Policy Statements

Diploma Policy

Medical degrees will only be conferred on those who have completed our program in accordance with our curriculum policy. All candidates will be expected to have fulfilled the necessary requirements to progress from year to year and acquired the qualities and abilities laid out in our educational goals detailed below.

Educational Goals

    1. The ability to interact with others with respect and consideration in a courteous fashion.
    2. The acquisition of a broad education and viewpoint founded on an understanding of the liberal arts.
    3. An understanding of medical professionalism and the ability to put it into practice.
    4. The acquisition of medical knowledge and skills underpinned by a firm grasp of scientific basics, and the ability to exploit that knowledge in a clinical setting.
    5. The acquisition of positive habits, including that of self-motivated study, and the desire to maintain this attitude throughout life.
    6. The ability to use ICT to collect accurate medical information and exploit such knowledge.
    7. The acquisition of an understanding of the significance of multi-disciplinary collaborative teamwork and the ability to exploit such knowledge.
    8. The acquisition of an understanding of preventive medicine, medical insurance, and the welfare system, and the ability to contribute to regional medical care.
    9. The acquisition of an international outlook and the ability to contribute to global medical safety, health, and welfare.
    10. The acquisition of an understanding of the significance of medical research and the basic skills required to undertake such.

Curriculum Policy

In line with the diploma policy of this university, specific educational goals have been set for each year of study. In order that these goals might be attained in a step-by-step fashion, each student will be expected to undergo a program of training designed to encompass the following:

    1. Medical training at this university focuses on having the students study in small groups and take part in clinical training from the first year onwards so that they may grow in terms of not only medical knowledge and technical skills, but also communication skills and the ability to deal courteously with others.
    2. Students will be expected to undertake a broad program of education in their first year. This program will encompass subjects such as philosophy, sociology, medical psychology, and thanatology from the humanities, together with physics, chemistry, and biology from the natural sciences. It is hoped that this will enable them to make the most of viewpoints derived from a wide range of disciplines in both developing their understanding of humanity and providing professional health care in the future.
    3. As future medical professionals, students will also be expected to undertake studies of the behavioral sciences, such as those pertaining to ethics and societal norms, together with classes on patient studies, medical professionalism, and medical ethics throughout the six years of study.
    4. Students will be expected to acquire medical knowledge and skills in a step-by-step fashion. Therefore, in the first year, they will learn basic medicine from a clinical viewpoint; by the end of the second year, they will have acquired basic clinical skills; from the third year, they will embark on studies of each organ system, combining both basic and clinical knowledge. At this point they will also have been given the opportunity to experience clinical practice first-hand both here and at affiliated hospitals and clinics from early on in their studies with the aim of developing their powers of clinical reasoning; from the fourth year, they will begin their organ-based rotation and clinical clerkship.
    5. Our program focuses on active knowledge acquisition by encompassing both problem- and team-based learning, with the aim of fostering the habit of self-motivated study. Therefore, an e-learning system is employed from the first year onwards to facilitate study and revision, in addition to an emphasis on studies of symptomatology and early clinical training. Thus, students will later be able to review their progress over the years in clinical training and theoretical studies by means of an e-portfolio.
    6. Students will learn how to use the necessary software to produce documents and make presentations, to which end they will take classes in information science. They will also be expected to undertake topical research and participate in group research studies with the aim of developing their ability to exploit ICT to collate and use information appropriately.
    7. Our program also includes multidisciplinary studies, such as in nursing, in collaboration with other educational institutions.
    8. From the second to the fourth year, the students will be expected to obtain an understanding of how medicine is provided in society through studying social medicine, public hygiene, medical insurance, and medical care and welfare systems.
    9. As the basis of an education fit for a professional working in an international setting, the students will undergo general education, including in English, from the first through the fourth years. There will also be opportunities to undertake studies overseas in the sixth year.
    10. One of our goals is to foster the desire to undertake original research. Therefore, in the first and second years, the students will take classes in basic medicine and undergo clinical training. Then, in the fourth year, they will be expected to participate in group research projects at the various departments of basic medicine.
    11. Student progress in each subject in our program will be evaluated in strict accordance with the criteria clearly set down in our syllabus. In addition to general examinations to be sat in the second, fifth, and sixth years, students will also be expected to undergo the CBT and OSCE tests in the fourth year, and the post-clinical clerkship (PCC)-OSCE in the sixth year. Evaluations will be based on the results of these various tests. A further overall assessment will also be made based on a review of each student’s performance over the six years of the program in line with our assessment policy.

Admission Policy

This school is looking to enroll individuals endowed with the following qualities:

    1. Those with a good sound basic education; individuals interested in identifying and solving problems for themselves.
    2. Those of sound moral judgement and possessed of consideration for others; individuals capable of altruistic thinking.
    3. Those of a cooperative and flexible disposition; individuals capable of taking the opinions of others into account when conveying their own opinions; individuals who understand the importance of remaining courteous in their dealings with others.
    4. Those committed to understanding their mission in a multi-cultural and ever-changing world.

Assessment Policy

Our assessment policy is aimed at increasing the quality of education offered at this university. As such, it determines our procedures for ascertaining and verifying the results of the academic and practical training undergone in line with our 3 policies: Admission Policy, Curriculum Policy, and Diploma Policy.

    1. Assessment is based on multi-faceted evaluation of a range of indices. These indices allow us to determine whether a student has fulfilled the conditions of our Admission Policy, whether their studies have progressed in line with our Curriculum Policy, and whether they have met the requirements of our Diploma Policy. Therefore, a database has been established which will allow each student’s overall academic data to be referenced.
    2. A wide range of direct and indirect indices are used in arriving at an assessment. These include the results for each academic subject; entrance examination results, and the distribution of such results, encompassing those on completion of each year of study and at time of graduation; GPA; rate of progress through grades; and pass rate in national examinations. In addition, freshman questionnaires, reports on effort, and questionnaires at time of and after graduation are also referenced.
    3. Assessment of progress in each subject in the curriculum is carried out in strict accordance with the protocol and standards clearly set down in the syllabus, the school regulations, and Tokyo Medical University GPA. In addition, we are devoted to enriching our curriculum.
    4. Feedback will be provided to each student and relevant members of staff regarding ongoing academic progress.
    5. Verification of academic progress will be made in consultation with the faculty, the Education IR Center, Admissions Center, and the committee pertinent to each department concerned.
    6. Verification of academic progress will be used as a reference in further improving the quality of education offered by TMU in conjunction with review of class content, educational methodology, and curriculum development.
    7. Information on academic progress and the educational results of the university as a whole will be made publicly available.