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School of Medicine

School of Medicine

Establishment of the School of Medicine
The School of Medicine was established in 1928 as the Kyushu Medical School with a four-year program of medical education. In 1946 the School gained further recognition and was renamed Kurume Medical College. Since the establishment of the Kurume University School of Medicine in 1952, the School has demonstrated the highest standards of faculty and the state-of-the-art facilities to educate doctors and medical practitioners.

Educational Goal
The educational goal of the School of Medicine has been to educate highly capable medical practitioners and endow them with superb humanitarian values dedicated to community medicine. 90 years of the School's history have clearly demonstrated that this goal has been attained. Nearly 10,000 graduates have actively participated in the private and public practice of medicine, as well as in medical sciences and research in related fields.

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Curriculum
The School of Medicine offers a six-year educational program, and each incoming class comprises approximately 115 highly qualified students. The curriculum at the School of Medicine accommodates the needs necessary for new medical sciences and clinical treatment in the 21st century. The School has developed unique educational methods to accommodate needs in the society and to ensure the highest learning environment is offered at each grade year at the School of Medicine.

Faculty
Faculty members in basic and clinical departments have received high recognition on their professional achievements domestically and internationally, and strive to educate the future medical professionals by integrating both basic and clinical
medicine, providing close attention and care through small-size education, and fostering international awareness.

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Visiting Medical Student Clerkships

Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program at Kurume University School of Medicine (KUSM) offers a broad array of clinical rotations that foster growth of medical knowledge through direct/indirect patient care experiences.

As a visiting medical student at KUSM, you become an active member of a medical team that sees patients from in/around Fukuoka prefecture with a wide spectrum of common and rare diseases. As a team member, you can participate in teaching rounds and morning/afternoon conferences with outstanding physicians representing all medical and surgical specialties.

During your clerkship, you will interact with KUSM faculty every day, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and experience because Kurume University Hospital, affiliated with KUSM, is one of the leading hospitals in academic and clinical medicine in Japan.
 
You will also meet and interact with residency program directors at KUSM on a daily basis.

Eligibility Requirements:

As a visiting medical student, you remain registered at your own medical school while participating in the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program. You are officially enrolled as a student at KUSM.
 
In order to be eligible for our Clinical Clerkship Program, all international applicants should meet all of the following minimum criteria:

  •  Must be currently enrolled medical student in the final year of medical school (within 12 months of graduation).
  •  Must be in good academic standing at an approved medical school, which meets the accreditation requirement for WFME (World Federation for Medical Education) Certification.
  •  Must have completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements comparable to KUSM core programs.
  •  Must be in compliance with KUSM immunization requirements (please see an attached form below)-KUSM strictly adheres to these immunization guidelines. For example, you need to provide exact titers (values) for measles, rubella, mumps, and varicella. If you cannot provide the exact titers, you need to visit our vaccine outpatient clinic (at your own expense) before starting your clinical clerkship at KUSM.
  •  Must be fluent in English and/or Japanese language including: conversation, writing, and reading to efficiently communicate with doctors/medical students at KUSM.

Anyone holding an MD degree, or its equivalent, is not eligible.
Our clerkships are offered in three-week blocks and visiting students must adhere to KUSM rotation dates.

If you have any interest for the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program at KUSM, please contact International Exchange Office at Kurume University at https://forms.gle/knKXdgA6owyMqNLT8

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing was founded in 1994, with a four-year educational program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).

The aims of the school are to turn out graduates fully capable of contributing to health care through the art and science of nursing, and to promote the overall advancement of nursing sciences. The school continues to provide student-centered educational programs that will meet students' goals. Special characteristics of the curriculum include an early exposure to real-life job situations, case studies with medical students, care-giving for terminal patients, international nursing and environmental health.

Nursing is one of today's most challenging and rewarding fields. Nurses play a vital role in the health care system, working to improve the quality of life for patients in hospital and home and to promote health and prevent illness in society. Our educational programs also prepare students for public health nursing.

Students' research for graduation theses and international opportunit ies enhance students' experiences and build their professional understanding and ability. Each year some students go abroad to join summer schools held in foreign countries. There is an exchange of students between Konyang University, Korea, and Kurume University as of 2009.

There are approximately 110 students accepted each year. They get to know their classmates well and some of the relationships they form as students will last a lifetime.

Join the School of Nursing to have a fouryear educational program at Kurume and to learn clinical nursing theory, the skills and care-giving required of the nursing profession.

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