2019/11/07 (A classes) 2019/11/14 (B classes)

The last study material of this semester is the lecture by Gabor Maté. This is the transcript:

Gabor Maté's lecture transcript, with vocabulary list

This is the subtitled video.

The final class and final test will be on November 21 (for A group) and November 28 (for B group)
The test will be based on sections 5a, 5b, 6, 8, 14, 18 and 19 of the transcript of Gabor Maté's lecture.
Be sure to listen to these sections of the lecture because some of the questions will be listening questions.
Study the vocabulary for sections 5a, 5b, 6, 8, 14, 18 and 19, and, of course, understand the content. Try to write a paraphrase of each section. Explain each section in your own words with simple vocabulary.
Contact the teacher by email if you have any questions before the test: dennis.riches@gmail.com

2019/10/24 (A classes) 2019/10/31 (B classes)

The last study material of this semester is the lecture by Gabor Maté. This is the transcript:

Gabor Maté's lecture transcript, with vocabulary list

This is the subtitled video.

Study the material and be ready to discuss it in the next class. Prepare to ask the teacher questions about the vocabulary and the meaning of the lecture. In the final class, there will be a quiz on this material. Some of the questions on that quiz will be listening questions, so be sure to listen to the subtitled video.

One student told me he had trouble seeing why this lecture by Dr. Maté was appropriate training for medical students, so here is my reply:

Firstly, this lecture can provide English reading and listening practice for you. Every doctor in Japan should be able to read a 4,000-word research article written in English, or listen to a conference presentation by a doctor, so don't complain about it. English university entrance examinations in Japan require students to read long reading passages like this, and this is a barrier you have already cleared, so don't say it is too long or too difficult. You knew before you came to this university that English training at this level was part of the program.

Secondly, the three lectures we are studying this semester all have a common theme: the connection between emotions and disease. When you finish studying these three lectures, you should have a better appreciation of how the social context of patients affects their health. Treating minor injuries and short-term illnesses is relatively simple, but in most cases doctors have to treat complex chronic conditions. Doctors can give better treatment if they make an effort to understand the patient's life story and social circumstances. In fact, understanding these factors is probably essential for giving effective treatment.

Finally, remember that you are training for a very stressful career. Managing your own stress level will be important for managing your own health.

2019/10/17 (B classes only)

Review the transcript and questions (pdf file, sample answers are in the file) for Dr. Burke's lecture about the relationship between childhood trauma and health. There will be a quiz on this material in the next lesson on October 31st.

During the next meeting of the B class on October 31st., students who scored below 25/40 on the first quiz about placebos should submit a summary of the lecture about placebos. If they write a good summary, they can have their score raised to 30/40 on the quiz.

2019/10/03 (A classes only)

Review the transcript and questions (pdf file, sample answers are in the file) for Dr. Burke's lecture about the relationship between childhood trauma and health. There will be a quiz on this material in a future lesson.

During the next meeting of the A class on October 24th., for the 2nd period class only, there will be a re-test of the lecture about placebos. Study it well and improve your score.

2019/09/19 (A and B classes)

Study the TED Talk How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime. You can view the video with both English and Japanese subtitles. Take notes on the meaning of ACE and HPA as these terms are described in the talk. You can download the English and Japanese transcript here.

2019/09/12 (A and B classes)

Study the transcript of the lecture about placebos. You can download the pdf file here, which also includes notes and questions about the lecture. You can listen to the audio file here. There will be a quiz on this material during the class next week, so study it well before September 19th.