Chia-min at National Taiwan University Hospital

I chose to do my four week elective in two fields of surgery at the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) in Taipei, Taiwan. I spent my first two weeks in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the remaining two weeks in Cardiothoracic Surgery.  I decided to do my July elective abroad as I felt it would be valuable for me to experience what medicine was like in a developed country setting and how different it was from the South African health system.

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Jan attending Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Jan Retief took part in a semester exchange at Maastricht University. Here is his blog posting about this experience.

Pre-departure:

Studying abroad for a semester was never really part of any plan. When I started my masters last year, I planned to do it, get it done and find a job in South Africa. The thought of going abroad and studying never even remotely crossed my mind. It ended up being the best decision I have ever made.

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"When it comes to suitcases: backpack beats duffle bag, suitcase with wheels beats backpack and convertible backpack with wheels trumps everything. " Summer School Traveler Corneli Smit