Medical English Communication,

MELSA Study Schedule

[2021 MELSA Notification]
*We are very sorry that all the study sessions will be cancelled for the time being from April.
The schedule or contents might be subject to some circumstances without notice.

◆2020 Medical/Healthcare English Communication (All Finished)

 2020 Subjects & Materials (Review)
 January  [Skeletal System] Bones and joints and their associated cartilage; Supports and protects the body, provides muscle attachment sites, exercises of the body, places for blood cell production cells, storage of minerals and lipids (fat).
[Muscular system] Skeletal muscles (usually attached to bones, so called); Body movement such as walking, stability of body position (posture), production of body temperature.
[Respiratory system] Lungs and respiratory tracts (airway includes pharynx (throat), larynx (vocalizer), trachea, bronchi; Inhales air and carries oxygen in it to blood, It excretes carbon dioxide in the blood into the exhaled air, assists in regulating the acid-base balance of body fluids, and vocalizes as air flows from the lungs through the vocal cords.
February [Cardiovascular System (Circulatory system)] Blood, heart, blood vessels; Pumps blood to blood vessels. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, and carbon dioxide and waste products from cells. In addition, blood assists in regulating acid-base balance, body temperature, and water in body fluids. Blood components are involved in defense against disease and in repairing damaged blood vessels.
[Digestive system (Gastrointestinal system)] Organs that make up the digestive tract, which is a long tube (oral cavity, pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, anus). Organs associated with the digestive tract and assisting digestion (salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, pancreas ); Physical and chemical decomposition of food, absorption of nutrients, excretion of solid food residues.
[Urinary system (Urology)] Kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra; urine production , retention, excretion, excretion of waste products, regulation of blood volume and chemical composition, maintenance of acid-base balance of body fluids, maintenance of electrolyte balance, regulation of erythrocyte production.
March [Nervous system] The brain, spinal cord, nerves and special organs such as eyes and ears; Generates action potentials (nerve impulses) and controls body activities. It senses and judges changes in the environment inside and outside the body, and responds by muscle contraction or gland secretion.
[Endocrine system] Hormone-producing glands (pineal, hypothalamus, pituitary, thymus, thyroid, parathyroid (parathyroid), adrenal gland, pancreas, ovary, testis) and other organs Hormone producing cells.; Regulates body activity by hormone secretion. Hormones are chemical messengers that are carried in the blood from endocrine glands or tissues to target organs.
[Reproductive system] Gonads (ovaries in women, testis in men ) and accessory organs (tubal, uterine, and vaginal in women, testicular epithelium, vas deferens, and penis in men). Various accessory glands (mammary and vestibular glands in women, prostate and seminal vesicles in men); The gonads produce germ cells (sperm or eggs). The sperm and egg combine to form a new individual. The gonads also secrete hormones that regulate reproduction and other functions. The appendages transport and store germ cells. The mammary glands produce milk.

◆2019 Medical/Healthcare English Communication mini-lesson (all finished)

 2019年 1 period
Internal medicine (a) (b)

2 period
Surgery (a) (b)
 January  (a) enteritis、
(b) influenza
(a) gallstone、
(b) appendicitis
February (a) bronchial asthma
(b) type 2 diabetes mellitus
(a) gastric ulcer and gastric cancer、
(b) GERD
March (a) hypertension
(b) stroke
(a) hay fever、
(b) ear infection (Otitis Media)
April (a) adult type atopic dermatitis
(b) herpes zoster/shingles
(a) dizziness(Meniere’s Disease), other eye diseases
(b) floaters/Muscae Volitantes
May  (a) acute coronary syndrome
(b) palpitations
(a) conjunctivitis
(b) cataract
June (a) HCV chronic hepatitis C、
(b) thyroid disease
(a) Migraine without Aura
(b) Migraine with Aura
July (a) iron deficiency anemia
(b) house call (a doctor's visit)
(a) dental appointment
(b) toothache
August  (a) vaccination in children、
(b) chickenpox (varicella)(旧版CD)
(a) backache/low back pain/lumbago
(b) knee ache/osteoarthritis
September  (a) febrile seizure
(b) measles/rubella
(a) osteoporosis、
(b) locomotive syndrome
October (a) roseola infantum、
(b) pediatric allergy
(a) acute cystitis
(b) benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)/prostate enlargement
November (a) medical English for pharmacists、
(b) prescription for high blood pressure
(a) hematuria
(b) climacteric syndrome
(obstetrics and gynecology)
 December  (a) overview: obstetrics & gynecology
(period, discharge)
(b) uterus myoma
 (a) uterus myoma、
(b) cervical cancer check-up and HPV vaccination
Review: Review:
 February Review: Review:
March  Review: Review:

