Faculty of Medicine

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Educational Philosophy and Goals

Based on its founding spirit, KMU’s educational philosophy seeks to prepare good,humanistic physicians who embrace the spirit of scientific inquiry, liberal arts, and aglobal outlook, all of which flourish in our academic tradition of freedom, autonomyand self-motivated study. KMU promotes the following educational goals:

1. Acquire skills in scientific observation, critical analysis and expression
2. Master medical knowledge and skills that contribute to our society and the world
3. Foster physicians who understand their patients’ pain and point of view
4. Cultivate in physicians the ability to solve problems independently and to seek new knowledge throughout their

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Characteristics of Medical School Education

Characteristics of Medical Education

The 6-year Curriculum Integrates a Mastery of Science and Art in Medicine

Based on the standardized Medical Education Model Core Curriculum, students work in small group tutorials using patient models to acquire necessary medical knowledge about organs and systems and incorporate it into their clinical knowledge. After learning the introductory knowledge of medicine during the 1st year, students will learn basic and social medicine during the 2nd and 3rd year, basic clinical skills such as simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, medical interviewing and other techniques used in clinical practice until the end of 4th year. By the end of the 4th year, students take national achievement examinations, Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), to evaluate their general medical knowledge and clinical skills, and receive provisional license as a student doctor (clinical training license).
During the 1st and 2nd semesters of the 5th year, students participate actively in a clinical clerkship, rotating through all clinical departments. During the 3rd semester of the 5th year and the 1st semester of the 6th year, students may choose electives among various clinical departments and from off-campus clinical facilities, 3 nearby universities and their affiliated hospitals, or overseas facilities.

Education that fosters superlative, humanistic physicians

In addition to medical knowledge and techniques, students learn medical history, social roles, bio- and medical ethics, ethics required between patient-physician relationships and acquire basic knowledge and communications skills as a medical staff. Furthermore, through early hospital experience, clinical nursing, escort training and social medicine, students learn to understand their patients’ point of view and their pain.

Developing the ability to formulate and solve problems independently

During 1st year introductory tutorials and seminars and in 3rd year group study, the medical curriculum fosters students’ abilities to observe and think scientifically. During the 3rd and 4th years, tutorials and small group exercises foster students’ abilities to study independently, define and solve problems autonomously, and to hone their discussion and communication abilities. During the 5th and 6th years, KMU medical training fosters students’ ability to achieve clinical goals by actively participating in clinical clerkships in each medical specialty and also establishes the habit of life-long learning. KMU medical students learn medical English, including medical interview from 1st year to 3rd year, and develop facility in English medical terminology. Students will be required to obtain standard test score in TOEIC by the end of the 3rd year. KMU is educating students to acquire international skills so they can step into overseas clinical training programs.

Improving Student Performance and National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examination Preparations

In 1983 KMU developed the Medical Education Workshop for medical staff and the Educational Workshop for all teaching staff. In January 2009 KMU became the first in Japan to introduce the Directorship of Medical Education system. With the introduction of the Directorship of Medical Education, KMU implements thorough student guidance system supported by a class advisor in each grade and full-time staff of Medical Education Center to prevent students from following behind. Also in the 6th year, preparation program for achieving 100% of the students to pass the national test are provided.

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