2019年 ACPJC 年次総会講演会における学生企画の御報告

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ACP日本支部の皆様

ACP日本支部年次総会・講演会2019の1日目
6月8日(土) 14時20分~15時40分に開催されました
Student Committee企画「夢見る海外臨床講座」
について御報告させて頂きます。

本企画は、ACPを学生へ広報する目的として、
また海外臨床に興味のある学生の交流の場として、
Student Committeeメンバーが一から企画準備したものです。

企画の内容は、
海外臨床に思いを馳せる3つのチームによるプレゼン合戦で、
・USMLEを中心とした海外臨床留学までの道のりについての紹介
・有名な海外医療ドラマをもとに臨床現場を考える検討会
・実際のCaseをもとにした本格的な症例検討会
といった、それぞれのチーム色のある、大変活気のあるものとなりました。

それぞれの発表では、同時にクイズの出題やディスカッションの時間があり、
最もクイズの正解やディスカッションに貢献した学生の表彰も行われました。

30名を越える参加者には、医学生だけでなく、多くの先生方もいらっしゃいました。
症例ディスカッションの時間では、学生が苦戦する中、
非常に鋭い発言をして頂き、ディスカッションを非常に盛り上げて下さいました。

本企画は学生が一から企画準備したものでしたが、
当日も含め、ACP日本支部に所属する多くの先生方のご支援の御陰で実現することができました。
本企画に関わって下さいました全ての方への御礼の言葉を最後に御報告とさせて頂きます。
誠にありがとうございました。

ACP日本支部 Student Committee 委員長
平井智大

——

Student Committee Event Report

The Student Committee held a program for student exchange at the ACPJC annual meeting 2019.
The program consisted of three presentations and the discussions were very exciting. More than 30 participants attended.
We thank everyone who helped make this program possible.

ACPJC Student Committee Chair
Tomohiro Hirai

Report my experience in the externship at the Department of Hospital Medicine in Shands Hospital, UF Health

Tokyo Bay Urayasu Ichikawa Medical Center General Internal Medicine Resident

Shuhei Uchiyama

I am honored to report my experience in the externship at the Department of Hospital Medicine in Shands Hospital, UF Health, a program by the International Exchange Program Committee of ACP Japan Chapter.

I applied to this program because I would like to be a resident in the U.S., and to become a specialist in hospital medicine in the future. Since the field is not yet common in Japan, I thought that I would be able to gain a lot of experience that could not be obtained in my country. Consequently, my guess was correct.

I observed two branches of the division; the floor team and the consultation team. The floor team basically takes care of inpatients who have multiple health problems not limited to one organ. In my hospital, I usually work as a general internal medicine doctor, and I noticed that there is not such a big difference in terms of work content and treatment strategy between U.S. and Japan. I was pleased to know that the clinical skills that I have gained in my workplace are as good as the ones residents of one of the best teaching hospitals in the U.S. can learn.

The consultation team consists of a resident and an attending doctor. They accept consultations from other departments and procedures including thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, and so on. The main cases of referrals are co-management of patients in surgery divisions. For example, we get many patients from orthopedics with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure. The cooperation between each department to treat patients was quite impressive.

Since this unique consultation system is the biggest reason for me to become a hospitalist in the U.S., I was happy to have the chance to observe their work. Though the system is not prevalent in my country, I am convinced that it is beneficial to both patients and doctors in other departments because surgeons do not have to take care of those problems and can concentrate on their specialties, and patients are treated by specialists of internal medicine. In the future, I would like to learn about this culture and bring it back to my country to make the Japanese healthcare system better.

Not only was it an excellent chance to learn about medicine in America, but it was also such a great opportunity for me in terms of my future carrier as a resident. Doctor Kattan, the attending doctor, was so generous that he allowed me to see patients and make presentations on each round. Although it was a short externship, I felt that I made a significant improvement in my clinical skills through this experience. I believe that it was achieved by reflecting on the attending doctor’s evaluation and advice about my assessments, plans, and presentations every day. He also asked me a lot of clinical questions related to patients during rounds, which revealed that I need to be more familiar with a wide variety of diseases, treatments, etc. I also realized that it was vital for me to acquire his ability to educate residents and medical students in the future.

Through this externship, my determination of becoming a hospitalist has only gotten deeper. I strongly recommend this program to those who wish to work in the United States.

Finally, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the attending doctors who gave us the chance to join the externship, doctors in IECP of ACP Japan Chapter including Dr. Maliishi, and Dr. Stein who kindly and wholly helped me before and during my stay in Gainesville, Florida.

University of Florida Department of Hospital Medicineでのエクスターンシップ

東京ベイ・浦安市川医療センター 総合内科専攻医

内山 秀平

このたび、アメリカ内科学会日本支部国際交流委員会のプログラムにより、University of Florida Department of Hospital Medicineに3週間のエクスターンシップの機会を頂きました。学んだことはあまりに多く、書ききれない事柄も多々ありますが、できるだけ詳細にご報告させていただきます。

はじめに、今回ローテーションさせていただきましたDepartment of Hospital Medicineとその志望理由について説明いたします。この診療科はいわゆるHospitalistが勤務している診療科であり、入院中の患者のうち複数科にわたるプロブレムを持つ患者を中心に担当を行っています。また、他科(主に整形外科、泌尿器科、産婦人科などの非内科系診療科)からの内科的コンサルトも引き受けています。私は将来米国にてHospital Medicineを専攻したいと考えており、今回のエクスターンシップは本場のHospital Medicineを学ぶまたとない好機と考えたため、応募をさせていただきました。

Hospitalistの勤務体系はseven days on, seven days offと呼ばれており、7日間の連続勤務ののちに7日間の休暇があります。休暇に入ってしまう関係上、単独の医師をShadowしつづけることができないため、7日間をFloorでshadowしたのち、次の7日間をConsultation serviceで過ごすという方法を採らせていただきました。正確には週の中盤でseven daysの交替が行われるため、バランスよくいずれも1週間半ずつ滞在することができました。

①Floor

こちらは入院患者を担当医として受け持つ部門です。アメリカでは年度が終わりかけている時期だったこともあり、attendingの医師が一人で担当を行っており、そちらを見学させていただきました。

入院患者の疾患は多岐にわたり、心不全、肺炎、COPD急性増悪、蜂窩織炎などの日本でも比較的よくみられる疾患から、cystic fibrosis、sickle cell diseaseによるacute chest syndrome、cocaine-induced ACSなどの米国ならでは(?)の症例まで見学をすることができました。日本でも見られる疾患の診療内容に関しては普段から私が総合内科医として行っているものと大きな差はないと感じられましたが、コストの意識が強い影響か退院のスピードは非常に早く、case managerが各患者のdispositionについて毎日確認を行っている場面が非常に印象的でした。

②Consultation service

こちらは他科からのコンサルトを受ける部門です。PGY-3のresidentとattendingの医師がチームを組んでおり、そこにお邪魔する形で参加させていただきました。

主な診療内容としては外科病棟入院中の患者の内科的”comanagement”(「併診」という単語が最も近いかもしれません)や心不全管理、高血圧緊急症などがありました。さらに院内で腹腔穿刺、腰椎穿刺、中心静脈カテーテル留置などの処置が必要になった場合のコンサルト先もこちらでした。

もともと私がhospital medicineに興味を持ち始めたのは総合内科としての病棟担当もさることながら、このような他科からのcomanagementのシステムが素晴らしいと考えたことが契機でした。例としては、大腿骨頸部骨折で手術を控えている患者の併存疾患である高血圧、糖尿病、心不全のマネジメントを受け持つ、というような内容です。コンサルテーションのみを受け持つ部門は日本の病院には一般的でないと思われますが、非常にやりがいのある仕事だと感じられました。

さらに、attendingであるDr. Kattanは私がECFMG certificate holder(=USMLE STEP1/2 CK/2 CSをクリア済)であること、米国でresidencyを行おうと考えていることを汲んでくださり、患者のプレラウンドから回診におけるプレゼンテーション、さらには処置まで許可をいただくことができました。加えて短時間ではありますが新規のコンサルテーションがあると最初に通知が来るPager(ポケベル)も渡していただき、実に多くのことを経験させていただきました。これらの経験は私の将来のキャリアにおいてかけがえのないものになると確信しています。

今回のエクスターンシップでは本場米国のHospitalistの診療内容を深く知ることができただけでなく、私自身のキャリアにおいても大きな一助となったと感じております。学んだ多くのことを胸に、これからも将来に向けて挑戦し続けていく所存です。

最後に、このような貴重な機会を頂きました牧石先生をはじめ国際交流委員会の先生方、滞在前だけでなく現地にて多くのアドバイス、日常の手助けを頂きましたDr. Steinに心からの感謝を申し上げ、ご報告とさせていただきます。

フロリダ大学腎臓内科でのエクスターンシップを通じて学んだこと

小尾佳嗣, MD, PhD, FJIM, FASN小尾クリニック 顧問

私は卒後16年目の腎臓内科専門医ですが、2014年から2018年の間カリフォルニア大学アーバイン校で様々な臨床研究や疫学研究を経験し、そこから論文やデータからは見えないアメリカでの実臨床に興味を持つようになりました。こればかりは自分の肌で触れないと分からないと感じたため、不惑の年を迎えながらアメリカで臨床医になる決意をして準備をしていたところ、ACP日本支部を通じてフロリダ大学腎臓内科で3週間のエクスターンシップの機会をいただきました。非常に多くのことを学びましたが、その中で特に印象に残っている経験を簡単に共有させていただきます。

写真1South towerから望むNorth tower

フロリダ大学Shands病院単独で800を超える病床数があり、退役軍人病院も含めると4つの建物にまたがって診療が行われています。腎臓内科ではICUおよび一般病棟担当、救急と慢性期病棟担当、腎移植担当といったように複数のチームに分かれていて、Fellow達は定期的に各チームをローテートしていました。Shands病院では内科で入院となった患者の受け持ちはホスピタリストであり、腎臓内科は彼らや外科からのコンサルトを受け、治療方針に関して助言をしたり透析を行ったりするというのが主な業務内容です。合併症で入院した維持透析患者の血液透析や、入院患者のAKIや電解質異常を主に担当していて、フェロー達は朝のうちに担当患者を診察して方針を決め、Attendingと合流して一緒に電子カルテを見ながらプレゼンをした後で回診に移るというスタイルや診療内容は、日本で行われていることとあまり変わりません。

日本との大きな違いのひとつは、患者さんの社会的背景です。比較的若年でアルコール性肝硬変から肝腎症候群を発症している症例や、違法な静注麻薬の使用から感染性心内膜炎を来たし二次的にAKIを合併している症例が多く、また ERには金曜日の透析を種々の理由でスキップされ、溢水で運ばれて来る方も少なくありませんでした。また、長年オーランドの救急で定期的に透析を受けていた保険のない不法移民の方が、車を数時間運転して飛び込みでやってきて、ここで腎移植を受けさせてほしいと訴えてきたこともありました。確かにカリフォルニアやイリノイなどアメリカの一部の州では、こういった不法移民の患者にも腎移植を実施しているプログラムがあります(腎移植の方が透析よりコストが低いため)。しかし他の多くの病院と同様、Shands病院でもCKDや心不全など慢性疾患を抱えた保険のない不法移民患者へ十分なケアを提供するのは困難な状況でした。このように多様な社会的背景を持った患者さんを見ましたが、時に対応が難しい状況に対しても、Attendingはプロフェッショナリズムを保ちながら、常に患者さんに寄り添いつつ、個人として心から尊重して接していたのが非常に印象的でした。

写真2Dr. Tantravahi(上)とDr. Ali(下)

実は、このExternshipを始める直前にECFMG certificateを取得し、いよいよアメリカで臨床医と働く準備ができたばかりでした。そのような中、自分が実際にフェローとして働く前に実際の現場をフロリダ大学Shands病院で垣間見る機会を得ることができたのは大変貴重な経験でした。学習機会に対する私の求めに柔軟に対応しつつ、様々なDiscussionを通じてアメリカの医療を教えていただいたAttendingのDr. TantravahiとDr. Ali、見ず知らずの日本人を快く受け入れていただいた腎臓内科のチーフであるDr. Mark Segal、およびKaylaを含めたスタッフの皆様、このような特別な場を提供していただき、現地での生活をサポートしてくださったDr. Gerald Steinに心より感謝申し上げます。ACP日本支部の会員であったからこそ得ることが出来た今回の経験を糧に、今後もアメリカでPhysician-Scientistになるという目標へ向けて邁進してまいります。

My externship experience at Division of Nephrology, University of Florida

Yoshitsugu Obi, MD, PhD, FJIM, FASN

Advisor, Obi Clinic

I am a PGY-16 board-certified nephrologist and have done my clinical and epidemiological research at University of California Irvine between 2014-2018. While studying there, I have become intrigued with the US clinical practice, which I was not able to get familiar with just reading articles or analyzing data. I do need to do clinical practice by myself for this purpose, and I started preparing to become a US-certified physician even though it may seem ridiculous to start over my career at the age of 40’s. Therefore, it was very fortunate for me to obtain an opportunity for the 3-week externship at Division of Nephrology, University of Florida (UF). I learned a lot there, but here I would like to briefly summarize some of the most impressive experience.

