Scholarships

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JMSA 2016 application is available now. The application is due by 12.31.2016. Awards are given out in May of each year during our Annual Spring Dinner. 

Before you apply, please make sure to sign up for our free student JMSA student membership!


Our Scholarships

The JMSA is dedicated to promoting the exchange of medical and educational information between the US and Japan, as well as in providing valuable medical information to the general public. Many donors, from private individuals to large companies contribute each year to the JMSA scholarship fund to support the education of medical professionals:

  • Honjo Foundation
  • Nishioka Foundation
  • Mitsui USA
  • Toyota Motors North America
  • Nippon Life
  • Kuro Murase MD
  • Anonymous Donors

By submitting the single application, you are applying for scholarships from various donor sources. The amount of awards varies depending on the donor but have ranged from $2,500 up to $20,000 in the past. In choosing scholarship recipients, the JMSA looks for candidates who:

  1. demonstrate academic excellence
  2. show a strong interest in the JMSA and acheiving its goals
  3. propose a clear, achievable project that will benefit the JMSA and the Japanese community

Please browse our website FAQ section for ideas on how to get involved and be sure to apply for free JMSA student membership.

In your application, you are required to briefly describe a project that you would like to complete related to the JMSA mission. The project can be anything. Examples of past projects include a service to connect elderly Japanese patients with health care, a medical blog in Japanese detailing the experiences of a medical student in America, and a collaborative web site to connect Japanese and American medical students. These are just examples of the types of projects that are feasible.

Reports of current and past JMSA projects are posted here: http://www.jmsa.org/student-members/student-projects

If you receive an award, you will be expected to attend the awards ceremony during the annual spring dinner in New York where you will have the opportunity to make a presentation introducing your project to the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will contact with more details if you are awarded. You will be assigned a JMSA mentor who will help you with your project. You will also be required to submit an progress report once in October and again in March.

In addition to the application form, please submit at least one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from anyone who knows you well and can comment on how you exemplify the goals of JMSA. English letter writing is preferred, but Japanese is OK too.

Letters should be sent directly from the letter writer via email to the address below:
Robert Yanagisawa, MD
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2016 JMSA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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The JMSA honors students in the medical professions who demonstrate excellence and a commitment to the values of the Japanese Medical Society of America.  Scholarship recipients are announced around April each year (the data can be variable because we must coordinate with our scholarship sponsors).  Here are the students who received scholarships in the past year and their proposed projects.

2015 JMSA Scholarship Recipients

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2015 JMSA Scholarship Recipients with Affiliations and Proposed Projects
 

Honjo-JMSA Scholarship

Kenji Fujitani (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Expanding JMSA shadowing program and CPR community outreach program

Kenny Nakazawa (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
JMSA medical career night events to get a better understanding of different medical careers
 

Nishioka-JMSA Scholarship

Michael Hurley (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Organize a forum where students and physicians can share articles for evidence based policy recommendations

Kaoru Takasaki (Yale University School of Medicine)
Study the transition of physicians between US and Japan for success and barriers from a systems perspectives

Joji Kohjima (Rush Medical College)
Study inter-generational effects of atomic bombing and ionizing radiation


Mitsui USA-JMSA Scholarship

Priscilla Sugianto (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Learn to provide culturally competent medical service to Japanese Americans through survey

Claire Mann (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Alcohol misuse among the Daiichi and Daini Fukushima nuclear power plant workers since 3.11

Yoshiko Toyoda (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Big Brother/Big Sister Japanese Medical Students mentorship program for JMSA

Naoka Murakami, MD (Medicine Resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel)
“Dialysis Info Share App” for awareness and preparedness of emergency and natural disasters

Mika Ito, MD (Pediatric Resident at Maimonides Medical Center)
Establish the Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America (JAPAN)


Toyota-JMSA Scholarship

Dan Ebner (Brown University School of Medicine)
A carbon-ion radiotherapy study at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) in Chiba, Japan

Christina Anderson (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai MPH program)
Study the Post Traumatic Growth (PTGI) of students and guide medical schools’ response to future disasters


Nippon Life-JMSA Scholarship

Jiae Lee (SUNY Downstate)
Keep JMSA website current as a web team among project organizers and student members

Ayumi Maeda, MD (Anesthesiology Resident at Mass General Hospital)
Share strength of US anesthesia training system with Japanese colleague


