ICAS Event: Healthy Healthcare Lecture Series 17
"History of Japanese Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, the past, now and the future."

Thursday, November 4, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Mita Hall 502/503 (Access)
Kiyoshi Sano
Rene Duignan
Free. Open to general public.
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This presentation will review Japanese healthcare reform and the current trend towards generalization such as family medicine. Family medicine in Japan is still experiencing prejudice from specialists with a narrow field of practice. Currently, there are no financial incentives for a physician to give generalized, holistic patient-centered care. Japanese medical research has a world class reputation and notably Japan has the longest life expectancy of any countries. However, the level and the quality of medical care patients receive from primary care physicians does not correspond with these great statistics. A patient with a common cold may have to wait up to 2 hours to see a doctor for a 3 minutes visit, during which they would receive many prescriptions and unexplained blood tests without discussion. The root of the problem lies in the medical education system. The speaker will disclose the inside story of Japanese medical education and specialty traini ng; please share your perspectives and opinions for the improvement of this system and will invite your opinions for the improvement.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kiyoshi Sano received his medical degree in Japan and interned at the US Naval hospital in Yokosuka. He completed his residency at the University of Minnesota before practicing in the rural Minnesota for 15 years. He also worked as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan medical school for 7 years before moving to France where he practiced at the American Hospital of Paris until this year. He recently returned to Japan to lead the residency program in family medicine in Shizuoka. His long time activity has been focused on spreading family medicine in Japan through Japanese academy of Family medicine and lecturing at many medical schools. He is a board certified in Family medicine and the fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

About the Moderator

Dr. Rene Duignan works for the Central Bank of Italy monitoring Asian economies. He also lectures at Aoyama Gakuin University and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at ICAS Temple University, Japan Campus. He was formerly a Global Liaison for the Health Policy Institute Japan where he developed a strong interest in Japanese healthcare. He serves as an elected Board Member of the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC). As Chair of the JIC Study Group, he hosts a wide variety of public lectures. He is an occasional TV commentator on Japanese economic and political affairs and a Tokyo resident since 1997. Dr. Duignan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Aoyama Gakuin University, where he was a recipient of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho research scholarship.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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