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 four departments and faculty members of the Center work closely with both the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences. Admissions, cooperation between the university and high school, liberal arts education and educational development, among others all play indirect yet important roles of supporting the University missions.

Department of Admissions and High School Liaison

  •  Department of Admissions and High School Liaison is responsible for the implementation, verification and assessment of the student enrollment process and provides prospective students with opportunities to become familiar with the education, research and campus life at Sapporo Medical University through such events as open campus days and sample lectures. Admission Center staff members also visit high schools and secondary schools in the prefecture to spread information about the current situation of medical education, research achievement and appealing points of the university.
  • As part of our entrance examination system, both schools accept admissions based on recommendation only of graduates of high schools or secondary schools in Hokkaido with the aim of fostering human resources who will play a leading role in the prefecture as per our fundamental ethos – contribution to community healthcare. The School of Medicine has also set quotas for a program called Hokkaido Healthcare (general entrance examination) and for admission on recommendation (regional quota/special quota). Students who have been accepted in the Hokkaido Healthcare quota are required to participate in a medical practitioner fostering program after graduation from the school and are expected to play a leading/central role in medical science and healthcare services in Hokkaido.

Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • The Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences is aimed to develop and advance students’ knowledge, attitude, skills, and intellectual curiosity so that they can become effective healthcare professionals and researchers. The division [department] is involved in liberal arts and sciences premedical and medical education. It also seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the faculty’s respective fields of study.

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.

Department of Integrated Institutional Research

  •  In this department, quantitative and qualitative data about the undergraduate students, curriculum, courses offeried, and learning outcomes are collected and analyzed, for the purpose of educational development.

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

Community health care joint program (a longitudinal 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 longitudinal 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 (Community-based training)

Residential community internship program (Community-based training)

Residential community internship program (Medical Cafe)

Residential community internship program (Medical Cafe)

Joint debrief session of the joint community healthcare program

Joint debrief session of the joint community healthcare program