Message from Dean

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The school of medicine of Yokohama City University consisting of a medical and a nursing course, is committed to the development of human resources who can provide leadership with excellent humanity and advanced knowledge on clinical practice and health care technology. In 2005, the previous nursing college was integrated into the university and the curriculum for the science of nursing was reconstructed for students to learn each specialized field more theoretically and systematically. On the other hand, in the medical course, “Medical Education Center” was newly established in 2012. This center is fundamentally composed of four divisions for liberal arts education, basic medicine, clinical medicine and ward training. Furthermore, there were three additional sections. The groundwork section for medical education supports students in taking an active part in research works through research practices in each department, and the examination management section facilitates students in passing Common Achievement Tests including computer based testing (CBT) and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and the national examination for the license to practice medicine. The education promotion section puts various opinions together to form a united view for students to enjoy a campus life and learn without any problems with careful instruction. And this center also considers new programs to raise general physicians and prepare to conform our medical curriculum to the global standard proposed by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

Looking back upon the history of Yokohama City University School of Medicine, we see that the Yokohama Municipal Juzen (means “Perfect” in Japanese) Hospital, which provided the most advanced medical treatment to citizens in those days, turned into an attached hospital when the Yokohama City University vocational medical college was founded in 1944. After that, in 1949, Yokohama Medical College opened in Urafune-cho, Minami-ku and the name of the hospital was changed to the Yokohama Medical College Hospital. The medical department was moved to Fukuura area in Kanazawa-ku in 1991 and the Yokohama City University Hospital was inaugurated, which has 654 beds in 28 clinical departments and serves highly advanced medical treatments. In addition, the hospital in Urafune area was maintained to 2000 and reformed as Yokohama City University Medical Center having 10 specific units, such as a perinatal care unit, children medical center, high emergency unit and so on. Both University Hospitals are available for 5th-6th year students to receive clinical training.

In December, 2012, Advanced Medical Research Center was established in Fukuura campus as a research base to facilitate medical basic research. The first “Laboratory for University-Industry Cooperation” was equipped in our university. Through the further promotion of the basic research in close cooperation with laboratories of proteomic or celloum analysis, medical research aiming to overcome cancer or life-related diseases and the progress of translational research are expected. Furthermore, in Tsurumi campus, “life science-medical research course” in the graduate school was established to become a research foothold to achieve the global level of life-science field.
Yokohama City University’s basic philosophy of promoting education focuses on the following three principles: emphasis on education, student-centeredness, and local contribution. Under these three principles, the Yokohama City University School of Medicine aims to contribute to the development of society and the prosperity of humanity by developing students into individuals who can contribute to both local and global society and by pursuing creative research. To accomplish these goals, the school strives to serve as a center of learning that passes on knowledge and technology concerning medicine, nursing, and treatment and to foster more advanced academic knowledge, morality, and practicality.

Tomoyuki Saito /M.D.,Ph.D.
Dean,School of Medicine