Dispatch program at MCPHS University (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
Asuka HAYASAKA, Faculty of Pharmacy
During the programs at MCPHS, I got a lot of experiences, such as visiting some medical institutions.
-CVS Pharmacy (The pharmacy near Fenway Park) - Poison Control Center (The center manage medical poisoning as well as drug addiction. I observed a conference by doctors who specialize pediatric emergency/drug addiction, residents, and trainee doctors. When a question came up about the case, they made a call on the spot to the institution which tested the case.)
- Pharmaceutical formulation demonstration (Capsuling aspirin and almond oil)
- Mobile intervention for medicine
- Vaccination (Intramuscular injection of NaCl)
The difference about healthcare and pharmacists’ work between the U.S. and Japan became clear through these programs.
Japanese healthcare is considerate to patients. That is advantageous in one sense. But healthcare of the U.S. offers patients the latest medical technology. Many countries are aging because of the advancement of the healthcare. Since Japan has already become super aging society, we might be able to do something for these countries in the future.
The role of pharmacists might change in the same way as Western one. It is very important to make efforts to become a skilled pharmacist. That’s what I felt through these programs.
Daisuke HAYAO, Faculty of Pharmacy
MCPHS University was established in 1823. It has a long history. The school building is modern and historical at the same time. Old drug formulation tools and prescriptions were displayed inside the school building.
As a training program, I visited a pharmacy. First I realized that American pharmacists are in a higher position than Japanese pharmacists. They are even the same as doctors and lawyers.
Next, in the pharmacies in the U.S., there are two types of pharmacists: pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Thirdly, in the U.S., pharmacists can administer vaccinations. I also noticed that in the U.S., pharmacists prescribe drugs in a bottle except for elderly and dementia patients, while in Japan, drugs are prescribed in packets. I thought there are lots of differences between American and Japanese pharmacies. I thought that Japanese pharmacist should be able to administer vaccinations.
We usually learned English in the morning classes and we were given lectures in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, lawyers gave us lectures about American politics and insurance. They also talked about the difference of COD and health awareness between the U.S. and Japan. Many American are highly aware about health. They even measure blood pressure and heartrate (HR) by mobile phone.
Regarding English proficiency, I have little vocabulary and knowledge about grammar, so I tried to speak in simple words. Students from other countries are not good at English, but they were trying to speak actively. So I tried not to be too shy. Studying abroad made me realize that communication is important. Thinking by my own is also important. I would like to say thank you to my parents who allowed me to study abroad
Azusa Ohmizo, Faculty of Pharmacy
One-month in Australia was my first overseas trip. I noticed the difference between Australian and Japanese cultures.
Western Sydney University Olympic Park campus is located in a bedroom community. It’s 30 minutes’ drive from the central business district of Sydney. Surrounded by nature, it was a wonderful environment. It was good experience for me to study English in these surroundings for four weeks. Teachers were very kind. They taught me English graciously in a small group. My English class comprised writing, reading, listening, and speaking. I also did a presentation that I had never done in Japan. Before making a presentation, I had to think about the subject and express my thought.
I had a lot of friends who were my classmates. They are from Brazil, Kuwait, South Korea and China. My friends taught me their own culture, foods and fashion. They were surprised by my talk about Japan, and they said they would like to go. I found that if I try to convey, they try to understand what I say. If I don’t say anything, they consider me having no opinion. Even now I am keeping touch with them.
I would like to study English hard and upgrade my TOEIC score. I would like to make a good use of these experiences to become positive, to have my own opinions, and to express them.
Yuichi Sato, Faculty of Applied Life Sciences
It was my first trip abroad. Everything was inspiring to me. Australia’s national land is many times as wide as Japan, so I feel Australia looked vast and wide. It looked like a melting pot of races in Australia and they were friendly and kind.
I stayed with an Australian family and they gave me precious experiences. At first, I was anxious to communicate with them. I could understand only half of what they said, but I gradually became able to understand them. That is because they talked to me kindly. At first, I was worried and embarrassed and I thought, “Am I speaking correct English?”, “My pronunciation right?”, “Do they understand what I say?” It seemed they understood even incorrect English. I felt happy when I get them understood.
When I was communicating with them in English, I noticed that they liked clarity. They often asked me, “Yes or No?” Japanese tend to talk vaguely, but Australians don’t.
Because of this overseas study, my horizons became wider. I felt that the world is wide, various people are living in the world, and each of them has their own culture.
I would like to visit more countries to broaden my experience values.
Tetsuo Saito, Doctoral Program in Applied Life Sciences
Visiting the Changchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CUTCM), a sister university of our university, was a great opportunity for me to get in touch with Chinese culture and real research on traditional Chinese medicine. I participated in CUTCM’s functional food development project for human health promotion. That experience was really tough but enjoyable for me. During my visit, I learned the importance of positive communications and drawing out attractive project schemes in order to carry out things smoothly in China. I guess my experience is similar to the situation when one begins a new collaborative research project or business. “Active” and “attractive” would be my key words if I am in such a situation in the future.