Global Leadership Event This Thursday

This blog post I wanted to do something a bit different and ‘feature’ some fellow students to show prospective sudents what is going on around Karolinska campus. Ultimately this led me to ask my fellow classmates could I interview them regarding an exciting event happening this Thursday the 25th in the Aula Medica at 4pm- the event is all about leadership within Lifescience where, particularly women whom have made huge achievements within this sphere will come and talk about their experiences within this industry as well how to overcome challenges which they have faced and how to ultimately become a leader and hopefully motivate others to follow.

What is great too is that they have managed to get such big name companies such as IMS Health,BCG & Astrazenica among others to come for a mingle as well as including the KI career service and CHASE the new career fair initiative which is coming up so it should also help with networking also.

The girls all come from the business committee but through this initiative applied and were subsequently accepted to Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. It has taken months for them to get this far and I wanted to give them an opportunity to express their thoughts on the process, the event and whats to come.

Hopefully this Vlog will enlighten and interest many on this event and give an insight into this extra curricular activity. Who knows, maybe you will be organizing something like this yourself next year.

Volunteers are still being taken for the event so feel free to contact any of these members through the official Facebook page:

Biggest Life Science Career Fair at KI: it is finally happening!

In today’s world even studying with good grades in one of the best medical universities in the world does not guarantee you a quick start of your career. Why? Because there is a gap between university walls and walls of the companies: students are not aware of what expected of them “out there” and companies simply cannot monitor profiles of all graduates to pick up talents they need. But the “wind of change” is already here and it has its name – CHASE.


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CHASE (Careers in Health and Science Exposition) project was started in March’14 with ambition to raise awareness among all young professionals in the Life Science industry about what has to be done today in order to shape your career for tomorrow, thereby making your skill set appealing to your dream company/employer.

CHaSE is a volunteer student initiative with the aim of creating a unique and interactive career fair for all students in the field of Life Sciences, including bachelor, master, PhD students, Postdocs, medical doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, etc. The project was initiated by the Business Committee within the Student Union (Mediciniska Föreningen) and actively supported by Karolinska Institutet. After announcing the project, the Business Committee launched a selection process for the project leader position and consequently for project members positions. Today, CHASE project is up and running thanks to the hard work of Tiago Pinheiro, the project leader, and 11 highly motivated project members.

To have a sneak pick on what students can expect from the event, I met up and talked with Tiago.

Tiago, why have you decided to do this?

Tiago: My main motivation is to do something special when it comes to career fairs for students and professionals in Life Sciences, in terms of having exhibitors for every target group in one single career fair, keeping in mind opportunities for those seeking alternative careers. And even more, our ambition is to create a brand that will sell itself easily in the coming years attracting more and more companies and students to attend, which will increasingly benefit all involved parties.

What would you like to achieve with this event?

Tiago: I really would like to make students aware about all the opportunities that exist out there. As it often happens in Life Sciences, everyone is aware about the opportunity to have an academic career by becoming a PhD, then post-doc and so on. This career path is very time-consuming and at the end not everyone will become renowned scientists and professors. Thus, after all these years people still won’t reach their goals and aspirations. We want to show other alternative paths of building your career which may be more rewarding than the traditional path.

How will you make this event unique?

Tiago: We work especially hard with user experience concept to have more interactive and open environment during the day. Open communication environment between companies representatives and students is vital for both parties.

When can we expect some news on the agenda during the day?

Tiago: More announcements will come in October, so stay tuned and follow the news on our website, Twitter  and Facebook page. The exhibitors are free access to everyone 10:00-17:00, while the workshops and company presentations will require free registration.

I left this meeting inspired and happy. Exciting times! I wish we had this event in place already two years ago, when my classmates and I were trying to figure out what we would like to do and in which companies. Stay tuned to know more; next time we will talk about participating companies, activities during the day and what is the best way to prepare yourself to grasp most opportunities presented throughout the day.


Swedish Organization for Global Health Kickoff


So, classes are back in session – and the school year is moving along at a rapid pace. But with the new year come new ideas and new projects. One of my posts last year was that I loved KI because the students are passionate – Sergio, Clara, and Sanni founded their own NGO! Their first initiative was to work with a community in Uganda to improve to support them at In the meantime, here are some of Sergio’s thoughts…

How did you get started with SOGH?

We started the organization SOGH without even knowing probably. I had the opportunity to volunteer previously with the Swedish Red Cross (youth section). Through them, I received some support and we were willing to collaborate together and create a new project managed by KI students for the Red Cross. Unfortunately, there have been some misunderstandings and things didn’t go the way they should have with the Red Cross. For this reason, we decided to go ahead with the project we already had in mind in Uganda anyhow, by ourselves, without having the support of any organizations. So we thought that the easiest way to keep on with projects and fundraise would be to create our own organization and here we are.

What do you hope to accomplish in the long term?

