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Interview: Prof. dr. L. Vermeulen

Prof. dr. L. Vermeulen

In October 2017 Prof. dr. Louis Vermeulen became
the youngest professor ever at the AMC. He received a lot of media attention from outlets such as Medisch Contact, RTL and many others. Meanwhile,
he is still in training to become a specialist in internal medicine. We were keen in interviewing the just 33-year-old professor about his success in research, his view on the medical curriculum and the future of medicine in general. But of course, we had to ask one question first:

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Interview: dr. N. van der Velde

dr. N. van der Velde

My first job was at the department of clinical geriatrics at Slotervaart hospital. Your first job is always exciting. It is a lot to take in, an exhilarating experience. During my final internship at the clinical geriatrics department, I learned that this was the domain I wanted to pursue. I felt that geriatrics reflected what I thought the essence of being a doctor. In geriatrics, the patient is observed holistically, opposed to addressing a single organ system. We look from the somatic, psychiatric as well as the functional and social perspective.

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Interview: prof. dr. S. Middeldorp

prof. dr. S. Middeldorp

Looking back at my career – hopefully I can still look ahead as well!

At the age of 14, I already knew I wanted to study medicine and since then I luckily never doubted that choice. I studied medicine here in Amsterdam at the AMC. It was during clinical lectures that I found out about my interest in internal medicine and my enthusiasm for this specialty was confirmed during my clinical rotations. My dream was to become a really good internist and work in a large, peripheral hospital, like the OLVG.

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Interview: prof. dr. L.J. Gunning-Schepers

prof. dr. L.J. Gunning-Schepers

How did you benefit from being raised abroad?

Living abroad, for any period of time, is a rewarding experience. By seeing other cultures and their way of life, you discover your own preferences. And of course you develop an understanding for other ways of life.  As for my personal career, my degree from Johns Hopkins gave me an advantage and lead in Europe, probably more than I realized at the moment.

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Interview: drs. F. Oldenburger

drs. F. Oldenburger

At that time the head of the Department of Radiation Oncology & Nuclear Medicine was Prof. dr. Ismail Kazem. He was of Egyptian descent and had received his medical training in the UK and Germany. He was quite a character, best illustrated by the fact that apart from being an excellent physician, he was also a poet. As a teacher he believed in throwing his trainees in at the deep end, which was challenging at times, but also resulted in rapid acquisition of knowledge in a very short time. He considered his trainees ompetent physicians from day one and considered every treatment plan you came up with carefully before making some suggestions for improvement. During my training he left and was succeeded by Prof. dr. W.A.J. van Daal. I finished my training in 1986. During my training I was also involved in pediatric radiotherapy.

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Interview: prof. dr. P. Wesseling

prof. dr. P. Wesseling

Some MD’s already know in their infancy what they would like to become (pediatrician!; brain surgeon!) and manage to make that dream come true. However the road to my ‘final destination’ in Medicine was quite different. After finishing highschool I had figured out that I wanted to become a dentist. I assumed that this would allow me to combine intellectual challenges with workmanship (sic!). Nevertheless a few weeks into the  first lectures in dentistry (UvA, 1977) I started to doubt whether  dentistry was really the right choice for me.

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