This year, I have had the absolute pleasure of being the medical advisor for Women Empowered International (WE Int) on their six-part online webinar series on periods. This organisation was set up by young international professionals in Japan for other young international professionals to address issues important to them such as gender equality and sustainability. … Continue reading Can periods be culturally different?
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?