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The Graduate School of Medicine (four-year doctoral course) previously consisted of six majors, i.e. physiology, pathology, internal medicine, surgery, molecular medicine, and neuroscience. Students were assigned to the research laboratories of each of the different specialties, where they received one-on-one training from instructors. Starting in fiscal 2005, however, in addition to the education offered through the original research fields, the GraduateSchool now offers 12 courses to accommodate expanding needs for intensive research that go beyond the framework of traditional specialties, in tandem with the remarkable development of science and technology in the fields of medicine and life science. The Graduate Courses of Integrated Reseach Training offer broad-based, systematic, integrated education on the latest trends in medicine.
In fiscal 2005, the MCR course, a one-year program, was started as a new initiative within the professional degree programs of the Kyoto University School of Public Health The goal of the program is to provide medical doctors and dentists with basic skills to resolve problems that they encounter in their practice. The curriculum therefore features basic principles and skills encompassing formulation of research questions, selection of appropriate research design and analysis methods, interpretation of and communication of the analysis results. Students are expected to construct a research protocol, which they are expected to carry out after graduation. The mentors of the students provide support to their students’ research until completion of the study.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Japan. Because it is now becoming a serious issue affecting the lives and health of Japan’s citizens, in FY2012 the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology established the “Promotion Plan for the Platform of Human Resource Development for Cancer” to foster medical professionals specializing in cancer capable of practicing advanced cancer treatments and cancer research with the aim of promoting the improvement of cancer treatment in Japan. Kyoto University, Mie University, Shiga University of Medical Science, Osaka Medical College, and Kyoto Pharmaceutical University have launched the “Plan for Cultivating Cancer Researchers and Medical Professionals to Lead the Next Generation” and are cooperating to develop top cancer researchers and medical professionals. Kyoto University is focusing on developing leading researchers of cancer to create new cancer treatments in the hope of contributing to the development of future cancer care with the aim of cultivating human resources that can undertake innovations in the next generation of cancer research and cancer care, and human resources capable of developing new diagnostic techniques, therapies, and care methods.
Topic: “Plan for Cultivating Cancer Researchers and Medical Professionals to Lead the Next Generation”
Promoter: Tsutomu Chiba, President of the Kyoto University Cancer Center; Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine
Project Period: FY2012–FY2016
In 2009, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) launched its Global 30 (G30) Project. The project facilitates the acceptance of overseas students to Japanese universities, promotes strategic international collaboration and supports the formation of centers for the internationalization of Japan. Aiming to provide high quality education by bringing out the full potential of the unique strengths of our institutions, and ultimately provide an educational environment more easily accessible to students from overseas, K.U.PROFILE is Kyoto University’s educational initiative under the G30 Project.