Center for Medical Education

Purpose of Establishment

The Center fosters medical personnel with advanced medical skills as well as high levels of medical ethics and education and rounded characters through systematic coordination between liberal arts and specialized education (medical and health care).
By developing programs with a focus on unified education for graduate liberal arts, basic and clinical and post−graduate courses, the Center plays a leading role as a think tank for medical and health care education in the university and fosters medical personnel who can contribute to community medical care in Hokkaido.


The Center consists of two departments, Liberal arts and Sciences and Educational Development. Faculty members of the Center closely concerned with both the School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences to one another, and play indirect but important roles in carrying out the University missions, and have supportive roles in view of the University missions.

Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • The department focuses on the liberal arts, medical ethics and pre-specialty education.
  • It links pre-admission education and university education in addition to studying and implementing remedial education measures.
  • It ensures that students from all fields are provided with training in the liberal arts.

9 subjects
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Law/Sociology
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics and Information Science

Department of Educational Development

  • Through the consistent educational program from undergraduate to postgraduate, the department has a mission to foster medical personnel.
  1. Development of consistent and sustaining education programs from undergraduate to postgraduate, integrating undergraduate basic and clinical educations, and undergraduate clinical clerkship and postgraduate clinical training.
  2. Planning and development of a joint curriculum of the medical school and school of health sciences in liberal arts and professional education.
  • The department is expected to stimulate faculty staff for their development of teaching skills. For that purpose, the department have the following roles.
  1. Making plans and implementing faculty and stuff developments.
  2. Leading for fund application toward educational development and advancing research related to it.
  3. Development of educational evaluation through proceeding educational research.

Community health care joint seminar of the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences

Community health care joint program (a consistent program for the 3.5 years from 1st year to 4th year students of both schools)
Hokkaido Prefecture covers a vast geographical area and has social problems due to the uneven distribution of medical personnel and the scarcity of medical services in certain areas. We have conducted a consistent program for 1st to 4th year students. In the program, two initiatives (1) a residential community internship program in which students are requested to stay at a remote community for a certain period of time; and (2) a team-based training program during which students’ capacity to cooperate with other professionals are integrated to a joint curriculum of the two schools (interprofessional education (IPE)). The programs interact with not only local medical facilities but also with local administration offices, local residents and community circles from all walks of life. In the course of the program, students’ understanding has deepened and they are able to appreciate their roles in team-based medical services.
Residential community internship program in the local nursing home

Residential community internship program in the local nursing home

Residential community internship program in the local hospital

Residential community internship program in the local hospital

Joint debrief session of the community health care joint program

Joint debrief session of the community health care joint program