英語で診察するコツ|Tips for doctors with Foreign patients

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Okay, body parts. This time. Major organs. Welcome back to the haunted English hospital. Dr. Chris will present a diagram of the following. Okay. Alright I’ll stop. It’s halloween. Or Halloween season. But Today, we will be covering the most essential organs. Basically, without these, we are all dead. So, sorry for the halloween talk style. I was just in the mood. It’s been Halloween, past Halloween. Um, let’s learn, and then memorize sentences so we can use them in the future; When explaining the brain, or explaining some type of organ. Alright! Speaking of the brain… the most important organ… The brain! The brain controls all the functions of the body. Good sleep increases brain function. Alright! Next is the heart. The heart pumps blood through the body. Most smart watches,( I don’t have mine on today) Most smart watches monitor the heart rate. Or, (sorry), most smart watches can monitor your heart rate. The lungs. The lungs take in oxygen, and release carbon dioxide. Humans can live with only one lung. I’m sure you knew that because you’re smart. Pop quiz, pop quiz. One more, one more organ. Ah, what’s the biggest. The biggest organ in the body. I’m waiting, I’m waiting. Ha, the skin! So make sure you take care of it with lotion, or something, I don’t know. Do whatever you want to do. Buh, bye.


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Using medical English during checkups.

“Dr. we need your help.” is something you are sure to hear more in more in the next few years with the influx of foreigner traveling to Japan because of the olympics.

And depending on the impact Japan has on the tourist, Japan could become even more popular as a tourist location.

Meaning…

Everything is going to change for you real quick, and probably permanently. 

“Please help me doctor!” Is what you may hear in English much more frequently.

But don’t worry. I am here to help you smooth out situations and help your patients with the most effective advice.

Why am I so confident?

I’ve had my run-ins with everything from major Japanese university hospitals to small time clinics for over 8 years.

The small kind where the doctor still wears the silver plate thing on his forehead, and he sticks tubes into your nose without anesthesia.

Tears. From my eyes.

Doctors are naturally intelligent. Japanese doctors are generally quite thorough, and have created many revolutionary methods in world medical practices.

So here are a few tips to bring out your true skills with Non-Japanese patients.

1. Stay calm, your English is not being critiqued at all.

Many Japanese feel anxiety when having to use English, especially in a formal or professional setting. 

There is no need to be when you are a doctor with a patient. The patient is not critiquing your ability, they only want help with their ailment and then to get out and continue living life. Do your best to just relax and use the English you can. Even if it’s single words. They will remember your helpful service and attitude, not your English ability. 

2. Use single words.

Slow short sentences or single words are perfect for patients. Fast speaking can cause miscommunication, and worries the patient in a situation where they are already nervous about their condition. 

Remember, your job is to help them get the treatment they need, not helping them get out quickly because you’re nervous about your English. Japanese hospitals do things differently than their hometown hospitals. Patiently and carefully help them through each step, from administration, procedure, and billing.  Single words are enough. 

3. Increase your listening skills…at the very least.

I know doctors are very busy. I have a few personal friends that are doctors and I know your schedules are demanding. Many times unfairly so. But if you cannot catch English words, then your only way to communicate will be through writing or a mobile translation tool.  

But what happens when a patient can’t use their hand? 

How about if they are having trouble speaking?

The solution? At least 10 minutes a day listening to some kind of English TV show, podcast or radio of some sort. Your ears will slowly adjust.

If you’d like to improve quicker and more effectively, use our Pronunciation Training “Perfect Pronunciation 1: Introduction to consonants” to grow native level listening skills. 

Once you can pronounce something, you can hear it. And it’s a guessing game when you cannot.

Is it a ‘bag,‘ ‘back,‘ or ‘buck?’ 

Who knows?

You should.

Doctor Chris

P.S. Check out the video above that I made which explains how to describe internal organs in English. Intermediate level grammar, but applicable for numerous descriptions. 

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