August Edition,2013 (Part1)
In ‘Conahana-san of the Month’, we introduce experiences of senior female researchers who have been successfully managed their work-life balance between research/work and life events such as childbirth, child care and family care.
In this edition, I interviewed Dr. Makiko Omori from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the University of Yamanashi. Dr. Omori was also a lecturer onMay 24, 2013in a course titled “Career Development of Science Occupation Females”
The work of “obstetrician and gynaecologist” is one of the jobs which is closely related to the latest social issues of high-awareness such as “measures for decreasing birth rate”, “child rearing support policy”, “working mothers and parenthood”, “work-life balance” and so on. It may not be generally known, especially among students and males, but the work in obstetrics and gynaecology includes not only delivering a baby, but also diseases in gynaecology, for instance, uterine cancer and other menstrual problems. This interview is with Dr. Omori, who comes through many years of hard work as a doctor dealing with women and pregnancy along with her own life events of parenthood.
◎Introduction of Makiko Omori
Organization： Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ), the University of Yamanashi Hospital
Outline of career history: Belongs to the Yamanashi Medical University (as of today, the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Yamanashi） since October 2001. Currently instructor of the university and out-patient department director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
the University of Yamanashi Hospital.
● When did you start to think about becoming a doctor?
Since I was a child. I got sick often when I was little and was always seeing a doctor. Every time I went there, the doctor took good care of me and I soon got better. That experience gave me aspiration to become a doctor.
● I see. But as children grow up and start to go to school, many children find out that they don’t do well in science and figure that a dream is just a dream. Did that happen to you, too?
No, that didn’t happen to me (lol) I was bad at humanity subjects such as writing essays and memorizing names of places and people. I just couldn’t do it.
● I understand. I gave up the world history course in high school when we started studying ancient Greece (phew) What kind of science subject did you like?
My favorite was chemistry. Among various experiment classes given at our high school, I remember component analysis very well. Different kinds of liquids were handed out to each group and we were to specify what the liquid was through an analitical process. The liquid could be anything, any kind of chemical or sometimes simply water. We narrowed down options using reagents.
● That reminds me of a chemical identification officer in a TV drama.
Exactly! I was always feeling happy shaking test-tubes. And I was good at analysis (lol)
● How did you decide which university to apply to?
Back at that time, there was no common exam system of all subjects like now. That meant I didn’t have to study social science for the entrance exam just because I didn’t like it (Isn’t that great? ^^) So I decided to apply to the Fukushima Medical University as it was closer to Yamanashi than other medical universities and it didn’t require any social-science entrance exam (the Yamanashi Medical University (as of today, the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Yamanashi) was founded at a later time). But I took some time to narrow down my options to medicine as other chemistry related departments like general science or pharmacy still seemed attractive.
● How did you like the university?
The university was off from the central area and the number of students was small. Because of such an environment, we had more opportunities for practical training, I mean, autopsy. Actually, bodies were often donated to the university by the bereaved in the area (not like nowadays due to the change in the system). I think that local people believed that their contribution to the university improved the medical treatment provided back to them in the local area. Thanks to that local relationship, I could go through a lot of practical training and my present study is based on that experience.
● Why did you choose obstetrics and gynaecology as your major?
I became an internist right after I graduated from the department of medicine. After two years as internist, I got married to an obstetrician and gynaecologist and at that time we hoped to open our own clinic of obstetrics and gynaecology. So I made my mind up to change my specialty.
● In a career path as a doctor, is it easy to change your major like that?
Actually it’s not easy. I entered the YamanashiMedicalUniversityand took an introduction course of obstetrics and gynaecology with other young freshmen. The change in my major just happened by chance but looking back, it was the right choice for me.
What do you think is a good thing of being an obstetrician and gynaecologist?
In the next edition, we heard a heart-warming episode that comes from her kind personality!