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 Tokyo Women's Medical University






■School of Medicine(Undergraduate school)

TOPSchool of Medicine(Undergraduate school)


Constitution


The founder’s philosophy, Sincerity and Compassion, remains the central objective of the medical education at TWMU.
Education for both scientific and humanistic medicine are provided within the modern and sophisticated programs.
                   

Qualification of entry

A high school diploma with certain requirements is needed to enter the medical school. Applicants constitute of 3 types: By entrance examination (70 students per year), by recommendation (20 students per year), and by recommendation from TWMU specified schools (10 students per year). Some students enter with bachelor’s degrees.


Curriculum


Characteristics: The medical school is a pioneer among Japanese medical schools in revolutionizing the traditional education system. In 1990, our educational policy changed from teacher-centered education to learner-centered education. Under the new policy, the curriculum has been altered from "knowledge provided education" to a "learning-to-learn education". The new education system included problem-based learning (PBL) tutorial. In the PBL tutorial, students find problems from given cases, analyze and solve the problems in small study groups assisted by the facilitator of discussion, called a tutor. Class-style teaching and practical work experience are combined with PBL tutorials.
The curriculum: The undergraduate course is a six-year program, with 4 preclinical and 2 clinical years. However, various clinical experiences are provided during the preclinical years. The first and seconds years covers general and basic medical sciences which are integrated into several themes of human biology. The rest of the preclinical years cover organ-based, the whole span of human life-based, and social medicine. The last two years are clinical clerkships. A student completed this six-year course receives the degree of "Gakushi" (M.D.), and is thereby qualified for taking an examination for the national medical board. In 2004, additional two year internship after graduation from the medical school became mandatory by legislation to be certified as “health insurance-certified physician”.
          

Student activities


Other than academic study, students can participate in 13 cultural clubs and 14 sport clubs.