EXPERIENCE OF A PREVIOUS FELLOW

PERSPECTIVES FROM THE 2020 SAAS EDINBURGH FELLOW

With the world gripped by the worst pandemic since the Spanish flu of 1918, local and International lockdowns threatened many events and saw humanity having to adjust to a “new Normal”. Like rerouting a vessel in a storm healthcare delivery and academic programs had to change with the tide, fellowships were no exception to this challenge. From the cold mornings to the beautiful late autumn evenings, time spent at my flat on 32 Balcarres street were indeed memorable.

 

The Royal infirmary of Edinburgh became a home away from home and in no time I would settle into my role and really felt part of the team. The warm reception from the host Professor Colin Howie, The consultants, registrars and support staff really made my stay enjoyable. From learning a bit of Scottish slang to sharing a famous South African past time "Lunch Bar" advertisement with my consultant Mr. Paul Gaston, it is safe to say there was never a dull moment in the operating room. The Wednesday outpatient clinics were always insightful, from discussions around primary and revision knee arthroplasty with Mr. Richard Burnett to listening to his travels to our beautiful shores.

Meeting new people and forging new friendships is what makes fellowships truly an amazing experience, I would spend most of my time with a fellow from Singapore and one from the Netherlands and we would soon be known as the three musketeers. From sharing meals together to collaborating on research projects, this became a truly phenomenal brotherhood. The cold and wet Saturday mornings on the golf course with the registrars and consultants would provide for a relaxed setting to interact and share life experiences.