Thomas Jefferson University Study Report
21st August to 25th August 2017
First of all, I'd like to appreciate all the doctors and staffs who gave me the opportunity to observe the medicine in the U.S. It was really interesting and exciting. Now let me tell you two main things what I thought was interesting.
The first thing what surprised me was that the students at Thomas Jefferson University don't have summer vacation after they become the 3rd grade. At internal medicine, for example, they have a meeting every morning and the students give presentations of the patients and discuss about them with other doctors including the professor before they make a round and see the patients together. It was surprising that the students are involved in medical care deeply and daily.
The second thing was the system of JeffHOPE. JeffHOPE is an organization run by students and HOPE stands for Health Opportunities, Prevention & Education. It aims to treat homeless people for free but it is medical students who see the patients mainly. I went to Sunday Breakfast, a homeless shelter, and observed the medical care performed there. I was surprised to see 2nd grade students seeing patients with the help of senior students, giving perfect presentations to a resident doctor and prescribing medicine after a discussion with a resident doctor. The patients came there were all cooperative with the students because the treatment is a volunteer work after all. JeffHOPE is ideal for both patients and students.
Through this program, I realized that American students are training very practically and efficiently and voluntary. This means, they must have studied really hard and done so much practice. Another thing I noticed was that the doctors and students take enough time when they see patients. They explained why they took the action and asked frequently if the patient have questions.
The system of medical education or the background about medical care in Japan and in the U.S. is different, so I'm afraid it would be difficult for Japanese students to be involved in a patient's treatment deeply, but I thought I must be as aggressive as American students as possible. It was a nice stimulation to be able to observe the training of medical students whose age are similar to me. I'll definitely make use of this stimulation for my future career. Thank you.