Doctor Leaves Medical Practice to Become a Nurse and Provide Better Patient Care

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:
Elizabeth Valente 510.725.7980
May 26, 2010

Doctor Leaves Medical Practice to Become a Nurse and Provide Better Patient Care

(OAKLAND, Calif., May 26, 2010)  While many people aspire to be doctors, Yoshiya Yamada, a former doctor in Japan, always had inspirations to become a nurse.   And on Friday, May 28, that dream will become a reality as he joins his fellow nursing classmates at the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Commencement ceremony.


Yamada had been practicing medicine for nearly 20 years in Tokyo.  For fifteen years he has examined and treated patients suffering from HIV and cancer.  "My work was to find the small cancer by colonoscopy and remove those regions by performing gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures," said Yamada.   "Originally, I wanted to become a nurse in Japan, but this profession was mostly encouraged for females to enter, not men, so I became a doctor instead."

In 2006 Yamada decided to move to the US in pursuit of his dream of becoming a nurse.  In May 2009, he was accepted at Samuel Merritt University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.  The 12-month program is designed for someone who already has a baccalaureate in a non-nursing field.


 "As a doctor my workload was to diagnose, remove, and treat the cancer and move on to the next patient.  I see the nursing field as being interactive, social and more involved in the medical field than doctors," said Yoshiya Yamada.


Thursday, May 27, ABSN graduation rehearsal starts at 10am.  - Interview and photo opportunity only   (Actual Commencement Ceremony is Friday, May 28, at 2pm) - no interview opportunity


Paramount Theatre in Oakland.


Interviews and photo/filming opportunities available. Please contact Elizabeth Valente, Associate Director of Media Relations at 510.725.7980 cell and

Samuel Merritt University, located on 'Pill Hill' in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit

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