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/November diary
11 months have passed since I first arrived in Japan. My journey here did not just made me a better medical doctor but made me a better person in general. Aside from learning DERMATOPATHOLOGY, which is the major reason why I’m here, I have learned a lot... from handling my finances to dealing with other people’s cultural differences. 

Dermatopathology and Japan. It’s a dream come true for me. But it’s not all sushi and shu creams. I had my share of disappointments and frustrations as well. My major frustration is the language barrier. I should have learned more if I understood all those conferences and CPC that I have attended. Although I have studied “nihongo” before I came here, it was not enough. I also do not understand some people’s attitudes. Again, it could be cultural differences. I have learned to be more understanding and be more patient. Patient enough not to do or say something that might ruin a good relationship. Patient enough to survive my stay here in Japan. Living out of my comfort zone is a big challenge. I have to adjust with everything, the weather included. I have to familiarize myself with the new surroundings, the foreign language, the unique culture and the new people I met. 

But of course, it’s not just all frustrations and disappointments. There are actually a lot of things to thank for. I’m so glad and honored to be a trainee of Sapporo Dermatopathology Institute (SDPI). After almost a year of training, I could finally say that I’m confident enough to practice on my own when I go back to my country, my beloved Philippines. When I left my country, I still do not know how to diagnose some of the inflammatory diseases and tumors. I don’t even know what Spiradenoma is. I can not differentiate Follicular cyst, Infundibular type from the Isthmus type and Dilated pore (Winer). Desmoplastic trichoepithelioma from Syringoma. Trichoblastoma from BCC. Eccrine mixed tumor of the skin from apocrine mixed tumor of the skin. My training here exposed me to a lot of common cases and rare cases as well. I couldn’t believe how much knowledge I’ve gained in just one year. I will be going back with confidence that I can now diagnose on my own. Although one year is not enough to learn everything in Dermatopathology, continued learning can still be achieved with the help of SDPI’s virtual slides. 

I also greatly appreciate those people who in some way helped me translate the words that I couldn’t understand so I may understand. I know that’s it’s very hard for all of us to speak in english since it is not our native language but at least we all tried. 

I would like to thank Kimura sensei for allowing me to train in SDPI. It is a great honor and privilege to be trained under his guidance. And thank you for all the sponsors who gave financial assistance for my fellowship training. It is greatly appreciated. I also would like to thank Fukumoto sensei and Anan sensei. Despite them very busy, they still find time to teach us and give us interesting and challenging cases. I always look forward to our afternoon session of “snap-shot diagnosis” with Fukumoto sensei. It helped me with my diagnosing skills as well as introduce me to new cases I have never seen before. And to the staff, you have all been very nice and helpful. Some would really go out of their way to help me. Thank you all very much. 

131103-11039935-untitled shoot-050

131103-11030018-untitled shoot-007

copyright © 2021 Powered By FC2ブログ allrights reserved.