Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

Dr. King spent 4 weeks in Istanbul University Hospital in their Hand Surgery Department. The hospital is located in Istanbul Turkey. It is a government university hospital treating adult and pediatric patients.

"The Hand Surgery Department treats a variety of conditions affecting the hand, including congenital, traumatic, infectious, and degenerative conditions. The best part of her experience was the opportunity to see a variety of congenital hand and brachial plexus palsy cases that she would not have had exposure to. She also enjoyed getting to know the Turkish residents, experiencing a different culture, and learning about a health care system different from our own. The worst part of her experience was the language barrier. Most doctors spoke English but had difficulty communicating well with patients. She would recommend this experience to other residents because it provided valuable opportunities to see cases that are not frequently encountered in Michigan, and the Turkish doctors were very warm and welcoming. Istanbul is a fascinating city, but the cultural differences can be overwhelming." Dr. Elizabeth King, Orthopaedic Resident