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General Medical Education Center

The General Medical Education Center was established in April, 2008, with the purpose of training medical personnel and advancing medical education and research for the community. Comprehensive medical education, clinical residency, and lifelong learning opportunities for health care professionals are offered at the Center’s School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences. We teach problem-solving skills together with basic clinical knowledge and skills, raising highly innovative and insightful life scientists who have empathy and compassion for others.

The center consists of four divisions that support respectively the undergraduate school, graduate school, clinical residency programs, and community health education. The Office of Support for Medical Education is responsible for improvement of the undergraduate curriculum, enrichment of simulation and communication training, and the training of teachers (FD). The Office of Research Support for Graduate Students of Medicine promotes the improvement of the graduate education course, including e-learning courses. The Postgraduate Clinical Research Center is responsible for the advancement of initial training programs at Tottori University Hospital, and it also improves cross-training programs between hospitals that have registered as a Cooperative Clinical Training Facility. The Faculty Office of Support for Regional Medical Education supports the local medical community for undergraduate students and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for medical personnel. It is also responsible for community-based health education for regional students.

Tottori University Faculty of Medicine operates the General Medical Education Center through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology’s Special Funds for Education and Research Fund (Educational Reform), “Holistic Medicine Personnel Training Project for Community Health,” for the funding years 2007 through 2011. In particular, a cornerstone of the training project is the Human Communication Program which focuses on the humanitarian aspects of medicine. This nationally lauded Program has been taught at the Faculty of Medicine since 2005 by Associate Professor Hitoshi Takatsuka. We believe it is imperative to improve our community health education system further and to establish evaluation criteria for both medical students and educators. The establishment of evaluation methods and the use of portfolios will also be encouraged for post-graduate and lifelong educational programs. We are proud that the General Medical Education Center is a leading institution providing excellent medical education and sending highly trained personnel to all across the nation.