The Journal News: Japanese Students Tour Hospital

Japanese medical students visiting as part of a Pace University English language program got a tour of Hudson Valley Hospital Center and spoke to one of its top doctors, a native of Japan.

The Northern Westchester blog on The Journal News web site, www.lohud.com, ran a write-up of international students who spent a week with Pace’s English Language Institute and the College of Health Professions and toured local health care facilities.

What follows is a an article from The Journal News about one such tour:

The sound of Japanese has been heard in the hallways of Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt.

Japanese medical students visiting as part of a Pace University English language program got a tour of Hudson Valley Hospital Center and spoke to one of its top doctors, a native of Japan.

Nine students from the Pace-Kanawaza University pre-clerkship program visited the Hospital on March 23 and had a 30-minute interview with Dr. Roy Ashikari of the Ashikari Breast Center. Dr. Ashikari, a renowned breast cancer surgeon, came to the United States from Japan more than 50 years ago.

Dr. Ashikari told the students that he has practiced at many major hospitals, but that the day to day medical treatment which is so important to patients goes on at smaller community hospitals like Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He added that he “loves New York” and “there is no where else like it.”

Brian Hickey, Director of the English Language Institute and an advisor to the Kanawaza program, said the one-week program is aimed at improving the students’ medical English and at exposing them to medicine in the United States. Hickey said that the 4th and 5th year medical students are training to work in rural areas of Japan.

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