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Medical & Health Care Program,広報】 2019/8/23 金曜日 — 9:19:58

アメリカのデューク大学、ジョンズ・ホプキンス大学、広尾学園が協同する医療系プログラム「メディカル・ヘルスケアプログラム」の様子を教員のレポートとともにお伝えします。

Williamson Day 2 – First Health Clinic and Home Visits
Today, everyone once again started the day with breakfast at 8am and received the GPSA scrub top uniform. It was the first day to wear the uniform!

After breakfast, everyone loaded into the van and we were driven to a nearby senior recreational center, where the students put on a health fair. They used all of the skills they’d learned the previous day while interacting with the patients and giving them advice.

I was very impressed with everyone’s attitude and maturity. Although they might have felt stressed at times, everyone was able to successfully take blood pressures, BMI and blood glucose using the A1C.

Following the health fair, everyone went back to the hotel to have lunch. We had mac & cheese and tomato soup with salad. In the afternoon, from 2pm, everyone split up into groups. Half of the students went on home visits and half went to the town’s health clinic.

Sota, Monica and I (Ms. Peck) went on a home visit with one of the nurses named Kelly. On the visit, we met a man who lost his leg from the knee down and his visions due to diabetes. On the second home visit, we met a quadriplegic man who relied on 24 hour home care. Seeing people in such states was very eye-opening, especially since it is something that we rarely come across in Tokyo.

Following the visits, everyone came back and relaxed for a bit before dinner. Dinner was soup, cornbread and rice, with cupcakes for dessert. Then, everyone played games and finished up the night with reflection.

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Medical & Health Care Program,広報】 2019/8/22 木曜日 — 14:28:18

アメリカのデューク大学、ジョンズ・ホプキンス大学、広尾学園が協同する医療系プログラム「メディカル・ヘルスケアプログラム」の様子を教員のレポートとともにお伝えします。

Skills practice & Williamson Culture Day
This morning, we woke up and were downstairs in the hotel kitchen in time for breakfast. I didn’t get to the kitchen until 7:55, but to my surprise, all of the students were already there playing UNO since 7am. Since some of them were late to breakfast yesterday, they made sure that they’d definitely be on time today.

Breakfast consisted of toaster waffles, fruit, and cereal. Then, we went upstairs to the hotel conference room to start the day’s training. Students received lectures on how to communicate with patients and how to take temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, height/weight/BMI, and blood glucose levels using the A1C test. They also practiced these skills with Monica and Angela.

Following the morning’s lectures and skill practice, we had a quesadilla lunch and then headed out to the community health clinic to hear a talk by the town’s ex-mayor, who is now in charge of the clinic. He talked about many initiatives that he took to try to improve health and the well-being of the members of Williamson’s community. As a politician and community activist, he was one of many to help design health initiatives for the town including biweekly 5K races, a marathon, walking paths, community gardens, and a farmers’ market, among others.

He also gave us a quick tour around the town and talked about the history of segregation, illegal activity, and drug abuse in the town. This town has been through a lot of hardships, but recently it has many people supporting it, helping it to grow into a better place to live.

Next on our town tour, we made our way to the Coal House, which is the Chamber of Commerce combined with the town’s tourist center. There, a young man taught us about the history about the town, such as the fact that the town has flooded three times throughout its history and in 2011 the coal house caught on fire and almost burned down. We also learned the reason for the Coal House’s name – it’s made of coal! Go figure.

We finished up the evening with dinner prepared by a local woman – roast beef, potatoes and green beans, along with some instant miso soup left by a previous group. After reflection, the students went to 7-Eleven to pick up some snacks and drinks and then retired to bed to get a good rest for tomorrow’s first clinic and home visits.

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Medical & Health Care Program,広報】 2019/8/21 水曜日 — 14:42:08

アメリカのデューク大学、ジョンズ・ホプキンス大学、広尾学園が協同する医療系プログラム「メディカル・ヘルスケアプログラム」の様子を教員のレポートとともにお伝えします。

Trip to West Virginia
Today the group took a long journey to West Virginia from North Carolina. Everyone woke up and changed their sheets, and then had a quick breakfast of cereal, fruit and yogurt. A few students struggled to wake up, but we all eventually got loaded onto the bus by 8am, and we made our way to our new lodgings.

After about four hours of riding in the bus, our first stop was lunch at a highway rest stop restaurant, where the students could sample more typical American food. Some of us had tacos, chicken pot pie, and hamburgers, among other menu choices…

After a quick lunch, we drove a few more minutes to the local coal mining museum. Our tour guide loaded us all up on a coal train and drove us deep into the dripping, cold mine, which was about 400 feet underneath the Earth’s surface.

