A Message from the Dean


Dr. Masashi Akaike, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Tokushima University Faculty of Medicine





  Tokushima University Faculty of Medicine was established as Tokushima Prefectural Medical College in 1943 during the World War II which was a first medical school in Shikoku and then transferred its operation to the Japan’s government and renamed Tokushima Medical College in April, 1945. After the World War II in February, 1948, it was promoted to Tokushima National Medical College and became to the Faculty of Medicine of a national university which was only medical school in Shikoku under the National School Establishment Law in May, 1949 and it marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment in 2019. At first, the School of Medicine was just one school in the Faculty of Medicine of Tokushima University, but later the School of Nutrition was established in the Faculty of Medicine in 1964 and then it was reorganized into the School of Medical Nutrition in 2014. Furthermore, the School of Health Sciences was established in 2001 merging the School of Medical Sciences, the University of Tokushima.


 Each departments of both basic and clinical medicine in the School of Medicine and Tokushima University Hospital have played a central part in contributing to the development of the society and fostering professionals who can contribute to the development of medicine through medical treatment, education, research and activities of health and welfare. Medical students can be qualified in taking the National Examination for Medical Practitioners after the completion of the six-year medical curriculum. There are outstanding characteristics of the School of Medicine: During the six-year medical curriculum, students are enrolled in each departments to do a full-scale research for ten months and have wide variety of trainings of clinical skills at the Skills Laboratory where various kinds of simulators are placed. Furthermore, students may have opportunities to do productive clinical clerkships both within and outside Japan. The Graduate School of Medicine was established in 1955, was reorganized into the Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 2004 and continues up to today. There is the M.D.-Ph.D. Course in the School of Medicine in which medical students take a leave from school after finishing the 4th year curriculum, go on to the doctoral course of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and return to the 5th year curriculum after taking the Ph.D. It is possible for medical students in this Course to take both the Ph.D. and a medical license in nine years. This Course aims to cultivate medical professionals who play active part in both basic and clinical medicine as a physician scientist. In Tokushima University Hospital, faculty members practicing medicine at the hospital are engaged in students’ clinical clerkship, post-graduate trainings and residency program trainings. Meantime, Tokushima University Hospital has many state-of-the-art medical equipment and gives highly advanced medical treatments to patients as an advanced treatment hospital and a core hospital relating cancer treatments as well. Tokushima University Hospital has constructed the place of high quality medical treatments and medical education as the “comprehensive medical zone” in close cooperation with the adjacent Tokushima Prefectural Hospital utilizing characteristics of the two hospitals. They are connected with each other by a bridge. Furthermore, as a part of the contribution to international society, Tokushima University has contributed to the cultivation of professionals of the Mongolia-Japan Hospital of Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences together with Ehime University which is JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)’s project.


 The School of Medical Nutrition, based on the philosophy that nutrition is the foundation of life, undertakes the medicine-based medical nutrition research and trains professionals who can contribute to the sophisticated medical treatment and the maintenance and promotion of health through medical nutrition. Tokushima University is the only university which has the School of Medical Nutrition in the Faculty of Medicine among national university corporations. The School cultivates registered nutritionists who can enlighten and promote the nutritional policy of Japan from medical view points and can support patients with advanced knowledge cooperating with doctors in clinical sites and cultivates scientists and educators who conduct basic researches and education of nutrition science. Meantime, the Graduate School of Nutrition was established in 1969 and it was reorganized into the Graduate School of Nutrition and Bioscience in 2004.


 The School of Health Sciences cultivates professionals who can respond to diversified needs in health, medical care and welfare and contribute to the development of health science supporting advanced and specialized medical care. The School has three majors such as Nursing, Radiologic Science and Laboratory Science and cultivates nurses, public health nurses, midwives, radiological technologists and medical technologists. The Major of Nursing develops students’ noble personality based on the preciousness of life and cultivates them who will be medical professionals on the basis of science and ethics. In addition, the Major in Nursing cultivates specialists who can play an important role in education, research and management in nursing and has the philosophy which contributes to the completeness and development of health science, medicine and welfare. The Major in Radiologic Science cultivates specialists who are able to not only manage the radiation technology in medical sites but also promote education and research in radiologic science having the reliable basic knowledge, skills of radiotherapeutics, rich humanity and sharp scientific judgement. The Major in Laboratory Science cultivates clinical technologists with creativity who can comprehend the dignity of life and ethics being highly educated and can extensively contribute to the improvement and development of the medical treatment for health. The Graduate School of health Sciences was established in 2006. Of late years, the international exchange has been actively held with partner universities worldwide.


 The constant improvement of the quality of education is required with a self-monitoring and outside evaluation. The School of Medicine took the audit of the Evaluation of Medical Education Program of the Japan Accreditation Council for Medical Education (JACME) in October, 2018 and was accredited to it on June 1st, 2019. The Faculty of Medicine, certifying the quality of education based on the international standard and closely associating with the Faculties of Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Institute of Advanced Medical Sciences on Kuramoto Campus and the Faculties of Science and Technology, Bioscience and Bioindustry, the Integrated Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Josanjima Campus, will further contribute to the development of the community medicine and cultivate professionals being internationally minded and having a leadership who can disseminate information worldwide. 



Last Update 2020.6.15