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Education and Research

Last update: 2006/04/06

1. Education and research organization

1) We implement an integrated education of two years for a master's course and four years for a doctoral course, assuming that all students enter into the school of medicine, doctoral course in principle.

2) A professor or associate professor serves as an academic advisor, and students belong to the laboratory of the academic advisor.

3) Students are requested to complete the required courses and elective courses and shall participate in the "medical science seminar" (8 units), experimental works in medicine (8 units) and write their master's thesis under the guidance of the academic advisor of the office to which the student belongs.

2. Lecture subjects

1) To make students acquire the core knowledge of basic medicine: human anatomy, human physiology, pathology, social medicine, (2 credits, for a total 8 credits) shall be completed as a mandatory course.

2) To make students acquire basic knowledge of clinical medicine, introduction to clinical medicine (2 credits) shall be completed as a mandatory course.

3) To make students acquire more advanced knowledge of basic and clinical medicine, a "specific subject on medicine" related to the research subject (1 subject with 2 credits among 11 subjects) shall be completed as an elective required course.

4) To make students master methods of research for basic medicine, "exercise of basic medicine" (4 courses 2 credits, among 5 areas of 65 subjects) shall be completed as an elective required course.

5) Lecture on "Medical science seminar" and "experimental works in medicine" 8 credits each (in 2 years) given at the laboratory of the academic advisor are compulsory courses.

3. Education schedule and evaluation

1) Within 3 months after their start, students will intensively study the compulsory subjects described in the items 2. 1) and 2). During this period, lectures are given only in the morning, in the afternoon students can spend their time freely in preparing their report on information given by lecturers or visiting laboratories.

2) In three months, students decide on the laboratory to which they will belong and the advising professor, and participate in a seminar, "experimental works" and start research for their master's thesis.

3) Submit the master's thesis by the end of January of the second year of the master's course, then make a public research paper reading (usually in February).

4) At the master's course committee, appoint 3 referees (1 chairman, who is the academic advisor, and 2 vice-chairmen) for one student, the referees examines the master's thesis and research paper reading, and decide on their acceptance or rejection, after consultation.

5) Students who have acquired all credits of the required subjects are approved for completion of the Graduate School of Medicine, Master's Course and offered master of medicine degrees.