Doctors from America and South Korea begin training on radiation care in Hiroshima 

by Hiroshi Ebisu, Staff Writer

Five medical doctors from the United States and South Korea began a training program in Hiroshima on July 18. The doctors have been invited to Japan by the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), which is sponsored by the Hiroshima prefectural and municipal governments and other entities.

The doctors are specialists in radiation oncology. Before touring Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, they visited Hiroshima City Hall and heard from a city official about the measures in place to provide support to A-bomb survivors overseas.

The American doctors will take part in the training until July 24, while the South Korean doctors will remain until July 26. During this time, they will visit Hiroshima University Hospital in Minami Ward and the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic Bomb Survivors Hospital in Naka Ward, where they will exchange views with doctors there and accompany them on their rounds to see patients.

Dr. James Welsh, 40, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said that he hopes to learn from the knowledge that has accumulated in Hiroshima over a long period of time with regard to the effects of radiation on the human body.

HICARE first began working with trainees from overseas in 1991. Including those in the current training session, a total of 361 people from 15 countries have received training in Hiroshima.

(Originally published on July 19, 2012)