and managed all the bonuses WHILE making it to dinner on time, so we actually won.

3. Carried 2 pierogi’s in my purse all afternoon

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I had a slight love for Pierogis, so naturally when I couldn’t finish them all during our long lunch, I couldn’t leave any behind, I also want it to be known that I did not act alone. Anyway, they made for a great late night snack.

4. Polish women spoke to us for 10 minutes in Polish not recognizing we didn’t speak Polish

We have been spoiled in Denmark because everyone speaks English so despite Danish being an incredibly difficult language we don’t ever have to deal with it. But Poznan is just not the same, and none of us know Polish. So, when we got to our first hospital visit at an early 7:30, we were approached by an overwhelming number of older Polish woman trying to tell us where to go but were just continually talking to us in Polish and we had nothing to respond with, but luckily we eventually found someone that spoke English who then led us around in circles but we eventually found our way.

5. Watched a real life natural delivery (AMAZING)

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Our first hospital visit was a OB/GYN where we got to walk around and meet with some pregnant women. THEN a lot of commotion started to happen and we got to peak into a natural delivery.  It was quite possibly the most amazing, beautiful thing in the world to watch and I am so lucky to have been in that exact spot at the right time.

6. Paid 4USD for 2 course meal and a drink

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A friend and I decided to stroll through the square and find a place for lunch, luckily a woman approached us on the street to tell us that they had a two course and drink lunch deal going on and we thought she said 50 zloty (Polish currency = 12ish usd) so we thought it was a good deal. After a delicious meal we were shocked to find the bill was only 15 zloty (4ish usd) so we had a great day.

7. Went to an indoor waterpark

One thing we saw on the itinerary and questioned greatly was this indoor waterpark we were told we were going to. ¬†After much complaining and questioning bringing 30 20yr olds to a waterpark, we arrived and to much amazement had an incredible time. ¬†The first thing we went into was a large hot tub that had an extension outside where we were able to see a single ski run (still questioning it). Then we all ventured to the 4 waterslides and the 20yrs in us turned into 10 because we had SO much fun. Then we ventured to the “spa park” where only towels were allowed, so we knew we were in for a time then. Although many people were all about the nudity, we were just not, so we found a lovely sauna all to ourselves outside and had a really fun time. After we put our bathing suits on we went back to the hot tub that went outside to catch the lovely sunset, which was a great end to an unexpected great day.

8. Watched the Polish sunset from a huge outdoor hot tub

As quoted from above “After we put our bathing suits on we went back to the hot tub that went outside to catch the lovely sunset, which was a great end to an unexpected great day.”

9. Got stuck in an elevator

After a great dinner, all 8 of us decided to take the elevator up to the 5th floor, BUT within the first two seconds the elevator fell, stopped, and then was stuck. ¬†Luckily the intercom came on telling us someone was coming to fix it, finishing with the line “stay there” because when you’re stuck in an elevator you have so many places to go…anyway, within 15 minutes we were saved after many attempts at opening the door then slowly lowering us down we were on steady land and decided to take the stairs the rest of the trip.

10. Ran after the train to Berlin

Our trip to Poznan came to an end with a train ride to Berlin. BUT naturally, since MPP EG likes to leave with a bang, we had to run after the train to get to our car, only to get on the wrong car, squeeze past all the first classers and make our way to our less exciting seating.

Next stop Berlin!

5 Things I’m looking forward to during Long Study Tour

This coming week I will embark with my fellow Medical Practice and Policy classmates to Poznan, Poland and Berlin, Germany. During this time we will have plenty of educational experiences but cultural as well, here’s what I’m most looking forward to:

  1. Poland¬†– My dads side of the family has some Polish blood in them, so I am super excited to visit my “homeland”. I did some research, and I think my dads family is from a small town a few hours north of Poznan.
  2. Pierogis – I am in love with pierogis, for many people who have never had them before, they’re somewhat like raviolis but instead of ricotta inside, its potato. We get to do a pierogi making class and I could not be more excited.
  3. History¬†class finally paying off – I am not the biggest fan of history, but the majority of my senior year was learning about German history, I’m looking forward to see so many sights I learned about and understand part of our global history.
  4. Wearing Scrubs –¬†Wanting to go into the medical field means wanting to wear scrubs, I don’t think anyone understands their comfort, but also how cool you feel wearing them. ¬†During our visits in Poznan, we have to wear scrubs, and although mine are huge on me, I am very excited.
  5. Medical Visits –¬†We get to go to some incredible academic visits, our teacher even told us the rules are so relaxed in Poland we might see a delivery! We get to go to some pediatrics, OBGYNs, surgical centers, and family planning centers

Although this week is titles “Long Study Tour” its hard to count it as studying when it seems so fun

xo

Margaret

The Realities of Cancer Treatment in Denmark

Cancer affects people around the globe, and the way it’s handled varies greatly. ¬†For the last two summers, I worked at Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp dedicated to working with children affected by cancer, whether it be themselves, their siblings, or their parents. We even have kids that come from all over the world; Ethiopia, Belize, Bahamas, Spain and plenty more, therefore I’ve learned a little about cancer in other countries. But, my exposure¬†to those affected by cancer is¬†typically to forget about the cancer or to encourage a child to be a child again. ¬†Therefore, the focus has never been on treatment or what goes on in the hospitals these kids frequent. ¬†On the other end, being a biology major, I’ve learned about what causes cancer, the molecular fundamentals of cancer, the genetics of it, and the effects it has on the body.

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For the first time, at Odense Hospital on my short study tour, I understood and saw first hand what cancer treatment was like, specifically in Denmark. We were able to meet with both a physician and physicist as they talked about radiotherapy. Much of this information was incredibly interesting to me, especially the physics of it because it finally made my two semester of physics worth it! Then, we got to tour parts of the hospital dedicated to radiotherapy cancer treatment. ¬†Not only were we able to see where the treatment occurs, we were able to go ‘behind the scenes’ and see this huge machine and the energy it takes. It truly opened my eyes to the importance of mechanics and physics in a hospital, the machine to those being treated is big and scary but clean cut and covers¬†the complexity that is the mechanics behind it.

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My favorite part of this visit was ‘the control room’ a room where we were able to see physicians, physicists and radiologists in action. ¬†We were able to see people’s scans and the work that goes into designing a treatment for that individual. It seemed incredibly complex and difficult, but it was astonishing to know that the work going into it would¬†be life changing for an individual.

This visit really opened my eyes to the other side of cancer, and makes me so proud to work for such an amazing organization that works to help kids separate their childhood from their time in these hospitals.