Cochrane International Mobility - Milena Geist


Cochrane's members and supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.

Getting involved in Cochrane’s work means becoming part of a global community. The Cochrane International Mobility programme connects successful applicants with a placement in a host Cochrane Group, where they learn about the production, use, and knowledge translation of Cochrane reviews. The prgramme offers opportunities for learning and training not only for participants but also for host staff.

In this series, we profile those who have participated in the Cochrane International Mobility Program and learn more about their experiences.


Name: Milena
Location: Germany
CIM Location: Cochrane Sweden

How did you first learn about Cochrane? 
I first learned about Cochrane in my Bachelor studies back in Munich. In some of our research modules several lecturers mentioned systematic reviews by Cochrane having the highest level of evidence and being internationally renowned in research. In my Master studies it was mandatory to complete an internship and I wanted to take the opportunity to go abroad. Back in Germany, I worked in a research team at the 'Haunersche children's hospital'. My boss, who has completed a Cochrane course before, contacted Martin who forwarded contact to Matteo and introduced me to Cochrane Sweden and its department for Neonatology. 

What was your experience with your Cochrane International Mobility? 
Since my Bachelor studies, I've always been interested in the field of research and worked in several jobs regarding the health of children and adolescents. Conducting a systematic review in the field of Neonatology was one thing I was still missing. Cochrane has proved to be an outstanding place of internship: the content is high-quality, the communication runs smoothly and the supervision is excellent. I really liked working in such an international team.

What are you doing now in relation to your Cochrane International Mobility experience? 
Right now, we have just finished a Cochrane review about strategies for cessation of caffeine administration in preterm infants. Additionally, I am collaborating with other amazing teams in a review protocol regarding infant positioning as well as a methods paper about imputing risk ratio from rate data. Also, I am planning to remain a part of Cochrane. Back home, I will continue to support Matteo's team and several Cochrane projects. Cochrane's mobile way of working is just super flexible and works perfect for students from all over the world.

Do you have any words of advice to anyone considering a Cochrane International Mobility experience? 
If you're interested in research and how to perform a high-standard systematic review in practice, Cochrane is the perfect place for you. The intense exchange with international researchers, doctors, nurses, statisticians and students allows you to grow, personally as well as professionally. It will improve your English skills, your communication skills, and your knowledge about methodology in research a lot. I can deeply recommend working together with Cochrane!

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Monday, November 6, 2023