EHC 2015 Final Update!

This is it! The FINAL flyer!

Hello everyone! We are in the final stretch right before the kickoff for EHC 2015! This LAST flyer will lay out key information, so please read it in its entirety! As always, feel free to email me or Hirona with any questions or concerns that come to mind. We look forward to seeing everyone this Friday, March 13th!



  • Please bring a copy of your ESTA document or make sure that you have the appropriate visa in your passport! You will need it to enter the United States.


  • You must always bring your passport any time you travel outside of your home country. This time is no different! Please remember to bring your passport and necessary documentation so you can enter the United States!


  • Although we will submit electronic copies of your vaccination records for the health check, the medical facility where you will shadow may also request to see original copies of your records. Therefore, as was outlined in the Immunization Guide, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do not forget to bring original copies of your immunization documents with you to the U.S.


  • Please remember to bring your white coats. You are required to wear them when participating in physician shadowing.


  • We would prefer that you bring a laptop, but if you would like to bring your tablet instead, that is perfectly fine.


  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • School ID
  • Business casual clothing
  • Casual clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Formal outfit for final banquet
  • Light Jacket
  • Business cards (if you have them)

You must be able to carry your own bags. Carry your bags around your home or neighborhood. Too much to handle? Leave some things behind! For a list of recommended items to bring with you, please review VIA EHC Orientation Handout provided during orientation or by email.


On the airplane, you will receive two types of documents:

1) U.S. immigration documents (an arrival card); and

2) Customs documents (a declaration form)

Bring a pen with you in your carry-on bag so that you can fill these out before you land. This saves you time in the airport.

SFO Airport Pick-Up Time & Location


When you arrive at the San Francisco International Airport, you will first go through customs. Please make sure that you have signed your passport on the appropriate page.

When asked where you will be staying at, please use the following address:

Good Hotel

112 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

In the past, VIA students have not had any problem going through customs. However, if you are asked the purpose of your stay, you can say: "to join a short culture program."

If they ask to contact someone in the United States, my cell phone number is 818.433.9110. You can reach Kazutoh Ishida, Senior Stanford Programs Director, via cell phone by dialing 650.283.7252.


Once you pass Customs & Immigration, you will pick up your luggage. You will then exit, and I and the other members of the EHC team will be waiting for you with a welcome sign on the Arrivals Floor in the International Terminal. The international terminal is not very big, so it should not be hard to find us.

We have arranged charter buses to bring participants to Good Hotel from SFO. The bus will leave SFO at 1:30 PM.

- For those of you arriving before 11:00 AM, please wait in the International Arrivals Terminal between Gate A and Gate G. There is a little cafe there, called Emporio Rulli, where you can relax and have a cup of coffee/snack. The EHC team will arrive at SFO at 11:00 AM to pick you up.

- If you arrived to the USA before March 13th and have NOT already made alternate plans for traveling to Good Hotel in San Francisco, meet us at the San Francisco International Airport International Terminal between Gate A and Gate G in front of a little cafe called Emporio Rulli at 11:00 AM on March 13th. Just look for the people holding the VIA and EHC signs.


We are excited to learn more about your interests and passion! If you have not started working on your presentations, please do so asap. The presentation file should be saved in a way that is accessible to you while you're here in San Francisco. For example, you can save it on a USB stick, or you can email it to yourself. Presentations are scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. They will be recorded and shared with you all later on our orientation website.



We have created an exclusive Facebook group for EHC 2015 participants. This is a space for you to get to know each other, so don't be shy! You can upload photos and videos from the program, share links to medical articles, pose questions to the group, share reflections about program activities, or voice your thoughts about any topic that comes to mind. This group will remain active during the program this March and for many months after you return to Japan as EHC alumni.

To join, follow this link:


We have also created a LINE group.

Please find EHC Program Director Ellison Weeks (ID: ellisonx) and request to be added to the group. This is only for the communication during the program. So for any questions or inquiries, please contact us by email.


Wherever you go, go with all your heart -- Confucius