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Outline of Education

  We believe that the education of students is one of our most important tasks, and the department is strongly committed to both undergraduate and graduate education. Any disparity in our passion for education will be reflected in the quality of graduates we produce, and that in turn would will an impact on our own research and clinical practice. It will also lead directly to a disparity in the level of education provided. For this reason, we work with each of our young medical students and trainees to think carefully about why they wish to study medicine, and the sort of surgeon they wish to become. Alongside this, we aim to assist each medical student and trainee to think for him/herself, and to develop problem-solving skills. By constantly guiding our students to think about issues, we believe we are encouraging them to have dreams and hopes for the future.

  The first step in this is the renewal of our polyclinic training. In reference to the Medical School training curriculums implemented in the USA, and guidelines issued by the Japan Society for Medical Education, we have introduced a clinical clerkship system, whereby our polyclinic students also maintain medical charts and work as part of medical teams. We have also begun tutorials, which involve our students reading a large volume of papers submitted to leading international journals via the library and the internet, and considering consultations and treatment in the light of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in relation to the disorders they deal with.

  In addition, graduate education is not implemented entirely within the graduate school. The current state of community medicine means that different hospitals are required to different functional roles. It is more efficient for our trainees to learn primary care and primary and secondary emergency medicine from our partner hospitals, which are thoroughly rooted within our communities. Some of our partner hospitals also implement surgeries for a greater number of conditions. We believe that the assignment of specialists and leading physicians from leading prefectural hospitals, who are able to play a part in undergraduate and graduate education, is a means of making a contribution to community medicine.。 

  Furthermore, we encourage our trainee doctors to write research papers, even those that simply report cases, as a means of teaching them how clinical research is implemented. We hold abstract reading sessions with our trainee doctors on Saturday mornings, as a way of supporting this practice. Our intention is that, in analyzing the details of clinical research papers published in leading journals such as the Annals of Surgery, our trainee doctors will develop an appetite for the sort of research papers they would like to write themselves in the future. Analysis and criticism of papers also develops the skills required to engage in debate at academic conferences.
   All surgeons grow and improve by performing surgeries on large numbers of patients, and managing the perioperative period, but it is only by compiling the clinical results of their individual work, and that of their institution, that they receive appreciation from society. If you work hard your research is likely to be taken up by one of the leading international journals. Surgeons around the world will refer to your paper and it will contribute to the development of next-generation, new treatment methods. The members of the medical team at the Second Department of Surgery keep this in mind at all times while engaging in clinical practice.

Hiroki Yamaue, Professor