School of Medicine
Jichi Medical University (JMU) was established primarily for the purpose of producing general practitioners to offer health care in remote areas. The university constantly enhances its attractiveness by contributing to the advancement of medicine. While continually improving the level of medical treatment at JMU hospitals, we also focus on active research as part of our founding educational philosophy and create a system that facilitates exchanges in human resources for young researchers. It is paramount for us to attract excellent faculty and students in order to enhance our mission. We are able to do this by promoting research incorporating a more global perspective on the basis of our experience with the 21st Century COE Program, which was primarily supported by the collaboration efforts of our graduates throughout Japan.
In addition to our doctorate program, in 2003 the Graduate School of Medicine was established as an educational and research program for introducing students of diverse backgrounds to medicine. In 2006, we began a graduate program for working professionals, so young doctors working in local communities would be able to receive a graduate-level education without leaving their communities. In 2010, those working for JMU became eligible for the graduate program for working professionals, and a policy was instituted for full-time faculty for graduate programs in basic medicine. Exchange programs have been established for collaborations with other research institutions and graduate schools.
The Center for Molecular Medicine, which promotes translational research aiming at clinical deployment, has been the JMU’s research core. It has been supported by the High-tech Research Center （HRC)- Program, the Program to Support the Formation of Strategic Research Bases at Private Universities and Private University Research Branding Project under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Center has a flexible system for efficiently facilitating research that meets the demand of the times. It has also introduced a fixed term employment system and made efforts in international exchange by holding an international symposium every year. The Center for Development of Advanced Medical Technology has been supported as the Joint Usage/Research Center by the MEXT. The Center for Experimental Medicine was renewed to a new building in 2018.
Clinical research is outstandingly important to develop new medical technology. In order to facilitate clinical research, the Support Center for Clinical Investigation was established in 2013 under the direct control of the university president. The Data Science Center was opened for management of large-scale healthcare and biomedical data in 2017. In 2018, The Open Innovation Center for large joint research and The Center for Gene Therapy Research were set up. JMU also provides support for university-originated ventures.
JMU is a unique institution by global standards. We are aiming at further advancements in research, which will contribute to the institution’s development.