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Medical Communication
Medical Communication is a specialized area in medicine within science communication, which is currently enjoying national and international public attention. Kyoto University is the first in Japan to have established a department of Medical Communication that investigates how medical knowledge is shared and circulated among different societal segments (eg., the public, media, policy makers, and the medical community) on a variety of levels (personal/micro, community/meso, social/macro, and international). Medical communication, therefore, is not the same as health communication, which is a well-known communication field researching a doctor-patient interaction, as the former has a more macro research domain. This new department welcomes students who are eager to not only tackle the aforementioned ambitious theme but also explore and claim the emerging field of medical communication.

Research and Education
First semester: In this semester, the course provides an introduction to medical communication, both its theoretical frameworks and applications, for those from diverse interests, backgrounds, and/or disciplines. In class, frames from communication studies, disability studies, and/or science communication are drawn, and an issue of communication channels is addressed. Second semester: Building upon the first semester, the course further explores current topics in medical communication, especially relations among the medical/research community, media, public, and policy makers.
Below are the course objectives:

●understand frameworks, theories, and concepts that are relevant to medical communication
●begin to see a “niche” of your interest in a field of medical communication and find a research question to be explored
●understand the interconnectedness among the medical community, media, public (including the stakeholders or interest groups), and policy makers
●write a succinct literature review on your topic with a critical perspective

Any research reflects a researcher’s personal history and perspective, and my research has ranged from intercultural communication, health communication, to disability studies. Although they may not seem related, I’ve always been fascinated by the world according to a minority perspective and conducted a series of research projects aimed at investigating people on the margins of society. Within medical communication, I’m interested in such topics as bridging between the medical community and public, aging with disability, and emancipatory research. You may wonder “what do I become by studying medical communication?” I offer you this analogy: doing a rigorous study is similar to getting a road-map on an unknown terrain. This means that the map can help you “read” a targeted landscape or calculate the shortest distance to the goal. Nevertheless, let me remind you, the map itself never tells you which goal to reach or what route to take. It’s all up to you, either you “cut to the chase” to the goal or are sidetracked by attractive views alongside of the scholastic endeavor. I suggest that YOU design a research path of your own through exploring a “map” of medical communication.

Medical Communication

Miho Iwakuma, Ph.D.
TEL +81-75-753-4668
Recent Publications
1. Iwakuma, M. (2007). A chronicle of my education and disability transformation. In M. L. Vance (Ed.), Multiple Voices and Identities in Higher Education: Writings by Disabled Faculty and Staff in a Disabling Society (pp. 87-95). Huntsville, NC: Associates on Higher Education And Disability.
2. Iwakuma, M., & Stadnyk, R. (2007). Aging with spinal cord injury, future directions, and implications. In Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, and Aging and Technology Proceedings (CD-Rom).
3. Iwakuma, M. (2007). Communication with the elderly and people with disabilities [in Japanese]. In M. Isa (Ed.), Multi-cultural Society and Intercultural Communication (2nd Edition). Tokyo: Sanshu Press.
4. Iwakuma, M (2005). A transformation: A disability adjustment through communication [in Japanese]. In Sakai Ikuko (Ed.), Transcendental rehabilitation (pp. 12-21). Tokyo: Bunkodo.
5. Iwakuma, M. (2003). Being Disabled in Modern Japan: A Minority Perspective. In E. M. Kramer (Ed.), The Emerging Monoculture: “Model Minorities” and Benevolent Assimilation (pp. 124-138). Praeger Press.