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CLARC Program


A program that allows students to pursue clinical training while studying at graduate school

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The CLARC Program allows students in the 2nd year of Clinical Training to enroll in the graduate school and pursue a doctoral degree while still undergoing clinical training.

The program focuses on clinical training; with lectures and research guidance conducted after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

To join this program, students must choose a postgraduate clinical training course that requires clinical training in the student's 2nd year at Hokkaido University Hospital.

Students are able to concentrate on training in regional medical service, primary care, and initial emergency medical care over a period of 1 to 4 months, the period of time they are allowed to suspend studies at the graduate school.

Student supervisors may be chosen from among faculty specializing in basic sciences.

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Message from Graduate Student

I hope my advice here is useful for you

CLARC Program
Department of Cancer Pathology


Satoshi Tanikawa

The CLARC Program allows you to enroll in the graduate school when you are a 2nd year resident. To be able to join this program, you have to belong to the Hokkaido university hospital when you are a 2nd year resident. In my case, as a 1st year resident, I selected another municipal hospital using the one of the course options and took the examination for entrance to the department of cancer pathology, then when I became 2nd year resident, I belonged to both the university hospital and the graduate school.

There are some things to consider when selecting this program. Depending on the department of the graduate school, it may be impossible to apply this program, so if you are interested you should confirm that in advance. Then, depending on the rotation schedule you select as a 2nd year resident, you will be not able to attend the graduate school, so you have to consult to the clinical department you rotate to. I selected the department of surgical pathology for most of the time in the program.

Thanks to generous assistance and support, I could train in the diagnosis of pathologies, and also participate in the graduate school. Much of what you learn in surgical pathology can be applied to the research, and I think I made the right choice. The CLARC Program will not fit people who want to train in some clinical departments as a resident, but for people who want to attend a specialist course earlier or who have decided what they want to do, this program will be attractive, although it will be hard to keep up. I hope my advice here is useful for you.

(As of April 2016)

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Q&A, Introduction of the first students enrolled in the program

We asked the first students enrolled in the program:

CLARC Program
Department of Cancer Pathology


Sayaka Yuzawa

1. Tell us your feelings after completing one-year of the Initial Clinical Training.
I developed a feeling of responsibility as a resident especially when actually doing what I had observed as a student. I saw side-effects as well as therapeutic effects, and also felt changes in feelings of the patients undergoing the therapies I proposed. Some patients thanked me for the treatment and others were frustrated saying that their conditions were not improved. I had to keep reflecting on the therapeutic strategy every day. Probably because I was still a young intern, some elderly patients told me as if I were their grandchild. I learned a lot from their everyday talk and felt it important to be close to patients. The year of clinical training was very beneficial to me.
2. Why did you choose enrolment in the CLARC Program?
I planned to go on to graduate school to study pathology soon after the Initial Clinical Training because I have been interested in pathology since my school days. When I knew the CLARC Program, I thought it very attractive because it would allow me to complete both the Initial Clinical Training and study at the graduate school in my fifth year after graduation.
3. From April you have to take part in both the clinical training and doctoral program, what are you particularly paying attention to, in addition to your health, and what are your aspirations?
I think my schedule in the first year will be very tight because I have to manage both the Initial Clinical Training and the graduate school. So, I will take care of myself by not lacking of sleep and distinguish the breaks from work. Also, I want to be a good role model by producing outcomes as a first student of the CLARC Program.

(As of April 2013)

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CLARC Program
Department of Pathology


Takayuki Kiuchi

1. Tell us your feelings after completing one-year of the Initial Clinical Training.
It was not an easy year, but very beneficial to me to become able to pursue research from the opportunities I had to interact with patients in the clinical settings.
2. Why did you choose enrolment in the CLARC Program?
I have wanted to conduct research at the graduate school soonest possible after completion of the Initial Clinical Training as I started to study pathology which is closely related to basic research. Thus, the CLARC Program, which enables me to start focusing on research one year earlier that is commonly impossible, was a very attractive program.
3. From April you have to take part in both the clinical training and doctoral program, what are you particularly paying attention to, in addition to your health, and what are your aspirations?
I'm sure I have to work very hard. So I will do my best to keep regular hours. Because it is the first year of the program, there are many things I don't know. But I will do my utmost to cope with both the clinical training and basic research.

(As of April 2013)

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