Being a med student—or even before that—I always wanted to rotate at a hospital in the U.S. I always wanted to see how different practicing medicine in Brazil and in the U.S. could be. When I learned about AMOpportunities, I knew I just had to go on one of their rotations. The process of choosing which one to go to was hard because they have so many options! I ended up deciding to go “bold” and do a surgical rotation. I wanted to try new things, so I opted to do a general surgery rotation in Los Angeles followed by a neurosurgery rotation in San Diego. Initially, I was only going to do the general surgery rotation, but I couldn’t fit it in my school vacation, and the AMO team was amazing to help me set up another amazing rotation! I could not have chosen better. I learned more than I could expect, and the doctors and their team could not be more professional, kind, patience and more willing to teach! They were all just fantastic.
In LA, I got to go to all kinds of surgeries (video laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, removal of breast tumor surgery, thyroid surgery, colorectal cancer removal, etc.) and have a great and vast clinical experience at the office seeing the patients. In San Diego, I saw back and brain surgeries and got to learn a lot about the clinical manifestations of diseases that affect the spinal cord. I was so enchanted by the whole experience that I left the USA thinking about maybe going on to be a surgeon (which before the rotations never thought I would be). If you’re thinking about doing a rotation in the USA, being it just for the purpose of the experience or for practicing for the Steps, you cannot go wrong with AMO! They helped me throughout the process with information before applying to the rotations, choosing the rotations and getting placed in them, and I’ve always felt safe and confident with them. I am sure this experience has made a big impact in my professional and personal life, making me see some real options I have when coming down to what specialty I want to pursue in the future and helping me decide to try for the Steps! I can only thank the whole AMO team and the doctors and their staff for this life-changing experience!
-Crissia Santana, 4th year medicine student in Brazil.