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From 2014-01-25 To 2014-01-30 | 1 Comments

Medical Explore had over but the euphoria and all of memories in Japan would never over. Japan gave us lot of knowledge and unforgettable moment. The place where our story began for this page.

Medical Explore was one of external affair division of AMSA-UMI program. It held on January 24-30th 2014. Our journey was begun by our flight from Makassar to Jakarta, after several hours in there, 2nd flight was Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur then Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo (Haneda International Airport). Although we were tired after about 12 hours flight, we really excited when arrive in Haneda. The airport was amazing. Our trip in Tokyo started from there, we went to Hotel by bus.

The 2nd day, on January 26th 2014, we began the day by our trip to Tsukuba by bus. Could you guess what’s the schedule ? Yes, University and Hospital Visiting in Tsukuba. It was the main purpose of Medical Explore Japan 2014. The purpose of this visiting were to build friendship with Tsukuba International Medical Students’ Association (TIMSA) members, to learn about their activities in campus, and surely to get something to learn for the benefit of our medical career. It also as actualized of our philosophy where by this event we could get lot of KNOWLEDGE, lot of FRIENDS(HIP) through lot of ACTION and never forget to introduce our character and identity as RELIGIOUS muslim medical student. We realize that being friends and experiencing even if in really short time is the best way to understand that.

Before 9 o’clock, the bus stopped in Tsukuba Daigaku Byoin Iriguchi and out of expectation, Ken Hashino, Regional Chairperson of Japan was picking up us in there with another TIMSA members. We walked together to their building and after 5 minutes, we had arrived in their class. Yuta Taniguchi as President of TIMSA and also Director of AMSEP Japan welcomed all of us warmly. Then he told us about today’s schedule.

9. 10 - 9. 45 was presentation. Both of us, Muslim University of Indonesia and University of Tsukuba had time and chance to take a presentation. TIMSA was as representative of University of Tsukuba took chance firstly. They presented about TIMSA, Japan (food, sport, entertainmet, historical and cultural place, etc), and Medical system in Japan. We were as representative of Muslim University of Indonesia took chance after TIMSA. Firstly, Vice Dean 3 of Medical Faculty, Muslim University of Indonesia, Dr. dr. H. Nasrudin A.M, Sp. OG gave speech in front of us. He thanked and tell about the purpose of this event by her own perspective, to do comparative study for development of our faculty of medicine and to initiate cooperation which may develop between both faculties in the future. Then, Representative of AMSA UMI, Susdiaman presented about Muslim University of Indonesia, our faculty, and surely AMSA-UMI. It was such a honour chance.

10. 00 – 10. 15 was performance from UMI. The participants of Medical Explore performed saman dance and flute. Some of TIMSA members watch them for the first time. We told us about what saman dance was  and the meaning of song which was singing by Dwi Nawaluddin Naprisal.

10. 20 – 10. 50 was Cultural Workshop by TIMSA. They learnt us how to make an . origami. We were really fun and enjoy this moment. The participants of workshop were not only the students of UMI, but also our lecturer.

11. 00 – 11. 45 was Lunch. They served sushi for Lunch and some Japan snacks.

13. 00 – 15. 00 was University of Tsukuba visiting. It was our way to show to our member about how Japan grow their medical power, and cure their people. For this schedule, we were divided to be 4 groups. The first visiting was Proton Medical Research Center Tsukuba-city Japan. We were given such a honourable chance to get an explanation about PMRC was by their Profesor. Tsukuba University has a long story and much experience in Proton Radiotherapy in Japan and the world, and has treated nearly 3,000 patients to date. They are constantly working to develop even more effective treatment methods through clinical research. By this time, we knew that proton radiotherapy is a kind of radiotherapy. The proton beam stops precisely at the site of the tumor, focusing peak impact only on the tumor, leaving healthy tissues unscathed. While some irradiation of normal tissue and organs adjacent the tumor is still unavoidable with proton radiotherapy, this occurs at much lower degree than with traditional x-ray radiation.

In PMRC, we also visited the facilities. They are Synchrotron, it accelerates the proton beam to near speed of light. Rotating Gantry, this was 200 + ton, over 10 meter, device rotates 360 degrees. With this device, irradiation angles can be set to avoid damaging critical organs. Treatment rooms (inside the Rotating Gantry) and Respiration-gating System, as one breathes, organs such as lungs and liver shift three or four centimeters. The respiration sensor monitors this movement, and irradiation is carried out at exhalation. The system was first developed by Tsukuba University.

The second, 14. 00 – 15. 00 was Tsukuba University Hospital Visiting. We visited Keyaki Plaza, Heliport, Hospital ward (business class), Lounge, and Emergency Department. What a luxurious hospital. They give the best services and facilities for their patient. We could find sophisticated technology everywhere. And heliport was the best place. It ais feature at Tsukuba University Hospital where they serve to facilitate MEDEVACs or air ambulance transfers of patients to trauma units or to accept patients from remote areas without local hospitals or facilities capable of providing the level of emergency care required. These heliport was located on the roof of the Tsukuba University Hospital. It was really amazing.

15. 00 – 17. 00 was Tsukuba Expo Center sightseeing. It was a Science Museum located at the center of Tsukuba, where many research institutes are gathered, and there we can watch, touch and enjoy the frontier of of sciences.

Then we left Tsukuba city and went Tokyo. We went to Shibuya, the place where we could found Hachiko statue. Who don’t know about Hachiko, a dog’s story. A true story of faith, devotion and undying love.

The 3rd day, on January 27th 2014. We traveled around Tokyo. We went to Asakusa, Tokyo Sky Tree, Turkey Mosque for prayed Dzuhur, and Harajuku. Then we left Tokyo and went to Kyoto by Shinkansen.

The 4th and 5th day, on January 28th and 29th 2014. We traveled around Kyoto. Steeped in history, Kyoto is home to roughly one quarter of Japan's national treasures, countless shrines and temples, and seventeen sites recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Kyoto preserv Japan's oldest traditions, yet it is also a dynamic, contemporary city.  Modern conveniences are readily available, making Kyoto a perfect destination for all of us looking to explore Japan's past.  Shopping is also a unique experience in Kyoto, with merchandise ranging from traditional Japanese crafts made by local artisans to cutting-edge couture.  Among Japan's many assets, Kyoto is one of the most prized, comparable only to the world's most dazzling places. We visited Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Gion (Chionin Temple), Kinkakuji Temple, and Arashiyama.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the main shrine of all the Inari Shrines in Japan, and one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Kyoto. Sanjusangendo is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Kiyomizu-dera temple is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. It contains many Important Cultural Properties, including buildings and Buddhist images. Along the ravine to the south of the main hall grow cherry and maple trees. Gion (Chionin Temple) is a large and very popular temple. Its massive front gate, the largest of its kind in Japan, is an awesome sight. The grounds are often full of people who pray  in front of the images of the main hall. You may see people standing  in front of a large brazier, holding small sticks of incense, or waving the fragrant smoke over their heads in an effort to receive inspiration and wisdom. The temple also has the largest bell in Japan on its grounds, one that reputedly weighs more than several city buses. Arashiyama is a bamboo forest in Kyoto Japan. It is particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth.. Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

The last day, on January 30th 2014, we went to Osaka (Kansai International Airport). For all of participants, it was really short time to explore Japan but made a long time memory about every moment, every lesson we got. See you in the next medical explore :”)

  • Nhp | 24 February, 2014
  • Precious experience :')

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