I couldn’t imagine a more satisfying exchange experience than I had in Porto, Portugal. I observed and assisted in Plastic Surgery at the largest hospital in Portugal, Hospital São João. The surgeons were all incredibly welcoming and willing to teach me, not only about surgery, but also about their country and city. I was fortunate to meet so many medical students from all over the world (Taiwan, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Lebanon, etc.) who also participated in exchanges. Through the IFMSA social program, we traveled the beautiful country of Portugal, enjoying the rich culture, history, and of course, the Port wine.
Pictured are my fellow exchange students making an ‘international dinner,’ where everyone made a typical dish from their home countries. We made sloppy Joes and cookie dough to represent the United States! Also pictured is the Ponte Luis I, a bridge spanning from the city of Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, where many Port wine cellars operate. I am so grateful for this opportunity with IFMSA, through which I met so many amazing people and learned more than I ever expected.