Our committee (Resident-Fellow Committee; RFC) held a seminar called “The 5th RFC Seminar featuring cardiovascular medicine in November 2019. Holding “RFC Seminars” is one of our main projects to broaden the community of RFC in Japan. In November, more than 40 Japanese junior residents and fellows gathered in Tokyo to learn together to strive for excellence in internal medicine frontlines.
Also, we were to help organize the Joint Session of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine (JSIM) and the American College of Physician Japan Chapter (ACPJC) in the margin of the 2020 JSIM Annual Meeting in April. Besides, we had planned six different seminars and workshops for the 2020 American College of Physician Japan Chapter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both of them were unfortunately canceled.
【Plan (What we are going to do)】
We are planning to organize a “Virtual RFC Seminar“ in collaboration with US-trained attendings at the beginning of the FY2020. Amid the era of social distancing with the COVID-19 outbreak, we believe our committee may work as a “communication and collaboration hub” to connect exceptional Japanese residents and fellows. Also, we will work with the Council of Resident/Fellow Members of ACP to share the best practices to enhance the quality of postgraduate internal medicine training while fighting against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Yoshito Nishimura M.D., Ph.D. (Department of General Medicine, Okayama University Hospital)
I believe every one of you might have felt cardiology is difficult to learn. In the 5th Resident-Fellow Committee (RFC) Seminar on November 10, is a solution for those people.
The RFC Seminar is held up to twice a year. In the seminars, we invite internal medicine subspecialists as well as doing a brief “Dr’s Dilemma” like session to disseminate the high-tiered, essential internal medicine skills to medical students and residents. Through the seminars, we aim to get them together to strengthen the community of ACP as well. The 5th RFC Seminar was held in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. The guest lecturers were Dr. Akio Kawamura, Professor and Director of Department of Cardiology, International University of Health and Welfare, and Dr. Atsushi Mizuno from Cardiovascular Center of St. Luke’s International Hospital. Approximately 30 participants gathered Tokyo for the seminar.
In the lecture of Dr. Kawamura, he showed us his career path as a cardiologist as well as his view on medical education and treatment of patent foramen ovale (PFO). He also briefly summarized the clinical implication and rationale to treat PFO, which was meaningful to generalists as well.
Dr. Mizuno organized a session in a group-work style to let participants learn “how to manage heart failure and its complications”. Through the session, participants acquired skills of initial managements, differential diagnosis and clinical management. All the participants apparently enjoyed his session.
Lastly in the afternoon, the RFC committee presented a small Dr’s Dilemma-like session. Not only the participants solved the quizzes, Dr. Mizuno also added clinical implications and reality in the frontline clinical field to every question and answer. We are sure that this was the way to get the most from clinical quizzes.
RFC plan to continue seminars like this. Through the seminars, annual meetings and so on, we hope to contribute to the further development of ACP Japan Chapter as well as the field of Internal Medicine in Japan.
Overcoming the Challenge to the World !
Dr’s Dilemma, ACP Internal Medicine 2018
Department of General Medicine, Okayama University Hospital
Chair, Resident-Fellow Committee, American College of Physician Japan Chapter
Yoshito Nishimura M.D.
I departed from Japan to New Orleans with determination to fight against the United States teams in the Dr’s Dilemma National Competition in ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018. Dr’s Dilemma is a competition to test the medical knowledge of around 50 teams, each representing each ACP chapters around the World. I participated in the competition with doctors from Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital, the champion team in the 2017 ACP Japan Chapter Dr’s Dilemma Competition. In the elimination round, we fought against 4 teams including the state of Washington and Massachusetts. Quizzes were first read loud by the speaker, and the scripts were shown up on the screen afterward. Although we could reach the final question, we could not go through to the semi-final round. We ended up being the 4th, taking out the Massachusetts team. Not only I could compete in the great competition, the conference itself also gave me opportunities to expand the wave of exchange with physicians around the world, making the experience was an one chance in a million, I deeply appreciate everyone in the ACP Japan Chapter and Okayama University Hospital, Department of General Medicine, for substantial support. Finally, I would like to thank ACP Japan Chapter for supporting us with travel grants.
Dr’s Dilemma Japan Chapter Members
Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital, Department of Medicine
Hayato Mitaka M.D.
Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital, Department of Medicine
Tomohiro Matsumoto M.D.
Okayama University Hospital, Department of General Medicine