Hello, Мy name is Mario Koukov, a trainee doctor at the Medical University of Sofia. First of all, I want to thank for the recognition and invitation to become part of this project. It is the recognition of the people who have taught me to be of great importance to me!
My way to dream of being a doctor started in 2007 as an eighth grader at the Vocational High School of Tourism and Catering "Nikola Stoychev" . The next five years were crucial and of great importance for my construction as a person and the realization of my dream. Of great importance are, of course, the support of my family, my class teacher, Veselka Munina, thanks to which my school years were incredible. She managed to create an exceptional class with a wonderful atmosphere in which we were all friends, an indispensable benefit to our growth. I will forever keep warm memories of this time.
I also want to thank all my teachers who have believed in me and helped me to be what I am today! I also wish to express my great gratitude to my chemistry lecturer, Elena Tumbeva, thanks to who I managed to get the WAY. I do not hide that this time was a long, difficult one, connected with many obstacles and deprivations. So I got to the entrance exams and with excellent marks, I was admitted to study Medicine in Medical University - Sofia.
In the university, it was interesting, new friends, new disciplines, I still remember the experiments with mice and frogs in the first course, in vitro training - mouse fertilization, anatomy dissections, numerous microscopic exercises, physiology exercises, every day examinations with colleagues to each other - reversing eyelids and choosing diopter for ocular diseases, ultrasound of abdominal organs, babies degenerations, autopsies of forensic medicine. The years in university weren't certainly the easiest years, besides the many difficult exams, there are also very sick patients who stay in your mind forever.
During my studies, I worked as a medical consultant at the National Patient Organization, as well as in the Serdika Medical Complex, which categorically convinced me that my place is in medicine. Over time, however, I have realized that there are many options to help the sick, not only through conventional treatment methods, but also through scientific developments, medical innovations, new therapies, and so on. So I decided to do two internships abroad.
The first one took place in 2015. in "Klinikum Idar-Oberstein Gmbh" - Germany. I was in a neurosurgery department for a month. The internship was extremely useful. The people I met, the manipulations I did and the cases I was able to take part in were a solid foundation for my future development. I had the honor to take part in a neurosurgical, innovative German-based surgery, with the participation of informatics from Luxembourg.
My second internship was in 2017. in "Hôpital Bichat-Claude Bernard" - Paris, France. In the clinic of anesthesiology and intensive care, besides the interesting cases I saw, due to the specificity of the specialty, because of the need for rapid and adequate reactions, I came to the conclusion that medicine and science are not for individualists, the good results are achieved in large teams by interdisciplinary specialists.
For the future, I hope to be useful to patients and to put faith in them, because when faith meets hope, LIFE finds a way.