Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences

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    Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences

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    The goal of the Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences
    Graduate School of Medical Sciences Master’s Program of Medical Science
    Graduate School of Medical Sciences Doctoral Program of Medical Science



     The goal of the Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences


    The school is training researchers, educators, and highly specialized technicians to promote the objective of the overall development of medicine and healthcare, while aiming to balance basic and clinical research.


    The Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences was formed when its predecessors, the Graduate School of Hygiene (established in 1967) and the Graduate School of Medicine (established in 1976) were reorganized in 1998 into a single graduate school offering both master’s and doctoral programs. Its main objective is to train researchers, educators, and highly specialized technicians to promote the overall development of medicine and healthcare, while aiming to achieve a balance between basic and clinical research.


    Establishment of Medical Humanistics as a general education course
    Amid today’s increasingly detailed specialization of healthcare and medicine, healthcare professionals are required not to immerse themselves solely in their own specialties but to take a fresh look at healthcare as a whole, with deep consideration of the nature of human beings. The Graduate School of Medical Sciences offers a general education course in the field of Medical Humanistics, enabling students to consider human beings and healthcare from a range of different perspectives. Both master’s and doctoral programs are designed to enable students to study both basic medical science and clinical science in a holistic manner, regardless of their field of specialization.


    Unit-style educational system enables students to study in their own way
    Conventional graduate schools of medicine use the lecture system of education, which creates difficulties in terms of interaction between students and teaching staff, interdisciplinary studies, and reflecting the latest information in courses. At the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, the scientific areas required for study and research are divided into seven departments (master's programs) and eight departments (doctoral programs), creating a system in which organic, effective network learning and project research can easily be undertaken across subjects and departments. The unit-style educational system is more responsive to free-ranging ideas and changes in society, offering education and research that will play a role in developing new forms of medicine and healthcare.


    Diverse initiatives completely within Kitasato University
    As one of Japan’s top universities working comprehensively in life sciences and medical science, Kitasato University has identified infectious diseases, team medicine, and collaboration between agriculture and medicine as key requirements for society in the near future, and is developing educational and research activities through interdisciplinary collaboration.


    DistinctiveCharacteristics

    1  Establishment of a general education course enabling students to study basic medical science, clinical science, and medical humanistics in a holistic way
    If specialists are to implement healthcare and welfare in a sympathetic manner, respond to the diversifying needs of patients, and support patient-centered medicine that takes into account patients’ quality of life, they must be trained in such a way that they are not biased by their own specialized knowledge, but possess wide-ranging knowledge and perspectives. At the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, both master’s and doctoral programs include a general education course that enables students to learn about the fields of basic medical science, clinical science, healthcare science, and medical humanistics in a holistic manner.


    2  Implementing participatory research projects, based on flexible thinking that transcends the vertical framework of “basic” versus “clinical”
    The introduction of a department system that enables flexible thinking means that, in the doctoral course, students plan their own research proposals, submit applications, and present the results of their research (disclosure system), implementing unique research projects that transcend the basic/clinical dichotomy. Every year, about ten research projects are adopted. The process from research proposal to publication of results not only fosters autonomy and problem-solving abilities in students, but also provides them with the opportunity to train in undergoing third-party evaluation as independent researchers.


    3  Basic medical science and clinical science are intimately linked in light of social needs
    Society requires individuals who can manage advanced life sciences research to support an increasingly sophisticated and diverse medicine and healthcare sector, but this is ineffectual unless the research results can be incorporated into practical, high-level healthcare in multiple ways. The Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences is building on the foundation of life sciences education and research with the aim of achieving a balance between basic and clinical research, and is fostering researchers, educators, and highly specialized technicians to promote this objective.


    4  Training courses for cancer medicine personnel to start in the 2008 academic year
    Two new courses will start from the 2008 academic year: the Multidisciplinary Clinical Oncology Specialist Training Course in the Doctor of Medicine program of the Department of Clinical Medicine, and the Medical Physics Course(Radiation Oncology) in the Master of Medicine program of the Department of Medical Engineering. The central aim of these new courses is to train clinicians with a high level of both knowledge and skills who can take responsibility for treating cancer, comedical staff engaged in cancer therapy, and other personnel with a direct role in the clinical setting. The courses will foster specialist oncologists with outstanding abilities in both clinical treatment and research, and medical physicists(Radiation Oncology) whose broad perspective will give them detailed, in-depth academic knowledge of medicine and healthcare, as well as a research-oriented mind that will enable them to make an active contribution to team cancer medicine.






     Graduate School of Medical Sciences Master’s Program of Medical Science


    Overview

    1. No. of students admitted: 40
    2. No. of students in the program: 80
    3. Program duration: Two years
    4. Qualification: Master of Medical Science or Master of Medical Technology

    Conditions for graduation (at least 30 credits)
    Specialized courses
    One course under the student’s supervisor (main course, 2 credits) and at least one other elective course (supplementary course, 2 credits) are required.


