On October 3, JMEF Alumni association consisting of participants in the four-week clinical elective attachment program at medical schools in the UK held the 17th annual meeting. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it was the first online association meeting where nearly 60 alumni and members of JMEF attended.
The meeting started with an opening speech by Dr. Suzukawa, a general organizer of this year’s meeting, followed by the congratulatory speech by Dr. Ogawa, President of JMEF. “This program was started in 1990, and since then 458 medical students from 75 medical schools have studied in the UK. I am very pleased that a fruitful network has been built through the association.” Dr. Ogawa also said, “It is regrettable that we could not implement the program next year due to the spread of COVID-19. However, I strongly hope to resume the program as soon as possible and appreciate your continued cooperation in this program.”
After that, students dispatched and trained this March at Newcastle University, St George’s, University of London, University of Oxford, and the University of Glasgow gave presentations of their own experiences. After the introduction of video messages from alumni working around the world such as Africa, the U.S.A, and Japan, interactive breakout sessions were held.
The event was successfully closed after the introduction of next year’s general organizer.