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A Medical Delegation from Korea Invited for Training

HICARE invited a medical delegation consisting of eight members engaged in medical care of accidental exposure to radiation at hospitals affiliated with the Korean Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (KIRAMS) and the National Radiation Emergency Medical Center (NREMC) in Korea. They received one-week's training at the Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine.

At Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine

From the left on the front row: Ms. Su-hee Choi, Ms. Myung-duk Yu, Ms. Mi-hyun Yang, Director Kenji Kamiya of Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Dr. Wi-ho Ha, Dr. Eun-seog Hong, and Dr. Ki-yeol Kim

Back row: Dr. Tae-weon Ha (left) and Mr. Seong-dong Lim

At Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital

List of Members (8 members):

 NameJob ClassficationOrganizationDepartment
1Eun-seog HongM.D.Ulsan University HospitalEmergency Medicine
2Seong-dong LimTechnicianChonbuk National University HospitalNuclear Medicine
3Tae-weon HaM.D.Uljin Medical CenterEmergency Medicine
4 Mi-hyun YangR.N.Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical SciencesNREMC
5 Myung-duk YuR.N.Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical SciencesNREMC
6Ki-yeol KimM.D.Yeong Gwang General HospitalEmergency Room
7Wi-ho HaResearcherKorea Institute of Radiological & Medical SciencesNREMC
8Su-hee ChoiR.N.Yeong Gwang General HospitalEmergency Room

Period of Training:

October 26 to 31, 2009

Training Organizations (in order of visits):

Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum etc.


[Dr. Eun-seog Hong]
HICARE and the many specialists belonging to it have been engaged in meaningful activities at the highest level in the world. I was greatly impressed by reading the specialists' theses.

[Mr. Seong-dong Lim]
I was moved by the attitudes of those who are engaged in accumulating and managing academic data related to the effects of radiation in the city (and country) attacked by an atomic weapon and making best use of them in making advice and conducting research about nuclear accidents in foreign countries. The townscape of Hiroshima that has been reborn after the war was also beautiful and impressive.

[Dr. Tae-weon Ha]
I was encouraged to continue to work as a doctor of radiation emergency medicine by this training because it taught me that I can contribute to reducing the number of victims of accidental exposure to radiation and communicating with people in Korea and the world that there are many people still suffering the effects of radiation exposure.

[Ms. Mi-hyun Yang]
I visited some unique institutions during the HICARE training. HICARE is a very distinctive organization, compared to Korean organizations of the same kind. Visiting these institutions, I was able to understand the characteristics and expertise of each institution. I was interested in and impressed by the research and investigations that have been conducted on A-bomb victims by these institutions. I also found much information on what happened in Hiroshima and what burdens A-bomb victims have borne throughout their lives. I believe that we should never forget the lessons from history and strive to protect world peace.

[Ms. Myung-duk Yu]
We must protect world peace regardless of political conflicts and differences in national interests between countries. I was convinced that people must recognize the value of world peace and protect it. I would like to talk about world peace with my family and colleagues after returning to Korea.
In addition, outside the sphere of the health care of radiation-exposure victims and their children, I rediscovered that Japan is a country with advanced welfare systems in which people bear lower medical expenses than in Korea, putting aside the difference of size of the national budgets spent to the system and the problems that the system is facing. I pay my tribute of praise to the consistent support and research efforts into the effects of radiation on human bodies, biological dosimetry, and other related matters. I would also like to express my respect for HICARE's efforts and activities to share information on these issues.

[Dr. Ki-yeol Kim]
This training was very beneficial because I was able to correct my erroneous perspectives about atomic weapons and learn facts that I had not known before. Visiting "ground zero" and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum has changed my values. This experience will help me in working as a doctor in the future. The lectures that I attended at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation and Hiroshima University Hospital provided new viewpoints about atomic weapons, radiation, and A-bomb victims. Through this training in this special city Hiroshima I obtained a new recognition of the impact of atomic weapons and radiation.
I found that regardless of their occupations, people living in Hiroshima pay much attention to atomic weapons and earnestly support its victims. Although I had barely known about the A-bomb disaster and its victims and only considered them superficially, I was able to learn and realize many things through this training.

[Dr. Wi-ho Ha]
I was able to acquire knowledge and technologies concerning radiation through this HICARE training. In particular, HICARE's activities were most impressive. We all realized that we must prevent another A-bomb disaster like those that Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced. I consider the establishment of systems to prevent nuclear disasters and respond to nuclear accident as of critical importance. I hope that the cooperative relationship between KIRAMS and HICARE will be further strengthened to improve the medical system to respond to nuclear emergencies. Thank you very much.

[Ms. Su-hee Choi]
The training was very beneficial because I have never before had such an opportunity to receive this type of education.