    General education courses
    At least one course (2 credits) must be chosen from another field or Medical Humanistics. In addition, at least one course (4 credits) must be chosen in the field of clinical medicine, but depending on the students’ current or previous specialization, this may be designated as not required.


    Special lectures on contemporary topics
    Two credits may be taken as elective courses.


    Practical (1 course, 4 credits)
    One practical course (4 credits) in the relevant department is required. Students learn about research data and methods relating directly to individual research subjects.


    Project Study (1 course, 10 credits)
    Under the guidance of their supervisor, students write up the results of their research as a Master’s thesis.


    Objectives and features of the Master’s Program
    The Master’s Program of Medical Science is targeted mainly at university graduates in fields such as medical technology, pharmacology, nursing, science, and engineering who want to make a contribution to medicine or healthcare. Our objective is to train specialized technicians with research abilities in the field of medical science, enabling them to acquire in-depth academic knowledge of medicine and healthcare with a wide perspective. Taking advantage of our most outstanding feature, the possibility of undertaking multidisciplinary research, we also envisage the program providing an opportunity for life-long education for mature students returning to university after working in society, giving them the chance to acquire academic knowledge in medicine and healthcare which they can feed back into their own disciplines. The Graduate School welcomes students from a wide range of fields other than medicine and healthcare, so that they can engage in research from the range of perspectives of their diverse academic backgrounds.


    Goals for Student Education
    The Master’s Program of Medical Science aims to educate advanced specialists who can contribute to team medicine, and educators and researchers with cutting-edge levels of medical knowledge and techniques. To this end, our education and research goals are to develop people who can: (1) solve issues from the perspective of basic medicine rather than just that of clinical medicine; (2) analyze a diverse range of clinical issues, and lead the way to a solution through team medicine; and (3) practice medicine based on a heightened perception of medical ethics.


    Career options for graduates
    On completion of the Master’s program, students will have acquired self-initiative as professional specialists. The following career options are among those envisaged.

    1. Researchers and technicians in the manufacturing and service industries (healthcare and medical sectors)
    2. Researchers in medical or life sciences research institutions
    3. Instructors at universities and junior colleges in healthcare and medical fields
    4. Specialized technical supervisors in healthcare institutions
    5. Specialized staff in government institutions
    6. Admission to a doctoral program

    Master’s Program of Medical Science

    Main Courses

    Biological Structure Molecular Cell Biology
    Human Anatomy
    Histo- and Cytopathology
    Applied Tumor Pathology
    Molecular Pathology
    Pathology of Biological Responce
    Environment and Medical Sciences Environmental Monitoring
    Occupational Medicine
    Environmental Toxicology
    Environmental Infectious Diseases
    Medical and Environmental Microbiology
    Legal Medicine
    Environmental Dermatology
    Molecular Medical Biology Molecular Genetics
    Molecular Neuroscience
    Regulation Biochemistry
    Molecular Pharmacology
    Mediator and Signal Transduction Pharmacology
    Molecular Oncology
    Molecular Diagnosis
    Molecular Hematology
    Medical Genetics
    Physiology and Medical Science Cellular and Molecular Physiology
    Cellular Immunology
    Clinical Immunology
    Neurophysiology
    Brain Science
    Gerontology
    Reproductive Biotechnology
    Oriental Medicine
    Sensory and Motor Control Speech-Language and Hearing Science
    Vision Science
    Functional Restoration Science
    Medical Engineering Medical and Mechanical Engineering
    Biomaterial Engineering
    Clinical Engineering
    Medical Radiation Technology
    Medical Image-mathematical Analysis
    Medical Informatics
    Matrix Biology
    Molecular Imaging
    Medical Safety Engineering
    Clinical Imaging Technology
    Medical Electronics
    Medical Humanistics Medical Psychology
    Medical Philosophy
    Evidence-based Health Policy
    Developmental Psychiatry
    Occupational Mental Health
    Clinical Research Development
    Healthcare Management
    Sleep Medicine
    Clinical Neuropsychology

    General Education Courses

    Medical Ethics
    Medical Law
    Social Welfare in Health and Medicine
    Health Care and Medical Management
    International Health
    International Environmental Medicine
    Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    Medical Counseling
    Psychological Assessment and Psychological statistics
    Responsible Conduct of Medical Research
    Genetic Counseling

    Clinical Medicine

    Introduction of Internal Medicine
    Introduction of Surgery





     Graduate School of Medical Sciences Doctoral Program of Medical Science


    Overview

    1. No. of students admitted: 40
    2. No. of students in the program: 160
    3. Program duration: Four years
    4. Qualification: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Medical Science

    Conditions for graduation (at least 30 credits)
    Specialized courses
    One course under the student’s supervisor (main course, 2 credits) and at least one other elective course (supplementary course, 2 credits) are required.


