Over the past several years, Dr. Pickler has facilitated a tour group of physicians and healthcare managers from Japan around the Cleveland and Akron areas of Ohio for the purpose of examining current practices of healthcare delivery in the United States. The program, designed and sponsored by Dr. Reichiro Okada, is an annual function each year. This week-long program includes tours to hospitals with presentations by healthcare professionals. The program is sponsored by the Socio-Medical Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan and by the Healthcare MBA Program at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, U.S.A.
Monday, June 9th through Friday, June 13, 2014
After conducting this tour for more than fifteen years, we have learned more precisely what to offer our participants so that they will have the richest possible experience. From the very beginning of the tour to the very end, attention was paid to even the smallest details.
From Shashimi to Case Studies
We made every attempt to customize the experience for each visitor to assure their optimum experience. Managers in the participating healthcare organizations prepared an excellent learning opportunity for the guests this year. One of the highlights of the tour was the discussion about best practices and other learning experiences gained during the week. This real life experience provided a very rich learning experience. The managers learned from the experience, too; there were many opportunities for both Japanese and Americans to learn from each other.
The Topics That Were Examined in the June 2013 Tour
The Japanese professionals had an opportunity to observe American culture in a very comfortable framework of personal attention.
Participants in This Year’s Tour
This year’s participating organizations are listed below, in order of participation:
The mix of cultural engagement with professional development is a comfortable combination, and the relaxed atmosphere at Baldwin Wallace University on the last day of the tour offered an opportunity to discuss new ideas and new learning experiences.