I came to Brown in 2006 as the chief medical resident at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (MHRI). I was new to Brown and new to Rhode Island. You may wonder this is rather a unique way to start one's career at the Alpert medical school at Brown University, skipping internship and residency, getting straight to the chief residency. You are right - It was indeed so unique and wonderful.
I spent these twelve months being the chief medical resident with delight, excitement, learning, and lots of fun with teaching. I have been so grateful that Brown awarded me the Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award as I concluded my chief residency. Three years later, upon completing fellowship training in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in New York, Brown was kind and generous enough to ask me if I am interested in coming back. Thus I have been working here at Brown again as an attending physician since 2010.
Born in Japan, I graduated from my medical school, Kyoto University, in 1998 (I was so fortunate I attended Kyoto University, later I got the Dean's letter from him). However, upon my completion of the Internal Medicine residency training and fellowship in General Internal Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology there, my desire to immerse myself in learning more about medical education in the US was so strong that I finally came to New York in 2003, where I started my residency training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY. So, yes, I started my residency training all over again from an internship in the US, and I loved it.
My primary research interests are Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), Critical Care Ultrasonography (CCUS), Simulation Training, Patients' Safety, and Human Errors in Medicine. I have been fortunate enough to have multiple chances to teach CCUS for almost ten years at the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) (1), which has been a delightful experience. I teach medical students, residents, and fellows daily, which is how I work today - enjoy my life at Brown as a clinician-educator.
Upon working and teaching there for more than eight years as an attending physician, I am honored and humbled to receive more than ten teaching awards, including the Beckwith Family Award for Outstanding Teaching. I owe so much to Brown for generously allowing me to have these opportunities to interact with medical students and physicians-in-training, which I have been enjoying wholeheartedly.
Yes, the person in the picture teaching ultrasonography was me (the picture was taken during ACCP 2008 in Philadelphia).