Striving to Enhance Education, Research, and Medical Care and Contribute to Medical Services in Hokkaido
Founded in 1950 as a prefectural educational institute, Sapporo Medical University has since produced numerous medical professionals of well-rounded character and contributed greatly to the improvement of the health, medical services and welfare in Hokkaido.
In April 2007, the university became a Hokkaido public university corporation and it presently consists of the School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences, which together are made up of four faculties. All strive to enhance education, research and medical care and contribute to medical services in Hokkaido, while adhering to the following three principles: train medical professionals with a well-rounded character, improve medical services for the residents of Hokkaido, and promote advanced international research.
One of the most impressive characteristics of the university is the students’ high rate of success when taking the national examinations for medical practitioners, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Over the past ten years, approximately 95% of the students from the Faculty of Medicine have passed this examination, a rate that is higher than the national average (approximately 90%). In addition, students from the Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy faculties pass the examination at a rate of nearly 100% every year.
We also offer distinctive programs. Such initiatives include a joint community healthcare training in which students of the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences visit and stay in local communities across Hokkaido to experience regional medical services.
In our long history of medical research, pioneering studies continue to provide excellent results that reflect significant improvement in regenerational medicine for cerebral infarction and spinal cord damage and the development of cancer vaccines in Japan.
As a Hokkaido prefectural university, we also regard it as our mission to contribute to medical services throughout Hokkaido by fostering doctors and medical professionals whose mission is to serve the residents of every community in Hokkaido.
We are steadfastly determined to create a more vital university, one infused with an enterprising spirit and buoyed by a free and lively atmosphere. This is possible due to our faculties continuously striving to produce excellent results in education, research and medical care, thereby securing the trust of the citizens of Hokkaido.
Chairperson and President
Sapporo Medical University
Kazuaki Shimamoto, M.D, Ph.D.