Figure 1. South tower view from North tower

UF Shands hospital is a huge hospital with more than 800 beds (Figure 1), and health care is provided across four buildings including its associated Veterans Affairs medical center. The nephrology team divides into several groups into those physicians who cover the general wards and ICU, those who cover ER and the chronic care hospital, and those who cover kidney transplantation. Nephrology fellows rotate these locations throughout their training period. At Shands hospital, the primary care providers for inpatients are hospitalists and/or surgeons, and the main role of the nephrology team is consultation where they suggest treatment advice and provide dialysis treatments. They take care mainly of dialysis patients admitted for complications and those inpatients suffering from acute kidney injury and/or electrolyte abnormalities. Fellows see patients early in the morning and then meet the attending physicians to discuss treatment options. They start ward round after electric medical record review, which is very similar to what I have done in Japan.

One of the biggest differences to Japan was the socioeconomic backgrounds of patients. There were quite a few young patients with alcoholic cirrhosis complicated by hepatorenal syndrome and those IV drug users with infectious endocarditis complicated by acute kidney injury. I often encountered hemodialysis patients coming into ER for fluid overload after skipping their last treatment session for a variety of reasons. Also, I recall meeting an undocumented and uninsured immigrant patient with ESRD who presented to the ER in the middle of the night after driving all the way from Orlando, where he had been receiving regular hemodialysis care for many years, in the hopes of receiving a kidney transplant. Shands hospital, like most hospitals in the US, face challenges of taking care of uninsured and undocumented patients with chronic comorbidities such as CKD and heart failure. Some states, such as California and Illinois, are able to offer kidney transplantation to select undocumented ESRD patients, mainly because it is less costly than continuing regular hemodialysis. Nevertheless, I was deeply impressed to see that the nephrology physicians always made every effort to listen to patients, feel for them, and respect their will regardless of their social backgrounds.

Dr. Tantravahi

Dr. Ali

Figure 2.  

 

I had been just certified by ECFMG when I started this externship, and now I am preparing to start my career as a physician in the US. Therefore, it was a highly valuable opportunity for me to observe real clinical practice at UF Shands hospital before I work as a nephrology fellow. I greatly thank the nephrology attendings Dr. Tantravahi and Dr. Ali (Figure 2) who gave me flexible learning opportunities and taught me US medicine through discussions during their busy working time. I also thank Dr. Mark Segal, the Chief of Nephrology, and all the staff including Kayla; they welcomed me with warm hospitality although I was a total stranger to them. My special thanks go to Dr. Gerald Stein and ACP Japan Chapter for providing such a unique program. My experience at UF Shands hospital will definitely help me pursue my ambition to become a physician-scientist in the US, and I will strive to make my best effort to achieve my goal.

Memories of ACP Japan Chapter Meeting June 8-9, 2019’ Kyoto Japan

Dr. Anuj Maheshwari, MD, FICP, FACE, FACP, FRCP (London, Edinburgh)
Professor & Head in General Medicine, BBD University, Lucknow, India
Organising Secretary, Annual Congress of ACP-India Chapter “Medicine 2018” at Lucknow

It has been my first visit to Japan. I had heard lot of good things about this country but found it much better than of my imagination. It has really been a wonderful experience for me and my family. It has been an excellent hospitality with flawless arrangements from beginning to the end. First of all, I shall like to pay my gratitude to our India Chapter Governor Dr Muruganathan who recommended and given me opportunity to represent India Chapter during annual conference of Japan Chapter. At the same time I can never forget to pay sincere thanks from core of my heart to Dr. Takahiko Tsutsumi and Dr. Tetsuya Makiishi who were our guest speakers in annual conference of ACP-India Chapter 2018 at Lucknow. Not only their deliberations were outstanding here in India but they must had praised us well there in Japan. After receiving a lovely invitation by Dr. Sugihiro Hamaguchi, chair Scientific program committee, ACP Japan Chapter, Dr. Yuka Kitano helped me in understanding the learning objectives of physicians in Japan regarding Diabetes. For me It was really seeming tough to keep audience attentive for one hour of my lecture. Yuka not only encouraged me but also helped me in deciding content to be included in my presentation which can create interest in Japanese audience. Evening before, I got an opportunity to see and pay my gratitude to Governor Japan chapter outgoing and incoming both together with Robert M. McLean, the President of the American College of Physicians (ACP) elected in 2019 with his wife.

