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Medical & Health Care Program,広報】 2019/8/27 火曜日 — 9:18:58

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。

Final Day – Trip back to NC, Duke Presentations & Water Balloon Fight!
Today everyone made an early start and was down to breakfast by 6:10. We had a final meal in the hotel and then loaded all our belongings in the van to head back to North Carolina and Duke University.

We drove on winding roads from 7am – noon and finally stopped for lunch at Subway. Then, we drove for another hour and a half. By the time we arrived at Duke, it was close to 3pm, and the students got ready to give their presentations to Brittany.

After listening to the presentations, I was impressed by how well students were able to collect information over the week by just interviewing people around town and listening to the various health and culture presentations. Since students had limited access to the internet, they needed to really listen and focus on what was going on around them.

In the end, they came up with interesting, well-developed, and observant presentations that analyzed a variety of health conditions and cultural differences that they learned about over the week.

After leaving Duke, we made our way back to the retreat center and had our last dinner–hamburgers–and our last Reflection. At Reflection, there were a lot of tears and good conversation. The students talked about their experience without cell phones this week, and many of them concluded that they were happy and more stress from without access to SNS and texting. The students also talked about what they were thankful for.

Next, Monica burst out the water balloons and lots of students got soaked in a water balloon fight and toss. It was a lot of fun and the perfect thing for our last night. After being cramped up in the van for so long today, it was nice to get outside at night and run around a bit.

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Medical & Health Care Program,広報】 2019/8/24 土曜日 — 12:24:25

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。

Home and Clinic Visits & Trip to the Rehab Center
Today, we once again had breakfast at 8am. Breakfast was bagels and fruit. Following that, the home health aids picked everyone up for their home visits or the visits to the clinic.

The students that went to the home visits yesterday went to go shadow doctors and nurses at the clinic today, and vise versa. Therefore, Kei, Yui, Sayuki and Mion went for home visits.

On our home visit (Kei, Yui, Ms. Oobuchi & Ms. Peck), we saw three patients. All of them were affected by diabetes and COPD, and they used oxygen to help them breathe. Two of the patients had congestive heart failure, one had spina bifida, and another had a broken arm from taking a fall. The third patient was saw is a poet, and he gave us all a CD of poems he wrote.

Unfortunately, due to privacy reasons, Ms. Uematsu is the only one who could take pictures today with patients. Below are pictures of Mion and Sayuki at their home visit with nurse Kelly.

Following the home and clinic visits, everyone came back for a sandwich lunch and a short break. Then, at 3pm, we walked about 10 minutes to the town’s drug rehabilitation center. There, students received testimonies from two recovering drug addicts. Students heard about their path to addiction and their recovery process, and the difficulties that they’ve been through.

The first man we met explained that he had a hard childhood and was picked on in middle school. To fit in better, he began drinking and taking drugs. Then, after gradating high school, he went to Iraq and served as a marine. He stayed in Iraq for a few months and then struggled with PTSD and drug addiction when he returned. Eventually, he hit rock bottom and found his way to the rehabilitation center.

The other man who spoke told us that he was in and out of prison for most of his life. He told us that his prison experience was horrible, but he continued to do crimes to get money for drugs. Eventually, he also had a realization that it couldn’t go on like this, and wound up in this rehab center, his third since starting his path to recovery.

Both stories were eye-opening and interesting. Students had a chance to ask questions to both the men as well as other recovering addicts that joined the talk.

Next, everyone returned to the hotel for dinner. We had breaded chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, and brownies. There was a lot of left over food, so we went with Angela and Monica to donate it at the local church. At the church, many people welcomed us with hugs and big smiles. The congregation was small, but happy to see us. I was surprised, because the pastor was dressed in camo print from head to toe. We really are in the South!

After the church, everyone started work on their final presentations. Each student has already chosen a topic to talk about on their last day on the program. Today, they received the blank poster paper and planned out much of what they’re going to talk about. Since the students don’t have access to the internet, they must rely entirely on the notes they took this week and on interviews and conversations they’ve had with the people we’ve met, as well as the presentations given by Angela and Monica.

I’m really looking forward to seeing their presentations on Sunday!

Farmers’ market health fair, Walmart visit, and BBQ dinner!
Today the students wore their scrub tops for the last time. Today was the last health fair at the town’s farmers’ market, so after breakfast, everyone headed down the street to the nearby gym parking lot, where the market was held.

We all worked together to set up the tent and tables and everyone prepared their stations to do BMI, blood pressure, and A1C testing. Despite a slow start to the day, the students saw around 25 patients, and showed a lot of confidence when treating the patients.

The difference between the first health fair and this last one were numerous. The students chatted with the patients during their tests and got to know them better. Furthermore, after getting the results of the tests, the students gave good health advice, like eating less salt/ sugar, drinking water or diet instead of sugary cola, and getting more exercise.

The last patient of the morning was a clinic doctor’s father. He was so happy to have the students in town and he offered to treat us all to ice cream at the food truck.

The students talked and laughed with him a lot while eating ice cream, and took many pictures.

Following the farmer’s market, we packed up our things and went back to the hotel for lunch. Everyone made a sandwich wrap or quesadilla, and then loaded into the vans for the “cultural activity.” For their cultural activity, the students chose to visit the local Walmart! Needless to say, much money was spent…

After the “Cultural Activity” everyone went back to the Mountaineer Hotel to work on their final poster projects and rest until dinner. Since it is our last night in West Virginia, the kids chose southern style BBQ over pizza. We ate dinner while watching a movie about the famous family feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. Hopefully everyone gets to bed early so we can wake up tomorrow at 5:30am!

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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!