◆2018 Medical/Healthcare English Communication mini-lesson (all finished)

 2018 Contents
January  a: emergency department; 1) reception desk, 2) examination room
b: 1) acronyms and abbreviations, 2) medical ethics / primary care
February a: emergency department; 3) giving injections, 4) explanation to a family member
b: medical terminology / lay terms
March a: meeting the patient; 1) self-introduction and first meal , 2) orientation to the ward
b: word formation / medical Terms
April a: meeting the patient; 3) asking height, weight, and temperature, 4) obtaining the patient's history
b: 1) terms for body surface, 2) anatomy & organs
May  a: general care of patients; 1) checking the patient's condition, 2) blood test explanation
b: 1) skeletal system / muscular system, 2) nervous system / endocrine system
June a: general care of patients; 3) drawing a blood sample
b: 1) physiology / pathology, 2) urology
July a: orientation for operation; 1) explaining about the operation: basic procedures,
2) explaining about the operation: anesthesia
b: microbiology / immune system
August  a: taking the patient into surgery
b: 1) pharmacology, 2) circulatory system / digestive system, ER (AED)
September  a: postoperative care; observation after operation (1) (2)
b: respiratory system / endocrine system
October a: postoperative care; urinary catheterization (1) (2)
b: cardiology / neurosurgery / neurology
November a: patient discharge; 1) instruction before discharge , 2) instruction on diet
b: urology / otolaryngology / obstetrics / gynecology
December a: appointment as an outpatient , pharmacy and filling a prescription
b: dermatology / ophthalmology / pediatrics

◆2020 Schedule: Sports & Volunteering, English Communication (all finished)

 2020 Sports
Japanese Culture & meals
January tennis
Mannersfor eating skewered foods
Gorgeous Japanese kimono
  February relay
Manners for eating Nabe (hot pot dishes) cooked at the table
Theme parks in Japan
women' s gymnastics
Review: Guide to Japanese Table Manners
Spring festivals inJapan

◆2019 Schedule: Sports & Volunteering, English Communication mini-lesson (all finished)

2019  theme A 
Sports events
theme B
Japanese food & culture
a) men’s basketball
b) archery
a) o-Shogatsu/the New Year holidays
b) Japanese New Year’s special dishes
February a) skateboarding
b) mountain biking
a) onsen/hotspring
b) a formal Japanese room: tea ceremony and manners for drinking match
March a) beach volleyball 
b) rowing
a) Japanese communication style
b) the basics about washoku, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
April a) taekwondo
b) BMX bicycle motocross
a) Kabuki theater
b) greetings, “Itadaki-masu” and “Gochisousama-deshita”
May  a) rugby sevens
b) field hockey
a) the Shin-Yokohama ramen Museum b) how to use chopsticks <br>
June a) diving
b) women’s basketball
a) urushi/shikki /lacquerware
b) how to arrange and use Japanese dishware/lacquerware
July a) decathlon
b) 100-meter sprint
a) exciting festivals in Japan
b) at a sushi restaurant
August  a) decathlon
b) 100-meter sprint
a) izakaya/Japanese pub
b) some certain manners in izakaya
September  a) triathlon
b) handball
a) Japanese subcultures
b) “Sanuki udon”, how to place an order
October a) men’s gymnastics
b) road cycling
a)  thanks to homemade Japanese dishes
b) fish dishes/the Sashim
November  a) 3000-meter steeplechase
b) modern pentathlon
a) Japanese martial art
b) fresh seafood tempura at the restaurant in the fish market
December a) soccer( 8-11)/ football
b) weight lifting
a) Lifestyle-related diseases
b) to take friends on Japanese gourmet tours

