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What our former visiting physicians say

Nasuh Utku Dogan, MD

I visited Charité for two months period between 2012 May and June. My purpose was to improve my skills, knowledge and experience in gynecologic oncologic laparoscopic surgeries. I had observed much more than I expected. During this time period I had chance to follow all operations performed in both Benjamin Franklin and Mitte Campuses.

Prof Schneider is a wonderful academician, teacher and very talented surgeon.  He set basic rules regarding laparoscopic surgery that everybody should perform. The product of his ten years’ experience "golden rules videos" was ready in operation room and I made use of it to learn basic rules and steps of each operation.  Prof Schneider and his team performed complicated surgeries without any significant bleeding which they called "sahara surgery". I observed and sometimes had the opportunity to attend every kind of surgeries regarding gynecologic cancers such as laparoscopic nerve sparing radical hysterectomy, laparoscopic pelvic paraaortic lymphadenectomy, sentinel lymph node procedures, laparoscopic assisted vaginal trachelectomies, laparoscopic parametrectomies and even laparoscopic exenteration for recurrent cases all of which were performed by Prof Schneider, Prof. Christhardt Köhler and Dr. Vitto Chiantera and their team as easy as everyday surgical procedures.

My time in Berlin, Charité University was very valuable and improved my skills much more than I imagined. Thanks to Prof Schneider, now I began to perform laparoscopic surgeries in my institution and planning to proceed with more complicated procedures.  I hope I have a chance to visit Charité and Prof Schneider in the near future again.   

Dr. Nasuh Utku Dogan is Assistant Professor in the gynecologic oncology unit at Selcuk University in Konya (Turkey)

Sambor Sawicki, M.D., Ph.D.

I was able to attend the OR for two weeks and it passed surprisingly quickly. The most prominent observations regarding the operations: very detailed theoretical preparation for every part of the procedure, "patients tailored" management adopted to the information emerging during the course of the operation and, most striking, the outstanding laparoscopic operative skills. Moreover, Professor Schneider and his team created comprehensive multimedia presentations on laparoscopic surgery. This effect of meticulous work makes up, in my opinion, the best available source for self education on laparoscopy. This visit was an unique, remarkable experience. Thank you very much.

Dr. Sawicki is Senior Assistant at the Department of Gynecology, Gynecologic Endocrinology and Gynecologic Oncology at Medical University of Gdańsk (Poland)

Victorino C. Garcia, Jr., MD

I spent almost 5 weeks, from November 14 to December 16, 2011 at the Department of Gynecology and Gynaecologic Oncology of the Charité Benjamin Franklin with Professor Dr. Achim Schneider as Director and Chief.
The goal of my visit was to interact with specialists in my field in Berlin, Germany in order to familiarize and learn the advances in the treatment of gynaecologic malignancies.

I spent most of my time in the operating room. Everyday is operating day. They have 3 to 6 operations a day, distributed from benign to premalignant to malignant conditions. I had the opportunity to witness a spectrum of minimally invasive gynaecologic oncology surgeries, whether it’s a simple hysterectomy to radical hysterectomy. The surgeons took extra time to explain the rationale for each procedure as it relates to the case of each patient. I was also privileged to experience first hand the teaching modules specifically designed by Professor Achim Schneider and his team, which included the golden rules on laparoscopy and minimally invasive procedure for benign and malignant conditions.

My experience in Berlin was a great success. Taking a break from my own practice in the Philippines and observing the diagnostic and management routines of my German counterparts was a very valuable experience. Furthermore, the positive impressions and knowledge gained would be an enormous help in the care of my cancer patients, and will be echoed to my students, residents, fellows, and colleagues.

Dr. Victorino C. Garcia is Medical Specialist-Part Time/Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at 1 Medical Center, Dagupan City, Pangasinan (Philippines)

Dr. Artem V. Stepanyan, MD

Thanks to the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship I had an opportunity to spend a one month observership in GYN Department of Charité University Hospital.  The aim of my stay was acquaintance with laparoscopic procedures in gynecological oncology.  During the time period from October 1-st to November 30-th I could the surgeries performed both in Mitte and Benjamin Franklin campuses, so I could get familiar with the technique of the following operations that I was interested in:

1.    Laparoscopic para-aortic lymphadenectomy
2.    Laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy
3.    Laparoscopic sentinel node procedure for cervical cancer
4.    Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy
5.    Laparoscopically assisted radical vaginal hysterectomy
6.    Vaginally assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy

The operations were chiefly performed by extremely skilled professionals like Prof. Achim Schneider, Prof. Christhardt Köhler and Dr. Vito Chiantera.  Besides of detailed comments focused on the tips, tricks and pitfalls I got the answers to all of my questions during the operation and afterwards as well. Moreover Prof. Schneider kindly gave me а memory stick with perfectly edited educational videos of mentioned above procedures.

I’m very grateful to Professor Achim Schneider and his team to the knowledge that I have got in their Institution. Hopefully we will successfully collaborate in the future.

Dr. Artem Stepanyan is Associate Professor at Oncology Chair, Yerevan State Medical University (Armenia)