As I have been given the topic to speak on treatment options, I tried to focus my talk on common factor between two populations, India & Japan. Although diabetes prevalence is increasing in both the countries, but faster is the progression in India for conspicuous reasons like carbohydrate rich diet, sudden affluence and luxury lifestyle with lack of physical activity. All this has happened in last 20-30 years which has changed typical Asian phenotype in India to overweight and obesity making Indians more prone to diabetes in lack of physical activity. In addition to these reasons our large population is also responsible for ten times more number of diabetic patients. In Japan 7.2 millions are suffering with diabetes while this number is 72 million in India second highest in the world next to China. Diabetes prevalence in Japan is 7.7 % while it is 8.8% in India.

If we really talk about common factors, typical Asian phenotype is actually a common characteristic between people of India and Japan. This typical Asian phenotype is characterised with accumulation of visceral fat with lean phenotype in extremities. Healthy Food habits and good amount of physical activities in Japan keeps away abdominal obesity and insulin resistance at large while in India same phenotype has progressed to abdominal obesity and Insulin resistance causing type 2 diabetes. What I noticed in ten days visit to Japan, plants & vegetables are used in good amount with food but with much less oil and fat contrary to India. Lot of lessons are there for Indians in Japanese life style.

Glucose control in diabetes deteriorates over time with the progressive nature of disease resulting in risk of developing various micro and macro vascular complications. Many classes of anti-diabetic drugs are available for treatment including metformin, sulfonylureas, glitazones, glinides, α glucosidase inhibitors and nearly a century old insulin. Newer drugs like gliptins (DPP-4 inhibitors), GLP1 agonist, flozins (SGLT-2 inhibitors) and insulin analogues have been added to the list during the last few years. These drugs effectively address various pathophysiological defects. However, given the need for multiple drug therapy, there is still a significant unmet need in the management of T2DM. Non-insulin antidiabetic agents have a potential to reduce HbA1c by an average of 1% and the simultaneous use of combination therapy can result in greater HbA1c reduction. Position statement on Standard of Care by ADA, recommends metformin as preferred initial pharmacological agent. Though we Asians do not match exactly with Americans, we need different recommendations to treat diabetes as we are not only different genetically but environmental factors, body habitus are also different.

A lot of questions had arisen out of these recommendations from audience citing Japanese are not usually obese or overweight then why is it necessary to begin treatment with metformin? It is true that Japanese may have many genes susceptible to diabetes including thrifty genes. Various environmental factors, added to these genetic factors, are considered responsible for the onset of disease, and the number of patients is increasing rapidly reflecting recent lifestyle changes. Impaired insulin secretion is characterized by lowered glucose responsiveness. In particular, the decrease in postprandial-phase secretion is an essential pathophysiological condition. Glucolipotoxicity, if left untreated, results in the decrease in the functional pancreatic cell mass. So it is not only an issue to improve insulin sensitivity. Metformin facilitates peripheral utilisation of glucose and equally beneficial in Insulin deficient type 2 diabetes mellitus. Although it may have some concerns for Indians as many of them are vegetarian having Vitamin B12 deficiency causing anaemia but not in Japanese. So it is appropriate selection of pharmaceutical agent which has immense importance. Now further recommendations should continue as follows:

  • If metformin monotherapy at highest tolerated dose does not achieve the optimum level, a second oral or injectable agent should be added.
  • Choice of the second pharmaceutical agent should be a based on environmental factors influencing therapeutic response.

Apart from this AACE suggests to start with dual drug therapy if HbA1c is 7.5 or more. If HbA1c is 9 or more at beginning, triple therapy is recommended to start with. If patient is symptomatic at 9 or more HbA1c, insulin should be a part of triple therapy.

Queries came from audiences regarding relevance of using pharmaceutical agents with weight loss potential in Japanese population like GLP1RA & SGLT-2 Inhibitors. A convincing explanation lies in visceral fat causing abdominal obesity giving rise a peculiar Asian phenotype. SGLT2 inhibitors act on the non-classical pathway and reduce hyperglycaemia by inhibiting renal reabsorption of glucose and thereby increasing urinary glucose excretion.  They also lead mild reduction in blood pressure due to chronic osmotic diuresis and associated with lower risk of hypoglycemia.

SGLT-2 Inhibitors can only be justified if a person is having significant amount of visceral fat reducing insulin sensitivity. It also promotes usage of alternative fuels like fat for production of energy. As far as GLP-1RA is concerned, they increase insulin secretion in response to oral glucose ingestion, induce satiety by slowing gastric emptying, suppresses appetite, inhibit glucagon secretion and also have been proposed to cause ß cell regeneration. Endogenous GLP1 released from intestinal L cells has a short half-life of 4 – 11 min. To overcome this, GLP1 analogues resistant to degradation by DPP4 have been devised. Low dose usage can be safely done for Japanese population with central adiposity.

Later I got an opportunity to judge selected research papers for oral presentations by students, residents, Fellows & early career physicians. One of the most stimulating session with high class research had made it more challenging to decide the best. All research papers and presentations were so good that it was difficult to select one for “Kurokawa Prize”.

Then I got a chance to attend few plenary sessions which were in Japanese language but I am thankful of my interpreter Mr. Hideta Teshirogi who is pursuing his medical studies there. He has been so wonderfully translated all sessions on the spot sitting aside me. I appreciate his knowledge and translation power so fast. My medico daughter Shivangi who is also pursuing medical studies in India enjoyed all English sessions and Kurokawa Prize session.

Overall it has been a wonderful academic feast for me and my family at one of the most beautiful city of world Kyoto. We attended welcome dinner in evening with all attendees and faculties. Next day enjoyed sightseeing at Arashiyama before leaving back home India. It has been an unforgettable experience while being at Japan. I wish to thanks all members of organizing team and Governor Japan Chapter Dr. Kenji Maeda for great conference with wonderful hospitality. We shall surely try our best to reciprocate when Dr. Kenji Maeda comes India for our annual conference at Kolkata. We can plan many joint ventures together including Asia specific guidelines in future.

ACP Japan Chapter Meeting June 8-9 2019’ Kyoto Japan

President of the American College of Physicians

Robert McLean, MD, FACP

I was honored to have the opportunity to participate in the ACP Japan chapter meeting in early June. Chapter governor Dr. Kenji Maeda and the rest of his chapter leaders were wonderful hosts. It was very interesting to hear firsthand from many chapter members about the Japan healthcare system and especially the medical education and training system. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak on the topic and discuss how the current changes in the Japanese training and board certification processes will be very helpful to ensure that internal medicine specialists who choose to enter general primary care practice will have adequate training to deliver high-quality care to patients.

I also had the opportunity to give a brief update on activities of the American College of Physicians and review how Global Engagement and the role of international chapters continues to grow. The Japan Chapter was ACP’s first international chapter and remains a role model for how to grow and develop. I also gave a talk on the ACP’s guideline development process, using the Gout Clinical Practice Guidelines as an example. I explained how different guideline processes between various organizations lead to slightly different conclusions and recommendations. Some in the media tends to report these as controversies, when in reality they merely reflect different processes and the lack of definitive evidence to answer many of the clinical questions we face on a daily basis.

I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to tour the beautiful historic city of Kyoto and learn much about Japanese history and culture there. Following several days in Kyoto, I had the opportunity to travel to Tokyo and similarly tour and learn a great deal while spending several days there before returning home to Connecticut. After such a wonderful experience, I clearly intend to return to Japan! I thank all the Chapter members with whom I had the chance to interact.

 

 

The road to an FACP – Why do we aim for it? –

The road to an FACP – Why do we aim for it? –

(Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC) project)

Kichijoji Asahi Hospital, Internal Medicine

Yuhta Oyama, MD, FJSIM, FACP

On the second day of ACP Japan Branch Annual Meeting 2019, the afternoon of June 9, we held a session with the above title as a project of HPPC. There are 337 FACPs, 6 MACPs and 1 Honorary Fellow as of December 18, 2018 in the ACP Japan branch. By listening to the reason why they aimed at Fellow, how they changed their daily work by becoming Fellow, and how they would like to act as Fellow in the future, we hope more member aim to FACP.

We had conducted a similar session at the annual meeting last year, and in this project, we also conducted a preliminary questionnaire on acp-exchange etc. We ask FACP and MACP about the process of becoming FACP/MACP and the change after that, etc., we ask Members about the image of FACP and whether or not they are aiming, and how they think they would change by becoming a FACP.

In the session, after explaining the purpose first, we presented the results of the preliminary questionnaire. Based on the results, valuable comments were received from Dr. Kenji Maeda, the current Governor of the Japan Chapter, Dr. Fumiaki Ueno, the former Governor of the Japan Chapter, and Dr. Noriko Yamamoto, chair of the Women’s Committee. As a result, a more meaningful message was delivered to everyone who participated, as well as to HPPC members. We would like to deeply thanks to the three commentators for taking part in this session despite the busy period. There are various motives when becoming a Member or Fellow, but being a Fellow gives them a mental motivation such as pride, confidence, and a sense of responsibility that seems important to continue the profession of a doctor.

After that, participants, commentators, and HPPC members joined to form three small groups, and group discussion were conducted along the theme. Participants exchanged their opinions easily, and active conversations were held in all groups. Finally, we made a summary and ended this session.

Members who participated in the session could hear the story from Fellow in the group discussion, so they would have thought of becoming a Fellow. Thank you very much for all the participants who have been listening diligently. It is hoped that more people aim for Fellow with this project as opportunity, but eventually it is the hope of us that ACP Japan chapter members will be more by repeated such projects.

FACPへの道 - なぜ,それを目指すのか –

Health and Public Policy Committee(HPPC)企画

「FACPへの道 - なぜ,それを目指すのか – 」

吉祥寺あさひ病院 内科 小山雄太

ACP日本支部年次総会2019の2日目,6月9日の午後,HPPC企画として上記タイトルでセッションを開催した.ACP日本支部には2018年12月18日現在で337名のFACP,6名のMACP,1名のHonorary Fellowがおられるが,その方々はどのような思いでFellowを目指されたのか,Fellowになることでどのような違いが日常業務に生まれたのか,今後どのように活動していきたいか,といったことを聴くことで,より多くの方がFellowを目指しFACPになってもらいたいという意図があったからである.

同様のセッションを昨年度の年次総会でも行っているが,今回の企画でも,acp-exchangeなどで事前アンケートを行い,FellowやMasterの方々にはFellowになった経緯や昇格後の変化などについて,Memberの方々にはFellowのイメージや目指しているかどうか,Fellowになることで自身がどのように変化すると思うか,などについて回答を募っていた.

セッションでは,まず趣旨説明のあと,事前アンケートの集計結果をセッション中に発表した.結果をもとに,コメンテーターとして御登壇いただいた前田賢司・現支部長と上野文昭・前支部長,Women’s Committeeの山本典子委員長のお三方から貴重なコメントを頂戴した.これにより参加された皆さんにもHPPC委員にもより意義深いメッセージが伝えられることになった(3人の先生には会期中ご多忙にも関わらず本セッションにご登壇いただきありがとうございました.心より感謝申し上げます).MemberやFellowになった時の動機は様々であるが,Fellowになることで誇りや自信,責任感など,医師という職業を継続するうえで重要だと思われる精神的な動機付けが付与されることが多い,ということが昨年同様に認識される結果であった.

このあと,参加者とコメンテーターの諸先生,HPPC委員が混ざり,スモールグループを作ってテーマに沿ったグループディスカッションを行った.広い会場では質問しにくい事も気楽に意見交換できる環境だったため,どのグループでも盛んな会話が交わされていた.最後にセッションのまとめを行って本セッションを終了した.特に後半のグループディスカッションでFellowである日本支部の同僚からいろいろ話を聞くことができたことで,参加したMemberの皆さんにとってもFellow取得に気持ちが傾いてくれたのではないかと期待している.熱心に聴講および意見交換してくださっていた参加者の皆さん,本当にありがとうございました.

本企画を契機にFellowを目指す方がより多くなることを願っているが,ひいてはこのような企画が繰り返されることによってACP日本支部会員がより多くなり,ACP日本支部がさらに発展することが委員一同の望みでもある.

Contemplate the Healthcare Reform

Report from Women’s Committee 2019 June、2019

Chair; Noriko Yamamoto, MD FACP(President of Yamamoto Clinic)

Contemplate the Healthcare Reform.     9 June,2019 AM11:55-14:00

Women’s Committee;

Chair; Noriko Yamamoto, MD FACP

Co-Chair; Noriko Kawashima, MD FACP

Member; Keiko Arai, MD FACP, Yuko Morishima, MD FACP, Eri Matsumoto, MD Ayako Miki, MD

 

1, Become the best hospital many doctors would like to work at.

NPO Corporation Director Dr.Toshiko Takino, MD

2, How the maternity leave system works in the US and how to keep work-life Balance?

Sapporo Tokusyuukai Hospital Dr. Shadia Constantine, MD FACP

3, Diversity management of the Palliative care Division at Iizuka Hospital.

Iizuka Hospital Palliative care Division Director Dr. Hideyuki Kashiwagi MD

4, The approach at Tokyo Women’s Medical School, Now and then, in future. From medical education to re-training as physician after any leave.

Tokyo Women’s Medical School Center of the Adult Diseases. Professor Dr. Noako Iwasaki, MD

5, Career Support multiply Patients Safety equal Work style Reform to have approached For 12 years at Okayama University medical school.

Okayama University medical school Professor Dr. Hitomi Kataoka.MD

 

First speaker Dr. Takino has the corporation E-J net to measure the functions to work comfortably in the hospitals for female physicians. That is called HOPIRATE by Dr. Takino. She told why she has begun this program, she was a physician of gastroenterology and almost got burn-out when she was working the hospital by fulltime back in her days.  She said recently young doctors has been changing to make much of work-life balance and female doctors make things of their personal life , they don’t take care of the patients around time of their return. Other male doctors compensate the patients care after female doctors left and they must work till late hour. The male doctors feel nuisance for that and think female doctors make trouble but are not useful. So HOPIRATE has changed the marks for measurement about working with high motivation not only the conditions of work place with childcare facilities, short time working. The hospital where female doctors are working cheerfully will gather good nurses and office workers and they get more fixed at the hospital, increase the number of patients, they will get more incomes and be happy.

Next speaker is Dr. Shadia Constantine. She was graduated from medical school of Panama and got her residency at US. She has come to Japan as the teaching stuff of the medical education and has three young kids. She told about the maternity leave system in the US. Most of all female physicians can take the maternity leave for about 8weeks. She is working as a teaching physician in Japan and learning at Oxford University.

Third speaker Dr. Hideyuki Kashiwagi has a certified MBA and qualification of social welfare. He affirmed not to admit the stereotype for previous winner. He declare the vision and mission of their division and he and his subordinates pursue to achieve them. He always try to get his subordinates engagement, stimulate their mindsets, share their Why thing. He gave the example the Mikoshi model, Mikoshi is portable shrine. 5 people keep to shoulder the Mikoshi and 2 people come to join, 7 people carry the Mikoshi comfortably but then they feel heavy strangely, 2 person hang the Mikoshi and load them. He told to start conducting easy issues he could do although they have many tough issues.

Fourth speaker Dr. Naoko Iwasaki is Professor of the Tokyo women’s medical school. Tokyo women’s medical school is very unique because the only female students study to become doctors and they perform to educate to become good female doctors and live their lives as doctors. They continue to educate their students why they want to become doctors, they must keep working as physicians. They have had some surveys for alumni association what you are doing. They especially told young female students must have the motivations to become good doctors. Also they perform the work-style reform to go back home at 18 o’clock.

Last speaker is Professor Dr. Hitomi Kataoka. She has a 2 years old baby. She has been working the MUSCAT career center at Okayama University medical school for 12 years. In rural area in Japan the numbers of doctors is running short, in city area especially Tokyo area the numbers of doctors is too much.  She think the working doctors now in Okayama don’t quit and keep working with any personal conditions. Most of all doctors think they must work for their local patients because local medical care will collapse if they would quit to work. She told we have to balance between doctor’s well-being and local medical care continuity. They need the supports from their family, comprehension from co-workers. She told when female doctors is increasing in the hospital the female doctors got to have more motivation for upper titles of academic societies.

We held this long time symposium for about 130 minutes, but I didn’t feel too long. 5 doctors talked different issue from various viewpoints. I felt they all talked we need to change our perception for our well-being and social rules. Generation X and young generations have different wishes and lifestyles. But we will avoid to collapse the local medical care, Dr. Iwasaki and Dr. Kataoka have been working for medical education and making mediating center for re-job placement for long time. It would be most difficult and important that we must have been working for long time to change people’s mindset for equity in gender. But now we must take action for this issue with our colleagues and families.

I felt their each efforts are very venerable they have been working on their own identities. But I felt sorry the participants were very small this day. I think young doctors want to go to the educational sessions. They seem to think the work-life reform is not their issues, older peoples like directors and professors must think and perform that for young doctors. I don’t think young doctors don’t need to involve this issue I rather think they must involve this issue for themselves. And work-style reform is not only for female physicians. I think all the physicians must involve and think of this matter and take actions for it. The hospital that female physicians work comfortably and actively will gather good nurses and co-medical staffs and increase the numbers of patients and incomes. And I think the critical point about work-life reform is Patients First. I think we don’t forget we are working for the patients, not only to increase our medical knowledges and practices for ourselves. We must have the balance between personal life and work. But that will not always keep same balance. Sometimes doctors will make a thing of the work as physician but another time they will make a thing of the personal life. This seems long time challenges. But I think at this matter the important thing is physician’s Professionalism. I think we physicians must keep going upon the Professionalism. And we have to keep up with fast pace of daily life and receive the diversity, I think we have to change the mindset and stereotype about gender .That would be much more challenges.

Finally I would like to thank you for the 5 speakers. And I appreciate to Dr. Noriko Kawashima she designed this symposium and I admire her intelligence and networks. The members of our committee had meetings for respective charge and conducted their own ideas. I am very proud of them and appreciated.