03/30/15

Today was our first day of the rotation. Gordon and I are staying just outside of the city of Heraklion, about 10 min walk from the city center. To get to the hospital is a 30 minute bus ride. Try as we might, we were unable to find any bus maps in English. We did get directions from the lady who runs international affairs for the University of Crete, but still managed to take two wrong busses before we managed to get on the correct one. The entire journey took us about an hour and a half. Luckily, the medical school is very used to international students getting lost! The hospital is in a beautiful location, about thirty minutes inland from Heraklion. From the windows of the hospital, you can see hills and cottages and green grass and blue skies. The hospital itself is fairly good sized although it’s structured differently. The patient rooms are a little larger than the patient rooms in America and there are six to eight patients per room. We arrived today in time for Medicine rounds. Rounds were performed in Greek (the charts are also mostly in Greek) but the attending gave a presentation of each patient in English, which I suspect is for the sake of Gordon and I. So far, everyone has been extremely nice at the hospital, although I think they find our business casual clothes and short white coats amusing. The medical students here wear jeans and sneakers under their long white coats. Evi, the international affairs lady, told me the best way to tell the different between an attending and a student is just by judging their age. After work today, Gordon and I wandered through the streets of Heraklionand stopped   at  a local restaurant on the street for gyros. It’s a beautiful day here!  

 

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