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School of Medicine

 The School of Medicine has been a part of Kyoto Prefecture University of Medicine (KPUM) since 1872. In keeping respect for human dignity, which underlies our strong ethical code, the School of Medicine aims for her students to become doctors capable of relating sympathetically to patients while offering the best clinical care. Furthermore, students are trained to dedicate themselves to a career of life-long learning in order to keep up to date with improved techniques and new discoveries in the field of medicine. The School of Medicine focuses on producing future physician-scientists who strive for excellence in scientific inquiry as well as in the development of new diagnostic measures and treatments. Thus, it is the mission of the university that her graduates will ultimately play extensive roles in community medicine as well as in the field of medical science.


    The school of medicine offers an across year boundaries integrated six-year program which includes a pre-medical program, basic medical sciences and clinical skills. The curriculum provides graduates not only with the necessary knowledge and skills, but also the ability to communicate well with patients and their families, and with nurses and other staff members. Lectures in the pre-medical liberal arts program are provided at the Shimogamo Campus.
The six-year program is divided into four periods:
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6
Main Focus
Basic Medical
     The first period is assigned to the pre-medical program, which includes the humanities, social sciences, advanced biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, all of which reinforce and complement the medical training courses that follow.
     From the second year the basic medical science program is started. This program includes anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, parasitology and pharmacology, as well as interdisciplinary topics in the field of cell biology, molecular biology, neuroscience and genomic medicine.
     The third period consists of a public health program and a program of basic knowledge and skills in all of the clinical disciplines, including internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, urology, otorhinolaryngology, radiology, anesthesiology, etc. During year four, all students will take a nation-wide, computer-based test and an objective, structured clinical examination. Students who fail are disqualified from starting the next and last period of the medical course.
     In year five, students rotate through the various medical specialties in the University Hospital, work alongside clinicians and participate in patient care. In the last year, students participate in elective internships in the University Hospital, as well as in community hospitals. Training includes physical examinations, laboratory analyses and case presentations, which will provide students with a broad overview of medical practice and a solid foundation for postgraduate residency training. During the last two trimesters the graduation tests and the national examination for a medical doctor’s license take place.

602-8566 Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Kajii-cho,
Kawaramachi-Hirokoji, JAPAN