来自印尼的Alexander Edo Tondas博士是来我院“一带一路”心脏介入培训基地接受培训的第4位心血管医生。他为期6个月的培训在11月底正式结束，在这里与我们分享他在武汉的故事。。。
“The adventures of A Foreign Doctor in Wuhan”
It was the beginning of summer, when I first set my foot in Wuhan.Located in central China, Wuhan holds a population of approximately 11 million people, a growing and dynamic metropolis, boasting its slogan : “Wuhan everyday different”. That was the first time I saw people eating “re gan mian”, local dry and hot noodles, while crossing a busy road with unpredictable traffic.
China has opened its door to the world, with “One belt one road” program, across various disciplines, including medicine. I am an Indonesian cardiologist, “anxious” on my first day of advanced interventional cardiology training in Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital.
Normally in my own country I would operate on around 20 patients per month. Here, I was welcomed by 24 patients per day, starting on day one in the catheterization laboratory. The hospital has a total of six cath lab, covering a vast range of non surgical cardiac intervention and also electrophysiology (arrhytmia) with a total of approximately 6000 cases per year. The technology in interventional cardiology is cutting edge, with IVUS (intravascular ultrasound), FFR (fractionated flow ratio), and OCT (optical coherence tomography) just to name a few. These equipments are quite rare in Indonesia, and only limited to some big centers, due to low affordability and not sustainable by our current reimbursement system.
汪敏主任给Alexander Edo Tondas博士进行全英文理论授课
My first month in Wuhan was literally the hardest challenge, I might say it’s a cultural shock. Language barrier was the main issue : not everyone here speaks English, let alone Bahasa Indonesia, and on the other side, my knowledge in chinese language was very much limited. Thankfully, my friends tried their best to help and communicate with this “alien”. I struggled to adjust with the insane work speed and adapt to the summer heat, which can rose up to 42 celcius degrees outside, No wonder that Wuhan is called as one of the “furnaces” of China.
As time went by, the bond with my co-workers started to grow, my tongue got better I was even able to tell the patients to relax...in their language, and my mentor would easily give me instructions without having to worry. I was no longer a burden to the team, rather I was happy that I could help them finish all the work faster.
I also found consolation in Wechat, or Weixin, made by China’s internet giant, Tencent. This convenient app allowed me to video call my family back home with ease and enjoyed the cashless community, as it’s directly connected to the bank account, you just have to scan and go. During my spare time, I enjoyed travelling off-the-beaten path in China and fulfilling my hobby in photography without any worry of being lost with the help of Baidu map.
Alexander Edo Tondas博士精彩的摄影作品
And now, the winter is closing in, and so is the end of my 6 months fellowship in Wuhan. It feels like that I’m going to miss this vibrant city of a thousand lakes behind the tall buildings, where fishing is free.
Thank you, for this was an exciting one of a kind life experience that I will remember for a long time. I hope I can see the snow fall before I leave.
医学培训部鄢华主任为Alexander Edo Tondas博士颁发中国心血管联盟“一带一路介入培训项目”结业证书