JMSA Shadowing Program Report 3

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JMSA Shadowing Program Report 3

Message from Megumi Grace Sugita:

The shadowing opportunity I had through JMSA will influence me throughout my pursuit in medicine. I arrived at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to shadow cardiothoracic surgeons Dr. Hitoshi Hirose, Dr. Shinya Unai, and Dr. Daiso Tanaka [JMSA Mentors].

Upon my arrival, the first case was for a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). We first reviewed the angiogram previously taken from the patient. The team of anesthesiologist, nurses, physician assistant, and surgeon worked to set up the sterile environment and completed the procedure in six hours. There were a few unexpected complications, such as the physical state of the tissue due to the natural aging process; however, the overall process of reattaching the femoral vein to the heart went smoothly. They brought the patient to the waiting room and consulted the family members to review the status of the patient.

The next procedure I observed was a cardiac transection to remove the patient from an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. The cardiac transection took around two hours, and the patient was intubated to provide efficient oxygenation of the blood from the lungs and taken back to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) for the completion of the recovery.

After speaking to the surgeons who originally came from Japan, I learned the differences that Japanese surgeons face of working on average 80-100 hours/week and with decreased amount of pay. In America, they work with a larger surgical team and have opportunities for young surgeons to receive extensive training in cardiothoracic surgery. This experience allowed me to expand my curiosity, and strengthen my desire to work with a team of health professionals, as I witnessed the strength of impact they have on the lives and families of others.

JMSA Shadowing Program Report 2

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JMSA Shadowing Program Report 2

Message from Yoshiki Takeyama:
 
Through the JMSA shadowing program, I shadowed Dr. Kano [JMSA Mentor] for 3 sessions. I had the opportunity to observe what a typical day is like for a physician and it was very exciting. I saw everything from a routine check up to patients with more serious illnesses and how to diagnosis and treat them. I was originally only scheduled for one day but decided to go for more because of how interesting and educational the experience was. Dr. Kano spends a great amount of time with each patient and it was clear her patients feel they are well cared for. This shadowing experience definitely strengthened my passion for becoming a doctor and I highly recommend it to those considering a career in healthcare. 
 

JMSA Shadowing Program Report 1

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JMSA Shadowing Program Report 1

Message from Christina Theodorou:

Through the JMSA Shadowing Program, I was able to shadow Dr. Erich Anderer [JMSA mentor], a Japanese-American neurosurgeon practicing at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.  I watched as he performed an laminectomy on one of his patients, and got a chance to see a spinal cord for the first time (aside from my anatomy cadaver!).  As a student at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, I haven't had the chance to rotate through a community hospital and it was very interesting to talk with Dr. Anderer about the differences between large academic centers and community hospitals. Through the JMSA Shadowing Program, I was able to spend a day one-on-one with an attending surgeon, in a field I may not have had the chance to explore otherwise. It was a wonderful experience and I recommend it to anyone interested in the field of medicine, at any level of training.