Student experiences

Jessie van Wezenbeek

CVR_1My name is Jessie; I am 21 years old and I live in Hoorn, the Netherlands. I am currently a first year Cardiovascular Research Master student at the VUmc. Last year, I completed my Bachelor’s program Biomedical Sciences at the VU. I performed my Bachelor’s internship at the Cardiovascular Pathology research group at the VUmc, which I really enjoyed. My internship was concerned with the role of atrial inflammation in atrial fibrillation. As I have always been very passionate about the heart and interested in the cardiovascular field, I chose to apply for the Cardiovascular Research Master at the VUmc.

After having participated in the program for the past four months and having received lectures from top scientists in the field, I feel that I have already gained a lot of knowledge and have become an expert. We started our first year with 11 motivated and ambitious students, and over the past couple of months we have really grown together as one group. What I enjoy most about the program is the combination of gaining insight in aspects of cardiovascular research and the direct contact with the clinic. Also the fact that we get to visit symposia and conferences to stay up to date on the latest research in the field is very appealing.

In February I will start my internship at the Pulmonology department at the VUmc, where I will focus on the right ventricle in CTEPH patients. I am definitely looking forward to my internship as well as to my second year to see what this program will bring me next. For my second internship, I have the ambition to go abroad and broaden my horizon internationally. My experiences and the opportunities during this Master's program have outgrown my expectations and I would definitely recommend this Master's program to new students.

CVR_2Rocío Muñiz

My name is Rocío; I am 23 years old from Madrid (Spain). I am a second year Master Student in Cardiovascular Research at VUmc.

I did my Bachelor in Medical Biology at Alcalá University in Madrid (4-years degree), and I completed the fourth year of my degree at VU University in Amsterdam partaking a Minor in Biomedical Sciences by an Erasmus grant. In addition, I performed my Bachelor internship (6 months) at the Physiology Department at the VUmc in the Angiogenesis Research Group. I enjoyed the experience I had so much that I decided to apply for the Cardiovascular Research Master at the VUmc as well. I have always been interested in the importance of health care and especially curious about physiology and biochemistry, particularly related to cardiovascular capacities, so I considered that this Master was the most suitable for me. Indeed, I was awarded with a VUFP scholarship to continue my Master studies in The Netherlands.