Fukushima Medical University (FMU) held Training Meeting on Radiation, Health, and Society: Radiation leading Education Change after Fukushima in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 29 June through 1 July 2015.
The objective of this meeting was to support and enhance radiation medicine education by building the capacity of health professionals and medical students to address radiation anxiety and public awareness by using information and resources gathered and developed in 2013-2014.
Chaired by Dr. May Abdel-Wahab and Mr. Uwe Scholz from the IAEA, with the participation of FMU faculty and specialists from around the world, this meeting addressed the implementation of STS (Science, Technology, and Society) curricula at FMU.
The presenters included FMU Profs. Akira Ohtsuru and Arifumi Hasegawa, A/Profs. Michio Murakami and Atsushi Kumagai, as well as Nagasaki University’s Prof. Naoki Matsuda. Following the presentations, A/Prof. Kathy Hibbert from the University of Western Ontario and Prof. Penelope Engel-Hills from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, experts in the fields of education and curriculum development, ran a “Train the Trainers” workshop about STS curricula for health professionals. The STS Handbook and STS training package including training materials and instruction manuals developed by the experts will be useful tools for FMU to implement and integrate STS curriculum into general medical curricula.