This week, I am diverging from the norm and have interviewed a Japanese dermatologist on the topic of leprosy. I met Rie when I was giving my lectures on non-communicable diseases on the Diploma of Tropical Medicine at Nagasaki University. She was giving her tropical dermatology talk and an added bonus one on leprosy in … Continue reading Leprosy – a disease of modern Japan?
What a week! I’m currently writing this on my way back from Kyoto (published on the day that I fly back to the UK) although admittedly I'm also slipping in and out of snooze mode whilst on the bullet train. I attended the WONCA Asia Pacific Region (APR) conference (15th to 18th May), not as … Continue reading Reflections on WONCA Asia Pacific, Kyoto Japan
At the end of April, I had the pleasure of being invited to Hiroshima university by Dr Yoshida to talk to the students about primary care. Being a country where patients have direct access to specialists, general practice/family medicine is a foreign concept and so it was up to yours truly to open the students' … Continue reading How do you explain primary care?
This week, I have the pleasure of introducing my boss in Japan, Professor Ryuki Kassai. This is a man to whom I am eternally grateful for having taken a chance on me and allowing me to work for him in the Department of Family Medicine at Fukushima Medical University since 2016. He is widely accredited … Continue reading Introducing family medicine to Japan – Interview with Professor Ryuki Kassai
Hello England! As I return from my 8 months in Japan to come back to formally to the UK to take on my role as Chair of the RCGP Junior International Committee (JIC), I reflect on how different my path looks from 2016. Just over a year ago, I was a GP ST3 trainee, at … Continue reading Why go international?