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--- Vol. 2 Gynecologic Oncology: Sonoda Yukio, MD

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Dr. Sonoda is a gynecologic oncologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He specializes in the surgical treatment of tumors of the female genital tract, and is a part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors who care for women with cancer.

Med School:  George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency:    Obstetrics and Gyenecology, SUNY Buffalo
Fellowship:    Gynecologic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


--- Vol. 1 Medical Oncology: Scott Tagawa, MD

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Dr. Tagawa is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Urology and Assistant Attending Physician in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Weill Cornell Medical College. As a member of the Genitourinary Oncology team, he leads clinical trials in the areas of prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers.

Undergrad:    Georgetown University
Med School:  University of Southern California (USC)
Residency:    Internal Medicine, USC
Fellowship:    Hematology and Medical Oncology, USC


Progress Report 2010: Sahara Fund Medical Mission

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Ms. Yoko Atsumi is a 5th year medical student at Kagoshima University in Japan. She is a recipient of the 2010 JMSA-Nishioka Foundation scholarship, which supported her work with the Sahara Fund Medical Mission. Ms. Atsumi spent a month providing healthcare at refugee camps in Algeria. Please click "Read more" to read her progress report and view photographs from her mission.

Progress Report 2010: Pediatric Emergency Remote Simulation

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Dr. Akira Nishisaki is currently a critical care attending at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). (Click here for Dr. Nishisaki's bio)

He received a 2008 JMSA-Honjo Foundation Scholarship to conduct a remote simulation project between Tokyo's Nihon Igaku Kyoiku Gakkai and CHOP to train pediatricians in Japan.

Please click "Read More" for more details about this exciting project, and photographs from a recent simulation run.

Progress Report 2009: Healthy Children

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Scholar: Sayuri Fujita
Project: Promoting healthy habits and hand-washing in the pediatric population
Funding: JMSA-Shimomura Scholarship

October 27, 2009
I am writing to inform you about my progress on health promotion of healthy habits and teaching proper hand-washing techniques to children.  Over the summer, I conducted two lectures targeting children under the age of 12.  My approach included visual aids for the younger age groups, and more technical teachings for the older age groups.


Japan US Medical Partnership (Under Renovation)

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Japan US Medical Partnership (JUMP)

JUMP is a web-based program that partners medical students from Japan and the US to facilitate learning about the medical and educational systems of the two countries. Members blog, write essays, and participate in online discussion forums. JUMP is currently recruiting new student members. Please click on the banner on the left for more information and application instructions. 

Currently undergoing renovation

Project leader: Jay Starkey (UCSF MS IV)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Funding: JMSA and Honjo Foundation

Moshimoshi Med Students

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Moshi moshi is a medical student-run organization that is dedicated to strengthening the Japanese-American relationship.

Link to project: http://www.moshimoshimedstudents.com

Project Leader: Lindsay Kuroki (Wash U, OB/GYN Resident)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Funding: JMSA and Nishioka Foundation

Dinner with Exchange Students

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On March 11th or 12th (sorry for the late notice), we will be having an informal dinner with exchange students from Tokyo Women's Medical College, who are currently taking part in clerkships at Mt. Sinai and Columbia. The date and time are undecided, but it will take place in Manhattan. If you are a medical student who would be interested in joining the get-together, please email Yoshi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Thanks!