Our aim is to carry out the mission of the university, "cultivating professionals with knowledge and humanity, thereby contributing to people’s well-being," from the perspective of educational management. The basis of our department is to contribute to the education, research, clinical practice, and management & operation of the university in cooperation with other departments and sections. Medical education will continue from undergraduate education to lifelong learning. Our department is in charge of "coordination and support" of education for 6 years of undergraduate and 2 years of junior residency period, and of cultivating future Clinician Scientists and Scientific Clinicians.
Department of General Medicine was established in 2000, we have aimed to coordinate and support a wide range of innovations for the department of medicine and its affiliated hospitals. Accordingly, we launched the following projects to carry out our mission; 1) Designing a new postgraduate clinical training program for TMDU affiliated hospitals, 2) Forming patient support system including social casework, 3) Establishing the Center for Cell Therapy, 4) Reforming the undergraduate medical education, 5) Establishing the working group for ward management 6) Managing the medical safety committee, 7) Providing second opinion support system. Recently we have been focusing on providing systems for undergraduate and postgraduate education, such as reforming the undergraduate educational curriculum (e.g. educational cooperation with Harvard Medical School) and clinical training system. The medical training center was established for the clinical residency program. In 2006, the department of General Medicine was transformed into the Department of Medical Education Research and Development. We are working in close cooperation with Center for Extraprofessional Education which we took in part of its establishment to materialize the interprofessional education introduced due to a revision of a new curriculum in 2011.
We are developing the following research from the perspective of medical education.
・ Study on evaluation for clinical ability acquisition
We are studying educational and evaluation system on how to learn and continue to practice in under- and post-graduate clinical training.
・ Research on career education
Research on career education for doctors is being conducted with development of entrepreneurship education program for doctors.
・ Research on research ethics education of medical students and residents
Development and verification of a model evaluation program for research ethics education by an interdisciplinary approach.
・ Research on patient medication and drug swallowing using design thinking
Research on patient medication and drug swallowing using design thinking is being conducted in search for new treatment strategy for dysphagia.
・ Research on team medical care and multidisciplinary education
We are conducting research on team medical care and multidisciplinary collaborative education.
・ Research on health prevention and patient education
We are conducting research on the development of patient education programs related to
health promotion for the super-elderly. In addition, we are also conducting preventive research on lifestyle-related diseases in Kyo-tango Longevity Cohort Study.
・ Other research on medical education
We are also conducting research on cognitive mechanism and cerebral processing in clinical reasoning, on competence evaluation in pre- and post-graduate clinical medical education, on multifaceted evaluation in medical communication and research on community-based medicine.
As a division, which is responsible for the education of students and residents, our primary goal is to foster doctors who have both a ’patient-centered perspective as a specialist’ and ’up-to-date knowledge as a generalist’. To achieve our goal, we are designing and offering a continuing medical educational (CME) program for clerkship students, emphasizing the educational systems spreading among multiple departments. Since we think it is crucial to foster medical prospective with a patient-centered perspective, we introduced an early exposure course (MIC: Medical Introductory Course) for the 1st and 2nd year medical students, as well as some medicine oriented English courses, including a special course titled” Language and Philosophy of Western Medicine” regarding some of the needs of this globalized era of medicine.
Besides, we are managing a training course for simulated patients who can contribute to medical education cooperating with the International Center for Medical Education at the University of Tokyo. To improve the quality of clinical training, we are currently developing an evaluation system for tutors and trainers.
Postgraduate Education (Clinical Training)
Our department has offered postgraduate clinical training since 2004 according to the new national residency system in Japan. We have also played an important role in developing the online evaluation system for postgraduate clinical training (EPOC),which is used in 60% of education hospitals in Japan. Results of the questionnaire in Japan Residency Matching Program, our education program revealed one of the most competitive among all national teaching hospitals.
Postgraduate Education (Master’s degree courses)
We have been offering master’s degree courses in Medical Administration since this MMA program started in 2004, and were in charge of two courses this year, “Human resources management” and “Leadership in the medical care.”
Clinical Services & Other Works
We are aiming to improve initial clinical training through the recruitment of medical interns, training management, holding various workshops, such as Evening Seminars, and operation of the “Tasukigake” training system with each partner hospital. We also hold clinical training sessions for supervising physicians to learn better teaching methods, and staff training classes about medical safety, infection control and medical information throughout the year. We also devised an evaluation system for the residency training program (EPOC), which was later adopted as a national online evaluation system for postgraduate clinical training.