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The Faculty of Medicine at Kyoto University is committed to the development of medicine and medical care for the 21st century. We consider it our mission to do our part for the well-being of the entire human race, and we seek students who wish to uphold these ideals. Breaking down the general field of medicine into broad categories, there are fields that relate to research, such as basic medical science and clinical medicine; medical care for patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases; and the public health fields, which relate to bolstering human health from a broad global perspective, encompassing the aspects of the environment, health and welfare, and prevention.
Medicine represents a major field of life science. Medical research sheds light on the mysteries of life, attempting to explain why illness occurs, based on the principles of life revealed by research. Further, working with the knowledge of the causes of illness that we uncover, we strive to develop new diagnostic, treatment, and preventive techniques. Medical research thus requires individuals who possess a strong desire to unveil the unknown and discover the truth, plus the character traits of great tenacity and endurance.
The very foundation of all medical care is “love of mankind.” Accordingly, individuals engaged in the medical profession must be sensitive, empathetic, and highly perceptive with regard to people in general, and must harbor earnest desire and passion to bring about better health for the general population and come to the aid of those suffering from disease. Moreover, due to the fact that present-day medicine requires interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as joint initiatives, physicians need to possess authority and patience in order to carry out their work in a smooth manner, as well as a proper sense of ethics. . Furthermore, the medical profession also requires individuals capable of contributing to the progress and development of the field who will continue to be highly motivated and maintain an inquisitive spirit throughout their careers.
Public health is a field in which we strive to achieve better health not limited to the level of the individual, but of the people of the entire country of Japan, and indeed of the whole world. To resolve the issues at hand, the assistance of the public administration, as well as public education projects, are necessary. Resolution of medical issues rooted in social circumstances necessitates excellent social skills, competence on the part of the public administration, and the capacity to engage at the international level. The field therefore requires individuals who possess a broad perspective, who are sensitive and flexible in dealing with the public, and who demonstrate profound humanity.
At KyotoUniversity, our primary focus for education is to encourage autonomy and self-study to facilitate the cultivation of highly innovative creative capacity, and we therefore seek independent-minded individuals who strive to uncover and resolve academic questions working on their own. Further, at the Faculty of Medicine, our goal is to attract individuals with a diverse array of abilities and educational backgrounds capable of taking on supervisory positions in the medical care fields. Amidst this background, we emphasize the capacity to function in the medical profession with regard to the many demands it places on the individual in terms of character, capability, and more. We therefore hope to attract students not only of high intellectual caliber, but also that possess distinctive all-around ability and integrity, including a deeply humane sensibility.