International medical exchanges with overseas universities
Sapporo Medical University has been actively promoting international mutual exchange programs with overseas universities since 1977. We have established such programs with universities in Finland, Canada, China, and the United States. In 2011, we also began an exchange program with The Catholic University of Korea.
In addition, our university has established clinical training programs with China Medical University and The Catholic University of Korea.
・1977- Paulo Foundation; University of Helsinki, University of Turku, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, University of Kuopio
・1983- University of Alberta
・1984- China Medical University
・1994- University of Massachusetts
・2008- Jiamusi University
・2011- The Catholic University of Korea
Our university actively dispatches faculty members and researchers to improve standards of health and welfare for people worldwide. We welcome trainees from foreign countries at the request of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other international organizations.
“Maternal and Child Health for French speaking African Countries” and the “Training Program for Japanese Descendants” has been consigned from JICA since 2007.
In addition, our university has been accepting Russian scholars from Sakhalin from 1992.
Visits from scholars from Sakhalin stem from a 1990 incident involving a boy named Konstantin. Suffering from a serious burn injury, Konstantin was transported from Sakhalin to our hospital for an emergency operation. On this occasion, many people in Japan donated money necessary for treating Konstantin. This was the origin of the fund which exists today—known as the Kosucha Fund—and used to support medical exchanges between Hokkaido and Sakhalin.