Governor’s Newsletter(Nov. 2022)


It is hard to believe that the year 2022 is almost over. My term as a governor will end at the next annual meeting, Internal Medicine 2023, which will be held in San Diego during April 27th until 29th next year. I have not been able to attend the annual meetings since 2020 because of covid-19 turmoil and the last BOG meeting in autumn this year in Savannah GA was cancelled because of the Hurricane Ian (and switched to the remote conference). That’s the reason why I strongly hope to participate in the next annual meeting in San Diego. I hope many members from our chapter will attend the meeting too.

Some of the committees in our chapter are planning to hold seminars in December: a seminar concerning PMR will be hosted by Generalism-Continuing Medical Education Committee on December 13th and a seminar for residents and early carrier physicians concerning “how to make clinical questions through case studies” will be hosted by Resident Fellow Committee on December 3rd. I hope many attendees will get something to bring back home.

Finally, I want to wish all of you and your family happy, safe and peaceful Holiday Season.

Kenji Maeda, MD, FACP


Kurokawa Award Winner (Medical Student Category)


Kurokawa Award (Medical Student Category) Recipient’s Remarks

Junna Iwata, Keio University, School of Medicine

I am honored to receive the Kurokawa Award at the ACP Japan Chapter Annual Meeting 2022.

I presented “Japanese medical student perceptions of working abroad: a national, online survey”. The results of a survey conducted by the ACP Japan Chapter Student Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 were so interesting that I wanted to share them with the audience.

There is arising importance of internationalization in medical education in Japan. However, there are very limited data in Japan regarding medical student perceptions of international careers. This study aims to assess the perceptions toward working abroad among medical students in Japan and characterize the support they require. A total of 548 medical students from 59 medical schools in Japan participated in this study. Nearly 70% of participants were interested in working abroad while only 40% seriously considered it. A lot of students showed interest in clinical training abroad programs in the short term or while they are in medical school. Also, the need for language support and providing career options by role models were identified.

We hope that the results of this study will be useful for the further development of medical education in Japan. We are currently working on our next step, which is to publish our findings in an academic paper.

It was the first time for me to experience conducting research from scratch and presenting the results by myself, and I felt nervous before my presentation. However, I was encouraged by the many comments and questions I received during my presentation. I was so glad to conduct research from the viewpoint of medical students at the end of my medical school life.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Harumi Yano, the advisor of the ACP Japan Chapter Student Committee, Dr. Nishizono and Dr. Hashimoto of Oita University, Mr. Cyrus of WashU, the Student Committee members who have worked together, and everyone involved in the ACP Japan Chapter Annual Meeting 2022.



ACP日本支部年次総会・講演会2022 黒川賞(学生部門)を受賞して

慶應義塾大学医学部 岩田純奈


私は“Japanese medical student perceptions of working abroad: a national, online survey”という演題で発表させていただきました。2020年のコロナ禍、私が所属していたACP日本支部学生委員会での活動で行ったアンケートの結果が大変興味深かったため、ぜひこの結果を共有したいと考え、多くの先生方にご指導いただいて実現しました。












Kurokawa Award Winner (Resident/Fellow Category)


Kurokawa Award (Resident/Fellow Category) Recipient’s Remarks

Shun Nakahara, United States Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan

I am honored to receive this prestigious Kurokawa Award. The case was “Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis potentially provoked by previous COVID-19,” which I experienced during my rotation in Internal Medicine at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. The patient was diagnosed with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis 35 days after mild COVID-19. Although it was difficult to prove the causal relationship, the increased risk of venous thromboembolism after COVID-19 had been reported and CVST, in this case, might relate to his recent COVID-19. This case taught us that a careful history, including red flags of headache, must be obtained to maintain a low threshold to suspect CVST.

I could not receive this award without Dr. Early and Dr. Balter, who helped take care of this case and checked the abstract. I would like express my gratitude to Dr. Tsutsumi at Takatsuki Hospital, who helped improve my case presentation.

Lastly, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the ACP Japan Chapter Meeting. Thank you all so much for offering us this precious opportunity.



ACP日本支部年次総会・講演会2022 黒川賞(研修医部門)を受賞して

沖縄米海軍病院  中原舜






Kurokawa Award Winner (Early Career Physicians Category)


Kurokawa Award (Early Career Physicians Category) Recipient’s Remarks

Ko  Harada, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

I am extremely honored to receive the Kurokawa Award at the 2022 ACP Japan Chapter Annual Meeting. I presented the study titled “Increase in sarcoidosis mortality rate among the older population in Japan: A population-based study from 2001 to 2020.” in which we reported on trends in sarcoidosis-associated crude and age-adjusted mortality in Japan over the past 20 years using national death certificate data. Joinpoint analysis was used to analyze the trends. Our study revealed that sarcoidosis-associated deaths in Japan have significantly increased over the past two decades, especially among the older population with a female predominance. Since sarcoidosis is a relatively rare but increasingly recognized disease, I believe that many participants found this presentation interesting.

