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
Last week, JMSA held a Back Pain Health Seminar at Nippon Club led by Dr. Erich Anderer. The summary of the event can be found below!
Major points of the lecture:
Back pain is a very prevalent problem and is associated with health care costs of about $26 billion dollars per year. Although there are some more insidious causes of back pain which should be ruled out (cancer, infection), the majority of back pain is often without an identifiable cause. In most cases, the pain is limited to a few days and can be treated at home with over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine. It is important to return to your normal activities as soon as possible since this has been shown in studies to be associated with better overall recovery. Physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and steroid injections have all been shown to work in select patients with back pain that does not respond to self-directed treatment.
In a minority of cases, surgery is required for one of two reasons: 1) nerve/spinal cord decompression and/or 2) instability. There are a number of surgical techniques such as microdiskectomy and fusion which are very effective in well selected patients.
In order to avoid the need for surgery in the event you have back pain, doing things beneficial to your general health (eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active) are also beneficial for spine health. Specific activities that work on core strength, such as yoga, pilates, and swimming, are also very effective in alleviating pain and ultimately helping you avoid the need for surgery.
General points to consider:
- everyone gets back pain
- most back pain is not serious
- most back pain can be treated without seeing a doctor
- most expensive treatments for back pain do not work
- the best way to avoid back pain is to stay healthy
When to see a doctor:
- back pain longer than one month
- severe back pain with a significant known medical condition
- back pain associated with trauma
- pain shooting down the leg or arms
- back pain with bowel/bladder disturbance (urgent!)
THE JMSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM (JCOP):
JMSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
Through the years, JMSA has become aware of local organizations which have provided much needed medically and socially related support to the Japanese American Community. Many of these programs provide valuable services to the Japanese community through information sharing and support groups, and have urgent need for funding. With this knowledge, JMSA established the Community Outreach Program (JCOP) in 2007 in order to support medically related Japanese programs through grants .
The JMSA Community Outreach Program (JCOP) strives to become a liaison between community programs and corporations seeking to sponsor and aid such programs.
アメリカ各地には、地域に根付いた活動を展開する、日系の医療関連非営利団体（NPO）がたくさんあります。米国日本人医師会（JMSA）は、ここ数 年彼らの活動に注目してきました。これらのNPOは、地元の日系コミュニティーに対して、必要な医療情報を日本語で提供するだけでなく、独自のプログラム や企画・イベントなどを通して、実に様々な医療関連サービスを提供しています。しかし、いずれの団体もその活動資金不足は深刻で、差し迫った問題となって いるのが現状です。そこでJMSAは、助成金を通じて彼らの活動を支援しようと、2007年「JMSA日系コミュニティー・アウトリーチ・プログラム （JCOP）」を立ち上げました。地元の日系医療関連NPOと、支援意欲を持つ企業とをつなぐ橋として、このプログラ ムを発展させていく所存でおります。