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Students listening intently to Dr. Ohata

Support a special class about endoscopic techniques
with high school students

Sep. 9, 2014

Presentation about endoscopes at a special class

"There is a limit to the number of patients that one doctor can save. But if the number of young adults aiming to become doctors will increase, even by just one person, then more patients can be saved."

High school students nodded in agreement as they listened to these words from Dr. Ken Ohata, a specialist in endoscopy. The excitement was still visible on their faces from seeing a real endoscopy system for the very first time.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Tama High School of Science and Technology, located in Koganei in the Tokyo Metropolis, was the venue and this was one section of the special class held in summer 2014 for learning about the front line of endoscopic treatment. This day proved to be a valuable experience for the high school students as they received a boost in motivation.

Listening directly to a leading expert in the field of endoscopy
At a special class

At a special class

PENTAX Medical collaborates with specialists in endoscopy to carry out practical demonstration programs about state-of-the-art endoscopic techniques for high school students. The Tokyo Metropolitan Tama High School of Science and Technology, where the program was carried out, has been designated a Super Science High School by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The special class entitled "The front line of endoscopy - knowing, seeing and touching!" was geared towards second year students.

The guest speaker, Dr. Ken Ohata, is Chief of Gastroenterology and Director of the Endoscopy Center at the NTT Medical Center Tokyo and a leading expert in the field of endoscopy. Dr. Ohata is a foremost authority on Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) and he visits emerging nations such as China and Russia to teach and disseminate ESD techniques.

In the special class, a hands-on session was held after Dr. Ohata's talk entitled "The path to endoscopist." The twenty or so students who took part were very interested in the real endoscopic system which they got to handle for the first time.

Students express a stronger desire to work in the field of medicine
Totally absorbed in the practical demonstration!

Totally absorbed in the practical demonstration!

To enable students to understand more about early treatment of cancer, an area was set up in the special class where students could insert an endoscope into the subject's stomach prepared for study and dissect a part of the mucous membrane made to look like a lesion. In another section of the room, students could insert an endoscope into a colon model and manipulate the device through a replica of the inside of a human body, which seemed like a maze.

Although the students may have seen endoscopes being used in scenes in TV dramas, it was the first time for nearly all of them to see or touch a real endoscope. When taking turns to try manipulating the endoscope, even if they were hesitant at first, quite a few of them were able to operate the endoscope fairly well once they got the hang of it.

While watching the students, Dr. Ohata explained that he continues these activities in the hope that the number of people who take up this field in the future will increase.

In response to that, students voiced such statements as "I'll try my hardest so that in future I can become a member of a medical team" or "Today, my determination to work in a medical setting has become even firmer." The students also gained a deeper understanding of endoscopes. Some of them said, "I didn't realize that endoscopes had advanced this far" or "Endoscopes are full of technology that Japan can be proud of."

PENTAX Medical intends to continue such efforts in the future to promote awareness of value of endoscopes and endoscopic treatment.

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