NEWS

The 20th Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE) Academic Meeting

July 22–23, 2017
Mayers sensei gave a talk, Organizing a charity fundraising event: a class project that brought lessons in life.

Kenichi Uemura Award 2017

Congratulations to Mayers sensei: he is this year’s recipient of the Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE)’s highest award, the Kenichi Uemura Award. He won the award for this talk, Laughter is the best medicine: using comedy sketches to learn medical English, given at the 2016 JASMEE Academic Meeting.

University of Tsukuba Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City

February 19–21, 2017
As part of the Experimental Course in Biotechnology in Medicine, the MECC team offered a seminar, Sessions in Scientific English, at two venues, the University of Science and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Tsukuba Global Science Week

September 17–19, 2016
Mayers sensei hosted a session titled Scientific English Workshop.

At this session, each of the MECC staff gave a talk, as follows:

Writing in style: an introduction to the American Medical Association Manual of Style and other style guides (Miyamasu sensei)

Scientific language for data presentation (Mathis sensei)

Tools for effective visual communication in science (Mayers sensei)

Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate Dr Aiko Sakai of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tsukuba Hospital for winning the “Fellow Exchange Program Award” at the American Pediatrics Society Conference in Baltimore, 2016. Before the conference, Dr Sakai worked very hard on preparing and practicing her presentation with coaching and help from her colleagues and also from Thomas Mayers of MECC.

SUMMER RECESS

The MECC office will be closed from August 1st to 21st.

The 19th Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE) Academic Meeting

July 17, 2016
Miyamasu sensei gave a talk, “The University of Tsukuba’s Medical English Communications Center (MECC).”

The 19th Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE) Academic Meeting

July 16, 2016
Mayers sensei gave a talk, “Laughter is the best medicine: using comedy sketches to learn medical English.”

Hokkaido University, English Learning for Science, Agriculture and Engineering program Symposium, “How do we teach English to engineering and science students?”

November 20, 2015
Mayers sensei was invited to give a presentation entitled: “Teaching English for Medical Science” at this symposium.

Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE) Seminar

March 6, 2016
Miyamasu sensei gave a talk, “Parallelism: a quick way to level up your scientific writing.”

Hokkaido University, Educational and Career Planning Office and English Education Program Faculty Development Seminar

November 20, 2015
Miyamasu sensei and Mayers sensei were invited to give a seminar, “Internationalization and Teaching in English: Experiences from Tsuku

Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE) Seminar

October 4, 2015
Miyamasu sensei gave a talk, “Punctuation matters.”

University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Global Science Week 2016:A Brighter Future Through Transdisciplinary Collaborations

September 30, 2015
Mayers sensei gave a presentations at this year’s conference: “Guidelines for clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in the context of treatment and care at the end of life in the United Kingdom

The 18th Japan Society for Medical English Education (JASMEE) Academic Meeting

July 19, 2015
Mayers sensei gave a talk, “Volunteer work in a hospital school as a means to professional development for the EMP instructor.”

Two new Self-Study modules have been uploaded.

The Parallelism module has explanations and exercises on using parallel style to improve your scientific writing.

The booklet, History-Taking in English: a Booklet for Physicians, contains sections on greeting the patient, taking the history of the present illness, asking about other medical information, conducting a review of systems, and expressing empathy.

The following text books are available for checkout

  • Barron's The Leader in Test Presentation
  • Sample Essays for the TOEFL Writing Test (TWE)
  • TOEFL TEST Strategy iBT Listening
  • TOEFL TEST Strategy iBT Speaking

Faculty Development of English (FDE) Meeting

The 15th FDE meeting was held on March 13th.

The topic was "Rethinking Teaching"

It was again well attended and a great success.

The next FDE Meeting will be held in May in room 105 of the Health and Medical Science Innovation Laboratory.

Thursday Lunchtime English

Brian sensei gives out a handout to participants. They use the handout and practice dialogues. The best part is that they can ask questions freely during the lesson.

The next Thursday Lunchtime English classes will be held on April 17th and 24th in a room in the Regional Medical Network System Research Center.