    General education courses
    At least one course (2 credits) must be chosen from another field or Medical Humanistics.


    Special lectures on contemporary topics
    Two credits are required, and up to four may be taken.


    Practical (1 course, 6 credits)
    One practical course (6 credits) in the relevant department is required. Students learn about research data and methods relating directly to individual research subjects (excluding the Clinical Medicine Department).


    Project (1 course, 8 credits)
    Only undertaken by students majoring in the Clinical Medicine Department.


    Project Study (1 course, 12 credits)
    Under the research guidance of their supervisor, students write up the results of their research as a doctoral thesis. These credits may be awarded in the third year through regular review.


    Objectives and features of the Doctoral Program
    The Doctoral Program of Medical Science is targeted mainly at graduates of the Master’s Program in Medical Science, graduates of other master’s programs in medical science or engineering, and graduates of medical, dental, or veterinary schools. It further develops the content of the Master’s Program, with the aim of enabling students to acquire high-level research abilities and specialized skills in the fields of basic medical science and clinical medicine.

    1. Network education and project research methods enable students to obtain a structured postgraduate education.
    2. Students participate in undergraduate teaching programs as teaching assistants, enabling them to gain practical teaching experience.
    3. Students build up personal networks, which they can use in their future careers.
    4. Students can receive the required practical training in terms of open seminars, in-hospital training, and practical work.
    5. Collaborative research with other research institutions (including those overseas) enables students to try out new research methods.
    6. The curriculum is structured similarly to the Master’s Program, with an emphasis on continuity between the programs.
    7. Collaborative research by students is encouraged, and an interdisciplinary scientific education is offered.
    8. Human science education in scientific study and healthcare is incorporated into the educational program.
    9. Detailed academic appraisals are carried out using appraisal method standards.
    10. Those who meet the qualifications to be awarded the degree will be permitted as an independent researcher to participate in project research or in joint research and to freely research and publish as a researcher.

    Career options for graduates
    On completing the Doctoral Program, students will have acquired a full range of abilities as independent professionals, and the following career options are among those envisaged.

    1. Researchers and technicians in the manufacturing and service industries (healthcare and medical sectors)
    2. Researchers in medical or life sciences research institutions
    3. Instructors at universities and junior colleges in healthcare and medical fields
    4. Specialized technical supervisors in healthcare institutions
    5. Specialized staff in government institutions

    Doctoral Program of Medical Science

    Main Courses

    Biological Structure Molecular Cell Biology
    Human Anatomy
    Histo- and Cytopathology
    Applied Tumor Pathology
    Molecular Pathology
    Pathology of Biological Response
    Environment and Medical Sciences Environmental Monitoring
    Occupational Medicine
    Environmental Toxicology
    Environmental infectious diseases
    Medical and Environmental Microbiology
    Legal Medicine
    Molecular Medical Biology Molecular Genetics
    Molecular Neuroscience
    Regulation Biochemistry
    Molecular Pharmacology
    Mediator and Signal Transduction Pharmacology
    Molecular Oncology
    Molecular Hematology
    Physiology and Medical Science Cellular and Molecular Physiology
    Cellular Immunology
    Clinical Immunology
    Neurophysiology
    Brain Science
    Reproductive Biotechnology
    Sensory and Motor Control Vision Science
    Rehabilitation Sciences
    Medical Engineering Biomedical Engineering
    Regenerative Tissue Engineering
    Clinical Engineering
    Medical Image Engineering
    Medical Informatics
    Tissue Regeneration
    Molecular Imaging
    Medical Safety Engineering
    Medical Electronics
    Clinical Medicine Gastroenterology
    Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    Cardio-angiology
    Neurology
    Hematology
    Nephrology
    Respiratory Medicine
    Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases
    Psychiatry
    Pediatrics
    Radiology
    Dermatology
    Laboratory Medicine
    Oriental Medicine
    Medical Genetics
    Surgery
    Cardiovascular Surgery
    Thoracic Surgery
    Neurosurgery
    Orthopedic Surgery
    Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
    Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Urology
    Ophthalmology
    Anesthesiology
    Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
    Medicine Humanistics Medical Psychology
    Medical Philosophy
    Evidence-based Health Policy
    Developmental Psychiatry
    Occupational Mental Health
    Health Care and Medical Education
    Clinical Research Development
    Healthcare Management
    Sleep Medicine
    Clinical Neuropsychology

    General Education Courses

    Medical Ethics
    Medical Law
    Social Welfare in Health and Medicine
    Health Care and Medical Management
    International Health
    International Environmental Medicine
    Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    Medical Counseling
    Psychological Assessment and Psychological statistics
    Responsible Conduct of Medical Research