My First Hospital Experience

Ludo Saba
Published on Aug 15, 2022. Updated on Aug 14, 2022.

Today in this blog, Osmosis Medical Education Fellow Ludovic Saba shares his first hospital experience as a medical student and how Osmosis values help him take better care of the patients.

First day

Tuesday. September 1st, 2020. Early morning, my alarm clock went off. My first day at the hospital had finally arrived, and with it, came a breath of opportunity and new beginnings. The progression to becoming a doctor in the medical field became more tangible as I prepared to practice all the theoretical teachings I’ve gone through over the years.

I had always looked forward to this day—the day I officially became part of this profession, focused on helping others and providing them with a better quality of life.

I had never felt more energetic and motivated. I wanted to give my best and go confidently in the direction of my dream.

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First rotation: the ICU

The ICU experience can be overwhelming. The constant beeping of the monitors and the boisterous alarms of the ventilators are ever-present audio in the background. While it can seem like an intimidating first hospital experience for a medical student, it is actually a great opportunity to take care of the most critically ill patients and apply Osmosis values.

Start with the heart 

Caring for the sickest hospitalized patients is an amazing humanitarian opportunity. Each patient should be treated like a human being, not a disease or a group of symptoms. Simply being present and available to another human being, especially during moments of suffering, is an extremely rewarding feeling. On August 4th, 2020, a massive explosion tore the city of Beirut apart, killing hundreds and injuring thousands. After more than a month, some patients were still recovering in the ICU. I was honored to be part of the team that was taking care of them. My mission as a medical student is to help these patients and their loved ones make it through these emotionally exhausting times.

Have each other’s backs 

The most important thing I’ve learned this year is that we’re all in this together. Teamwork is key to succeeding. My colleagues and I cooperate with one another through a common focus on the best interests and personal goals of the patient. When proper teamwork is achieved, the magic is real.

Spread joy 

Even in tragedy, a healthcare team has an obligation to ease torment and give comfort. There is a feeling of nobility in giving alleviation to the patient and their family. I think that, by far, the happiest moment since I’ve started my rotation is when a patient who was admitted in a comatose state on the night of the Beirut explosion woke up a month later.

In addition to that, as a team, we certainly know how to celebrate special occasions and how to make the ICU a happy and loving place. My colleagues planned a surprise with the whole team for my birthday last week. We really are becoming a family.

Osmosis illustration of Ludovic tending a patient in the ICU.

Personal Feelings

I enjoy waking up early each day, knowing that I will perform the rewarding task of treating sick patients and making an impact on their lives. I would feel their happiness and become energized, witnessing their reestablished vitality. Unfortunately, I know some patients would have fewer lucky results. In those circumstances, I would feel what the family feels and see what they see, knowing too well the sorrow that accompanies the demise of a friend or family member. I personally think empathy is a quintessential quality in every healthcare worker. 

About Ludovic

Ludovic Saba is a French Lebanese medical student at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut in Lebanon and is currently participating in the Osmosis Medical Education Fellowship program. He is not currently leaning towards any specialty because he is passionate about all organ systems. He plans to travel to the U.S. in the near future to pursue his residency. Ludovic enjoys traveling around the world, going to concerts, and spending quality time with his family and friends. 


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