Bhanuja Bhagwat

Participant of the Summer School on Pediatrics 2015

Before I begin, I would like to thank the organizing committee of the SOPG-2015 for providing me with an opportunity to share my experiences and thoughts about the Summer School programme at The University of Groningen. I am truly honoured to be one among the many participants in the Summer School and blessed to have represented my country. I do hope this helps candidates around the world to quench their thirst for knowledge in the field of paediatrics and medicine.

My name is Bhanuja Bhagwat and I am 21 years old. I reside in Bangalore, India and I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree in the medical field. The Medical Sciences course is for five years here, in India and I am currently in my final year of studies. I am proud to say that I am on a journey that was once my childhood dream, my biggest motivation being, to see happiness and health around me. I am also an avid reader, a trained Indian classical and western dancer and I love to bake. I also have a keen interest in learning foreign languages.

I chose to apply for this summer programme because I really liked the idea of the University bringing the bright students and inspired researchers together to work intensively on important topics. I was also very eager to know more about the various disciplines under Paediatrics and how it differs between various countries. This summer school programme offered some lectures and workshops which were very interesting, especially in neonatology and pediatric surgery. My favourite discipline was neonatology and this was because the concept of general movement assessment was something new to me and it pushed me to learn more. I had also heard experiences from my seniors who had attended this programme which intrigued me all the more.

In my opinion, Summer schools are a great way to learn in depth about a subject, apart from the regular curriculum. The Pediatrics summer school fulfills all the criteria in providing a fun-filled and educational experience to its participants. It is very difficult for me to choose my favourite part of the summer school but it definitely has to be the pediatric intensive care workshop. This is a very useful and helpful workshop and it was taught to us in such a way that we would never forget our basics when an emergency situation arises.

The research proposal that I worked on was in the department of pediatric ENT and it was titled “Relationship between auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) and blood incompatibility in children: A retrospective study.” While writing this proposal, I learnt how to work with the other participants, have healthy discussions and come to a consensus. It was a good way to enforce team work amongst us. I also learn about a new disease, which is rare in India.

The social programme was very well organised. We visited all kinds of restaurants, tasted some delicious Dutch delicacies and danced a lot! It was a great way to get to know everyone at the summer school better. My favourite part was the Schiermonnikoog island trip and cycling around the island was just the icing on the cake!

Groningen city is the most student friendly city I have ever visited. There is so much architectural beauty and so less traffic! The boat houses and the canals throughout the city was a pleasant sight and have surely made me want to visit again! The canals of Amsterdam were also quite the sight! The tour through the Emma’s children’s hospital was great as well. It was very intriguing to know how much they care for their patients by organising various inpatient activities.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this summer school to all those who want to explore their options in the field of Pediatrics. This summer school has broadened my perspective and made me look at medicine differently. The professors of the University are very approachable and have cleared many of my doubts during their enthralling lectures. It has also given me some ideas for my future specialization and kindled my interest in research as well. It is truly an opportunity that one must not miss and make the most out of it!