Kuro Murase MD-JMSA Scholarship

Shintaro Yamada, PhD (Post-Doctorate Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering)
Organize a science forum for all Japanese medical and biomedical researchers in NYC


Raymond Sekiguchi MD-JMSA scholarship

Fumitaka Sugiguchi (Weil Cornell Medical College)
To create a Japanese Medical Students Database in US and Outreach for JMSA

Kathryn Iwata (NYU School of Medicine)
JMSA student recruitment through school financial aid services and medical student body clubs

2014 JMSA Scholarship Recipients

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2014 JMSA Scholarship Recipients

 

Honjo-JMSA Scholarship

Alisa Prager (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Project: Organize Nishimiya fellowship to send 1-2 students to Fukushima/To start a shadowing program for students within JMSA

Kenji Fujitani (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Project: Continue on Mt Sinai Global Health Trip to Fukushima/Continue to work on CPR community outreach program


Kuro Murase, MD-JMSA Scholarship

Fumitaka Sugiuchi (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Project: To create a web based forum to encourage interaction within JMSA community


Mitsui USA-JMSA Scholarship

Kay Negishi (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Project: Mixed method study to identify similarities and differences in learning processes among Japanese and American medical students

Yousuke Horikawa (University of California, San Diego School of Medicine)
Project: Developing a Japanese pediatric Teaching clinic.

Atsushi Sorita (University of Minnesota MPH program (Graduated from Tokyo University)
Project: To expand Ameilog

Alisa Yamasaki (Harvard Medical School)
Project: to understand the current post-acute care transition process at two large academic medical centers in Japan and the US: Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

Norihiro Yamaguchi (Resident, Beth Israel NY)
Project: Conduct a systematic review to address risk factors potentiating medical error among residents


Nippon Life-JMSA Scholarship

Miki Duruz (Mailman School of Public School at Columbia University)
Project: Situation analysis to provide specialized information about the characteristics of the Japanese population in NYC, which can be used to improve communication in an emegency. 


Nishioka-JMSA Scholarship

Michael Hurley (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Project: To study post op outcomes and complications in Japan and US, based on geographic variations. Using these data, to formulate evidence based policy recommendations.

Yumeko Kawano (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Project: Created a bilingual medical phrase book for Japanese people and it will be posted on Ameilog. She plans to expand by adding more clinical situations and scenarios.

Joji Kohjima (Rush Medical College – Rush University)
Project: Continue to study inter-generational effects of atomic bomb and ionizing radiation

Kaoru Takasaki (Yale School of Medicine)
Project: To study the transition of physicians between US and Japan, particularly from US to Japan


Raymond Sekiguchi, MD-JMSA Scholarship

Noah Berland (New York University School of Medicine)
Project: To leverage the JMSA physician directory into a map based search engine.

Lisa Akiyama (Oakland University: William Beaumont School of Medicine)
Project: Educate Japanese women about cervical cancer screening.


Toyota-JMSA Scholarship

Dan Ebner (Alpert Medical School – Brown University)
Project: Studying the health effects of radiation, evacuation, diet, and stress in Kawauchi Village, within the exclusion zone of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

2013 JMSA Scholarship Recipients

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Honjo-JMSA Scholarship

Miyuki Tanino  (MS4, Weill Cornell Medical College)

Project: To continue expanding Ameilog, a blog portal that enables medical professionals to share information among Japanese medical professionals and the general public.  

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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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Mitsui USA-JMSA Scholarship

Kenji Fujitani  (MS1, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Project: To plan Mount Sinai Global Health program to visit Fukushima during the summer to study the effects of the the nuclear disaster on mental and physical health.

Contact: kenji.fujitani@mssm.edu

Jay Starkey, MD (Radiology Resident, UCSF School of Medicine)

Project: To continue working on radiology and safety with collaborators in a Japanese University.

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Ayaka Iwata (Medical student, NYU School of Medicine)

Project: To re-introduce Radio Taiso to the Japanese community in the US as a simple exercise designed to improve flexibility and general health.

Sara-Megumi Naylor (Internal Medicine Resident, UCLA Medical Center) 

Project: To conduct a Health Lecture Series for seniors in the Venice Japanese Community Center in LA.

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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Nishioka-JMSA Scholarship

Michael Hurley (MS1, Stanford University Medical School)

Project: To study the influence of DPC (flat-fee payment system) on resource utilization by hospitals in the Japanese healthcare system.  