◆2017-2018: Additional reading practice and role-play dialog (finished)

Episode / Dialogue Episode / Dialogue 
# 1 Special interview (1)
The Tokyo 2020 games vision and concepts  
#11  about volunteers at the golf event
#2 Special interview (2)
a massage for volunteers at the Tokyo 2020 Games
#12 about other recommendation being volunteers
#3 at the café (1) : about sports volunteers #13 about a typical day as a spotrs volunteer
#4 at the café (2) :
about an experience at the London 2012 Games
#14 a great chance for international exchange
#5 about communicatio in English and the proper mindset #15 being a volunteer at the swimming event
#6 about being a regional volunteer #16 to enjyoy the game as spectators
#7 how to apply for volunteer jobs at the sports competition #17 to learn the job of a medical support volunteer
#8 about marathon volunteers #18 to assist with a doping test
#9 about volunteers at bid competitions #19 to support at the judo event
#10 about volunteers' spirit #20 introducing Japanese culture "tea ceremony"

◆2018 Additional warm-up CD listening practice and words and phrases for sports (all finished)
2018 warm-up listening practice words and phrases
for sports
January  Marathon: the basics bobsleigh / luge / skeleton
February Marathon: the rules of the game skiing / curling / hockey / ice hockey
March Volleyball: the basics volleyball / tennis / football
April Golf: the basics golf / baseball / basketball
May  Table tennis: the basics table tennis / badminton
June Trampoling: the basics gymnastics (1) / gymnastics (2)
July Artistic swimming: the basics & rules aquatics / canoe / rowing / sailing
August  Swimming: the basics sport climbing / skateboarding boccia / goalball
September Equestrian: the basics athletics (1) athletics (2) / equestrian
October Shooting: the basics shooting / archery / cycling
November Wrestling: the basics  wrestling / weightlifting
December Boxing: the basics  karate J/ udo / fencing

◆2015-2018 Basic Theme: International Exchange, Sports and Volunteering, and Medical/Healthcare Communication (all finished)
[ Communication in Daily Life: Basic] Small Talk for Daily Conversation
 1. first greetings, welcome greetings
 2. exchange greetings about seasons and weather
 3. praise, apology, advice
 4. enrich conversation with emotional feelings
 5. residential area, direction from the nearest station
 6. workplace, commute, transportation, designating area
 7. volunteer activities, community activities
 8. introducing club activities, sports for fun
 9. small talk for hospitality
 10. foods, beverages, smoking, coffee
 [Sports and Volunteering: Basic] Small Talk for Sports & Volunteer Activities
1. Break the ice; "Which sport do you like?"
2. general sports
3. experience of sports & circles
4. watching sports, cheer leader
5. track & field
6. combative sports
7. table tennis, volleyball
8. fishing, skiing, golf
9. baseball, soccer, golf
10. various kind of hobbies, the game of "go"
[Medical/Healthcare Communication: Basic]
Essential medical terminology, Basic Medical/Healthcare Communication and Volunteer Interpreting
 1. body feature, height and weight
 2. strength, health conditions
 3. illness, examination, treatment
 4. parts of the body, organs, medications
 5. diseases, injury
 6. symptoms, diagnosis of diseases
 7. the flu (influenza), common cold, burn
 8. regional medical service, home visit and care
 9. occupational diseases/hazards and care
10. disaster and care
11. receptionist at the counter in the hospital
12. direction guide (to show the way to ~), medical departments, medical professionals
13. consultation, treatment, account (cashier)
14. ER (emergency room), first aid, AED (automated external defibrillator)
 [Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Basic]
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Basic knowledge, Communication and Volunteer Interpreting
 1. registration, accounting, health insurance
 2. taking vital signs
 3. pains, pain scale (score)
 4. questionnaire
 5. at the acupuncture clinic
 6. physiotherapy, rehabilitation, shiatsu (finger-pressure therapy)


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