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Medical Student Blog Series: アメリカでの医学生生活

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JMSA medical student blog series

鈴木 まり
現在、ワシントン市(Washington DC)のジョージ・ワシントン大学医科大学院(George Washington University School of Medicine)の三年生


私の学んでいる学校はワシントン市のど真ん中にあり、ホワイト・ハウスから約一キロのところにあります。そのため、GW大学の病院ではアメリカの大統領、副大統領ならびにホワイト・ハウス関係者の医療機関として指定されています。レーガン大統領の暗殺未遂事件のとき彼が担ぎこまれた病院がGW大学の病院だったため、それ以来、その事件とともに名が知られています。そのほかにも、GW大学は、国際保健衛生(International Health)の学問や活動でも評価されています。

UJMED Network*

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UJMED is a professional social networking program designed to help facilitate intracultural awareness and healthcare collaboration between the US and Japan. UJMED is a way we can all connect as students, residents, fellows, researchers and faculty in the US and Japan over the internet with an easy to use, free tool.

You can become a member and create a profile within a few minutes: www.ujmed.org

Be sure to send friend invitations!

BT Slingsby (George Washington University MS4)
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JMSA Interview Series*

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JMSA Interview Series

The aim of this project is to create an enjoyable online interview series of healthcare professionals of the Japanese communities in the United States and Japan.

All interviews will be conducted by members in training, in order to promote youth involvement in JMSA. We are actively recruiting interviewers from both the USA and Japan. Interviews can be conducted in person, by phone, or even by email. Click here to view our latest interview with Dr. Amano.

Central themes include:

  • Mentorship
  • International collaboration
  • Choosing a specialty

Benefits of joining this project include:

  • It'll be fun!
  • Become involved with JMSA
  • Others will benefit from your interviews
  • Foster a relationship with interviewees -- it's often difficult as a student to get to know attendings at a personal level, and this project allows a unique platform to start relationships which hopefully lead to meaningful mentorships
  • Include the interview in your resume as a "web publication"

Interviews are transcribed and posted on this website along with photographs and biographies. Target audiences include colleagues, patients, and the general public. Please contact us if you would like to join this project in any capacity. Also, please let us know if you have ideas to make this project bigger and better.

Project Members:
Yoshihiro Yonekawa (Contact Person, Harvard Ophthalmology PGY2)
Yumi Ando (Cornell MS IV)
Lindsay Gibbon (Cornell MS III)
Alisa Prager (Columbia MS I)
Miyuki Tanino (Cornell MS III)
Yusuke Terasaki (Cornell General Sugery PGY2)
Hanano Watanabe (Cornell MS III)

Contact us:
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Funding provided by:
JMSA and Honjo Foundation


--- Vol. 8 Transplant Surgery: Tomoaki Kato, MD

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Our latest JMSA Interview Series is with Dr. Tomoaki Kato. Dr. Kato is the Chief of the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. He specializes in liver, multivisceral, pediatric and intestinal transplantation, as well as ex-vivo tumor resection. His research interests include transplant immunology. Please click "Read More" for the article.

--- Vol. 7 Neurosurgery: Kosaku Amano, MD PhD

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The JMSA Interview Series is a student-ran project sponsored by JMSA and the Honjo and Nishioka Foundations, where medical students interview attending physicians in various specialties. The interviews are posted online for educational purposes.

Our first international interview is with Dr. Kosaku Amano, a neurosurgeon in Tokyo. Please click "Read More" to view the full article. You can also visit the student project page to view other interivews: http://jmsa.org/projects.html


--- Vol. 6 Gastroenterology: Makoto Iwahara, MD

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Dr. Iwahara is a gastroenterologist in New York City, and is the president of the Japanese Medical Society of America. We  asked Dr. Iwahara questions about his background, gastroenterology, and his vision for JMSA.

Undergraduate:  Brown University, Providence, RI
Medical school:  SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Residency:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Fellowship:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Current:  Attending, Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC

--- Vol. 5 Pediatrics: Maki Kano, MD

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Dr. Kano is an internist and pediatrician at the Japanese Medical Practice in Hartsdale, Westchester County.  As one of the few Japanese-speaking general pediatricians in the New York tri-state area, she sees many Japanese pediatric patients not only from Westchester, but also from New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  Dr. Kano is also actively involved in community outreach programs in JMSA.

Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

--- Vol. 4 Ophthalmology: Shizuo Mukai, MD

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Dr. Mukai is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) of Harvard University. He specializes in adult and pediatric vitreoretinal surgery, and is the director of the retina fellowship. His research interests include molecular genetics. Dr. Mukai is also actively involved in Japanese academic ophthalmology.


Undergrad:  Brown University
Medical School:  Brown University
Ophthalmology Residency:  MEEI
Retina Fellowship:  MEEI


--- Vol. 3 Endocrinology: Robert Yanagisawa, MD

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Dr. Robert Yanagisawa is Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is director of the endocrinology fellowship program. Dr. Yanagisawa is a board member of the Japanese Medical Society of America, and VP for membership development. He has medical licenses in both the US and Japan, and recently established a Mt. Sinai-Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) exchange program, and has been appointed Visiting Professor by TWMU.


Undergrad:     Brown University
School:    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency:      Miriam Hospital, Brown University
Fellowship:      University of Massachusetts Medical Center