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    Dr. Artiwan 3:16 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink  

    An idea was born 

    During one of the many annual seminars for doctors and other professional from the medical industry I came across two older gentleman from Japan. They were very well educated and spoke many languages. We clicked almost immediately and they told me about their dream they had. They wanted a new kind of life, a new passion project, help people and transfer astonishing knowledge to a new area.

    It came down to a mix of Japanese medical knowledge and workflow, German quality products and Spanish clients. Spain is known for it’s touristic locations, beautiful weather, warm people and great food however their medical world is yet to be developed on a level which is the standard.

    These two men wanted to make a difference in there. Around two years later and many conversations later, they persuaded me to take the jump and go into this adventure. As my salary was never my main reason to enter this field of business I was excited to say yes to the project and get a glimpse of an adventurous medical life.

     
  • mm

    Dr. Artiwan 3:22 pm on December 11, 2016 Permalink  

    Also for me 

    Also people in the field of the medical world need to do the right preparations and have everything in order. From documents to permits and legal papers. But let’s not forgot all the others as housing and overseas medical insurance. With the housing they were willing to help with the first 3 months because I said I would like some help with that. All the other I wanted to do on my own, including my own place to stay after 3 months. That should be enough time to discover my likings and find something suitable. As I have a one-year tryout contract and would be considered an expat I have to obtain the perfect expat medical insurance. A couple of phone calls later and I had most of my documents and needs sorted out.

    I was scared and excited at the same time. Scared with the questions about my social life and excited about this new step I was about to make.

    In all honest I had never even visited Spain but figured one year is not that long if things won’t work out and I could always go back to my old location as they are always on the look out for good doctors. A new experience like this was always on my mind, something I had secretly dreamed off but never told anyone about it.

    The moment was approaching to catch my flight.

    https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/17/mayo-insurance-medicare-medicaid/

    https://www.now-health.com/en/hong-kong/international-health-insurance/

    http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2017/03/10/tenn-hospital-group-serious-concerns-gop-health-care-proposal/99008764/

     
  • mm

    Dr. Artiwan 3:39 pm on November 27, 2016 Permalink  

    Flip flops and a soda 

    I had exactly one week between arrival, settling in and experience my first day at work. After being picked up by the airport and dropped of at my temporary housing I met with the two gentleman and a couple of other staff members for diner. We already had been over it a thousand times so really working as doctor was not the hard part. Funny was the immediate invites to be interviewed for the local newspaper, again new experiences.

    The next day was the start of the coming 5 days of just being the tourist. And that was great. In my field of work, you work hard, get paid a decent amount of money but get hardly any time off. Especially when you are on ‘watch’ you have to be available 24/7, within a certain range of the hospital and you are not allowed to drink any alcoholic consumption.

    This was one of the first times in many years I could really let go and it was wonderful. I have encountered some of the greatest, heart warming people you can imagine. And Spain in general from what I have seen so far is a wonderful country. The culture here goes deep into the roots of it’s inhabitants and it’s something beautiful to see.

    The food is an entire blog aside. Variety here is like I have never seen before. Dinner is not just something of 15 to 30 minutes you have to do, an obligation, but a whole feast. Neighbors, even less familiar people sometimes drop off with some great Grappa (red wine) and join you for dinner. It’s a small but close community and it’s very fun to see the young children walk up and asking for a medical check, after they found out what you do for a living.

     
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