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Kobayashi Orthopedics Clinic

Director Keizo Kobayashi

Jan. 10, 1967
Hyogo, Japan
Message to young people
If you are wondering which path to choose, choose a rocky and harder one. Life that follows your predictions is not interesting. You always have to make efforts.

When I was young I was shy but also I did not like to lose. In elementary school I did not study hard except in my favorite subject, math, and I was hanging out with friends until the evening. I was also taking an active part in track and field. I wrote in the graduation yearbook that my dream is to be a doctor. This was also influenced by my brother, who has a disability. In junior high school, I tried to be successful both in my studies and in track and field. I could not succeed in track and field, however, due to an injury and very strong rivals. I didn't go to a prep school and took the entrance exam of a high school that is one of the hardest to get into in Japan, and I failed. During high school, my grades were the highest. I was not sure if I could be a doctor, however, and I fell into a state of limbo after failing the entrance exam to attend university. I failed other medical universities and again I failed to enter Kobe University. Finally, I could get in after a year by taking the exam again.

Even though I passed the entrance exam, I didn't feel like being happy because I felt it was natural since I studied so hard. When I started studying at a university, I found out that only 75 percent of the students can obtain licenses to practice straight after graduating. So I realized it was important to do my best at the university to which I was accepted and get a license, rather than go on any detours. To regain the self-confidence I lost, I decided to graduate in six years then pass the state examination for the license straight away. I paid for the entire tuition of the six years by doing part-time jobs. I put myself into a pressure situation not to escape from it, but to overcome pressure.

I had an interest in becoming a doctor since my older brother had a disability. I still remember a TV series that depicted a very cool doctor. I saw this when I was an elementary school student. Of course, at that time, I did not know how hard it was to be a doctor. Therefore, I wrote in the graduation yearbook that my dream is to become a doctor. I decided to become an orthopedic doctor just before I graduated from the medical university. The reason I became an orthopedic doctor is because I was training myself, since I liked sports, and orthopedic doctors were taking care of my older brother when we were small.

Although I had other offers to be a chief of a 100-bed hospital and to be a successor at other orthopedics clinics, I decided to open my clinic to live and follow my own way of life. Higashinada and Ashiya in Kobe are competitive battlegrounds. I wanted to take on the challenge of the area and see how much I can succeed there without renown or anything. I was also determined not to blame the economy, medical system or employees if I did not succeed. Even if you lose everything you have, if you are healthy and energetic, you can work and live. I had self-confidence and resolve. I appreciate my wife, who understood me and permitted me to open the clinic, leading to a challenging life filled with risks.

I do not deny others from wanting to have a stable life. Though, if I could choose from a "risky but exciting life" and a "stable but boring life," I would definitely choose the former. Living in this era, it is necessary to make efforts to be a genuine and honest person. For example, in diagnosis, I will not change my style. I do not let patients have excessive checkups or treatments that are not necessary for them, while offering a patients-first medical service. I listen to the each patient sincerely and offer a remedy that is tailor-made, not a uniform treatment. There is nothing that makes me happier than these everyday efforts to gain patients' trust.

We do not do headhunting. I believe taking on competent employees is an efficient way for the growth of a business, no matter if it is a company or a clinic. Those competent employees, however, may not necessarily fit well into the organization. They could even be an obstacle. Therefore, half of the staff members we employ do not have prior experiences. After new employees start to work with us, I try to evaluate their true efforts. Even now, I'm still handling work-shift management to create less of a gap between ideal business management and the actual situation. Although I evaluate people who make efforts, I also try to give chances to others.

We always have in our mind the giving of treatment in which we have confidence. I know what kinds of clinics and hospitals exist around us. Therefore, if I think the patient can have better treatment somewhere else, I introduce them to that location without hesitation. I do believe, however, that nobody can compete with us in some of our specialty treatments that are the result of the efforts of all our staff.

I don't separate duties horizontally or vertically. All the staff members share in the work and know all the procedures. Flexible management leads to flexible consultations and treatments. To omit unnecessary procedures and offer high-class consultations and treatments is our mission. We make plans of treatment looking at the entire lifestyle of the patients, including jobs and habits. Our goal is to offer tailor-made treatments.

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Kobayashi Orthopedics Clinic
Orthopedics, rehabilitation, treatment of rheumatism