JMSA held its second New Member Wine and Cheese Party on Friday, February 27, 2015. The event was once again held by JMSA president Dr. Yuzuru Anzai and his wife at his office in Midtown, Manhattan.
With over 100 attendees representing students, researchers, and medical professionals, our second wine and cheese event was an even greater success than the first. JMSA is incredibly pleased at the turn out and the expansion of its membership.
During the event, Dr. Anzai promoted the JMSA Science Forum on 4/12/15 at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Anzai also expressed gratitude to all attendees: “We are glad that so many people came and expressed their interests in the science forum. We want to thank everyone who came and hope they had a good time.”
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The evening will include a presentation of the 2015 Scholarship Recipients.
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.
JMSA's first New Members Wine and Cheese Party was held on Friday October 17 in the office of the new JMSA President, Dr.Yuzuru Anzai, hosted by him and his wife.
The event was very well attended and was a huge success. We were excited to welcome such a great group of people, including students, residents, fellows, researchers, and medical professionals. We were especially delighted to see many new faces and hope to see them very soon at our future events.
Dr. Anzai opened the event introducing JMSA and welcoming new members. Also in attendance were past JMSA presidents, Dr. Shimmyo, Dr. Homma, Dr. Furuyama and several board members.
Dr. Anzai expressed plans on making these informal social gatherings a more regular feature of JMSA: "for JMSA members, it is a great forum to network and to meet other medical professionals in the New York Area. I want to increase the number of the members and bring in young people. I also want to make JMSA more accessible to the Japanese researchers and recruit them to the society. We hope to expand the base of our society to better serve the Japanese community in New York.”
Photos credit: Ms Jiae Lee