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Specialists who have completed the Doctoral Program are quite active at home and abroad.

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Career Options after Completion of the Doctoral Program

(2007-2022 FY, total number of students who completed the program: 1,212)

More than half of the students completing the Doctoral Program work as medical doctors or medical experts at general hospitals or at university hospitals. The second largest career sector is as researchers at universities and companies.

(As of May 2024)

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Message from a Graduate of the Doctoral Program

New perspectives gained from research

Physician, JCHO Sapporo Hokushin Hospital

NISHIMURA Yoko

I have been working as a urologist for 10 years. However, my personal experience with infertility treatment and pregnancy enabled me to recognize the importance of prevention in childhood illness. This in turn led me to enter graduate school. There I engaged in epidemiological research at Hokkaido University’s Center for Environmental and Health Sciences with a focus on the theme of “Studies on effects of prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals on sex differentiation.”

Following graduation, I have continued my research on weekends as a visiting researcher while working at a hospital on weekdays. I am also trying to make my patients aware of the importance of disease prevention. I think that recurrent education will contribute not only to our own growth but also to solving the problems facing society. It is my hope that many people, regardless of their age or career background, will be able to take a new step at Hokkaido University.

(As of April 2021)