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Vol.4 With a patient ~as a professional of the physiotherapy〜

Osaka Prefectural Hospital Organization Osaka General Medical Center Yoshihiro Fuji, PT(Nov.2015)


Yoshihiro Fuji

Yoshihiro Fuji, PT

  • 2014 -Master degree course at Gaduate School of Medicine Osaka University (Public Health Study)
  • 2006 -Work at Osaka General Medical Center
  • 2006Graduated from Yukioka School of Allied Health Professions
  • 2000Graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University (Bachelor of Arts in Law)

For the 4th column of Medi Legato, we welcome Mr. Yoshihiro Fuji, Physical Therapist (PT) as a guest. While taking part in physiotherapy work at the Osaka General Medical Center, Mr. Fuji is also engaged in medical care and rehabilitation studies at the Public Health Graduate School of Medicine Osaka University.
Recently, the required roles of PT have been more diversified including ergotherapy, prevention of disease and injuries, and health care support for people who underwent various surgeries or those who experienced stroke disease and circulatory disease.
I interviewed Mr. Fuji about the passion and aspiration for rehabilitation work held by him, who is actively working as a PT at the forefront of the medical field of acute and convalescence stages.

Nov.2015 Sonoko Hirose President & CEO Medi Legato


-Why you aimed to become a Physical Therapist (PT)?

At my university age, I experienced a part-time job as a duty at hospital, and I got attracted to health occupation in which I can take care of the patient one-to-one. PT can touch the patients with their own hands and support them with home care and resocialization. Although I took a long way round after my graduation from university, I took the plunge and entered a professional school of physical therapist since I could not give up my dream to engage in health occupation.

-Could you explain the details of your current work?

I carry out physiotherapy (exercise therapy) to patients under the guidance of doctors. I am in charge of those who suffered from an external injury, stroke disease, circulatory disease, or disuse syndrome, and they undergo rehabilitation up to one hour per day. There are 31 PTs in my work place of rehabilitation room of Osaka General Medical Center, and approximately 20 to 30 patients undergo rehabilitation every day.

Vol.4 With a patient ~as a professional of the physiotherapy〜

Vol.4 With a patient ~as a professional of the physiotherapy〜

-Please let me know the reason why you entered the postgraduate course of Osaka University and your research theme.

At the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake happened in 2011, I took a part in the DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistant Team), and thereafter, conducted exercise interventions at a refuge of Ōtsuchi-cho in Iwate prefecture.

Vol.4 With a patient ~as a professional of the physiotherapy〜

Residents who experienced a disaster unconsciously tend to have lesser amount of exercise resulting from an unfamiliar living environment and excessive stress. Additionally, people who underwent rehabilitation since before the disaster require a continuous support. It is said that muscular strength becomes weaker by 10 percent in a week under a situation of rarely moving the body. Having a look of a public health nurse visiting the residents in temporary dwellings from door to door to check their health conditions, I gained interests in Public Health and decided to start a study at Graduate School. My current research theme is “Approaches to an Improvement of Low Activity for Residents in Temporary Dwellings.”

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-What do you put a high value on as a PT?

In my point of view, the ideal PT is who has extremely high expertise in addition to having extensive knowledge of medical treatment for patients who need rehabilitation.
Communication skills are also important as it is required to carry out suitable rehabilitation depending on each patient’s physical ability by always thinking about what is beneficial for patients, understanding their needs, and setting goals.
I find my job is worthwhile and fulfilling when my patients visit me in the rehabilitation room and say “I have got better to this extend. Thank you very much.”

-What is your message for patients?

I would like them not to be entirely passive by thinking “I will get better by simply following rehabilitation planned by PT” but try to get better by working together with us. It is only about an hour within 24 hours of a day that we PTs can work with our patients. Hence, the way of spending time outside the rehabilitation is quite important. Besides improvement of medical skills, I wish to keep growing as a human being so that my patients and their family would think “we are so lucky to have him as our PT.”

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(Place of Employment)
Osaka Prefectural Hospital Organization
Osaka General Medical Center


  • Address)3-1-56 Bandaihigashi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu
  • Number of beds)768 beds
  • Hospital Features)
    Officially acknowledged hospital of Japan Council for Quality Health Care
    Designated regional cancer hospital
    Regional medical care support hospital
    Regional perinatal medical center
    Designated incurable diseases hospital
    Medical care for physically handicapped person
    Specified organ transplant examination center of Japan Organ Transplant Network
    Officially acknowledged hospital of Japan Council for Evaluation of Postgraduate Clinical Training

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