Posts filed under ‘Alex’s China Trip’

Alex’s update from China – August 8

I worked on writing a rough draft abstract for the Chlamydia study for Dr. Afnan.  Once I finished that, I joined Dr. Yang Ming in pediatrics.  I got to see my first C-section!  Actually, it was my first delivery ever.   I always love seeing any kind of surgery.   It surprised me how big of an incision they have to make, but maybe it was because of the baby’s breach position.  The whole process was really neat, however, I prefer the babies after they are cleaned up!

August 9, 2011 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Alex’s Update from China – August 7

I went with Dr. Jernejcic and his daughter, Emily, to Tiananmen Square to visit Mao’s tomb.  The line was huge, but we got through it fairly quickly.  For some reason they required either a national identification card or a passport. The chamber had a somewhat large “Lincoln-esque” statue of Mao Zedong sitting cross-legged. Many people who visited brought flowers and laid them at the base. Nobody could take pictures and we were hurried through the actual chamber with his body. Apparently, there’s some speculation and controversy as to whether or not that is his real body because at the time of his death, the embalmers did not do a good job with the embalming process, so some have said that the body lying in the double-encased glass chamber may just be a wax figure. Afterwards, we had dinner at a restaurant called “Let’s Burger”, which was very western and had some pretty darn good burgers and fries. Remarkably, a lot of people were ordering the “Jumbo Lobster Burger”, which was like 268 RMB or around $40. We sat at the bar and got to see a handful of lobsters get butchered and prepared for the grill. I felt kind of bad for the lobsters for how brutal it seemed- that’s probably why I ordered the vegetarian mushroom burger. Still really good!

August 9, 2011 at 2:34 am Leave a comment

Alex’s update from China August 3, 4, & 5

Alex and Dr. Jernejcic

August 3

In the early afternoon, I met with Dr. Afnan, chair of the OB/GYN department, to discuss the goals and specifics of a clinical project I was asked to help with.   The project is a retrospective review of pregnant women screened for Chlamydia in the OB/GYN department.  The overall goal of the project is to determine the cost versus benefit of administering screening tests with the cost of having to treat infants infected with Chlamydia from their mother.

 August 4

I worked on background research, and familiarizing myself with the literature on Chlamydia, treatment, and screening protocols in theUK, US, andChina.

August 5

I compiled the information and calculated prevalence rates, cost, and other important figures from the data we had on those who were screened for Chlamydia at the hospital.  Aside from the research, I saw for the first time, a man in the ICU who was there because his bowels had perforated and leaked stool into his abdomen causing severe infection.

August 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm 1 comment

Alex’s update from China – August 1 & 2

August 1

In the morning, I was introduced to Dr. Sun Fei, chair of Pathology and Laboratory.  I am working on a clinical project with her and Dr. Afnan of OB/GYN.   Later in the afternoon, I met a couple who were waiting for their recently adopted son to become stable for their flight back to Canada.  Their experience was similar to our experience when we adopted my younger brother and ended up at the hospital in Zhengzhou.  After gaining custody of their new son, they had to take him to the hospital as he immediately became sick because of his underlying cardiac issues.  Fortunately, he is gaining weight and will hopefully be stable enough for the flight home where he will have his heart repaired.

August 2

Today I met with Maggie, one of the hospital workers who coordinates with many of the orphanages and foundations to bring orphans for medical care.  I presented her and several other workers and volunteers with a rough outline of a possible informal course for caretakers and nurses.  In the late afternoon, I accompanied Dr. Jernejcic and the IT head to Peking University Hospital.

August 4, 2011 at 12:17 am 1 comment

Alex’s update from China – July 31

Around 9:30 in the morning, I met up with several other student interns at the hospital.  First, they lead me to Tianjin Street behind Tiananmen Square.  This area was full of touristy shops and restaurants. It reminded me of Epcot.  We had lunch at a dumpling place.  This might be my new favorite Chinese dish.  The dumplings were real darn tasty.  Afterwards, we continued our sightseeing at Ho-Hai, where it was slightly more scenic because of a small lake.  Finally, we went to a place called KTV.  This was quite the strange experience.  We entered a fancy hotel-like place where we waited to go to a private room where our small group sang karaoke for way too long.  I don’t really get why young Chinese kids find this fun.  I was glad I got to experience it, but I doubt I’ll be doing it again.

August 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Alex’s update from China – July 30

In the morning, we went rock climbing.  It was fun to see that they have climbing in China, even though it was in a warehouse full of indoor soccer fields.  After climbing, we went to a noodle soup place for lunch.  I had noodles with mixed mushrooms, which was amazing.  Following our lunch, we ventured to the violin shop for Dr. Jernejcic’s daughter’s violin.  Then Dr. Jernejcic and I checked out the Lama Temple where there was a 90 foot Buddhist statue carved out of a single piece of wood.  It was interesting that the figures did not look typically Buddhist, but rather looked like a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism.   Many of the statues had the many arms seen in Hindu gods.

August 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Alex’s Update from China – July 29

I attended a talk by Dr. Rob Blinn, chair of psychological health at the hospital.  The lecture was on attachment issues and its development, especially in orphaned children.  I learned quite a bit on this topic from the talk.  Afterwards, I was fortunate to meet with some  nurses and employees from some of the orphanage foundations.  Many that were in attendance were from Blue Sky and Holt adoption agency.  One of the nurses, who I could communicate with fairly well, was interested in my proposal for establishing a bowel management and ostomy training course for her group.  I have been brainstorming the outline for this and I am currently contacting individuals about possible assistance.

August 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Weekend update


Alex spent the weekend rock climbing, sightseeing, and singing Karaoke!

July 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm 1 comment

Alex’s update from China July 28

In the morning, I attended a meeting with all the doctors to discuss interesting cases.  It was a bit different than the type of meetings I am used to in the United States, where the resident presents a case and the attending doctors grill him with questions.  Following the meeting, I spent the rest of my day following the chair of the OB/GYN department, Dr. Afnan.  He was a soft-spoken, but very friendly doctor from the UK.  We spent our time seeing patients who had a variety of issues ranging from twins, to mother-baby blood type mismatching, and miscarriage.  I still have yet to witness a live birth.

July 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Alex in China July 27

I woke up extremely early (one night is not enough to get over jet-lag), around 5 AM.  We arrived at the hospital around 8:00 AM.  I was immediately introduced to the ER attending on duty that day.  Dr. Pasanante, from Chicago, came over for the thrill of being in a different country.  I spent my morning with a pediatrician, Dr. Owen Yang, who graciously allowed me to follow him to patient rooms.  I was really excited to hear about and see the baby that they had from a foundation that sponsored the baby’s surgeries to repair her imperforate anus.  She was recovering from the final step of the operation, the colostomy closure.   It was really nice to spend time with Dr. Yang because of how open he was to answering my questions about Chinese healthcare.

In the afternoon, I went back down to the ER and spent time with Dr. Pasanante.  I was surprised that there was another intern, Melanie, from the United States, spending time in the ER.  Melanie is from Columbia University and has been here since May.  She’s been doing research at Peking University on Mondays and Tuesdays, then coming to the hospital for the rest of the week.  Unlike most ERs that I’ve spent time in, this hospital’s ER was fairly slow.  This might be due to the fact that the hospital is private, and many of the patients are expatriates, westerners, or the more well-to-do population in Beijing.   Spending time with Dr. Pasanante was a great because we got to talk about his non-stereotypical journey into medicine.  He explained to us that he had originally done his undergraduate work in business and then decided after he had graduated to pursue medicine.

July 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

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