International Exchange Program Committee ACP Japan Chapter Interim Report

International Exchange Program Committee

ACP Japan Chapter Interim Report

Chair: Tetsuya Makiishi, MD, FACP

Saiseikai Shiga Hospital

  1. What We Accomplished
  2. INDIA PROJECT Two members of the IECP, Tetsuya Makiishi and Takahiko Tsutsumi participated in the ACP India Chapter annual congress held in Lucknow, India from August 31th to September 2nd, and provided lectures to enhance the interrelationship between the two chapters.
  3. HAWAII PROJECT The committee has received one applicant for the externship in Hawaii under the supervision of Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi, clinical professor of Family Medicine at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. The committee has supported the candidates’ CV and personal statement before submission. The externship is planned in January, 2019. One of the IECP members will be assigned as a mentor to support the candidate before, during, and after the externship.
  4. What We Were Already Working On
  5. FLORIDA PROJECT By the courtesy of Dr. Jerald Stein, well known for his dedication to medical education in Japan, a three-week externship program at the University of Florida was offered to two members of the ACP Japan chapter. The committee has been involved in a selection process for this program. Their externships are planned in early 2019.
  6. DOMESTIC PROJECT We are having a seminar focusing on how to get into a clinical training program overseas, mainly the US, at the end of November in Osaka.
  7. What We Initiated
  8. We started to interact with the ACP India Chapter as mentioned above to seek for the possibility to establish an exchange externship program between the two chapters in future years.
  9. We started to support the externship program at the University of Florida as mentioned above.
  10. What We Plan To Work On
  11. We plan to continue and further develop each PROJECT mentioned above.
  12. We plan to create a network among the members of the ACP to facilitate sharing information and know-how about working overseas as a physician.

Seminar Report from IEPC

A Seminar focusing on how to get into a clinical training program overseas

Department of Infectious Diseases, Kameda Medical Center   Emiri Muranaka

A Seminar focusing on how to get into a clinical training program overseas held at the Aijinkai Rehabilitation Hospital on November 25th was a great success. There were 11 motivated attendees including medical students and young doctors from all over Japan.

The seminar kicked off with opening remarks from IEPC chairman, Dr. Tetsuya Makiishi. He welcomed attendees to our seminar, introducing them on our latest activities, including externship programs in Hawaii and Florida.

After his remarks, Dr. Yuji Yamada, who had just completed residency, described the details of residency training in the US and how to study English effectively.

The next session was given by Dr. Takahiko Tsutsumi, which was on mentoring young doctors who want to get into clinical training in the US. He told them how to prepare to get into and survive US residency. ※Oral presentation and so on.

The last talk was given by Dr. Mitsuya Katayama, who gave a presentation about the process of fellowship application and what the infectious diseases fellowship in US is like. He described the typical daily workflow, yearly rotation schedule, and differences between Japan and US in infectious disease practice and fellowship programs.

There was mutual agreement among them with a positive message: “Getting into a clinical training program overseas is tough, but not impossible.” All the attendees were motivated and listened to the lecturer with their eyes shining.

The last session was a highly clinically relevant workshop about the problem representation, a one-sentence summary that highlights the defining features of a case. The “one-liner” statement is used to summarize the patient’s case on rounds in the US.

A post-event survey was administered to all participants. We posed the question, “Did this seminar meet your expectations?”  The overall consensus on this question was a resounding, “yes,” as 100% of attendees indicated that this seminar did meet their expectations.

Overall, the majority of attendees found the workshop to be of value, and met their expectations. We will work to not only meet, but exceed attendees’ expectations in the future.



IEPC委員 亀田総合病院感染症科 村中絵美里


IEPC委員長 牧石先生の開会挨拶を皮切りに,山田先生から臨床留学の準備についてお話しいただきました.筒泉先生からは,臨床留学を志す医師を実際に指導されている御経験を活かし,リアリティに即した英語教育と,臨床留学に対する覚悟の決め方についてご講演いただきました.片山先生からは,米国フェローシッププログラムの内容,臨床留学のチャンスをいかに掴むかというお話をいただきました.共通していたのは,臨床留学への道は厳しいが,しかし夢物語ではない,という前向きなメッセージでした.セミナー終了時には,参加者の目の色が明らかに変わっていました.



International Exchange Program Committee welcomes new members!

New members are joining on!

Hi all,

I am very pleased to introduce the members of International Exchange Program Committee (IEPC). Two new members joined the IEPC. Please keep in mind these wonderful members.

Best regards,

PRC member Takamasa Miyauchi  MD

International Exchange Program Committee

Tetsuya Makiishi MD, FACP, FASN

Saiseikai Shiga Hospital
Job Title
I'm thrilled to be a part of this committee.
International Exchange Program Committee

Mitsuya Katayama MD

National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center
General Internal Medicine
Job Title
Attending physician
「子供は家族の宝、研修医は病院の宝」The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Seeking for opportunities in India

Seeking for opportunities in India

Saiseikai Shiga Hospital Division of Nephrology

Tetsuya Makiishi, MD, FACP, FASN

The 3rd American College of Physicians India Chapter Congress was held from August 31th to September 2nd in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India. The theme of the congress was “Practicing wellness to prevent illness”. On behalf of the International Exchange Program Committee (IECP) at the ACP Japan Chapter, Dr. Tsutsumi and I participated this meeting.

Leaving home early in the morning of August 30, we arrived in Lucknow in the middle of the night. It became the next day when we got to a hotel after a short drive from the airport. It was a muggy night. We could see a couple of cows roaming on the street from a car window. The hotel was located alongside a main street, and had extensive grounds surrounded by tall fences. There were several security guards in front the gate, who asked a few questions to a driver and checked inside the trunk before our car got to the building. Despite after a long travel and coziness of the room, I couldn’t fall asleep easily. I mused over the days I spent in India 26 years ago.

The reason why Dr. Tsutsumi and I came to India originated from a short conversation with Dr. Muruganathan, the Governor of the ACP India Chapter, at the ACP Japan Chapter meeting held in Kyoto, back on June this year. At that time, and until now, the members of the IECP have been discussing what new programs and seminars it could offer. Through the discussion, the idea of an exchange externship program with international chapters of the ACP (chapters outside the United States) came across, and it seemed really nice to us. Having heard that the Governor of the India Chapter was being invited to the meeting, I talked to him to convey the idea at the reception revenue.

“Sounds great. No problem, I think. Let’s do it.” He replied quickly with a big simile on his face.

To be honest, I didn’t expect that things went well so easily. The next day I emailed him a thank-you note. The day after next he replied me to invite me to the India Chapter annual meeting to be held three months later. Actually, I have ever been to India 26 years ago. It was when I was a medical college student. Back in 1992 summer, I backpacked across India for a month on my own. The experience I had during the travel was so impressive, or more correctly put, it was so shocking that it has been a part of my life since then. So, when I read the mail, I definitely thought it was an opportunity I could not miss. After exchanging several emails regarding the schedule and a content of the lecture they want us to deliver in the meeting, Dr. Tsutsumi and I were finally and formally invited to participate in it. I was assigned a talk on the following topic: Is microalbuminuria an indication for RAAS blockade therapy in patients with normal blood pressure? My summer of 2018 was spent preparing for it.

The congress was really great. All sessions were held in English. The topics covered were ranging widely, from clinical research conducted by medical students to up-to-date, clinically relevant theme presented by professors from both inside and outside India. There were also a webinar presented by three physicians from Mayo Clinic, the theme of which was the role of the hospitalist in this day and age. I was amazed by their eagerness to learn the problems that we face and discuss how to deal with them by sharing information with half a dozen invited physicians from abroad. They were from the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, and Japan. In fact, the panel discussion entitled “Challenges and solutions of medical practice” held for this purpose was I thought one of the highlights of this congress. Dr. Tsutsumi participated as one of panelists and commented clearly and sharply about the issues Japan faces. He also did a perfect presentation in his lecture about Japanese medicine in overaging society.

Furthermore, we really appreciated their hospitality. There was a buffet-style reception dinner on the second day of our stay. It was a warm and cozy atmosphere. All participants were talking each other in a relaxed mood. We had a fun time talking with other participants and enjoying a little spicy Indian food. During our stay in India, every single participant and organizer was always nice and kind to us. India warmly welcomed me back.

The experience we had with distinguished colleagues in the India Chapter will be valuable assets to the IEPC. Besides being able to deepen the friendship with them, we could understand the health care environment in India and could also inspect the situation of a big city in India from security perspective, for the planned exchange externship program between the two chapters. Based on them, the IEPC now starts to prepare for its success.

I would like to end my report by showing appreciation to all the people who were involved in my attendance to the congress, to the members of the IECP, to my colleagues in Japan, and to my family. Namaste!

Tetsuya Makiishi, MD, FACP, FASN

IEPC 海外留学支援セミナー

IEPCの牧石徹也先生から、海外留学支援セミナーのお知らせを頂きましたので広報いたします。(PRC委員 前田正彦)
場所:愛仁会リハビリテーション病院 7階会議室
12:30-13:00 受付
13:00-13:15 アイスブレイキングとIEPC 活動紹介
13:15-13:45 臨床留学の準備:経験者からの視点(山田)
14:00-14:45 臨床留学の準備:指導者からの視点(筒泉)
15:00-15:45 臨床留学の意義:米国レジデンシーとその後(片山)
16:00-16:45 ワークショップ「英語で効果的な一行サマリーをつくろう」
16:45-17:00 閉会、アンケート記入、個人相談
 の橋渡しをしている 米国内科専門医
 米国内科専門医、米国感染症専門医、2018年亀田総合病院Teacher of the year award
ACP 会員 一般3000 円 / 初期・後期研修医2000 円 / 学生1000 円
ACP 非会員 一般6000 円 / 初期・後期研修医4000 円 / 学生2000 円


国際交流委員会(IEPC)牧石徹也先生より、米国での臨床見学プログラムについてのお知らせを頂きました。ご興味のある方は奮ってご応募ください。(PRC委員 前田正彦)
今回、日本でも長年臨床教育にたずさわっておられるDr. Herald Stein(スタイン先生)から、フロリダ大学医学部内科系サブスペシャリティーでの3週間のエクスターンシップ研修の機会を米国内科学会(ACP)日本支部の医師1名にご提供頂きました。
ACP日本支部 国際交流プログラム委員会(IEPC)主催
臨床見学プログラム2018 -2019
米国フロリダ州のUniversity of Florida, Department of Medicineの内科系専門科で,3週間のエクスターン研修ができます。現地でのプログラムを監修頂くのは日本でも長い指導歴をお持ちのDr. Jerald Stein(スタイン先生)です。米国の一流の内科系臨床研修プログラムを見学できる貴重な機会であり、将来米国での臨床研修を考えている若手医師、米国式臨床研修システムを日々の指導に取り入れたいと考えている指導医クラス、そして米国の臨床研修システムを肌で感じてみたい全ての方に最適です。当委員会メンバーが研修前から研修者をサポートします。
研修可能診療科:内科系診療各科(Hospital Medicine, Nephrology, Infectious disease, Rheumatology, Emergency Medicine, etc. )参加者が見学を希望する科に対してスタイン先生が直接交渉し調整されます。必ずしも希望する科を見学できる保証はありません。
  (1) ACP会員であること
  (2) 卒業後2~5年が目安ですが、学びたいという熱意があれば卒後年数は問いません
  (3) 一般的なコミュニケーション英語能力、医療英語能力がある方
  (4) 米国での臨床研修に目的意識を持って、意欲的に取り組んでいる方
  (5) 研修後、ACP日本支部での活動に積極的にご協力頂ける意志がある方
  (6) 渡米中の3週間は、毎週末、国際交流委員会へ研修内容をメールにてご報告頂くこと。臨床見学終了後は日本語でA4 1-2枚程度、英語で 500 -1000words程度の体験記をご提出頂くこと。
  (1) Curriculum vitae (CV) (英語で記載. Dr. Steinはもちろん、訪問先へも提出する可能性があります)
  (2) Personal Statement(PS) (英語で記載. Dr. Steinはもちろん、訪問先へも提出する可能性があります)
  (3) TOEFL(iBT)、IELTSなどの英語検定試験のスコアのコピー(任意)
  (4) USMLE step1、step2 CKの合格者はそのscore reportのコピー、step2 CSの合格者は合格証のコピー、ECFMG certificate保持者はそのコピー(任意)
  (5) ACP日本支部会員の確認書会員番号、会員の種類(member, associate member, fellowなど)を記載して提出してください。現在会員でない方は、応募時に会員申請頂ければ応募可能です。
選考方法:当委員会にて書類審査 。その後、書類審査通過者に対し委員による直接面談や電話・スカイプなどによる面接。
〒162-0833 東京都新宿区箪笥町43 新神楽坂ビル2階

インド滞在記 その4(9/2)

IEP(国際交流委員会)の、筒泉貴彦先生と牧石徹也先生が、ACPインド支部総会にゲストスピーカーとして 招かれ、滞在記その4を頂きました。今回が帰国までの最終回です。(PRC委員 前田正彦)


インド滞在記 その4(9/2)
本日は学会最終日でした。発表も終えていたため、自分の興味のある講演を聞いていました。米国内科学会から来られたDr. Thomas Cooneyの講演はずば抜けていましたね。スライドの内容、発表の仕方など惹きつける力がすごかったです。



今回の投稿を通じてACP インド支部会議に興味を持たれた皆さんは、以下のサイトをご覧ください。写真がたくさんアップされています。

その中で高槻病院スタッフがハートを作っている写真があるので見つけてください。笑 みんなで作ったハートを患者に送ろう!というコンセプトです。それではまた!
(IEP 副委員長 筒泉)

インド滞在記 その3(9/1) 

IEP(国際交流委員会)の、筒泉貴彦先生と牧石徹也先生が、ACPインド支部総会にゲストスピーカーとして 招かれ、滞在記その3を頂きました。(PRC委員 前田正彦)


インド滞在記 その3(9/1)
さて、いよいよ日本人組の発表の日です。まずは午前の部に筒泉が”Japanese medicine in super-aged society”という発表を20分、その後各国の重鎮達(なぜか筒泉が紛れ込んでいてかつAKBでいうところのセンター)と1時間のシンポジウム”Challenges & solution of medical practice”に参加しました。前者は超高齢社会日本における医学的問題点および取り組みについて話しました。ワクチンや医療体制などの問題点を各国においてどのように向き合っているかについて議論しました。緊張しましたが大変有意義な時間でした。午後は我らがボス、牧石先生による発表です。”Microalbumuniuria: Is an indication of RAAS blockaed in normal blood puressure?”のタイトルでこれまた20分の発表でした。いわゆる正常血圧、非糖尿病患者における微量アルブミン尿症例においてRAAS阻害剤の適応があるかどうか、と言う議論が必要なトピックについて日本腎臓内科専門医の立場から素晴らしい発表をしてくださいました。
二人とも発表後にインドならではの記念品を授与いただき、大変光栄でした。なかなかインドで発表をするという機会ってないですよね。笑 大変貴重な経験をさせていただきました。
発表後すぐに牧石先生は帰国の途につかれました。筒泉はもう1日残ります。せっかくのインドですので最終日も満喫しようと思います。(投稿:IEP副委員長 筒泉)

インド滞在記 その2(8/31)

IEP(国際交流委員会)の、筒泉貴彦先生と牧石徹也先生が、ACPインド支部総会にゲストスピーカーとして 招かれ、滞在記その2を頂きました。(PRC委員 前田正彦)


インド滞在記 その2(8/31)
昨晩は夜遅くであったためよくわからなかですが、ホテルは非常に大きくてまるで宮殿のようでした。午前中は車で市内観光させていただきました。市内はホテルとは裏腹に市民の生活の困窮が伝わるものでした。停車時には子供がバクシーシ、と言ってお金をせがんできたり、訪ねたChota Imambaraという寺院では頼んでいないのにガイドをしてきて(しかも英語じゃない)、ガイド代を要求したりと日本ではなかなか味わえない体験でした。午後からは学会1日目でした。Hopital medicineがかなり発達してきていたことには驚かされました。学生のE-ポスターではほとんど臨床研究をしていたこと、もちろん発表が全て英語であったことも素晴らしいな、と思いました。夜は晩餐会があり、そこではインドの伝統服であるCHIKANをあらかじめ用意して着て行きました。会の途中で支部長から筒泉に日本の歌を歌ってくれという依頼(無茶振り?)があったためインドでも知られている「SUKIYAKI」を熱唱しておきました。大喝采です。