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"I’m particularly sad that I didn’t get a chance to see what working in a hospital is like"

"I’m particularly sad that I didn’t get a chance to see what working in a hospital is like"

Sabine Kemper, master’s student of Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management, was supposed to be doing a research internship at the hospital right now. It would have been the perfect opportunity for her to gain practical experience. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, her internship was cancelled. “This was my only opportunity to do an internship during my studies. But doctors are just too busy at the moment, and conducting interviews for my thesis is too risky. I can work from home for the hospital, but not the way I expected.”

She has completely changed her plans for her thesis. “I’m now using a mixed method. I’m only conducting four interviews for my study; everything else is based on data. My new topic is fine, but I’m particularly sad that I didn’t get a chance to see what working in a hospital is like. It’s such a different, separate area of health care with a very hierarchical work environment. You either like it or you don’t.”

Kemper’s original plan was to do a traineeship with a company after completing her degree. She does not yet know whether she will be able to do so. “As a trainee, you are involved in projects within various health organisations, such as the mental health care system or the hospital. I may not be able to start until October or November. Many current trainees have seen their traineeships suspended. I’m a positive person, though, so I’m optimistic that everything will work out all right.” 

In addition to her internship, she also had to cancel her trip to Colombia. “I was going to travel with my boyfriend. We were supposed to go to Colombia in July, but we definitely won’t be able to go. We are currently waiting to find out whether we will be able to go to Peru in August and September.” She already has plans for after her – potential – trip to Peru. “I will look for short-term work in the catering industry, for example, so that I’ll have something to do during the two months before my traineeship begins.”

Even over the phone, Kemper’s positive attitude shines through. “It’s not as bad here as it is in other countries. We just have to make the best of it, don’t we?” She laughs. “As the High School Musical song goes, ‘We’re all in this together’.”

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