Six months in Madrid
International training program gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while learning a new culture in another part of the world. EuroNet MRPH by promoting foreign internships opens the door of Europe to Public Health Residents, so why not take advantage of this?
I answered to an internship placement on EuroNet MRPH website at the Escuela Nacional de Sanidad Publica “Instituto Carlo III” in Madrid, Spain. The internship project was proposed by the Professor Mrs Mª Joao Forjaz and there were minimum requirements in terms of both time and skills. The topic concerned the quality of life, functional status and comorbidity status in older people with and without dementia. I contacted Prof. Mrs M.J. Forjaz who showed interest in my request and helped me to prepare all the bureaucratic stuff for the internship. I also thank the director of the institute «Scuola di Specializzazione in Igiene e Medicina Preventiva», Catania, Prof. R. Fallico who opens for the first time the school to this international exchange.
I started my 6 month period in February 2013. First, I talked with my tutor to discuss about what I had worked on and how to deal with a completely new theme for me. She gave me all the information to work (book, scientific articles) and a workstation. I was also introduced to her work group with whom I had the pleasure of working for various projects. My job consisted in writing scientific articles and in analyzing the data with statistical software.