Asian Medical Students’ Exchange Program (AMSEP) Philippines for Japan 2014
By: Faith RJean A. Elaydo, Local Exchange Officer, AMSA FEU-NRMF
Last August 17-23, 2014, Asian Medical Students’ Association Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (AMSA FEU-NRMF) hosted their first AMSEP by welcoming four (4) delegates from Kagoshima University, Japan. They delegates were as follows:
Yoshihiro Terada, 3rd year– Chief delegate
Naruhiro Ohtsubo, 3rd year
Takeshi Kakiuchi, 2nd year
Eri Taimura, 4th year
Day 1 - Sunday, August 17, 2014
“At last, the long wait is over. The Japanese delegates are finally arriving and AMSEP is officially about to start...”
This was what was running through my mind that day. The EB and I were both excited and nervous as we continuously prepared and waited patiently for the arrival of the four delegates – Hiro, Naru, Kaki and Eri. Up until the moment when we arrived at NAIA Terminal 2, we were doubtful if we could really pull this off since this was our first time to host. But all the worries and doubts were washed away when we finally saw the smiling faces of our four delegates.
|L-R: Ray, Naru, Hiro, Kaki, Eri, Keneth and Faith|
The delegates arrived at 6:00 pm at NAIA Terminal 2 with all smiles as Micmac, Ray and I greeted them at the airport with a welcome banner. We were accompanied by Keneth Gacula, a delegate of AMSEP Japan last summer.
We had to keep the greetings short and rush back to Fairview, Quezon City since the drive was an hour back and we wanted them to have some rest. As we were on our way back to Fairview, other members of AMSA FEU-NRMF were busy preparing for our welcome party for them!
As we reached Fairview, we gave time for the delegates to freshen up and get ready for the
welcome party. After a while, we went to the venue which was at Shakey’s Pearl Drive. A short program was prepared for them and this was hosted by Rachel Ong and Andre Galupino, Jr. Members of AMSA FEU-NRMF, together with the AMSEP Japan 2014 summer delegates and friends from other schools all had fun as they met the delegates. Mini games were also played and a short video was made by the AMSEP Japan delegates.
|The popular ‘jeje’ pose with the AMSA family!|
|Hiro, Kaki, Naru and Eri with AMSA FEU-NRMF EB|
After the welcome party, the delegates were brought back to Ray’s house were they slept to recharge for the week’s upcoming activities.
Day 2 - Monday, August 18, 2014
The delegates woke up early and had breakfast with Ray, Micmac and I. Micmac prepared their breakfast, which was fried eggplant and sinigang na porkwith fresh fruits as dessert. After a while, they were fetched by Pau, Jam, Lucy and Tea Anne as they headed to the FEU-NRMF Campus by riding a tricycle for the school tour and courtesy call with Dean Linda D. Tamesis, Dr. Polly Chua Chan and Atty. Antonio Abad. That morning, they also joined a class in gross anatomy where they took part in the dissection of the cadaver. Lab gowns, gloves and masks were provided for them. Among the four delegates, Kaki was the only one who had not yet tried dissecting the cadaver, so this was new for him!
© Photoguild FEU-NRMF: Eri and Kaki joining the group in dissection
The delegates with Dr. Nolan Pecho
After the class sit in, the campus tour was continued and the delegates played basketball, volleyball, and badminton with the members. They also visited the Medicine Student Council office, where they met the MSC President Neil Sese and auditor JC Dedace. The MSC was so generous that they gave Medicine shirts and jackets to the delegates! They went to Infinitea after then to Chubby Chicken, where other members joined and had lunch with them.
That afternoon, they were accompanied by Jet, Yanee, Diane, Jed and Milagros as they went to Manila for their first tour of the week. The delegates were first brought to the Presidential Museum.
The delegates with Yanee, Jed, Diane, Jet and Milagros at the Presidential Museum
|the delegates goofing around the Presidential Museum|
Their tour to the Presudential Museum was followed by a tour to Intramuros, where they were joined by Keneth (AMSA UST), Vanessa (AMSA UERM), Grace (Com-DRS), Luisa (Com-DRS) and other friends from other schools. They experienced riding the Kalesa and were able to learn more about the Filipino Culture.
|all smiles even after a long day!|
|the group at Fort Santiago|
|Jet, Naru and Hiro posing for Barbaras|
the dinner at Barbara’s
Day 3 - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Since August 19 is Quezon City day and therefore a holiday, all the activities scheduled for this day was set in Manila. Because of this, the delegates had to wake up early for us avoid the traffic.
Our first stop for the day is UP-PGH. We were met by Harroun Wong (Liason Officer to IFMSA, AMSA Philippines), Gienah Evangelista (Regional Chairperson for AMSA International, AMSA Philippines), Tin (UP-MSSR) and Vanessa (AMSA UERM) as they toured the delegates at UP-PGH and UPM Campus. The delegates were able to see and learn more about our Philippine Healthcare System and its current situation, as well as visit the top university in our country.
|Hiro and Naru sharing their
taho with each other.|
With the delegates reenergized, we were then ready to go to the next stop: St. Luke’s Global City. But before we left, a photo of the delegates with our friends were taken!
|(L-R) Eri, Gienah, Tin,
Naru, Kaki, Harroun, Kim, Hiro and Vanessa|
Our travel to St. Luke’s Global City was unexpectedly short, and we had a little extra time when we started the Hospital Tour. We were facilitated by Sir Jason, in which he showed us how and why St. Luke’s Global City is a ‘hospitel’ and the facilities that they have. Also, upon learning that the delegates were Japanese, Sir Jason introduced them to Dr. Yoshiko K. Demetillo, Assistant Director for International Patient Care, who took her time from her busy schedule to speak with the delegates.
|The health and wellness center at St. Luke’s Global City.|
|(A) vein detector for placing an IV catheter. (B) a glimpse of the presidential suite.|
Eri trying the Electroconvulsive therapy!
While we were on the tour though, Naru suddenly felt weak and lost consciousness temporarily. He was then brought to the Emergency room where Hiro and I stayed with him while we let the others continue the tour. Naru stayed at the ER for two to three hours. Along with his symptoms, he also had fever and sore throat. The resident-in-charge wanted to request for an ECG and Echocardiography, but Naru declined. The Doctor then gave him take home antibiotics. Because of this, we all decided to take Naru back to Ray’s house and let him rest. We waited for the others to finish with the tour so that we could bring Naru back to Fairview. When they were done, we drove them over to their next stop: Money Museum, where they were now accompanied by Bianca, Elaine, Apple, Roxi, KC, Karen, Jao and Suzie. Ray, Micmac, Renn, JB, Jonathan and I brought Naru back to Fairview.