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Exchange Program at Hyogo College of Medicine

● Yipeng Fang(汕頭大学)

01.jpgMy name is Yipeng Fang. I am a senior medical students from Shantou University Medical College. I was lucky enough to have a 4-week-long clerkship in Hyogo Medical College during 11th July to 9th August 2015. It is a memorable experience for me.
On 11th July, it took three and a half hours to go from Guangzhou to Kansai by plane. Getting to a new country made me feel excited. However, without the internet or map, it was difficult for me to move my step. Thanks to Ms. Torii for leading us the way to the Guest House, we didn’t get lost in the new city. After a short time rest, we visited the hospital of the Hyogo College of Medicine and had dinner with Japanese students who visited Shantou University before. The traditional sushi was very delicious. Thank you for all Japanese teachers and students. With your help, our first day in Japan was very smooth and happy.

【The Meeting with the Leaders】
on the first Monday, we had a meeting with the president and all professors. It was my pleasure to meet so many experts. We gave short self-introductions and took photos together. After the meeting, my clerkship began.

【The Experience in the Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology】
02.jpgDuring my first two weeks, I studied in the Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, which has experts in endoscopy examination. During my studying time, Professor Miwa arranged my schedule to study following different doctors, so that I learned different knowledge about endoscopy, including EGD, colonoscopy, DBE, ESD, EMR and polypectomy. On Monday afternoon, I followed Professor Miwa to have a professor ward around; other studying time, I studied in the endoscopy center, which was really interesting for me a lot. Although the time was short, what I saw and leaned was really touching for me a lot. There was lots of difference between Japan and China. About all, compared with the hospitals of my college, the endoscopy examination in Japan was more advanced. Japanese could use endoscope to do several kinds of surgery to treat the early stage gastric cancers and polypus. Besides, in order to examine the small intestine, doctors could use not only the capsule endoscopy, but also the DBE. Compared with the former, the DBE could observe more directly. Last but not the least, there were very good relationships between Japanese doctors and patients. Doctors were friendly and provided kind service to all patients, for example, doctors kneeled down beside their patients when talking to them; while, patients show great respect to doctors. Meanwhile, relationships between doctors were great, too. I really enjoyed this harmony atmosphere. During my clerkship, I had three endoscopy practical trainings by using a model. With this special and interesting class, I had some basic understanding about the endoscope. I also had a class to talk with some Japanese medical students and studied together in the following days. They gave me much help. Because of my poor English, we couldn’t have good communication, but the teachers and the students were enthusiastic and patient to me. In order to let me understand what they said, they wasted their valuable time to explain the situation.

【The Experience in the Department of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery】
03.jpgDuring my last two weeks, I had a study in the surgery department of the UGI following Professor Sasako. Professor Sasako was very famous in all over the world for the surgery of gastric cancer. The doctors in this department were capable and responsible. On every Monday and Thursday morning, doctors had two conferences, in order to discuss together and make an operation plan for the next week. There was a good habit of Japanese, especially the doctors, that they paid a lot of attention to details and always could make some perfect plans several days before. Doctors needed to ward round every day, patients’ rooms were very clean and nice, and each patient had his own space and TV. The relationships between doctors and patients were harmonious. After the ward round, I sometimes went to outpatient clinic following Pro.Sasako. Pro.Sasako was very busy. He had no time to rest, however, he kept being patient and spent long time explaining the states to patients.
During the clerkship, I spent most of my time in operation room. I think most of the surgery process was similar with that in China, however, doctors were higher level and could handle the details well. Luckily, I was allowed to stand behind doctors, in order to have a better view. There was also a camera over the operation table, so that we could look the operation through the monitor. Every time before the operation, students could get a book about the operative process, with lots of pictures and remarks. With the help of them, I could understand the surgery better. Because of my poor medical English, doctors spent much time to draw pictures, just wanted to help me to understand. I need to express many thanks to their patience.

【My Daily Life】
04.jpgWhen I was free around dinner times, I would like to cook meals by myself and share with my roommates. The most favorite food was seafood. I ate lots of octopus and conch. On weekends, we went sightseeing to different cities, including Osaka, Kyodo, Nishinomiya, Nara and Umeda. We visited the USJ and went shopping in the big business center, which were filled with modern atmosphere; we also visited historical temples which showed the culture and the history to us and saw some cute deer.
Traveling in Japan, the most unforgettable memory was the orderly society. For example,when using elevators, all Japanese stood on one side, in order to bring convenience to people in a hurry. Japanese are not only orderly, but also good-mannered. They show respect to everybody, including strangers. All their actions create harmony and good ordered society and win great reputation from all over the world. I need to learn from them.

【Many Thanks】
Thank you, President Nakanishi, Professor Miwa, Professor Sasako and all the doctors in their departments for giving great care to me. This exchange program let me have a chance to connect with the outside world and help me to open my horizon and to pursue for the higher level of the study. It must be a valuable memory for me. I hope everyone has a better life. Thanks again.

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