Okinawan students learn English while practicing medicine

PUHI — One of the first things the 17 Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing students learned was to respond to medical situations using the English language as they opened up their two-week 2003 International Seminar at the Kaua‘i Community College on Monday.

John Isobe, one of the KCC coordinators for the tour, said this is the third year the college has participated in the international seminar that will have the students learning English as well as being exposed to the medical facilities around the island.

D’Lissa Iannucci will be their English instructor, and Barbara Franklin of the KCC Office of Continuing Education said, “We’re so lucky to have D’Lissa who can speak and understand Japanese.”

While here, the students will also learn some of the unique aspects of the Hawaiian culture and how it relates to the field of medicine. One of these aspects is the study of Hawaiian medicinal herbs which will be enhanced by the tour of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.

Lomi-lomi massage techniques taught by Ruben Doronio is also on the agenda of courses to be covered by the Okinawa students while here. The two-week tour will also involve field trips to Wilcox Hospital, the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital, as well as a hands-on experience with the staff of the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital where the Okinawa students will be joined by members of the KCC Nursing class as well as Boy Scouts who help the Mahelona Hospital long term care staff with a beach outing at Lydgate Park on August 12.

A home stay experience with local host families will complete their tour. Members of the 14-student, 3-teacher contingent include Yoko Taira, Tomomi Yamamoto, Kanako Yoshikawa, Naoko Sano, Natsuko Doi, Akiko Yoshikawa, Megumi Higa, Kiyoko Tamashiro, Chieko Yoshikawa, Mika Naka, Miki Yamashiro, Hitomi Itokazu, Satomi Hori, Miwa Nakatsuji, Yuko Seriguchi, and Satsuki Yamashiro.

The group leaves Kaua‘i on August 16.

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