The Nishimiya Fellows Program

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The Nishimiya Fellows Program is a week-long seminar held at Fukushima Medical University (FMU) that introduces students to the topics of disaster medicine and gives them an opportunity to learn more about the long-lasting effects of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in 2011. The program was established in 2012 with support from JMSA, JAMSnet, Consortium for Japan Relief, Fukushima Medical University, and The Rockefeller Group. This program was organized as part of the Honjo-JMSA and the Nishioka-JMSA scholarship programs. 

This year, 3 Columbia students will be participating in the program at Fukushima Medical University in June. For more information, please visit the program website.

Fukushima Global Health Research Trip

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2013 Project Midterm Report 3

Kenji Fujitani (MS1, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Project: One of my projects was to plan a global health program to visit Fukushima during the summer to study the effects of the nuclear disaster on mental and physical health. 
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Project Summary and Update:

My project for the 2013-2014 JMSA Scholarship was multifold. My main primary goal was to organize a trip to Fukushima, Japan over the summer of 2013 to not only raise more awareness about the earthquake and tsunami in the United States and Japan, but also to gain a better understanding of the current situation in Fukushima and to offer potential solutions to ameliorate the current dire, albeit slowly improving situation. As medical students, gaining exposure to radiation and disaster medicine, seeing first hand the impacts of the 2011 disaster, raising awareness of the condition in Japan to Americans in the United States, and understanding the healthcare impacts especially on mental health were all also critical goals as well.

A Guide to Healthcare Professions

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2013 Project Midterm Report 2

Chihiro Shinohara (Physician’s Assistant student, Pace University)
Project: To introduce PA’s to the Japanese Community and to create a student committee to provide support for Japanese high school and college students who seek to work in the healthcare profession.
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You can download Chihiro's Healthcare Professions guidebook here!

 

Creating a JMSA Facebook Page

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2013 Project Midterm Report 1

Ken Stern (MS3, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) 
Project: To create a JMSA facebook page to help build the community by helping to connect members. 
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Proposal Summary:

My proposal involves creating a Facebook page for JMSA to supplement the main JMSA website. The Facebook page will be frequently updated, reflecting changes on the JMSA website. Photo albums will be made available on the page. This page will also act as a portal site, connecting to previous web-based projects that other members have made. In addition, this page will allow a place for members who are doing projects that are not web-based to publish their findings and/or their progress. The page will have the capability to link to blog posts that the project leaders make, as well as provide a place for project leaders to upload their photos. Another benefit of creating a Facebook page for JMSA is that it allows for the monitoring of statistics. The page administrator will be able to see how much activity is on the page.

CJR Nishimiya Fellows Program

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2013 Project Year End Report

Alisa Prager (MS2, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Project: To expand the CJR Nishimiya Fellows program to provide opportunities for more medical students to go to Fukushima.
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Project Summary and Update

My 2012-2013 JMSA scholarship project was to raise more awareness about the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last year, with a focus on mental health in the context of disaster relief. I put my efforts primarily into two distinct projects: promoting awareness through the mental health symposium held by the Consortium for Japan Relief (CJR) at Columbia University, and organizing the student exchange program, which allowed interested students to travel to Fukushima to learn about the disaster. This student exchange program is now called the Nishimiya Fellows Program in honor of the late Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, Deputy Foreign Minister and former Japanese Ambassador to New York, who greatly contributed to the effort to aid those affected by the March 11th tsunami and earthquake.