I spent two weeks in Cardiology department and two weeks in Respiratory department at Shinshu University Hospital. The first two weeks, in Cardiology Department, I followed different doctor team each morning and afternoon. Most of the time, during a morning/afternoon, the doctors explains me patients files of the inpatient clinic (I can not speak Japanese, so I just looked and did some physical examination). We often went to the coronarography room and echocardiography room because doctors need to practice. I also looked at pacemaker implantation. I participated in some meetings and conferences at the cardiology inpatient clinic.
The two weeks in the Respiratory Department, I was most of the time with Dr Yasuo. I followed him; he explained patient's files of the inpatient clinic and I was with him during outpatient clinic consultation. I had the possibility to assist to some bronchoscopic examination and pulmonary tests. I saw some experimentation that Dr Yasuo and his team did.
(Good/ better points)
Learn how the Japanese health system works
See a lot of echocardiography, coronography and fibroscopy
Patient's files are in Japanese so I cannot try to understand the different diseases all by myself. No medical student in the hospital at the beginning, so I felt a little alone.
|good points||dissatisfying points|
|Move a lot|
|Japanese Language Course||NA||NA|
|Livelihood in general||Lovely,
everyone was nice
Bike and phone lending
|Sometimes very long day at the hospital|
I learnt some Japanese words and I progressed in English. I discover Japanese life with others students and at the homestay. I think I would not have discovered so well, if I was just here to do tourism. Lots of meeting of nice people.
I will compare French health system and Japanese system. I discover new ways of work at the hospital. So I will try to apply the good one in France. But I won't learn a lot of knowledge, because I have already done clinical clerkship in these departments in France and in Japan. It was no easy to have complete information in English, though.
Totally, It was a great experience, I learnt a lot of things at the hospital and Japanese life. I receive a great welcome. Everyone is so nice and so friendly. It was a pleasure to be there.
NAME: Joubert Virginie
Home Institution: Unbiversity of Poitiers, France
Dept. of Acceptance: Internal Medicine
Training Period: 6 August 2012 to 31 August 2012