At AMO we care about our visitors. We strive to make experiences that are enjoyable, if not life-changing which is why Vaiva’s story got us excited. Because of her clinical rotation with AMO during August, Vaiva, a current medical student from Lithuania, realized that she wants to pursue her career, after graduating, here in the U.S. To find out what made Vaiva fall in love with practicing medicine in the U.S. continue reading.

Reaching Towards Residency in the U.S.

My interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery started just before I finished high school. When I got to know more about this specialty, I realized it was what I wanted to do with my life. When I began medical school I tried to improve my knowledge and practical skills at the university and clinics. I eventually understood this was not enough. To be a good specialist you need to get international experience as well. So, at the beginning of my 3rd year at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas began planning my trip to the U.S. for a plastic and reconstructive surgery rotation in Minneapolis. This experience did not disappoint! It helped me decide that I want to practice and do my residency in the United States.

I had the honor of working with a very intelligent and kind person, Dr. C Because of his busy schedule, I got to attend many consultations and surgeries that allowed me to see different cases and understand, how the best plastic surgeons do their job. My supervising physician was always ready to answer my questions and explain things in detail.

In the clinic, I met my supervisor’s colleagues. They were kind and helped me to learn new things. I also met other medical students and residents. I had the opportunity to talk with them about my medical studies, the U.S. health system, and the residency application process. These conversations broadened my knowledge about the medical field in the U.S.

Outside of my rotation I had the chance to attended a seminar about lymph-edema and microsurgery in addition to a workshop to develop our skills with microscopes. These were some of the most memorable moments of my clinical rotation. Now, after finishing my rotation in the U.S. and started a new one in the plastic and reconstructive surgery department at my university, I can see how my knowledge has been elevated.

Not only did the rotation give me a memorable experience, but it also changed my future plans. I am now beginning my application for residency in the United States! Apart from the clinical rotation, which was the main reason for my visit to the U.S., I had a great time. I got to explore Minneapolis, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. It allowed me to realize how big the U.S. truly is.

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