研修医日記/医療法人社団 札幌皮膚病理診断科
Sapporo Dermatopathology Institute
Gayle Opada / Month full of Love
3 weeks from my arrival then came FEBRUARY. Reality starts to sink in. I am not dreaming. I am really in Japan for my fellowship training. So, I started to open my books and realized that I have so much to learn. The more I read, the more I realized I have so little knowledge about dermatopathology. So I must learn more and read more.

Aside from Dermatopathology, I am also interested in learning more about Japan and its culture. So I started to observe the people and tried the local foods too.

On my 1st day of February, we went out to dine for Ito-san's Despedida party. The food was great but the one I love the most was the company of the staff in Sapporo Dermatopathology Institute. They are so warm and nice. And very close to each other. Some even cried as they gave their message to Ito-san. We will truly miss her. We wish her happiness and prosperity in her marriage. 

I also had my giant crab experience this month. The parents of my colleague, Yo, invited us for dinner and introduced us to a giant crab. What makes it more special? The chef cooked the crab in front of us in different ways. We tasted it raw, medium rare, baked and well-done. It was "oishi". 

We went to Otaru on a weekend to watch the "Snow Light Path Festival" in Otaru canal. We also visited the music box museum and tried the local foods like the japanese cheese cake of LeTao. It was a great weekend and my first time to go out of town. 

A new japanese trainee arrived. I'm so happy because she's a female and she can answer all my questions about girly stuffs. We also share the same interest in photography. We all decided to go out of town again to capture great pictures and know more about Japan. Our destination was Asahiyama zoo. It was my first time to see a fat polar bear. And the penguins are so cute. They had a "penguin walk". They reminded me of the movie "Happy feet". I love penguins. And seeing them in person is like a dream come true to me.

Now back to reality. I have to study more. I want to become a very good dermatopathologist. I should read the books with all my heart. As what sensei said, studying should be "WIDE" and "DEEP". Which means I have to read through a book so I have an overview of everything (WIDE) then understand each diseases (DEEP). What an inspiration. Thank you sensei.

I'm also starting to answer the virtual slides. It still amazes me that we have a very high-tech slides. I actually like answering it. It stimulates my mind and makes me learn more in my own pace and style. 

Over all, February was great. I am hoping to learn more in the following months. And grow into a better person as I understand different cultures and living outside my comfort zone. 
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