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Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD Program)

Students are supported both academically and financially.

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Early career development

The objective of this program is to develop young researchers in basic medicine who are capable of responding to rapid advances in medicine and medical care, and social changes. To this end, the program allows 6th-year students at the Hokkaido University School of Medicine who wish to become medical researchers to take required subjects (8 units of Required Core Subjects of the Doctoral Program of the Graduate School) while learning under the curriculum for 6th-year students in the School of Medicine. Students in the 5th and 6th years of the School of Medicine may take the screening test for this program and, on passing, will receive a non-refundable scholarship (covering the examination fee for the Doctoral Program, admission fee and 3 years' tuition for the graduate school). While the student is in the 6th year, financial support will also be provided to the student's affiliated department aiming to subsidize the expenses to be incurred related to the student. Amount of the support is equivalent to the half years' tuition fee for the Graduate School of Medicine.

MD-PhD Program

Message from Graduate Student

The advantages of the MD-PhD Program

MD-PhD Program
Department of Neurobiology

Shunsuke Ohura

I entered the MD-PhD Program, because I had a strong wish to learn the skills of researchers.

This course is extremely useful to be able to concentrate on research right after graduating from the undergraduate course, where we can receive extensive support for our research activities such as experiments and analyses.

I now belong to the Neurobiology lab and do research about "action potential propagation mechanisms in central nervous system (CNS) neuronal axons" using electrophysiological methods.

The process of establishing the ways of the research is something that is very difficult for me. In the daily experiments, I lack many skills and knowledge and the difficulty of experiments constantly upsets my progress. However, when I get good quality data and evidence substantiating the hypothesis, it is very wonderful for me to push on with the research activity. It is also a valuable opportunity to be able to discuss issues with the remarkable researchers in Hokkaido University as well as with the pioneers of my research fields worldwide.

Through the MD-PhD Program, I will continue my endeavors, aiming to contribute to the progress in the field of neurobiology with my scientific findings on various physiological phenomena.

(As of April 2016)

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