Clinical Visits Program
In collaboration with Dr. Ralf Dechend from the Charité and the Helios-Klinikum in Berlin-Buch, we have established a 'Clinical Visits' Program that allows TransCard students to get first-hand insight into the clinical perspective of their research.
During their visit, students attend clinical results evaluations, measure their own heart function, and attend live surgeries commonly used in cardiovascular medicine. The 'Clinical Visits' Program thus provides a unique opportunity to literally move 'from bench to bedside'.
Sudhir Gopal Tattikota (TransCard student class of 2009) describes his experience as follows:
"It was really amazing I would say. Especially for people who are often stuck in the lab focused only on lab research, it is very essential for us to know how the clinical setup functions and what are the cutting-edge surgeries and medicines the doctors follow. We had wonderful ward meetings where the doctors team up in the evening to discuss the patients they are dealing with, just like our lab meetings. We also had ward rounds with Dr. Stefan Donath with his colleague in the morning and it was superb. The way the doctors discuss what to talk and tell the patients just before they visit them.
Next, we had all the exciting opportunity to see live surgeries during our Electrophysiology and Catheter Lab visits. It was very kind of the doctors to explain every detail of the surgery while it was happening, which I thought was great. It was both informative and exciting to see how they treat stenosis or atrial fibrillation using catheters, without actually opening the heart (no open heart surgery). The doctors were also very kind to explain everything in English for me. Dr. Dechend was very kind to show us echocardiography even during his very busy and hectic schedule. He explained every detail about the technique while he was performing it on his patients.
In sum, it was very cool! It was informative and very exciting for any 'all-lab PhD scientist' to learn and take his bench-work one more step ahead and closer to treating the patients. I'd thank TransCard for this superb opportunity."