Fulbright International Summer Institute in Pamporovo
While many of my university colleagues were going abroad to gain more hospital experience, I jetted off to Bulgaria to gain some less clinical, but not less important, skills-leadership, communication, and negotiation. These were taught at the Fulbright International Summer Institute in Pamporovo, a wonderful mountain resort in Bulgaria. After I had passed a tiring round of questions like, “Why on earth did you choose to study even in your summer holidays?” and “What does this have to do with medicine anyway?” and had travelled for a considerable length of time on an eastern European train, I found myself surrounded by people with different subject backgrounds from all over the world.
The first workshop I attended was on computer mediated communication in international contexts. “But how is this important to medical students?” you may ask. Well, considering that doctors communicate with people from all over the world using computers and