May JADECOM Visitors

Meet This Month's Visitors from Japan

05/04/18  Portland, Ore.

OHSU Family Medicine and Japan Association for the Development of Community Medicine (JADECOM) have partnered to create an International Residency Exchange Program.

JADECOM residents visit OHSU Family Medicine in Portland, Oregon for rotations that typically last three months. During their rotations JADECOM residents participate in a variety of activities including medical classes, meetings, Faculty Development sessions, clinical observations, and rotations at a variety of rural health care centers located throughout Oregon. To learn more about our Japanese exchange program, JADECOM, click here.

Below are our visitors for May, 2018.

Shintaro Kosaka

Shintaro KosakaHometown: Kobe, Japan

Hospital/Clinic: Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Describe your hometown and family:

I was born and raised in Kobe, until I graduated from high school. Kobe is a pretty town with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, because it was the first trading port in Japan; it has flourished since year 1100 A.D. You will find churches, mosques, synagogues, Chinese temples, Indian Jain temples, and Japanese temples ("Jinja") in this small town. Kobe is beautiful and fortunate to be surrounded by natural landscapes of both mountains and sea. You can enjoy hiking, surfing, fishing, and shopping all in one day… please pay a visit!


After high school, I majored in life science with a focus on botanical evolution at Tokyo University. After that I went to medical school at Kobe University and majored in Infection. I completed my ER/ICU residency at Saku Central Hospital in Nagano, which is famous for Japanese rural medicine. After that I completed a General Internal Medicine and Intensive Care fellowship at Tokyo Bay Urayasu Medical Center in Chiba. After the fellowship I received certification by the Japanese Board of Medicine in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. I currently work at Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital in Tokyo.

Description your school/hospital/clinic:

Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital is one of the community teaching hospitals belonging to the JADECOM (Japan Association for Development of Community Medicine) in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan. My hospital has 400 beds and serves the 80 million people in Nerima.

Other info (family, special interests, etc):

I am interested in basic skills education (writing charts and summaries, presentations, physician orders, etc.) and quality improvement research.

Eriko Tanimoto

Eriko TanimotoHometown: Tokyo Japan

School: Tokyo Medial and Dental University

Describe your hometown and family:

I have spent whole my life in Tokyo with my parents and my younger brother, who is also a medical student. My grandparents on both sides also live in Tokyo, so I am regarded as "Edokko" (a person born to a family spanning three generations in Edo, the former name of Tokyo).


April 2012-March 2013: Jikei University School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine

April 2013-today: Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine. Currently a 6th-year medical student;expected graduation date is March 2019

June 2016-November 2016: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Describe your school/hospital/clinic:

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) touts a mission of "Cultivating Professionals with Knowledge and Humanity," and in order to fulfill this motto, a wide variety of education and programs are offered for students.

Research Program: In the 4th year, all of the medical students join "project semester" where we pursue a research project for 5 months, one of the longest in Japanese medical schools. Students can belong to not only labs at TMDU but also labs overseas. I took this opportunity to study at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Global education: Health Sciences Leadership Program (HSLP) is an all-English program where selected students can study about various medical topics and learn leadership skills to play an active role in the international field;I find this really inspiring as one of its members. TMDU also has educational cooperation agreements with overseas schools (e.g., Imperial College London, Australia National University, University of Nevada, etc.).

Other info (family, special interests, etc):

I'm interested in global health policy making, health advocacy and medical journalism. Inspired by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, I'm aiming to establish a position for medical professionals to actively deliver health information in public sectors such as WHO or ministry of health or mass media such as TV stations. Actually, my initial motivation to be a doctor was that I hoped to legislate euthanasia and death with dignity in Japan. By experiencing the fully-established family medicine program in Oregon, I hope to learn how to realize ideal end of life for patients.

I have the capability to "eat well, work well," and was a winner of an all-you-can-eat Japanese noodle contest in 2015. I am fluent in English (currently working on the licensed English tour guide qualification for Japan through the National Tourism Organization), and can speak basic French (passed the FUTSUKEN Test in Practical French Proficiency Grade Pre-2). I am also a member of TMDU Piano Society.