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Medical Education in the Philippines

Author: Diana Francesca Gepte Editor: Akihiko Ozaki M.D., I was 13 years old when I watched my uncle as the Department of Health spokesperson on Philippine television during the 2003 SARS outbreak, and I decided in that moment that I wanted to be a medical doctor. At such a tender age, I had no conception of the challenges ahead, but I chose to take the path anyway, both with excitement and a deep sense of courage. The Philippine education system, including medical education, is heavily influenced by the American system of education. This is primarily due to periods of foreign occupation, with the United States leaving the most remarkable impression. In this system, it is a requirement that,

Announcement: Access Ranking Award

Dear readers, We are pleased to announce we will newly launch an Access Ranking Award for the articles published in each quarter. The first winner was the article by Ms. Emi Yokoyama, entitled “Shedding more light on sexually transmitted infections in Japan” (publication date: May 9, 2018). The article illustrated the situation in Japan, where despite its rising health burden, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are rarely discussed openly among friends, partners, or within education systems. The article also highlighted the importance of testing for STDs. On 18, June, Ms. Asaka Higuch, associate editor of MRIC Global, awarded Ms. Yokoyama with a small gift. Congratulations to Ms. Yokoyama.

The Future of Teleradiology

Author: Naoyuki Kitamura, M.D. President, MNES Inc. & Director, Kasumi Clinic Diagnostic Radiologist Editor: Tetsuya Tanimoto, M.D. I graduated from Hiroshima University School of Medicine in 1993, and I have belonged to the affiliated group of the Department of Radiology at the university. After working in general hospitals, in 2000, I launched a startup company that specializes in teleradiology: MNES Inc. Furthermore, in 2015, I established Kasumi Clinic, which performs various radiological examinations, and I am in charge of both institutions as the president of the company and the director of the clinic. MNES is an acronym for Medical Network Systems, and the company has two major undert

Dr. Tsubokura's Radiation Lecture Vol.3

Author: Masaharu Tsubokura Editors: Izumi Yoshida, Mariko Irie, Yuki Senoo 5. Potassium is not the only radioactive substance A little potassium contained in animals, plants, and foods is radioactive potassium, and we are exposed to radiation through ingestion in our daily diet. Foods contain not only radioactive potassium but also radioactive polonium and radioactive carbon, and we are exposed to radiation from before the nuclear accident. The level of radioactive potassium increases when we eat lots of vegetables and the level of radioactive polonium increases when we eat seafood. Japanese people, who eat a lot of seafood, are known to have much higher radiation exposure in comparison with

Misdistribution of Physicians in Japan  ~Viewing the Issue from the Perspective Migration~

Author: Naoki Okada, M.D. Junior Resident Editor: Tetsuya Tanimoto, M.D. In spite of the increasing number of physicians, a lot of Japanese hospitals still suffer from physician shortage. What causes physician shortage? We often find that in some prefectures, hospitals have a lot of physicians, while many others do not have enough physicians. That is, there is misdistribution of physicians in Japan. It is said that domestic migration is usually from rural to urban areas, which might partly explain the misdistribution. However, geographical differences and the magnitude of physicians’ migration in Japan are unclear. We created a model to learn how physicians migrate and why they move, and our

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