I attended and presented at several ACP Japan Chapter meetings when I was a junior and senior resident in Japan. I moved to the U.S. in 2021 and am currently working as an internal medicine resident at a community hospital in New York City. This year, due to the COVID pandemic, the conference was held online, allowing me to participate from overseas. I would like to continue my research and contribute to the development of medicine in Japan and ACP Japan Chapter in any way I can. I would also like to submit an abstract for the 2023 ACP Annual Meeting in the U.S. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude again to the people involved in the ACP Japan Chapter meeting for providing such a wonderful opportunity for me to present my research.



ACP日本支部年次総会・講演会2022 黒川賞(若手医師部門)を受賞して



Governor’s Newsletter(Aug. 2022)


夏も終わり、いよいよ待ちに待った秋の訪れが近づいています。Covid-19は今後どうなるのか、まだ読めない状況が続いていますが今後鎮静化することを願っています。この秋にはジョージア州で支部長会議(BOG meeting)があり出席の予定ですが、日本再入国(帰国)時の検査の陰性証明取得がちょっと厄介です。日本政府が必要としている検査が必ずしもどこでも受けられるわけではなく、会議のある街には該当機関が無いのです。仕方なく帰国前に乗り継ぎ予定のシカゴで延泊して検査を受ける手筈になりました。米国や欧州の一部の国では既に規制が撤廃されて自由に入国できるところが増えている現状で日本の規制は厳しすぎるという声もあります。一方で感染が収束せず、これ以上蔓延しては困るので規制を続けるべきという声にも一理あります。今後日本は大きな決断を迫られるのではないかという気がします。いずれにしてもまだまだ気を緩めるわけにはいかない日々が続きそうです。「追記:9月7日から帰国時のPCR検査は不要になります」




ACP日本支部 支部長


2021年度ACP日本支部Volunteerism Award受賞者の言葉


2021年度ACP日本支部Volunteerism Awardを受賞して

聖マリアンナ医科大学救急医学教授の藤谷茂樹先生から、2021年度ACP日本支部Volunteerism Award受賞の報告を頂きましたのでご報告いたします。


聖マリアンナ医科大学救急医学 教授


Shigeki Fujitani, MD, PhD, FCCM, FACP


この度は、ACP日本支部で Volunteerism Award  に選出頂き、大変光栄に感じております。




2021年度ACP日本支部Contribution Award受賞者の言葉


2021年度ACP日本支部Contribution Awardを受賞して

聖マリアンナ医科大学救急医学准教授 / 聖マリアンナ医科大学横浜市西部病院救命救急センター副センター長の北野夕佳先生から、2021年度ACP日本支部Contribution Award受賞の報告を頂きましたのでご報告いたします。


聖マリアンナ医科大学 救急医学 准教授

聖マリアンナ医科大学 横浜市西部病院 救命救急センター 副センター長

北野 夕佳

Yuka Kitano, M.D., Ph.D., FACP


この度はACP日本支部からACP Japan Chapter Contribution Award(ACPJCCA)を受賞し、心から光栄です。









ACP日本支部の活発な国際交流の一部として、2021年2月には、ASIAN ACP CON2021(ACPアジア支部総会)において、ACP日本支部からの招聘講演としてAltered Mental Status(英語)を、2021年12月にはACP INDIA2021(ACPインド支部総会)において、ACP日本支部からの招聘講演としてUrgent care in Primary Care(英語)を講演させていただきました。このような機会を与えていただいたことにも心から感謝いたしております。

また、2017年からはIn the Clinic翻訳プロジェクトをPRC委員の活動の一部として、自主的に立ち上げACP本部との契約交渉も行い、プロジェクトリーダーに任命していただきました。このプロジェクトはかなりの会員増にもつながり、ACP本部からも認められこの活動を含めたACP日本支部の活動に対してEvergreen Awardを受賞しております。立ち上げに後押しをしてくださった多くの理事の先生方、当時の支部長の上野文明先生および、手上げをしてくれた多くの翻訳チームのACP会員の皆様、専門監修(無償)を快く引き受けてくださった先生方のお力添えがなくては実現しませんでした。このプロジェクトは、現在次期リーダーとしての官澤洋平PRC委員長に引き継がれて軌道に乗っていることも心から嬉しく思います。


注:YPC: Young Physicians Committee, ECPC: Early Career Physicians Committee, PRC: Public Relations Committee, SPC: Scientific Program Committee