Japan is a fascinating blend of refined ritual, stylised ceremony, ancient history and hyper urban neon. It is unique in its food, culture, dress and traditions. Experience different facets of this exceptional country, seeing the culture, society and history of Japan through the prism of your own profession, travelling at a stunning time of year as the leaves change from green to vivid red and yellow.
This tour will examine the history of healthcare in Japan and provides real insight into medicine and society in Japan in both rural and urban areas. Learn about cancer care on a visit to the National Cancer Centre and visit the hospital in Tokyo established to follow the “British system” by a 19th century alumni of St Thomas’. An examination of primary health care gives excellent insight into society, such as Japanese longevity as a result of diet and lifestyle, and elderly health initiatives.Tour leader, Dr Clare Hurle, is expertly qualified to lead this tour, having lived and worked in Japan for years as a GP trainer assisting in the development of primary healthcare systems.
Dr Clare Hurle is a GP Partner and Trainer at Cross Deep Surgery in Twickenham, where she has worked for over a decade.She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences and then the Wharton School, Philadelphia, USA with an MBA.
Her first career was in business with McKinsey & Co. in both London and Japan, and then as a national brand manager for Nestle Japan. Her first day with Nestle in 1995 was also the day of the Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe, during which the company’s office was one of many buildings to collapse. She lived in Japan for around 6 years and speaks Japanese.
Subsequently, she re-trained in medicine at Imperial College, London and also completed her General Practice training in London with distinction in her MRCGP.
Aside from her day to day work as a GP, her 2 key interests are medical education and the development of primary care in Japan. She continues to visit Japan regularly, and has led GP courses in Tokyo for the RCGP (International "Training the Trainers") and in Fukushima on the management of depression in primary care.
The cost of the tour is US $5,771 per person sharing. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is US $6,699