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Interviews with the trainees from Hasanuddin University in Indonesia

We interviewed with three cardiology trainees from Hasanuddin University who leave Japan on July 1st.

We introduce the interviews with them.

     Dr. Andika    

                             Dr. Vicky 



                 Dr. Tiara

1. How was your stay in Japan?

Dr. Andika: I am really glad to be able to go back to Japan. I am happy to visit tourist spots in Japan again. I would like to thank everyone at Kaikoukai for their welcome. I could learn a lot about the diagnostic imaging of cardiovascular system, especially PET-CT scan at Kaikoukai.

Dr. Vicky: While staying in Japan, I think Japan is wonderful. It was first time to visit Japan, and I could learn and experience various things. Firstly, I could learn about the diagnostic imaging of cardiovascular system, secondly, I could experience and learn about new culture, and thirdly, I found that there are many wonderful tourist spots in Japan and experienced that.

Dr. Tiara: First of all, every Japanese I met was very kind. In addition, Japanese are very disciplined and organized, and this country is also well organized. It was the most memorable.

2. How did your impression change before and after coming to Japan? Also, is there anything that you are interested in after coming to Japan?

Dr. Andika: This is the second time to visit Japan, so, the impression has not changed. It is convenience to use public transportations in Japan, so we can easily go anywhere we want to. I am interested in the Japanese culture; kimono and the being punctual.

Dr. Vicky: My impression of Japan has not changed before and after coming to Japan. Before coming, I had heard that Japan was a very orderly and organized country. After coming, I found that Japan is the same as what I had heard before. Therefore, for the impressions, just like my expectations.

About interest: I have been interested in how to greet Japanese, after coming to Japan. Japanese are very friendly and often exchange greetings. In addition, I am also interested in the Japanese attitude, because they are organized, punctual and have great personality.

Dr. Tiara: Before coming to Japan, I had thought that Japanese were strict. But I found that they were very disciplined and very welcoming, rather than strict. That is one of the impressions that have changed after staying in Japan for more than a month.

About interest: I am interested in the habits of Japanese. If we can apply the good habit of Japanese that we have observed and analyzed, in Indonesia, that would be able to have positive impact in the future.

3. What you learned through the training

Dr. Andika: First of all, I learned about PET-CT ammonia scan through this training. I also learned about FUS used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and cancer treatments. In addition, I learned that Kaikoukai can provide its own dialysis fluid. Furthermore, patients can use shuttle bus to go to the dialysis clinic of Kaikoukai. I do not think that exist in Indonesia yet.

Dr. Vicky: In the past one month and half, I have learned a lot in Japan. First of all, I learned about cardiac diagnostic imaging such as PET-CT scan and ammonia PET scan. In Indonesia, PET-CT scan is available at only three hospitals in Jakarta. So, it was new for me and very interesting to learn. I also observed ultrasound examinations. I was especially interested in ultrasound examinations for artery of lower limb. As a whole, I have learned a lot at Kaikoukai.

Dr. Tiara: Through the training at Kaikoukai for one and half month, I learned a lot especially about cardiac diagnostic imaging. I could observe medical examinations for especially cardiovascular system which I had never seen in Indonesia, especially in Makassar. For example, PET scan, and scans which is the combination of CT and PET. I could also observe SPECT which is not available in Makassar yet. In addition, I took some lectures especially about cardiac diagnostic imaging for hemodialysis patients. I could learn at Kaikoukai about that I had not been able to learn in Indonesia. I have a lot of study materials that I got thanks to Kaikoukai.

4. What you can make use of after returning to Indonesia

Dr. Andika: First of all, I would like to provide cardiac doppler ultrasound examinations and cardiac screening in Indonesia because I learned that these examinations are necessary for dialysis patients especially with kidney disease and diabetes complications. There are few neck ultrasound examinations in Indonesia. I did not know that those examinations are regularly done for the diabetic and dialysis patients until this training at Kaikoukai.

Dr. Vicky: I believe we can probably reduce the incidence of heart attacks as in Japan by actively educating patients about the complications of diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, I will share the knowledge I learned at Kaikoukai.

Dr. Tiara: First of all, I will actively educate patients in Indonesia about not only the prevention of cardiovascular diseases but also the importance of being aware of their own health. After staying in Japan for more than a month, I found that Japanese are enthusiastic about early health checkups and seem to have healthier lifestyle than Indonesians. As you know, Japanese have a long healthy life expectancy. So, I will even more actively educate patients in Indonesia, after returning to Indonesia.

5. Impressions of the staff after observing Kaikoukai Group (It can be the impression of Kaikoukai itself)

Dr. Andika: Each staff at Kaikoukaiare is very kind. They welcomed us. They eagerly taught us about PET-CT scan and other treatment equipment, and they also explained the preparation, the purpose, the procedure, and the interpretation of the examination results. In addition, they explained how to use the software for images while operating, when the observation of PET-CT ammonia scan.

Dr. Vicky: Each staff at Kaikoukai is very kind enough to help us during this training for the one and half month. They helped us with not only daily life, but also the training and the discussion. They also helped us with translation of training materials and interpretation of lectures and observations. That was very helpful. In addition, they provide knowledge that I did not know before.

Dr. Tiara: I think that all the doctors at Kaikoukai are very friendly, kind, and well informed. So, they always explained enthusiastically and kindly, even if we asked small questions. Therefore, we could comfortably learn and feel welcomed here.

6. Messages of gratitude to lectures

Dr. Andika: Each lecturer is very kind. It was easy to understand the explanation at lectures and observations. I can not thank them enough for their guidance and the experience I had through this training. I believe that I can make use of the experience at Kaikoukai in Indonesia.

Dr. Vicky: I am very grateful to the staff of International Division, especially the interpreters who were with us every day, and medical workers at Kaikoukai who gave us a lot of knowledge and lessons. I can not name them one by one, however, I am very grateful to the staff for helping us during this training for one and half month.

Dr. Tiara: I am really grateful to the doctors who took time to teach us various things, and the staff of Kaikoukai who enthusiastically accompanied us, helped us with translation, explained about culture and customs in Japan, even when they were busy. Though it is hard to give something in return, we are very grateful.

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