In April 2017, in order to send out the manpower flexibly to respond to the social needs which change dramatically, the Graduate School of Medicine was reorganized into an organization which solely graduate students belong to, by separating the organization of faculty members, which is newly named as Faculty of Medicine. This reorganization enabled us to provide global education of graduate school by organically integrating different disciplines. In other words, the educational approach has been enabled where faculty of multiple graduate schools, research institutes, or others can take part in the education and the redistribution of educational resources has been realized without being confined to a research domain. By virtue of this new system, we can promptly respond and establish an educational organization without a need to carry out the reconstruction of faculty organization, if requested by the society to implement a new type of education.
Under the philosophies of the Graduate School of Medicine “to lead the world with cutting-edge research in medical science” and “to equip the next generation of medical researchers and medical professionals with a strong sense of ethics and a well-rounded character to contribute to the health and welfare of humanity”, the Graduate School of Medicine sets its educational goal to nurture individuals who possess high ethical standards and highly specialized knowledge regarding medicine, life science and social medicine (public health) as well as research and teaching or practical capabilities.
The Doctoral (PhD) Program provides one major (medicine), three courses. It places importance on the education beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines as well as setting the curriculum so that high degree of specialty would be secured at any course. Specifically, we offer “Basic Medicine Course” to train medical researches and physician scientists, “Social Medicine Course” to nurture human resources who will work actively in the field of social medicine and public health, and “Clinical Medicine Course” to nurture human resources who will execute high-level of clinical research.
We have introduced MD-PhD Program to foster young researchers and educators in basic medicine, which number is especially concerned to be decreasing. The program allows 6th-year students at the School of Medicine to take required subjects of this Graduate School while learning under the curriculum for 6th-year students in the School of Medicine. With this program, students could complete the graduate school’s program in just three years. In addition, the Clinic and Research Combination (CLARC) Program was launched in 2013, which allows students in the 2nd year of Clinical Training to enroll in the Graduate School and pursue the study of doctoral degree while still undergoing clinical training.
The Master’s Program was inaugurated in 2002, ahead of many other universities. This program aims to promote to unite the knowledges of different fields and train researchers and highly specialized professionals with creativity and comprehensive viewpoints thorough providing students who have studied academic field other than medical science with the education on the latest medical science and social medicine. In 2017, the Public Health Course was newly established, where educational system to acquire Master of Public Health is introduced. In addition, with the aim to expeditiously send out human resources to the society, who can cope with regional problems including Hokkaido’s, such as the aging society and declining population, Public Health Course (One-Year Course) has been established. This course is intended for medical doctors, dentists, pharmacist and other professionals with a certain amount of practical experiences to complete the course in one year.
Those who learn the latest medical research are required to proactively work on the creation of new knowledge and addressing the social issues with high standard of ethics and to meet the social expectations. We believe the students of the Graduate School of Medicine have the ability to meet these expectations. We welcome all of you, who are to support future medicine.
As of April 3, 2017
Yoshioka, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine