July 14, 2023
Alexander Necula, a fourth-year medical student and CIRSE student ambassador, wrote to us to share his experiences with CIRSE and the Student Internship Programme, through which he found an internship at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
CIRSE is an incredible organization with amazing professionals and has greatly enriched my academic journey, and I am delighted to share my experience as a student and ambassador within CIRSE and its Student Programme. I am currently in my fourth year as a medical student at “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and over the last couple of years I have developed a profound interest in interventional radiology.
At the end of my first year of medical school, I had a transformative encounter with IR while doing a summer internship at the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Institute in Cluj-Napoca, where I had the opportunity of assisting in TACE procedures. Under the guidance of Dr. Mihai Comsa, I was introduced to the “nuts and bolts” of IR, which sparked a deep curiosity in me for this field of medicine. Later on, I learned about CIRSE from radiology residents and senior students who spoke highly of their previous experiences at the annual CIRSE congress.
Intrigued and eager to learn more, I started exploring the opportunities that CIRSE provides for students. It was during this time that I came across the student internship programme. I applied for it at the end of my second year of medical school, recognizing it as a valuable opportunity to enhance my knowledge and gain hands-on experience in IR procedures. It was with great pleasure that I received the news of being accepted into my first-choice hospital, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland.