Purple Day Japan | てんかん啓発キャンペーン「パープルデー」

3月26日は「パープルデー」 世界的なてんかん啓発のキャンペーンを日本でも。

企画:全国てんかんリハビリテーション研究会 パープルデー企画実行委員会

すずかけクリニック

[Eng Below] 南イリノイ医科大学4年生のステファニーさん、福智会を1日見学

南イリノイ医科大学4年生のステファニーさん、福智会を1日見学

南イリノイ医科大学4年生のステファニーさんが愛知医科大学病院との交換留学制度を使って、日本を訪れた際に、愛知医科大学の田所先生と共に、福智会を見学されました。ほとんどの時間はすずかけクリニックで過ごしましたが、さらに理解を深めるため、福智会のいくつかの施設をスタッフの案内で見学してまわりました。ステファニーさんは、ちょうどパープルデーの準備をしている活気のある時期に見学され、デイケアで、てんかんだけでなく、他の疾患を持つ当事者たちに会い、そこで当事者の方たちの体験談を聞き、充実した時間を過ごされました。

ステファニーさんは、日本のデイケアとアメリカのヘルスケアとの違いや類似点などを知り、日本の医療にとても関心を持っていました。また、すずかけクリニックで行われている包括的な支援とデイケアスタッフと当事者の関わりを見て、感銘を受けたと言ってくれました。ステファニーさんは新しいことを学ぶことが好きな勉強熱心な方で、婦人科医になることを志していますが、精神医学にも興味を持っており、この日本での体験から学んだことを今後に活かしていきたいそうです。

** 4th year medical student Stephanie’s 1-day experience at Fukuchi-kai **

Recently we benefited from the grace and intelligence of 4th year medical student Stephanie. She participated in a monthly student partnership between her university, Southern Illinois University of Medicine and the nationally renowned Aichi Medical University Hospital. She came at a good time, as we had begun concrete preparation for Purple Day Nagoya, and she likely experienced the excitement flowing in the air. She met several daycare patients not only with epilepsy but other patients as well. She could see the challenges and successes they go through.

To grasp an even better understand of daycare vis-a-vis patient engagement, Stephanie took part in a guided day tour of several sections of Fukuchi-Kai. The majority of her visit was spent at Suzukake Clinic, where the focus is on providing client centered psychiatric, medical support, and rehabilitation services – for personal, social and/or working relationships. Tadokoro-sensei, a respected doctor from Aichi Medical, joined Stephanie on the guided tour as well. Tadokoro-sensei works in close proximity to Dr. Kanemoto, the Director of Neuropsychiatry at Aichi Medical.

Through Stephanie’s genuine interest in Japan, its daycare community, and similarities/differences with American healthcare, she showed enthusiasm in learning new things, as well as reaffirming things already known. Stephanie was a true wonder to have here! While asking questions and discussing issues, she expressed a deep interest in healthcare’s frontiers, affordation, benefits, technology, societal impact, medical goals/challenges, and follow-up system.

Stephanie saw Japan to be different in the following aspects — Resources in Japan are more community oriented, and more geared towards assisting patients (meals, many group programs, daily exercise etc.). She was impressed by the high level of engagement by members (patients) and staff inside Suzukake Clinic’s daycare community. Within this context, Stephanie was impressed by the organic policy of public health in Japan. There is more of an inclusive aspect to the system in Japan compared to the US, with a focus in Japan on a “bio-social-psycho” model. In addition, Stephanie was impressed by a strong focus on the follow-up (“next-steps”) system in Japan.

Though Stephanie has just recently chosen to become a gynecologist, her interest in psychiatry remains strong. She is very interested in psychiatry’s strong bond with public health. Finally, she will use everything learned from her study, rotations, and overall experiences in the US and Japan to become a better gynecologist.