Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

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 providing a thorough 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. During the period of training outside the university hospital, students are allowed to delay studies at the graduate school and concentrate on training in regional medical service activities (*Coordination with other sections involved in the training is required.)
Student supervisors may be chosen from among faculty specializing in basic sciences.

clarc program

*Example of the training of medical specialist under the new medical specialist system (started in April 2018)

The period and details of training vary depending on the training program of medical specialist established for each of the basic fields (19 fields including internal medicine and surgery). Those wishing to be medical specialists are required to complete the training of medical specialist.

Message from a Graduate of the CLARC Program

I hope my advice here is useful for you

CLARC Program
Department of Cancer Pathology


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)

(Current Affiliation: Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery, Hokkaido University)