It all started with an iconnect announcement offering us a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in an Erasmus traineeship program in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) in Lithuania.
My name is Omar Jamaleddine, a 6th year medicine student at Beirut Arab University (BAU) and I was lucky enough to be chosen for a traineeship program in Kaunas, Lithuania at the LSMU.
Spending 8 weeks rotating in different departments of the hospital exposed me to a huge variety of medical cases under supervision of different doctors with different approaches. Attending all kind of surgeries, observing and assisting in some; provided me with an invaluable experience and helped me to a clearer residency plan. I found the utmost professionalism and respect with evey interaction I had during my rotations.
One of the perks of being under the umbrella of Erasmus+ is the help you receive in finding accommodation, a social group of likewise foreigners, an organized hospital schedule along with a small introduction to the Lithuanian culture and language beforehand. Communication was a bit challenging due to the language barrier but people were very nice, welcoming and helpful.
Lithuania is a historically rich country, it harbored many civilizations and it’s shown in every neighborhood. Visiting the capital city of Vilnius, you’re found in the middle of a bustling UNESCO heritage district surrounded by museums, historical places and some unique buildings showcasing the city’s history and culture. But spending most of my stay in Kaunas, this city will always have a very special place in my heart, definitely a freezing cold one but nevertheless it‘s a beatiful city blessed with an amazing nature blended with breathtaking architecture and a very easygoing lifestyle. You’re presented with hundreds of restaurants offering all kind of local and international cuisines, a lively nightlife and some interesting touristic attractions.
I would like to thank both universities for such opportunity, an exceptional hospital, extraordinary country and amazing people. Hands down this is one of the best experiences of my life both personal and professional.