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"Aciu" -Thank You!!!!!

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My 2018 Healthcare Study Abroad Experience in Lithuania has been a brilliant journey!  I have had the opportunity to shadow foreign health care professionals, explore a new country, learn about a new health care system, and build new relationships. This trip would have not been brilliant, if it were not for Dr. Sarah Imam's and Ieva's tedious efforts to make this trip one of a kind!  Because of them, we were able to participate in awesome excursions, travel to different countries, such as Latvia, shadow in different departments with outstanding health care professionals, relax and work in our own custom-made study lounge, stay in luxurious apartments, and have family dinners everyday for free!  In conclusion, I thank Dr. Sarah Imam and Ieva for making this trip a memorable experience! Your hard work did not go unnoticed and for that, I really do appreciate it!!!! Love you both and may God continue to bless you!!




The Oncology Department

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For my last rotation, I shadowed doctors in the Oncology Department.  Here, I observed doctors give radio/chemo therapy treatments to patients who had different cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer.  I also observed doctors conduct different body scans, such as the MRI, PET, and CT.  Along with the body scans, I finally observed how doctors read and interpreted images in order to make a diagnosis.   Overall, I did NOT like my time in the Oncology Department because everyone is too sedentary.  I cannot sit in front of a computer all day interpreting MRI images.  I need to be near the action, such as surgery or interacting with patients.  Although my last rotation was very boring, I now understand that Oncology is not my niche! 

Endocrine Surgery Department

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During Week 3, I had the opportunity to shadow in the Endocrine Surgery Department.  Unlike the Neurosurgery Department, this department focuses on patients who have a endocrine disease/disorder of the neck or abdomen. I observed many surgeries and procedures, such as a thyroidectomy, colonoscopy, lung resection, pneumonectomy, and a laparoscopic surgery.  Some surgeries were very quick and minor, while other surgeries were tedious and gruesome.  For instance, a very quick surgery was the thyroidectomy.  Doctors operated on many patients who suffered from thyroid carcinoma.  This tumor affects the thyroid gland and the affects can range from trouble breathing to massive swelling of the neck.  Fortunately, this cancer has a high cure rate.  In the operating room, doctors performed thyroidectomies, the removal of the thyroid gland!! These surgeries were usually quick and not as horrific.  However, I had my share of horrific and frightening cases!  For instance, there was an elderly pati…

"Mano paskutine savaitgalis Lietuvoje" - My last weekend in Lithuania!

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My last weekend in Lithuania.......I cannot believe it!   Just yesterday, I was purchasing materials and packing clothes into my suitcase, but now,  I only have one week left until I return to the states.  Knowing this, my classmates and I wanted to have the best weekend in Lithuania!  On Friday, we visited a dolphinarium so that we could watch a dolphin show.  At times, I felt like I was a little kid again!! I was screaming and shouting as the dolphins performed amazing tricks and jumps.  For instance, the dolphins participated in a dunking competition, which was very funny and cool to see!  After the show, we took a much needed trip to the beach.  There, we had a group picnic and competed in several volleyball matches with the locals.  It was very awesome to relax near the Baltic Sea, soak up the sun, and meet other young people from all over the world.   Overall, this was the best weekend in Lithuania!  











Riga, Latvia

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Riga, Latvia.  It is the biggest metropolis of the Baltic States ( Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) and is a wealth of rich history and culture.  Throughout the city, I noticed gothic architecture, such as the gothic spires in the "Old Town" as well as the gothic castles that ruled the skylines.  I also noticed a huge collection of Art Nouveau paintings as well as its heavy influence on architecture line the streets of Latvia.  To learn more about this country's history and culture, some friends and I visited many historical sites, such as House of the Blackheads, Riga Castle, Riga Cathedral, Freedom Monument, Riga Dome, Saint Peters Church, and the Riga Ghetto Museum.  The place I enjoyed the most was the Riga Ghetto Museum.  This historic area commemorates the victims of the Holocaust, as well as portray the life of a Latvian Jew through different exhibitions.  These  exhibitions focused on anti-semitic propaganda, t…

Nida, Lithuania: A Hidden Gem of the Baltic Sea

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Today, my classmates and I traveled to Nida, Lithuania! This gorgeous and peaceful village sits next to the Baltic Sea. This picturesque resort is a popular destination for nature lovers and international visitors who are searching for some downtime! The idyllic surroundings and nearly extinct heritage makes Nida a memorable place to visit.  There are plenty of colorful fishing houses, kiosks, traditional Lithuanian restaurants, cottages, churches, apartments, nature trails, and much more.  This place also offers a platform for people who like to be active outdoors. Biking, kayaking, hiking, and wind sports, such as windsurfing are common in Nida.  Plus, enormous sand dunes are seen throughout this region as well!  Overall, my time here was short, but well spent.  I ate great Lithuanian food, took many pictures along the coast, and had the chance to play in the sand dunes!! Nida is the gem of the Baltic Sea!  It is a national treasure with drifting white sand dunes, clear blue waters,…