Volume 55, Number 4, October-December 2020
|Page(s)||271 - 276|
|Published online||18 December 2020|
Lessons from and perspectives for healthcare student volunteer activities after the Fukushima disaster
Fukushima Medical University,
2 Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
3 Shirakawa Kosei General Hospital, Fukushima, Japan
4 Takeda General Hospital, Fukushima, Japan
5 Tokyo Bay Medical Center, Chiba, Japan
6 Watari Hospital, Fukushima, Japan
7 The National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Chiba, Japan
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 17 November 2020
Healthcare students are key resources after nuclear disasters. Healthcare students at Fukushima Medical University volunteered after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident. At the time of the disaster, healthcare students, who were in a position between medical and non-medical people, listened to the various concerns and worries of victims. Specifically, they established the Fukushima WILL – a disaster medical club. These activities have continued for about 10 years after the Fukushima disaster. In this paper, we introduce lessons from and perspectives for healthcare student volunteer activities during disasters. When volunteering, healthcare students needed to acquire sufficient medical knowledge and skills as well as display effective communication skills considering the background of the affected people. In addition, to respond to potential future disasters, healthcare students need to proactively, independently, and repeatedly learn about diseases that are likely to occur in shelters and how to prevent them. Seminars and workshops should be implemented to ensure students are taught these lessons and provided daily training on disaster response.
Key words: Education / management accident / nuclear accident / risk communication
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences 2021
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