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Asia Pac J Public Health. 2017 Mar;29(2_suppl):99S-109S. doi: 10.1177/1010539516685400.

Academic Responses to Fukushima Disaster.

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1 Fukushima Medical University Hospital, Fukushima, Japan.
2 Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan.
3 Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan.
4 Nagasaki University School of Health Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan.
5 Nagasaki University, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki, Japan.
6 Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
7 International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria.


Since radiation accidents, particularly nuclear disasters, are rarer than other types of disasters, a comprehensive radiation disaster medical curriculum for them is currently unavailable. The Fukushima compound disaster has urged the establishment of a new medical curriculum in preparation for any future complex disaster. The medical education will aim to aid decision making on various health risks for workers, vulnerable people, and residents addressing each phase in the disaster. Herein, we introduce 3 novel educational programs that have been initiated to provide students, professionals, and leaders with the knowledge of and skills to elude the social consequences of complex nuclear disasters. The first program concentrates on radiation disaster medicine for medical students at the Fukushima Medical University, together with a science, technology, and society module comprising various topics, such as public risk communication, psychosocial consequences of radiation anxiety, and decision making for radiation disaster. The second program is a Phoenix Leader PhD degree at the Hiroshima University, which aims to develop future leaders who can address the associated scientific, environmental, and social issues. The third program is a Joint Graduate School of Master's degree in the Division of Disaster and Radiation Medical Sciences at the Nagasaki University and Fukushima Medical University.


health care professional; medical education; nuclear disaster; public risk communication; science; society; technology

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