Dr. Honda with colleagues from the Clínica Universidad de Navarra during her stay in Pamplona.

Mizuki Honda: “The Clínica inspired me to continue growing as a professional”

Why did you choose the Clínica Universidad de Navarra to do your rotation? 
The main reason is that it’s a highly specialised medical centre that’s dedicated to research and the practice of multidisciplinary medicine. In Japan, most specialised training is provided in municipal hospitals, which limits opportunities to gain experience with rare diseases and advanced treatments.

What was the training objective of your stay? 
My main purpose was to get more specialised experience, gaining deeper knowledge about valuable rarer cases. I wanted to have time to study, reflect, and debate instead of having to complete the assigned tasks. At the same time, while I was here, if I could take advantage of the experience I had gained in Japan and contribute in some way, it made me happy and was one of my motivations.

Would you advise residents to have an experience like this? 
Yes, it’s helped me to grow a lot. Not only did I gain new knowledge and skills, but I also learned how to keep my thinking up to date and how to continue exploring new discoveries in the future.

What are the differences between your centre of origin and the Clínica? 
In Japan, pathologists diagnose every organ, even if they have an area of subspecialisation. Instead, here, pathologists specialise in the diagnosis of specific fields. This allows them to work as a team and help each other. I was also impressed by the friendly atmosphere where we ate together, talked about our hobbies, and joked and laughed.

What are your plans for the future when you finish your residency?
My first goal is to become a pathologist in Japan. I received a scholarship from the Kyoto Prefectural University Hospital when I was a student, so I’ll be working in Kyoto for a while. If anyone is interested in studying in Japan, I’d like to create an environment like this one, that has welcomed me so warmly. 

How do you think the Clínica Universidad de Navarra has helped you in your rotation? 
It has given me a place that makes me want to return and has inspired me to continue growing as a professional so I can come back in the future. I think having a place like that in your heart gives you strength no matter where you’re working. So, I want to thank Pamplona and all the people who shared their time with me.