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Third Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America (JAPAN) Meeting
"Let’s share our knowledge and experience to improve child health and development!!” A new academic association lead by Japanese pediatricians who work in the US (The Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America: JAPAN) was launched in August 2014. On Saturday, March 7th, its third academic meeting was held at the Kravis Children’s Hospital of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. This meeting was another great success with an outstanding special lecture entitled “Fetal Medicine for Pediatrician” by Dr. Tomo Tarui (Tufts Medical Center) and exciting presentations by Drs. Maya Nishijima-Suzuki (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Chikara Ogimi (Elmhurst Hospital Center), and Yuko Shiima who is a current trainee of Dr. Akira Nishisaki (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Twenty-five attendees including medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians from a variety of specialties enjoyed active discussions to gain knowledge from the experts.
“I am very excited about what we achieved with the past three successful meetings. My goal is to make continuous opportunities for Japanese pediatricians in the U.S. to expand friendship and academic relationship,” said Dr. Mika Ito (Maimonides Medical Center) who is a co-steering committee chief with Dr. Junko Nishita (Maimonides Medical Center). “We attempt to bridge medical communities between Japan and the US and I believe our activities will benefit Japanese pediatric health care providers as well as children and families who travel to the US. We really appreciate a generous support from JMSA!”
The meeting was followed by a reception dinner at Guzan restaurant in the Upper East side, which was organized by Dr. Miho Nakajima (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The next meeting is scheduled in August 2015 and the speaker of special lecture series is Dr. Takeshi Tsuda, a pediatric cardiologist at Nemours Cardiac Center in Delaware.
On November 22, 2014, JMSA held a panel discussion at the Japanese Weekend School in Port Chester to introduce students to careers in the health professions and the steps to becoming a physician in both Japan and the US.
The event attracted HS students from the Hoshuko and Keio Academy, as well as college students, parents and teachers, and other members of the community. The panel featured JMSA physicians and student members with a wide variety of backgrounds in medicine. This panel discussion marks the first of many events that JMSA hopes to sponsor in order to support students in their quest to pursue careers in healthcare.
The event started with a presentation on motivations to becoming a physician, the different professions within healthcare, and the requirements to becoming a physician in both the US and Japan. Students were also introduced to the new JMSA physician-shadowing program, which provides opportunities for high school, college and medical students to gain exposure to various healthcare fields by shadowing JMSA healthcare providers.
The panelists described their motivations for pursuing medicine, the different careers within medicine, and the challenges and rewards of being a physician. The panelists also answered questions from the audience. Dr. Oishi and Dr. Anzai gave excellent insight into differences in the way medicine is practiced in Japan and the US. Dr. Asoma described the variety of paths that his colleagues have pursued with an MD degree. Dr. Kano, the panel moderator, stressed the importance of keeping an open mind and pursing one's passions and interests. Kenji Fujitani described the importance of volunteering, and gave helpful advice on applying to college. Machiko Yamamoto and Yoshi Toyoda described life as medical students, and Alisa Prager described what she did during her gap years. The event gave students early exposure to a career in healthcare and a glimpse of what it may be like to have a future in the medical profession.
Students who are interested in participating in the JMSA shadowing program can sign up by filling out this form. Healthcare providers, who would be willing to provide shadowing opportunities to students, should fill out this form.
This event was part of the “8thSenior Week” co-sponsored by the Japanese American Association of New York (JAA) and the Japanese Medical Support Network (JAMSNET) and was held in collaboration with the JMSA and the Japanese Weekend School of NY.