SOE Grant Report Dr. Vihra Alexandrova Kamenova Bulgaria–Glostrup Eye Hospital


Dr. Vihra Alexandrova  Kamenova  Bulgaria–Glostrup Eye Hospital

First of all I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the European Society of Ophthalmology, which provided me with the Educational Grant for Ophthalmologists-in-training 2012 and gave me opportunity to visit one of the best European ophthalmic centers-Glostrup  Eye Hospital  with Head of Department Prof Lund Andersen.

Prior of my visit there I had excellent communication with clinic’s secretary Pia Witthøft. With this report I would like to share my greatest appreciation to her since she had assisted me with my hospital placement, finding acceptable dates for my visit and did all necessary paper work that needed to be done there.

Since my clinical experience in ophthalmology is predominantly in medical and surgical retina, therefore I spent one month in surgical retina department with supervisor prof.  Morten La Cour. I was able to visit a well-equipped operating premises and observe different ophthalmic surgeries  every one day.

I had a perfect educational schedule  and I was attached to the vitreoretinal team all the time. I was observing  a great number of complicated and difficult cases intra- and postoperatively. I have learned much about every single aspect of operations and I got many surgical tips, as well as the process of hospital and home care of the patients and follow up visits after the surgery. I would like to thank to all team and especially to Dr Ole Mark Jensen who is really devoted to his work and to his patients.

I was also at Rigshospitalet – a specialised hospital in oncology. I observed many cases with intraocular tumors-clinical examinations, controls, unique operations. It was extremely interesting and useful for my education, because there aren’t any specialised intraocular tumor department in Bulgaria. So I saw surgical treatment that I have never seen before. Special thanks to Dr Jens Folke Kiilgaard!

I would like to extend my real respect and gratitude also to Dr. Ole Mark Jensen and Dr. Jens Folke Kiilgaard.  Their expert opinion and guidance helped me to learn many diagnostic and surgical subtleties. I also was touched with their friendly attitude to fellows and nurses as well as high level of deontological ethic (attitude doctors to patient and doctors to doctors).

Besides all of the educational aspects of the observership I had an opportunity to get in touch with Danish culture by visiting various museums and exhibitions, concerts and of course Tivoli amusement park. Denmark  is a lovely country with great history and extremely beautiful  and clear nature. It was a pleasure for me to live a month there.

SOE Resident Grant is truly a unique opportunity for an individual to upgrade his clinical knowledge and skills, to find new networking opportunities in the ophthalmology and to meet the culture of the country.

I would greatly recommend Glostrup Eye Hospital to the future SOE grant recipients, and excellent and admirable team of vitreoretinal surgeons for those who interested in VR surgery.