Pierce College hosts Japanese students for three-day study tours

Day3 (3) Day2 (7) Day1 (60)In the past two months alone, more than 115 Japanese medical students have made the trek from Osaka Jikei College to Pierce, where they’ve spent time learning about the American healthcare system and culture alike. In April, 41 students completed a three-day study tour focusing on the medical office field, and spent time with Pierce College B-Tech faculty Amy Warren, Luann Wolden, Aliec Standley, Phyllis Porter and Tiffanie Maule. Students learned valuable information on medical forms and procedures, ethics and privacy laws, insurance billing and customer service in a hospital setting.

Part of the study tour included site visits to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, Da Vita, and Franciscan Hospice House.

“This is a great opportunity for these students to see how we do things in their field in the United States,” said Cultural Programs Manager Cindy MacKersie. “They’re able to learn about our best practices while interacting with our own students.”

One month later, a group of 78 Japanese nursing welfare students arrived at Pierce to study memory care, hospice care, family struggles and challenges related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. These students visited a number of facilities such as Merrill Gardens, The Weatherly Inn and Tacoma Lutheran Home, where they performed songs and spent time visiting with residents.

Osaka students also spent time sharing Japanese culture with the Pierce College community, including demonstrations of Japanese martial arts, origami, calligraphy, traditional games and more.

“Everyone involved this academically and culturally enriching program and we’re looking forward to having them back next year,” MacKersie said.

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