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.
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.