Director of The Well Same Hospital of Korean Medicine, Kim Jieun
I want to be a steppingstone for my juniors
Director Kim Jieun of the Well Same Hospital of Korean Medicine studied Korean medicine at Chongjin Medical College. After graduating, she worked in internal medicine, pediatrics, and clinical medicine research centers for 9 years. After entering South Korea in 2002 after many difficulties, she gained lots of attention by attaining a license to practice Korean medicine in South Korea. Her dramatic life story was shared in issue 42 of ‘Dongposarang (loving compatriots)’.
Director Kim Jieun first opened a Korean medicine clinic in Bucheon. Upon seeing the North-South Korea Summit in April 2018, she had new dreams. “I thought North and South Korean relations were flowing in a new way. I suddenly wondered if there was anything I could do to improve North and South Korean medical services. I always thought that the poor medical services in North Korea had to be improved. It made me think about how the health problems of North Korean residents and contagious diseases originating from North Korea might spread to South Korea.”
A new dream, taking up a doctorate in law for medical integration
Director Kim’s hopes and dreams became a reality. She was admitted into the Master’s program of Kookmin University’s College of Law in 2019. She believed because there needs to be institutionalization for North and South Korean medical integration, it’d be important to have a legal basis.
Having finished her Master’s program, she’s now working as the Director of the Well Same Hospital of Korean Medicine and is focusing on her thesis for Kookmin University College of Law doctorate program. She believes that if she compiles research here and there for North and South Korean medical integration, it’ll serve as a foundation and stepping stone for those to come in the future.
Director Kim’s other hope is to be someone her juniors can look up, being remembered as someone reliable and dependable just by being there for people.
“There was a time when I suffered financial loss because of someone I knew. It was really difficult but I couldn’t let it keep me down. I cleared my head and got my thoughts straight. I thought to myself that this too was a life experience and a part of fate, so I decided I had to persevere, overcome it, and live harder.”
You can make a choice
In October of last year, she released a collection of essays called “You can make a choice”. She said it was well-received by readers. Starting this year, Director Kim is giving lectures at Ajou University as a guest lecturer of a course about understanding North Korean society.
“People feel satisfaction when they do what they love. I spend a busy day, but it’s full of happiness and freedom,” she said, smiling.
She emphasized that as she chose never to give up as she climbed the arduous road of settling in South Korea over the past 20 years, it’s a path of happiness for her to live toward her dream of North and South Korean medical integration.
“The 100-issue history of “Dongposarang (loving compatriots)” is like my history of settling in South Korea. Just hearing the words ‘Dongposarang (loving compatriots)’ brings warmth to people’s hearts. I sincerely hope that you will continue to grow as a magazine beloved by both North and South Korean residents,” she said, as she shared her congratulations and encouragement.