T-minus 16 hours until Moscow

April 12, 2016 § 7 Comments

This past month or so has sped by faster than I ever could have imagined. With my study plan, my weeks are quite packed (I’m trying to do as much of my exam prep now as possible so that I can take my exams earlier). There have been several presentations and some exams on top of that. Plus an unforgettable 10-day trip to Thailand, followed by participating in the International Carnival at school (which required making 400 servings of cornbread and honey butter). And now: Moscow!

Preparing for this competition has been quite stressful – to say the least. Obtaining a visa, understanding the events, choosing the events to participate in, training for the events, etc. Sometimes I feel like my extracurriculars are twice that of my normal student load.

The competition lasts for four full days. We will be the first ever team to head there, so we’re both excited and nervous – we have absolutely no idea what to expect! For future years, the Department of Surgical Research and Techniques will most likely host an internal competition for those interested in going to to the competition in Moscow (Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University hosts an annual international surgery competition there). So, we are the pilot group!

This is the schedule for those four days:


We won’t be participating in all of them. For example, the cardiovascular one looked way too complicated and we wouldn’t have been able to practice it before. Also, there are a theoretical portion and instrument identification portion that are entirely in Russian. Now that I look at it, I think we are participating in all of the ones in the photos except for the cardiovascular and nerve repair teams. Pretty good for a team of only seven who have no idea what they are getting into ;).

After being in Thailand for 10 days and loving the chance to experience new places and a new culture, we’ve been trying to bring that energy back home to Budapest. How? By trying places we’ve never tried before! Sounds a bit silly, I know. But it is so easy to get caught in the same routine of places to go for drinks/dinner with friends, etc. After handing in the applications for our visas to Hello Oroszorzág, we grabbed some lunch at Menza in Liszt Ferenzc tér

Then it was off to plan our training schedule and decide which events we would want to take part in:

After that, we only had a week and a half or so of training ahead of us. We fit in four full training sessions:

Day 1: we tried our hand at intestinal anastomosis using pig intestine. It was so absolutely different from doing sutures on the skin! That is something that seems obvious, but it still surprises you when you are doing it.

Day 2: We worked on some cutaneous sutures, including a Z-plasty. The defect (“cancer” or “necrotic tissue”) is removed and two triangles are cut, switch places and are then sutured to close the hole made in the skin. My triangles weren’t a perfect fit, so my wound edges weren’t too clean, but it was still fun to try!

Day 3: We practiced gastrostomy methods for our “Endovideosurgical” contest. I did these sutures by hand during the practice, but we will do them laparoscopically at the competition. After, we spent a couple hours practicing our laparoscopic sutures in the pelvitrainer lab at school.

Day 4: All of us made our way to the training lab in Herceghalom. They are currently conducting a surgical residency training program there, but we were able to sneak in and use the pelvitrainers when they weren’t practicing on them.

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Here’s my snapchat video from the day. Please excuse my horrible spelling!

When Skjalg and I got home that night, we decided to try making our own pelvitrainer to practice with at home. It ended up being quite the success!

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It’s only the early evening now, but it’s time for me to pack and settle in for whatever sleep I can get. We leave for the airport at 3:00 in the morning and there probably won’t be too much time to rest in Moscow. A lot to do and a lot to see!! We have no idea what lies ahead of us but I am so, so excited. No matter what happens, this has been, is and will be an amazing experience :). I’m so thankful for this opportunity! I’m also really happy to get to know and work with some Hungarian students. It’s about time!

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§ 7 Responses to T-minus 16 hours until Moscow

  • Antonio Fiorentino says:

    Don’t know if you realize your thought patterns and language have changed. You now think and speak like a medical doctor. The years of study are paying off. What an amazing adventure: practising medicine in Russia! Keep us updated

  • So excited for you 🙂 I know you’ll do amazing in Moscow haha. The home built pelvitrainer is hilarious but still quite cool
    I’ve just sent my documents for early application and now I’m deciding on an entrance exam date. I’ll be taking the entrance exam in Singapore at the Hungarian embassy. Quite excited!

    • Buda B says:

      Thank you!! Haha, that it was! Was pretty fun to make 🙂

      You’ve probably had the entrance exam by now! I really hope it went well 😀

  • Charkie says:

    You guys are so awesome! Super kudos for making your own pelvitrainer – love your innovation and drive, and hope to hear how it paid off in Russia!

  • Shiny says:

    I’m starting dentistry at Semmelwies this September.
    Your blog has helped me so much! I started from the beginning and read it the whole way through!

    Why have you stopped posting? I can’t wait to see how you got on this year.

    Hope you’re enjoying your summer ❤️

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Shiny!

      Oh wow!! First, congrats on your admission – I know you must be so excited!! Second, I can’t believe that you read the whole thing!! I’ve been considering doing the same thing 🙂

      I know, I’ve fallen off the radar for the past two months :(. It was honestly just a mix of being so busy with studying – the kind of studying where you need to devote most if not all your free time to it – and having so many blog emails to reply to. I feel guilty posting something new when I have people that have been waiting weeks for a response. But, I’m caught up now – I think! – so I’m back 🙂

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