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Yumeko Kawano (MS1, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) 

Project: To create a website or booklet to help Japanese people navigate the US healthcare system.

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Kaoru Takasaki (MS1, Yale University School of Medicine)

Project: To create a medium of exchange to link medial students and physicians who had firsthand experience in Japan and US.

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Joji Kohjima  (MS1Rush Medical College)

Project: To create a blog on radiation effect on the people who worked in the Fukushima clean-up effort and also the people exposed to the nuclear bomb to document the intergenerational effects of radiation poisoning.

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Nippon Life-JMSA Scholarship

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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Yousuke Horikawa, MD, PhD  (2nd year Pediatric Resident, Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD) 

Project: To study the effect of children leaving their homes in Japan and living abroad in the United States.

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Toyota-JMSA Scholarship

Hiroshi Kurosawa, MD, PhD (Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

Project: His research project called “PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) on Demand” is a training program approach augmented by remote co-facilitation from US training centers.  He hopes to improve and maintain Japanese healthcare providers’ resuscitation performance for acutely ill or injured children.

 

2012 JMSA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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Congratulations to the following 2012 JMSA Scholarship Recipients!

Here are some of the wonderful scholarship projects led by our promising JMSA Members. As always, a big thank you to our donors and sponsors who make these scholarships possible. 


Nishioka JMSA Scholarship Recipients

Lindsay Gibbon (MS3, Weill Cornell Medical College)
1) Organize a series of CPR classes for local Japanese. 2) Support for JMSA’s long-term relief efforts in Tohoku by translating support materials and updating the website.

Alisa Prager (MS1, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Organize student volunteer missions to Fukushima through the Consortium for Japan Relief at Columbia

Aimee Sato (MS4, University of California San Francisco)
Study the impact of disaster and relocation for children in Fukushima

Jason Nagata (MS 3, University of California San Francisco)
Compilation of Dietary Guidelines and Recipes for Japanese and Japanese American Persons Living with Diabetes


Honjo-JMSA Scholarship Recipients 

Hanano Watanabe (MS3, Weill Cornell Medical College)
Translation of the unpublished notes of Dr. Noguchi Hideyo

Lindsay Gibbon (MS3, Weill Cornell Medical College)

Alisa Prager (MS1, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)


Mitsui-JMSA Scholarship Recipients

Yuichi Shimada, MD (Beth Israel Medical Center)
Provide updated and unbiased information on postgraduate clinical training in the United States through the web (www.usrinsho.com)

Jay Starkey, MD (University of Iowa, Radiology Resident)
Comparative Medical Safety Education in four medical schools in the US and Japan


Nippon Life-JMSA Scholarship Recipients

Jun Sasaki, MD (Miami Children’s Hospital)
Organize Miami Suku-suku-kai to provide child health information through community outreach and blogs http://ameilog.com/junsasaki/?type=list


Toyota-JMSA scholarship Recipients

Mai Miyaji, MD (PGY1, SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
Research differences inUS and Japanese immunization protocols and update the previous immunization translation program http://ameilog.com/vaccine-ja

Midori Nakajima, NP (PhD student, University of California San Francisco)
Promote concept of NP in Japan through medical tours, lectures, as well as conducting cognitive behavioral therapy classes for Japanese living in US.

2011 JMSA Scholarship Recipients

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Nishioka-JMSA Scholarship Recipients

 

Lindsay Gibbon, Cornell MS2
Project: Create CPR class for Japanese ex-patriots in NYC through Sukusukukai
Mentors: Maki Lueckerath MD, Akira Nishisaki MD

Ayaka Iwata, NYU MS3
Product: Reproductive health issue education for Japanese teens (joint project)
Mentor: Yuzuru Anzai MD

Sara Megumi Naylor, NYU MS3
Project: Reproductive health issue education for Japanese teens (joint project)
Mentor: Yuzuru Anzai MD

Emi Okamoto, NYU MS2
Project: Assessing Japanese American health needs
Mentor: Makoto Iwahara MD

 

Honjo-JMSA Scholarship Recipients

Miyuki Tanino, Cornell MS2
Project: Studying the size and characteristics of Japanese homeless population in NYC
Mentor: Naomi Hayashi MD

Mari Suzuki, GW MS2
Project: Blog about US medical student experience for Japanese audience
Mentors: Raymond Sekiguchi MD, Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD

