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When I started this experience I didn't know what would happen in the whole month. I had a lot of feelings I was anxious, nervous, excited, and a little bit afraid because I wanted to do my the best and didn't want to disappoint the people that trust me for this, it was harder because we were the first Guatemalan students. The good part was that I was going with my best friend and in all the way to Portland we were talking that this opportunity was one of a kind, that we will be more mature and learn in the professional, and personal aspects. For my surprise it resulted the best experience of all, everything was better than I expect and much more.
The first day we met Gloria, she was very nice, and lovely person. She gave us everything we need for the hospital. So the first two weeks started, I was on internal medicine with one of the last year residents and an intern, they always encourage me to learn more about the physiology and be able to speak fluently with my attending about the plan and assessment of patients. The language was challenge for me because talking with someone was easy, but talking about medicine with the terms and phrases that we use in Spanish was a new level to me. Knowing how to use the software to write my notes, not getting lost in the hospital for the morning reports and the conferences in the amphitheater, knowing which attending I had to staff with and which busses to take to the hospital felt just like a real job. Some afternoons we went for an ice cream or eat some place with Daniel and Vincent we get along all the time we spent with them.
This two weeks I stayed with Dr. Ruben and his two sons, they were great hosts I could spent time with his family and friends, and I spent time with the Family of Ilse they wanted us to feel happy and enjoy our time in Portland, they took us to hikes, to see snow (I made my first snow man), to the movies, to a party, we cooked together and had a lot of fun.
And when more days passed, more interesting became the experience. I started in infectious disease, it was surprising to realized the different illness we saw there (the drug abuse, the obesity and renal disease) and those we had in Guatemala. I learned about the new antibiotics they used, in each patient considering some aspects. We started receiving classes with the chief of resident. Those classes were very helpful in our rotation.
In the other part I move into with a special family, OT Millsap and his wife, the first minute I spent with them I felt just like home. We get together all the time with Ilse and the new family she was staying. We did fun things like (Saturday market, went to the beach, to an old mansion, buy some books at powells, eating outside, ate sushi or Thai food). And the time was passing and we knew our rotation was getting to the end. I continue learning new things, and interesting cases. it was very easy to understood most of the things because the resident push me to analyzed every detail, to think all together.
I think this opportunity change my perspective of what I want in my professional life, to know things I have to changed to be a better person as a doctor and be more helpful for my patients. I'm glad I had this chance to grow up a little bit more and opened my eyes to a new world that I never saw before.
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