Mike Guest, writes, " Hi. Greetings to all and let me start by saying that I'm looking forward to being a part of this new organization. I've been involved in EMP and ENP programs at the University of Miyazaki for over 20 years and over the past 7 or 8 of these most of my research interests (papers, presentations, collaborations) have focused upon what medical discourses are and how they work. Some of you may know that I used to write a regular column on EFL in the Daily Yomiuri-cum-The Japan News newspaper, and have published a handful of books, including a few in Japanese and I'm currently under contract to produce a book on Conference English for Academics (due later this year). I also regularly lead EMP workshops at hospitals or universities or act as an invited speaker at medical conferences all over Japan. I also have a blog entitled 'Methods and Musings'. On top of that, I'll be supplying a few editorials and assisting with JANET's e-magazine.
I'm also at the beginning stages of forming an East Asian Association of Medical English Professionals. Ideally, this organization will serve as a hub and conduit for sharing cultural insights, teaching materials, approaches, tips, possible collaborations, and research with those working in similar fields and environments throughout the region. Once formed, I'm hoping that JANET members might become interested and involved.
A current EMP/ENP topic of interest for me is the discourse of case presentations, the manner in which clinical case information is transacted by one medical professional to another. Even if nursing students never actually have to do this in English while in-service, the mere study and practice of case presentations helps them to think more like nurses. The categories, organization and prioritization of data, and human interactions realized in case presentations can readily be applied to Japanese. Thus, the mindset created by this practice in English can actually have a positive washback effect in their own professions and workplaces.
I'm looking forward to hearing about others' teaching approaches and interests."