The tour guide was a miner himself, and he knew a lot about the mining practices in the 1920s up to modern times. He told us about the difficulties and dangers of the mines, like the fact that you had to bend down and squat all day, if you worked in a mine shaft with a low ceiling. He also talked about how to mine for coal in the past vs. the present, and what miners used to eat and drink at work (water, sandwich and cakes).

Our tour guide explained about poverty in the mining community, and how the people owed everything to the mining company. He made light of his own experience with poverty.

Overall, the trip into the mine was one of the highlights for most of the students, since the tour guide was very funny, knowledgeable, and personable, and he joked around with us a lot. He also told us about some of the health effects that his family has experienced because of mining, including about his grandfather, father, and himself, who all have something called black lung disease, which is caused by constantly inhaling particulate matter in the dusty mine shafts.

Following the museum, we made our way back to the bus and traveled another two hours to Welch, where a local women named Shanon prepared us a pasta dinner and talked to us about her job in the local school and the outreach program she started to help women dealing with addiction in the community. She talked briefly about poverty and drug addiction, and the students asked her thoughtful questions. Our time in Welch was short before we got back into the bus and braved a torrential downpour and some carsickness to our final destination – the hotel.

After 12 hours of traveling, we arrived safely at the Mountaineer in Williamson, our home away from home for the week. The students reflected on their good and bad experiences of the day with Monica. Many of them enjoyed the coal mine, but a lot of them had trouble with carsickness on the long ride. Honestly, though, I heard a lot of talking and laughing in the back seats, so I don’t think the car journey was all bad.

Tomorrow, many of the students are excited to finally get to work on their skills and learn how to treat patients in the upcoming days!

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Medical & Health Care Program】 2019/8/20 火曜日 — 13:56:50

アメリカのデューク大学、ジョンズ・ホプキンス大学、広尾学園が協同する医療系プログラム「メディカル・ヘルスケアプログラム」の様子を教員のレポートとともにお伝えします。

Monday, August 19, 2019
Today started with breakfast at 8:30 am where we had a variety of choices including fruits, cereal, eggs, sausage patties and breakfast potatoes. Then, after a brief talk about GPSA rules, everyone boarded the bus to Duke University.

Once at Duke, we made our way to the science quad, where the students listened to a talk on Neurosurgery in Uganda, given by Britany, a Duke University and Graduate school alumni. Britany explained about the fact that there are many public health problems in Uganda that can lead to trauma incidents that require brain surgery.

Although there are some trained neurosurgeons in Uganda, there are not many and they are not often equipped with the right tools and technological support at their public hospitals.

The students listened to the talk very seriously while taking notes.

Following her talk, Brittany and Duke professor Robert Malkin (the founder and head of GPSA) joined us for a lunch at one of the two campus centers. We had sandwiches, wraps, potato chips and cookies.

Following lunch and a break, Brittany led us on a tour of the Duke University campus. First, we saw the dormitories, which are housed inside beautiful brick buildings. We learned that much of the gothic architecture on the campus is made to look very old, but actually, most of it was built in the 1930s.

Brittany also said that there are a lot of “fake” chimneys and fireplaces on the campus which are only there for aesthetics and don’t actually work! Regardless, they do look good…

Speaking of sports, our next stop was Krzyzewskiville, or K-ville, as it’s referred to by Duke students. Brittany told us that groups of up to 12 students will take turns camping out for 3 months, waiting to get their hands on Duke basketball tickets.

Next, we took a look at the School of Medicine, which is next to the Duke University Hospital. The school of medicine is a beautiful, more modern building on campus. Brittany told us that the school is running out of stone in their private quarry, so many of the new buildings aren’t totally covered in stone, but supplemented with more modern materials like concrete and glass.

Our second-to-last stop was the beautiful campus chapel. We went inside and silently toured the church before finishing our tour at the school shop and then heading back to Alvia, the retreat center. At the retreat center, students listened to a talks by Monica and Angela on COPD and heart disease. We had a turkey burger dinner and finished up the night with reflection. Check out the GPSA Health Twitter account linked here to see student Tweets.

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Medical & Health Care Program,広報】 2019/7/31 水曜日 — 16:28:37

7月30日(火)、31日(水)、8月に実施されるデューク大学でのメディカル・ヘルスケアプログラムの事前研修を行いました。