In a long term we wish to achieve as much as possible. Firstly, our aim would be the one to get people in Sweden and other organizations in Sweden to know about us and our work. Secondly, the aim of SOGH is the one to provide financial aid to projects and small local organizations in low income countries. Here, we wish to get partner organizations to work together with, in as many low and lower-middle income countries. Thirdly, our aim is the one to get some stable donors that know our projects and our work and that would be willing to donate on a regular basis. Lastly, our final goal would be the one to get projects that would involve the interest of medical, PH and all health sciences related programmes students. In this regard, SOGH would be happy to  involve students to become members and to work with us throughout internships and volunteering abroad.

How can students, organisations, businesses get involved?

Students can get involved by doing internships/volunteering work with us in Sweden as well as through us to our projects with the partner organizations in Rwanda and Uganda. Other organization can benefit from a cooperation and collaboration with us through partnership and exchange of ideas, personnel, projects planning etc. Businesses could be involved by being sponsors and donors of a certain project of the organization as a whole.

What are some key concepts in public health that you have learned and applied in this project (one or two examples)?

Many I have to say. However, I also learned considerably by being on the field. healthcare management and the policy implications gave me the background to understand better the health situation in Uganda nowadays for instance. Also politics and the policies of President Museveni today shape also how disease spread. The impact of policy implications on healthcare is immense in Uganda. Evaluating projects, try to make a project plan; throughout the course of healthcare management, it became clear that most of what we put on practice (personally at least) came from that course.

Best of luck you guys! Go on and make a difference!

Update on Video Blogs

A quick blog regarding the Video Blogs. I wanted to update everyone to the goings on and what is to come! There will be a new Vlogger and also less VLogs per month 3 a week to be exact. However these Vlogs will be longer in length and overall quality. I felt this would bring more of an organic, encompassing approach to the Vlogs which have been received so well so far! The Vlogs were not supposed to continue into the academic calendar but due to the success and response we have received it is so nice to continue and in a way begin a new. ALl this is covered in the Vlog below :D

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Beautiful In Södermalm

So Södermalm is by far one of my favourite areas in Stockholm. As a result of this I have created 2 Vlogs illustrating this! Medborgarplatsen and Slussen are very cool, hipster orientated places with a lot of cafes and second hand/vintage stores. As I am also vegan it is perfect as there a lot of lovely restaurants such as Chutney, Hermans as well as cool cafes which I show in the video.


I did videos as I wanted to give a visual guide instead of just text and pictures. Moreover, I will do more on other areas such as Slussen, Zinkensdam & Mariatorget in the Vlogs to come. For now enjoy Medborgarplatsen and a beautiful picnic area, Skinnarviksberget overlooking Stockholm city.

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Karolinska Student Gym

Have you ever wondered where the gym is in Karolinska? Well here it is! I for one wandered aimlessly around Solna looking for the gym as I couldn’t quite grasp that KI ‘Huddinge’ was so far away :D silly I know but I learned that Karolinska campus in Solna has no gym available for students, the only student gym, also known as ‘Zander’ gym is in the campus of Karolinska Huddinge.

I have created a little Vlog showing just what it looks like below. In regards to getting to the gym, there is a Solna- Huddinge commuter bus which disembarks from KI Solna next to the Nobel Forum- right at the main entrance the KI and the bus will leave you off right outside Nobel Alle 8 which is the library at KI Huddinge. From here you walk to Alfred Nobels allé 23, this is on the same road which the bus will drop you off on and to the left of the library building- quite easy to walk to about 5 minutes. The gym is on the first floor in the Physiotherapy Section.

Here is a link for more info

Meanwhile enjoy the Vlog


Day trip to Uppsala

I can’t believe that I waited an entire year to visit the remarkable city of Uppsala, especially since it takes less than one hour to get there by train from Stockholm Central Station. Several bloggers have already written about Uppsala as a thriving hub for life sciences, but my visit was strictly touristic in nature. Uppsala is not only beautiful, but it is an important city in Sweden. For nearly a millenium, Uppsala has been the ecclesiastical center of Sweden, and Uppsala University is the oldest center of higher education in Scandinavia. As you will see, Uppsala is a city of many superlatives.

If you decide to visit, I highly recommend stopping by the tourist information office across the square from the train station. The woman working there was incredibly friendly and helpful, provided us with all the maps and brochures we needed, and pointed out all of the major tourist sites that are possible to see in one day. She was also able to give information about the bus to Gamla Uppsala (more on this below).

After walking through picturesque streets, we reached the Uppsala Cathedral. Apparently it is the tallest church building in the Nordic countries.

