The Women’s Committee has 10 members including 4 male members. We started out with 6 female members from 2017 July. I am pleased to increase the male members. That’s because the female members don’t know how the male physicians feel about something female physicians work and struggle. And when the male members talk about their confusion to attend some problem with female physicians on our mailing list, female members notice their confusion and find their own problems and other obstacles .I think it’s important that such a mutual understanding keep going for long time, moreover the male and female physicians will get to sympathize each other.
This June we couldn’t hold the annual session of Japan Chapter, we have a plan to hold the session at next annual meeting. We collaborate with the Physician’s Well-Being Team and have a plan to hold the work shop about physician ‘s Burn-out.
We have the Facebook page. We post the news and articles of ACP and other information, news about gender inequity.
Woman in Medicine Month (September)
We recommended a FACP from women’s members on September, Dr. Naoko Iwasaki MD.
We will hold the session about communications at the workplace next meeting. We are making the details of this session concretely. We collaborate with the Physicians Well-Being Team; we might have the workshop about physician’s Burn-out and coaching next year except annual meeting. I want to increase more female FACPs in Japan Chapter. I wish many female physicians will have activities in ACP Japan Chapter vividly, I will recruit some members for Women’s Committee next term.
１．Report: What we have done
It is terribly regrettable to report that two major annual events, The ACP Japan Chapter Annual Meeting 2020 and The Joint session with Japanese society of Internal Medicine, were cancelled because of the enormous impact of corona virus disease 2019 pandemic not merely on our preparation procedures for the events but also all participants’ health and lifestyles changes.
The annual meeting 2020 was planned to be held on June 6 and 7, 2020 at Kyoto university and The Joint session with Japanese society of Internal Medicine was on April 11, 2020.
２．Plan: What we are going to do
There will be one website with several channels (rooms) for participants to enter and each channel has its own characteristics. Using some interesting and useful software, a feasible and enjoyable meeting is being planned.
Our mission is to facilitate interest and interaction amongst ACP student members, provide an educational experience, and contribute to the further success of ACP Japan Chapter (ACPJC) and its international collaborations.
We recruited 11 new committee members from 9 medical schools
including a medical school in China. Our new diverse and international members have widened our horizons and brought unique perspectives to our projects.
We conducted an online survey to bring to light Japanese medical students’ current thoughts on pursuing an international career in the future. The aim of our survey was to use the results to provide better educational opportunities and much-needed information to medical students. We had 549 participants from 58 universities, covering 70% of Japanese medical schools.
In an effort to present our work to the public, we have created an ACPJC student committee Twitter account in addition to the Facebook page we already have. We have posted self-introductions of each committee member and meeting reports so that viewers feel closer to our organization. Our Facebook page has reached over 148 follows and 9639 views.
Using the data we collected from the survey, we plan to hold seminars that respond to the participants’ needs and wishes. The topics include practicing international standardized medical history taking and learning how to pursue an international career as a Japanese physician. Simultaneously, we will prepare for the ACPJC Annual Meeting’s student session for next year and continue our SNS activities on Facebook and Twitter.
Our committee (Resident-Fellow Committee; RFC) held a seminar called “The 6th RFC Seminar featuring infectious disease in November 2020. Holding “RFC Seminars” is one of our main projects to broaden the community of RFC in Japan. In November, more than 100 Japanese medical students, junior residents and fellows gathered on web seminar to learn together to strive for excellence in internal medicine frontlines.
Also, we posted an article about RFC semiar on ACP Japan Chapter RFC Facebook page on purpose of increasing the number of ACP members.
We are planning to organize a new seminar, by which junior residents and fellows can enhance the quality of postgraduate internal medicine training. At the same time, it is intended to become a “communication and collaboration hub”. We will find the best way to enhance the quality of postgraduate internal medicine training with the COVID-19 outbreak.
We nominated Dr. Keijiro Saku, MD, FACP (ACP# 01075550), President of the Fukuoka University, for the mastership, and he was successfully attested by the ACP Awards Committee to be the Master of the ACP (MACP) at the initial application just like Dr. Katsuhiko Takabayashi last year. He is the eighth MACP from Japan following Shunichi Fukuhara, Hiromi Ishibashi, Shotai Kobayashi, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Katsuhiko Takabayashi, Fumiaki Ueno, and Tsuyoshi Watanabe in alphabetical order.
PLAN: Where we are going to go
Our mission is to facilitate and promote international exchange opportunities in medical education for members of the ACP Japan Chapter.
Because of the worldwide COVID-19 infection, most activities which have been
promoted by IEPC have been limited or postponed indefinitely. To overcome this situation, we have focused on online workshop which cannot be affected by this devastating infection. On October 25th, 2020, IEPC held the online workshop “The first step for U.S. residency/fellowship^ using ZOOM. Total of 78 participants applied to our workshop.
The workshop was consisted of two parts. The first part was lectures performed by 4 physicians, Dr. Jindai, Dr. Nogi, Dr. Yamada, three of whom are IEPC members, and one guest speaker, Dr. Natsumi Tanabe, the current chief resident of University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program (UHIMRP). Their lectures were focused on the basic information, tips, and updates of residency/fellowship program.
The second part was Question/Answer session. All the questions which were collected from the participants beforehand were answered by the four physicians mentioned above and me, Dr. Tsutsumi. During this session, the function “chat system” were also used simultaneously. Participants can ask questions or comment anything using this chat system which was helpful to make this session interactive. Post-
workshop questionnaire from the participants showed a very positive response.
We plan to hold subsequent online seminar which I believe will fit well in the current situation. We are also under negotiation with Dr. Jerald Stein, whose contribution to ACP Japan is well known. We are planning to perform online English oral presentation seminar which will be a great education for young physicians.
Even now, it is still in the corona-era, and face-to-face meetings have not been held since last December. Furthermore, there is a history that ACPJC 2020 was not held this year unfortunately, and no project has been completed since the committee was reorganized last July. We are currently continuing discussions on the mailing list for the topic mentioned in the PLAN below.
In Japan, which has a super-aging society, online medical care/telemedicine has been in the limelight since 1997 in order to solve the uneven distribution of doctors in metropolitan areas and the impaired accessibility to HCFs in rural areas. Since then, in 2018, concerning social issues such as rapidly expanding aging society across Japan, IT progression in this field was accelerated aiming to reduce outpatient visits as a patient factor, and to popularize telemedicine as part of reforming the working style of doctors (unfortunately, which was not noticeably spread at that time).
As the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), which began in the winter of 2019, is spreading again, the government has been taking the initiative in accelerating to spread of telemedicine using phones and/or computer networks as solution tools for the concerning situation (e.g. getting become difficult for patients to consult doctors directly). Then, this type of medical care is once again in the limelight, and a scheme for its proper operation having been formed now. In response to these global and social movements, we all HPPC members are continuing discussions on the mailing list focusing on this topic.
Generally, telemedicine is conducted between doctors and patients, and it is possible to examine, monitor using some extra-equipment, and explain the diagnostic results of patients not in urgency, but in principle, the first examination must be face-to-face, and prescription can be made after the examination. However, the technology in this field is progressed largely from the IT professional’s view, not from the clinician’s view. Therefore, from the clinician’s standpoint, we are currently discussing the limitation of telemedicine, the practice of EBM, CW/HVC, and the method of establishing professionalism within “Human to Human (H2H)” communications, and we would like to make recommendations from this committee in the future.
1. REPORT (What We have done)
2. PLAN (What We are going to do)