Message from the Director
Greetings from VIA's office at Stanford University! My name is Ellison Weeks, and I am the Exploring Health Care (EHC) Program Director. I am very excited to welcome more than 30 enthusiastic students from medical schools across Japan to the San Francisco Bay Area in March!
This message is lengthy but contains useful information, so make sure you read it carefully.
IMPORTANT: Please take a few moments to complete the Pre-Departure Orientation Survey located at the end of this message.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Introducing the Assistant Program Director
Hirona Hono joins EHC 2016 as the Assistant Program Director. Hirona is a cross-cultural trainer and diversity education coordinator. Her journey of multiculturalism began when she was from five to eight years old in Belgium and this background sprouted her interest in other cultures, and so she participated in a study abroad program in the U.K. and volunteered in France, Ghana, Turkey, and Japan. After graduating from university, she worked as a project coordinator for international exchange programs. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in Intercultural Services, Leadership and Management at SIT Graduate Institute.
As an assistant director, she is excited to be a part of this life-long journey for both EHC students and the staff team! You may reach out to Hirona via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Comparative Health Care Workshops with Dr. James Thomas
This spring, we are fortunate to be joined by Dr. James Thomas of the Keio University School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas will conduct workshops on a variety of topics, such as medical ethics, global medicine, health insurance, among others. In addition, he will be providing brief reviews on the medical English we learn each day.
Dr. Thomas is a U.K.-trained physician currently working in Tokyo, Japan. As a medical student, he participated in a clinical clerkship in Hokkaido and became interested in Japanese health care, language and culture. After graduating as a doctor, he underwent clinical training in Sheffield, England, and worked in primary care and pediatrics before moving to Japan in April 2012. He now devotes the majority of this time to medical education and teaches students and junior residents within Keio University and Hospital.
Health Care Fellows
Pre-Travel Checklist (PTC)
Reminder that immunizations are DUE by February 15. We highly encourage all immunization documents to be submitted by the deadline whenever possible!
Please read the Immunization Guide first, complete the quiz, then scan and upload your documents. All of the above can be found in your PTC.
Use English-language documents if possible. For immunization records written in your native language, please make sure that key parts (date and name of each vaccine, for example) of your document are translated into English.
Prior to submission, please double check that the scanned documents are easy to read and professional. Remember, medical professionals will be reviewing them.
Please read the Immunization Guide carefully to avoid any mistakes! Have you checked to make sure your titers have a number value AND your immunity level (positive/partial/negative) is clearly stated?
If you are experiencing difficulty in meeting the requirements mentioned above or outlined in the Immunization Guideline, then it is VERY IMPORTANT that you contact Ellison (email@example.com) to discuss your individual situation and make alternate arrangements for submitting your documents in as timely a manner as possible. Failure to do so could limit our ability to obtain clearance for you to shadow a physician this spring.
As an program participant, you are required to give two presentations: one to introduce your medical school, and one to introduce yourself. If there is more than one student joining from your school, you will be connected via email so that you can work on the medical school presentation as a group. These presentations should be limited to 5 minutes in length, be conducted in English and stored on a USB drive for easy access. Since presentations will be delivered during the first few days of the program, it is highly recommended that you complete your individual and school introductions before reaching California.
NOTE: Detailed presentation guidelines will be shared with you very soon in a separate email.
While not mandatory, these sessions are a great way to obtain important program information and provide an exciting opportunity for you to meet your fellow participants as well as alumni from previous programs. Alumni will be on hand to share tips and advice with you for getting the most out of your experience in the San Francisco Bay Area this March.
Each session will be followed by a nomikai at a local restaurant or izakaya. So that we can plan accordingly, please click below to complete a brief survey indicating which orientation session you plan to attend and whether or not you also plan to join the optional nomikai. afterwards. Estimated per-person cost for the nomikai is about 3500 - 4000 yen. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, January 22, 2016 (Japan Time).