MY EXPERIENCE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL TÜBINGEN
WFNS-Aesculap Adult Neurosurgery Fellowship in Tübingen
October - December 2021
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First of all I would like to express my gratitude to Prof. Miguel Arraez, Chairman of the WFNS Foundation, Aesculap AG in Tuttlingen and especially Prof. Marcos Tatagiba, Chairman and Director of the Department of Neurosurgery, for sponsoring and giving a unique fellowship opportunity, making the trip to Germany possible and everything such as the apartment I lived in, the experience I have gained and the short trips I took around different historical places of Tübingen. Secondly, I want to thank the secretary of the Department of Neurosurgery of the University Hospital Tübingen, Susanne Efferenn, for making me feel comfortable in a completely foreign country, because without her help I would not have been able to be in Germany, as my fellowship coincided with the pandemic.
I’m Dr Gayrat Eshkuvvatov, a neurosurgeon from Uzbekistan, working as neurosurgeon in the Republican Specialized Center of Neurosurgery for the past 5 years. I came to the University Hospital Tübingen for advanced training in neurosurgery. As a neurosurgeon, I have been interested for a long time in travelling to Germany to observe and learn from the leading neurosurgeons in the world, especially from Professor Tatagiba who was very famous as a specialist of cerebello-pontine angle tumors. As soon as I became aware of this unique fellowship opportunity, I applied, and I am grateful and honored to have been chosen.
Here every fellow can get a great pleasure from how doctors and professors teach who do not miss even the smallest details. Moreover they are really creative specialists. It was a pleasure to observe Professor Tatagiba and his team perform a meticulous acoustic neuroma surgery. I immediately understood that the outcomes for this procedure in Germany are so fantastic because the procedure is so carefully and systematically performed.
Professor Tatagiba amazed me as a multidisciplinary neurosurgeon, he copes excellently with all pathologies of the brain and spinal cord at a time when modern neurosurgeons are becoming more selective. His words "a neurosurgeon should treat a patient, but not an image" became a catchphrase for me.
I was welcome in all kind of surgeries to broaden my horizon; I was impressed by the skills of Professors Honegger and Schuhmann, doctors Naros, Füllbier and Adib.
“Amusement and useful moments”; these are the words that I can describe my fellowship training course here in Germany. I was amazed by the hospitality of the German people. Another thing that impressed me and I learnt from them which I really appreciate is that these people are time-conscious, and punctuality is the vital factor in Germany. I have seen people running to and from with briefcases on the street. I was surprised and amazed to see big clocks in every part of the cities. That justifies to me what I heard about German precision prior to be in Germany. Though the life became complicated and very advanced in Germany, the people here still hold on their traditions and are still simple, generous and willing to help.
Another positive side of such international fellowship programs for young doctors is to make a lot of new friends, so after this course, I have friends from Venezuela, Brasil, Mexico and of course from Germany. This cultural meeting is really useful for exchanging experiences.
For me, Germany was a real treasure of science, culture and experience. For those surgeons considering this or another fellowship program, I cannot emphasize enough how valuable such a trip abroad can be in one’s own personal and professional development. Indeed, we have much to learn from our surgical colleagues around the world, and establishing both personal and professional connections with them is an honor and a joy.
Thank you very much!!!
WFNS-Aesculap Adult Fellowship in Tuebingen: https://www.wfns.org/training-centers/2/
WFNS-Aesculap Pediatric Fellowship in Tuebingen: https://www.wfns.org/training-centers/1/