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


[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




** 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.