Message from the Dean of the Faculty
“Develop all-around medical professionals and researchers who can contribute to medicine locally and internationally”
The Tottori University Faculty of Medicine was established in 1949 after Yonago Medical College (established in 1945) and the subsequent Yonago Medical University. In 1990, the School of Life Sciences was founded within the Faculty of Medicine to produce researchers who investigate the principles of life phenomena and elucidate the causes of diseases or develop leading-edge medical technologies. In 1999, the Tottori University College of Medical Care Technology, where nurses and clinical laboratory technicians were taught, became the School of Health Science. Thus, the Faculty of Medicine has three schools. In addition, the Graduate School of Medicine (medicine, life sciences, health science, functional regenerative medicine, and clinical psychology) was established. In 2020, the Tottori University Faculty of Medicine will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Until now, we have fulfilled social missions as the center of medical education, research, and treatment and human resource development in the Sanin region, producing approximately 5,800 doctors, 1,300 nurses, and 600 clinical laboratory technicians, and awarding 900 bachelor’s degrees in life sciences to individuals who are now actively working as medical leaders throughout Japan. In addition, many graduates teach at the Tottori University Faculty of Medicine.
Our medical education aims at all-around medical training through humanity education, such as “human communication” and “basic sign language,” the characteristics of Tottori University. Our school was highly evaluated according to the international medical education standards, Medical Education Assessment (reviewed in July 2018). The all-around medical training of doctors, nurses, and clinical laboratory technicians who have high communication skills and clinical practice ability, understand and care for patients, and play a central role in team medical care through collaboration with other professionals is the most important mission of our faculty.
Although the Tottori University Faculty of Medicine is in charge of highly specialized medical care, we also emphasize “regional medical care” education, which should complement highly specialized medical care. In the “regional medical care” education, in addition to experience-based classes, such as early experience/volunteer and regional medical care experience, regional clinical training is being implemented with participation in medical care at hospitals and clinics in the Sanin region. Furthermore, clinical training and training programs are being implemented in foreign countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Philippines, and Russia.
The Schools of Medicine, Life Sciences, and Health Science carry out specific education and advanced research, but will further advance through collaboration in educational and research capabilities. Therefore, education systems beyond the divisions, such as joint lectures and assignment to laboratories, and research systems by the Faculty of Medicine or beyond the departments (collaboration of medical, engineering, and agricultural departments) are being actively established.
The Tottori University Faculty of Medicine has produced world-renowned medical treatments and research results such as minimally invasive robotic surgery (Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery), and medical applications of artificial chromosome and stem cell manipulation technologies (Chromosome Engineering Research Center). Based on these advanced and distinctive medical treatments and research activities, we are developing the latest medical technologies such as regenerative medicine and genomic medicine. For this purpose, clinical and life science/basic medicine researchers are being developed as human resources who can promote cooperation between clinical and industrial fields. In addition, children’s health and environment, lifestyle-related diseases, nursing care, and dementia are being actively investigated by taking advantage of the low birthrate and advanced aging in the Sanin region. For example, the Tottori University Faculty of Medicine was selected as the only research unit center in the Chugoku region for a large-scale (100,000 subjects) birth cohort study, “National survey of children’s health and medical treatment (Eco & Child study)” (Ministry of the Environment). We are actively conducting environmental surveys, and studies on the health of children and their parents.
The Tottori University Faculty of Medicine will continue to develop all-around medical professionals and researchers who can contribute both locally and internationally. We are looking forward to meeting young people passionate about medicine, medical care, and life sciences.