Redlands Welcomes Students from Osaka Medical College
This month, Redlands communicative disorders students found ways to overcome the language barrier to connect with students from the speech pathology department at Osaka Medical College.
For the third consecutive year, students from Osaka Medical College traveled to Redlands to take part in a conference organized by Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders Michael Groher.
Three years ago, Groher received an email from Osaka Medical College asking him if they could set up a learning opportunity for their students at the University of Redlands. And since then, students from the College continue to travel to Redlands each year.
Japanese students spend three days at Redlands:
- Learning about language and learning disorders, dementia, and pediatric and adult swallowing disorders through lectures from Redlands faculty
- giving and listening to student presentations from Redlands undergraduates
- observing treatment in the Truesdail Center
- and visiting Plymouth Village retirement community to observe a long-term care facility.
This year, 18 Osaka students spent time with 35 Redlands communicative disorders graduate and undergraduate students.
Their time together ended with a cultural exchange, where students hit a piñata and carved pumpkins—a first-time experience for many of the Japanese students.
The Communicative Disorders department looks forward to next year, when Osaka Medical College returns to Redlands.