20140906_120331 My pictures don’t reveal much about the fascinating exhibit we saw called “Heaven is Here,” which will continue to be on display until November 16th of this year. We all enjoyed the juxtaposition of modern with ancient. 20140906_103053Below is one of the most impressive objects. Made around 1160, this is in all probability the funeral crown of St. Erik, the Swedish king. Little did I know that St. Erik is the patron saint of Stockholm and that his head is depicted on Stockholm’s coat of arms.20140906_105030Next, we visited Uppsala University. Below is the University Main Building (Universitetshuset).20140906_120250Below is the famous main university library Carolina Rediviva. Just a few of its treasures include the Silver Bible (Sweden’s most precious book and the most comprehensive surviving text in Gothic), a textbook belonging to Copernicus with his actual handwriting, a page from the Gutenberg Bible, the oldest surviving document in Swedish (a mortgage deed), Mozart’s handwritten manuscript, an original conquistador map of what is now Mexico City… The list actually goes on.20140906_111020Below is not a picture from the library (no pictures were allowed), but rather from the exhibit in the Uppsala Cathedral. There were many cool books like this, however.20140906_103427After lunch by the Fyris River, we headed to the castle (not pictured). From there, we had a  great view of the Botanical Garden, which was founded by the famous scholar Carl Linnaeus.20140906_132542Our last stop was Gamla Uppsala, which is a short bus ride away from the city center. In pre-history, this site was the residence of the Swedish kings of the oldest known Scandinavian dynasty. It was known as a pagan cult center and is the site of burial mounds which can still be seen to this day. Make sure to visit the museum to learn more about Gamla Uppsala’s remarkable history.20140906_163342

Back to the normal life

IMG_4585DPLife has returned to normality as well as the city. Even the unexpected temperature of this morning, 1ºC, is part of that unexpected normality of the weather. An also of the, maybe, inaccurate weather reporting and forecasting.

Thesis became an issue very early. All my classmates are working on their thesis projects, identifying options, writing draft research proposals or even making them something concrete. I had thesis topic for three days. I talked with possible supervisors and we agree I needed to do many things, among them getting more information from Colombia (where the case under study happened). But my pre research showed that at least two people are working on the topic I proposed, almost from the same point of view. Now I am looking for a more international perspective in the same topic, as somebody in my country suggested. I also need to confirm that my supervisor is interested in this approach.

First year students are already having their first course and I had the opportunity to meet many of them. Their eyes are full of hope as ours were one year ago and they have also some concerns of how to succeed in the exams and evaluations. One of them, from Economy and policy track in Public Health asked me on that. I wrote an email to one of them and I copy part of it here to show you what do I think about how getting high grades. So, if you are new and have the same concern, maybe this will confuse you more :)

Q: “…Please let me know the ways to learn to pass the exams.”

R: I think there is no a simple answer to that question. Every course has a different evaluation method, different teacher, and different matter and also every student skills and abilities are different as well as study techniques.

And yes, sometimes you need to read a lot but there is not much to do with that. Your main concern now should be the introduction course. The handouts or presentations give you the topics you need to study and understand. Maybe they are not clearly explained in the slides but it is a good beginning. You will have (or already have) a dummy test. The exam will have exactly the same structure but longer. It is also possible you have some of the same questions.

For the other courses you need to have analyzing, summarizing, writing, workgroup, presentation, source finding and some other skills. But if you are at KI you already have enough of many of them. The other, you are here to learn them, actually :)

And that is my final advice: do not worry that much for the other courses. Keep your mind in the current one and be sure what is expected from you. That is the best way to pass the exams with the best grades.

PS: I learnt that new Digital Ambassadors have been chosen. Hope our work on this pages during the last months have been an inspiration for them.

PS2: Part of my normal life is going around taking pictures. Autumn is here and wonderful colors are expecting to be captured in a photograph. You could have seen some of them on Instagram. Here are some more.

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Karolinska Master Students – Face of “Digital Health Days 2014″

On 25-26th of August Stockholm hosted one of the most innovative conferences of the year – Digital Health Days 2014 (DHD 2014) – which aims at establishing Stockholm as one of the leading hubs for Digital Health. The conference was arranged for the first time last year and turned out to be a success due to combining inspirational key-note speeches from Digital Health pioneers with interactive workshops and networking opportunities for actors of different professions: ICT specialists, politicians, healthcare professionals, designers and entrepreneurs, representatives of pharmaceutical and medtech companies. Though being quite young, DHD 2014 was visited by 600 participants over the course of 2 days.

Earlier Daniel Yen shared his experience of volunteering for DHD 2014 in his post “Digital Health Days – recap, experiences, lessons“. What I would like to add to Daniel’s post is to highlight a remarkable contribution that master students from Karolinska, Stockholm University and KTH did for the conference. These students were more than volunteers, they were ambassadors of the conferences making sure that social media stream was running, statements made by participants from different sessions were well-documented and all visitors knew from whom they could get help regarding any question. Moreover, all student ambassadors had a chance to network with conference participants, learn from them and share their ideas. Who knows, may be next year some of the students will participate as a Digital Health entrepreneur or exhibit together with one of the established companies?

So, meet the team – Face of DHD 2015: 16 student ambassadors, where 12 of them were master students from Global Master Programs in Health Informatics and Bioentreprenership, Karolinska Institute.

Team of Digital Health Students :)

Team of Digital Health Students together with Ylva Williams, CEO of Stockholm Science City Foundation (on the right)

Great work, guys! And a very good way to get updated on the latest innovations in Life Science Industry.