 

Mitsui USA-JMSA Scholarship Recipients

Atsushi Sorita,MD, BIMC PGY2
Project: Blog portal site to compare US and Japanese healthcare systems
Mentor: Shunichi Homma MD

Matt Rosenbaum, Cornell MS2
Project: Study effect of salt intake on DM in Japanese
Mentor: Robert Yanagisawa MD

 

Toyota-JMSA Scholarship Recipient

Nahoko Harada, RN, Bos Coll PhD student
Project: Intimate partner violence among Japanese Americans
Mentor: Kamal Ramani MD

 

Susumu Sekiguchi MD-JMSA Scholarship Recipient

Ikuko Komo, RN, NP, Yale MS student
Project: Cervical cancer awareness project among Japanese in NY / Boston
Mentor: Yuzuru Anzai MD

2010 Scholarship Recipients

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JMSA-Nishioka Foundation Scholarship

  • Yoko Hirano
    Kagoshima University School of Medicine, Medical Student
    Project: Provide healthcare at refugee camps in Algeria and study HIV status
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  • Jeffrey Ryuta Willis
    University of Maryland School of Medicine, Medical Student
    Project: Edit/translate manuscripts written by Japanese medical scientists to English
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  • Yoshihiro Yonekawa
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Medical Student
    Project 1: US/Japan exchange program database. Project 2: Expand JMSA member in training website and Interview Series
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JMSA-Honjo Foundation Scholarship

  • Linsday Gibbon
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Medical Student
    Project: Continue to support Sukusukukai, and organize a smoking cessation education project in Japan
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  • Yuichi Shimada
    Beth Israel Medical Center, Resident
    Project: Assess the impact of cultural sensitivity on medical compliance among Japanese residents in NY
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JMSA-Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship

  • Akihiro Asai
    Columbia Presbyterian Hosptial, Resident
    Project: Web-based medical translation system of vaccine records between Japanese and English
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  • Jay Starkey
    University of San Diego, Resident
    Project: Continuing the Honjo-JMSA JUMP program, which will facilitate international collaboration and forge lasting  relationships between Japan and the USA through pairing medical students from both countries together and creating an online community
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JMSA-Toyota USA Scholarship

  • Atsushi Sorita
    Beth Israel Medical Center, Resident
    Project: Document the difference in the residency and health care delivery systems between the United States and Japan through magazines and the internet in Japanese
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JMSA-Susumu Sekiguchi MD Scholarship

  • Miki Tomaru
    Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Psychology Student
    Project: Reach out to the Japanese people living in America who would benefit from some psychological support. She hopes to reduce the stigma of receiving psychological and emotional help.
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2009 Scholarship Recipients

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Back row: Drs. Robert Yanagisawa, Yuichiro Kuwama, Shunichi Homma, Jean Furuyama, Yuzuru Anzi
Front row: Dr. Masanori Mori, Mayuko Uchida, Dr. Keita Terashima, Sayuri Fujita, Jun Tashiro, Yohko Murakami, Yoshihiro Yonekawa
 

JMSA-Nishioka Foundation Scholarship

  • Noriyuki Murakami
    State University of New York Downstate
    3rd year medical student
    Project: Introduce Peace Corps programs to students
  • Yohko Murakami
    Stanford University
    2nd year medical student
    Project: Increase glaucoma awareness

JMSA-Honjo Foundation Scholarship

  • Jay Starkey
    University of California San Francisco
    4th year medical student
    Project: Expand JUMP web site to partner medical students from Japan and the US
  • Yoshihiro Yonekawa
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    3rd year medical student
    Project: 1) JMSA Interview Series, 2) JMSA website student section
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JMSA-Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship

  • Masanori Mori, MD
    University of Vermont College of Medicine
    Hematology/Oncology Fellow
    Project: Introduce palliative care to Japanese patients living in the US

    Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jun Tashiro
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    3rd year medical student
    Project: Document student volunteering experience in developing countries

JMSA-Toyota USA Scholarship

  • Keita Terashima, MD
    Baylor University
    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellow
    Project: Houston Sukusukukai

JMSA-Shimomura Scholarship

  • Mayuko Uchida
    Yale University
    Nurse practitioner student
    Project: Promote interactive geriatric care
  • Sayuri Fujita
    Boston College
    Nursing student
    Project: Promote healthy habits in the community