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Introducing the School of Medicine 2019

Creating a truly global model for medical education and fostering doctors armed with solid practical skills

We aim to create a truly global model for medical education and foster doctors with advanced and comprehensive medical care capabilities, who are adept at working in clinical conditions, armed with solid practical skills, and able to play active roles both in Japan and overseas.

Annual student fees* are lower than those of national universities!
The School of Medicine special scholarship program

To provide financial support to those entering university with the aim of becoming doctors, we select the 40 students who achieved the highest scores in the General Entrance Examination and also 5 students in the Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions as School of Medicine scholarship students.

  • School of Medicine scholarships can cover as much as six years of study and scholarship students can receive as much as 14 million JPY (note that the scholarship money is directly diverted toward covering tuition fees).
  • No application is required for the School of Medicine scholarship program. All students sitting the School of Medicine's General Entrance Examination Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions are eligible.

* Excluding admission fees.

Medical education of an unprecedentedly high standard
Medical education of an unprecedentedly high standard
  • Clinical clerkship provided for 90 weeks, exceeding global standards
  • Classes in the majority of subjects are conducted in English
  • All students in their sixth year participate in overseas clinical training for four weeks or more
  • A cosmopolitan learning environment in which one in seven students are international students
  • As befits an international center of medical education, the teaching staff includes a large number of non-Japanese instructors, and Japanese instructors with extensive overseas clinical and educational experience
Thorough preparation for national examinations provided by experts in medical education
Thorough preparation for national examinations provided by experts in medical education
  • We call upon a team of professors who are leaders of medical education in Japan
  • The curriculum is formulated in an integrated manner with, for example, integrated lectures covering each organ group
  • The Office of Medical Education, which is responsible for curriculum formulation and evaluation, is staffed by 25 full-time teaching staff, a number that is without parallel anywhere in the world
  • Lectures giving a general overview in preparation for the National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examinations are provided to students in their sixth year, and a dedicated study room is also available for use 24 hours a day
Providing comprehensive practical education/clinical training environments that take advantage of our extensive range of facilities and equipment
Providing comprehensive practical education/clinical training environments that take advantage of our extensive range of facilities and equipment
  • To foster an advanced general medical care capabilities in our students we will establish a Medical Education Simulation Center, which, at 5,000m2, is one of the largest in the world
  • In addition to our five affiliated hospitals, we also make use of other hospitals and facilities associated with the IUHW group that we position as clinical medical training research centers for the provision of clinical training to students
  • We also have a 200-bed nursing and healthcare facility for the elderly as well as a home-care center, and are able to provide comprehensive clinical training that corresponds to the needs of community-based integrated care systems
  • We will establish an International Remote Image-Based Diagnosis Center and an International Infectious Disease Research Center to enhance our crisis management capabilities, including the ability to observe contagious diseases as they emerge overseas
  • The IUHW Narita Hospital is scheduled to open in Narita City in 2020
Our door is held wide open for students spreading their wings both in Japan and around the world
Our door is held wide open for students spreading their wings both in Japan and around the world
  • Tuition fees are set at 18.5 million JPY for six years of study—the lowest tuition fees of any private university medical faculty in Japan
  • Generous tuition fee support, such as the School of Medicine scholarship program and student loans, is provided
  • We are planning to open a Graduate School of Medical Research (request for approval currently pending) with the aim of gathering data and fostering professionals to contribute to international medicine and healthcare
  • Of the 140 places students 20 are taken by international students
Interprofessional education that only a health and welfare university can provide
Interprofessional education that only a health and welfare university can provide
  • Students can gain specialized knowledge relating to professions in health, medicine, and welfare
  • Students can learn about the interrelationships and links between occupations in health, medicine, and welfare
  • Students engage in exercises to deepen their understanding of team-based medical care and coordination between the fields of health and welfare
  • Students engage in training thanks to the cooperation of training facility patients and customers, instructors, and others

The Office of Medical Education staffed by approximately 25 full-time teaching staff

The Office of Medical Education with 25 full-time teaching staff has been established within the IUHW School of Medicine. To provide medical education that exceeds global standards, it is necessary to assemble a large group of full-time teaching staff who are passionate about medical education and bestow on them the authority to formulate curriculums, evaluation frameworks, and so on. Professor Haruko Akatsu has been assigned to the role of Dean of this new center. Professor Akatsu, who is a former associate professor at Stanford University, has been involved for many long years in clinical facilities and medical education in North America.


Haruko Akatsu

International University of
Health and Welfare
Haruko Akatsu
Dean of Medical Education

Profile

Travelled to the U.S.A. on a Fulbright Scholarship after completing a graduate course at Sophia University. Studied medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and there received a U.S. physician's license after engaging in graduate studies at Harvard University. Completed an internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at Stanford University. Engaged in medical treatment of patients and instruction at the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford University. Served as associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, director of an endocrinology outpatient clinic, and medical director of a thyroid cancer clinic. Received “America's Top Doctors" and “Best Doctors" awards. Assumed the role of Dean of the IUHW School of Medicine's Office of Medical Education in April 2017.

Over the six years of their study at IUHW, students will gain the communication skills that are so crucial to doctors involved in international medical care. They will also acquire, ponder on, select, and integrate cutting-edge knowhow and information. In addition they will be instilled with the spirit of service required of medical professionals that always put the needs of patients first. Unlike passive 20th century education in which students simply memorized textbooks and attended lectures in which lecturers merely reeled off information in a unilateral matter, students at IUHW are able to engage in participatory and student-driven active learning.

We have also formulated a revolutionary curriculum in which medical education is also conducted in English. Please think of it as overseas study that can be carried out while still in Japan, and prepare yourself to plunge headfirst into this new culture and the new challenges it will present you with. The Office of Medical Education will provide support to underpin this innovative education that differs from that of any other medical faculty in Japan.

With the opening of our new School of Medicine, we have a never-to-be-repeated opportunity to create an entirely new education style from scratch, unlike typical reforms to medical education that only involve incremental elimination and replacement of certain elements. It is our hope that by creating a new style of medical education for future generations based on our ambitious vision and the medical education theories, experiences, and lessons that have been learned and accumulated over many long years both in Japan and overseas, we will be able to further enhance the quality of care provided to patients.