Intercultural Pathology Program in Tokyo, Japan

Veterinary students complete their pathology coursework in the second year of the professional curriculum, however, this experience will be open to all veterinary students and pathology graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This experience will fully immerse students in necropsy techniques, identification of gross lesions, preparation and evaluation of histologic specimens in academic, industrial, government, and zoological settings. Dr. Tiffany Lyle, Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology and board certified veterinary pathologist, will serve as the faculty member administering this program, and will be working closely with Dr. Nozomi Shimonohara, a Purdue University alumna and anatomic pathologist at Idexx laboratories in Tokyo, Japan and Dr. Toshinori Yoshida, Associate Professor of Pathology at Tokyo University College of Agriculture and Technology and the Cooperative Department of Veterinary Medicine.

Country: Japan

Length of Program and Anticipated number of credit hours: This program will be fifteen days long and will cover 3 credit hours. Students will be asked to achieve a baseline of pathology knowledge, determined by Dr. Lyle, prior to departing for Japan. Dr. Lyle will meet with all students, weekly one month prior to departure to review the basics of anatomic pathology and clinical pathology that will be required for acquisition of credit hours. Students will be asked to complete a 5-page discussion paper on their return trip back, that discusses the cases that were evaluated and cross-cultural learning that was most beneficial to them.

Anticipated number of students and type: The study abroad experience in Tokyo, Japan would be amenable to hosting 4-5 students. The focus of this program is anatomic pathology, however students in the all years of the DVM curriculum will be eligible to participate.

Proposed Timeline: Please find the proposed timeline for the study abroad program below.

Estimated Cost:

  • Flight: $1300- $1500
  • Housing: $400- $600
  • Meals: $300 - $400
  • Extra Spending: $300
  • Estimated Total: $2500 - $3000
  • Estimated Scholarship: $1000 - $1500

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine- Pathology Study Abroad Program: Proposed Timeline Tokyo, Japan

  • May 12, 2018 (Saturday)
    • Travel from Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to Narita International Airport (NRT)
  • May 13, 2018 (Sunday)
    • Arrive Narita International Airport (NRT)
    • Evening: Welcome Dinner with Dr. Nozomi Shimonohara (IDEXX Japan)
  • May 14, 2018 (Monday)
    • Morning: TUAT Pathology Class 8:45-10:15 AM (Dr. Yoshida)
    • Afternoon: Pathology Lab
    • Evening: Guest Lecture, Dr. Tiffany Lyle
  • May 15, 2018 (Tuesday)
    • Morning: TUAT IHC Lab (Dr. Yoshida)
    • Afternoon: TUAT IHC Lab
    • Evening: Shinjuku
  • May 16, 2018 (Wednesday)
    • All Day: Saitama Meat Inspection Center (Dr. Shimonohara and Dr. Hasabe)
    • Evening: Roppongi
  • May 17, 2018 (Thursday)
    • All Day: Ueno Zoo (Dr. Hirano)
    • Evening: Asakusa
  • May 18, 2018 (Friday)
    • Morning: TUAT General Pathology (Dr. Yoshida)
    • Afternoon: Finish IHC project and No Boundaries Pathology (Dr. Mitsui)
  • May 19-20, 2018 (Sat-Sun)
    • Cultural Tour: Osaka and Kyoto
  • May 21, 2018 (Monday)
    • Morning: Tour Nippon Veterinary Life Science University; Pathology Laboratory (Dr. Michishita)
    • Afternoon: Guest Lecture, Dr. Tiffany Lyle
  • May 22, 2018 (Tuesday)
    • Morning: IDEXX Japan. Tour, Intro to Biopsy analysis
    • Afternoon: Five Biopsy cases with Dr. Shimonohara
    • Evening: Dinner with JCVP Pathologists
  • May 23, 2018 (Wednesday)
    • Morning: Five Clinical Pathology Cases with Dr. Ogasawara)
    • Afternoon: Case summaries and descriptions
  • May 24, 2018 (Thursday)
    • All Day: National Institute for Infectious Disease (Dr. Nakajima)
  • May 25, 2018 (Friday)
    • All Day: Central Institute for Experimental Animals (Dr. Yoshida)
    • Evening: Farewell Dinner with Pathologists and New Friends
  • May 26, 2018 (Saturday)
    • Travel from Narita International Airport (NRT) to Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

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