Our Educational Mission
Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine provides students striving to become physicians with the education required to graduate after six years and immediately pass the National Examination for Medical Practitioners. However, we do not merely aim to ensure that students pass the National Examination for Medical Practitioners, but rather educate them to become physicians with abundant intelligence and sensitivity, and a well-rounded general education, irrespective of any national examinations. At Juntendo, we respect the individuality of each and every person, with students and faculty members forging a close relationship through medical education and extracurricular activities alike. We give consideration to all aspects of education to ensure that you can enjoy an enriching student life. The Faculty of Medicine hereby discloses to students, staff and faculty members the following educational mission, with the aim of maintaining and developing this educational environment.
We regard classes not solely as a means of passing on knowledge and skills, but also as a place for education that cultivates a sense of humanity through face-to-face communication between faculty members and students. The same applies outside the classroom, during bedside learning and in practical training and practicum settings.
Teachers have a responsibility to educate, while students have a responsibility to learn. In particular, students in the Faculty of Medicine must be aware that failure to study inconveniences the sick people who are their patients.
Educating students is the most important thing that faculty members can do to improve their own research and clinical abilities. By educating students, faculty members also educate themselves. We are aware that seeking to increase students’ motivation, and devising and putting in place educational systems based on this raises the standard of activities by staff and faculty members not only in the educational arena, but also in the realms of research and clinical practice.
The real test of faculty members’ skills will be whether or not they can transform students’ attitude to learning from passive to active, so that students demonstrate a willingness to take the initiative and learn for themselves. In every course, staff and faculty members must strive to impart to the next generation what they have learned in a manner that is easier to understand. While face-to-face instruction of students by professors, associate professors, lecturers and assistant professors is important in liberal arts education, basic medical education, and clinical education, we must be aware that not only these educators, but everyone at a university is closely involved in education.
For entrance examination candidates
We would like to request the following of entrance examination candidates wishing to study at Juntendo University
Since its establishment, Juntendo has, naturally, regarded academic ability as important, but we also assess candidates on the basis of their sensitivity and the personality, insight, and well-rounded general education that a physician should have, attaching importance to the interview, short essay, and evaluations at the elementary, junior high, and high school level. The validity of this approach is borne out by the fact that very few of the students admitted to our university drop out or have to repeat a year, and also by our having maintained a high pass rate in the National Examination for Medical Practitioners (in terms of average pass rate, out of 80 national, public, and private medical schools, we have been second over the last 10 years and second over the last 20 years).
Consequently, we ask that candidates use their application form to give a concise description of their activities to date, their motivation for applying to the Faculty of Medicine, and their reasons for choosing Juntendo. We then request that candidates selected for an interview bring with them to the interview documents demonstrating that they have undertaken the distinctive activities described on their application form, such as cultural, creative, or volunteer activities, extracurricular activities, and any qualifications or evaluations. For example, these might include elementary, junior high, and high school report cards; certificates; commendations; licenses, qualifications, external proficiency examination certificates (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, EIKEN Test, Kanji Aptitude Test, etc.), qualifications for foreign university entrance (International Baccalaureate [IB], Abitur, Baccalaureate, etc.), and transcripts of results in foreign aptitude tests for university admission (SAT, ACT, GCE, etc.); certificates showing level of achievement in sporting or cultural pursuits such as judo, kendo, tea ceremony, or ikebana flower arrangement; trophies; and any newspaper or magazine articles featuring the candidate. As Juntendo trains physicians who will play a wide range of roles in the international community, we particularly welcome candidates whose English proficiency is such that they have already achieved a TOEFL-iBT score of around 68 points (around 520 points for TOEFL-PBT and 6.0 for IELTS) before admission, and those who have already received specialist education of one form or another at another university or other educational institution and have now decided to pursue medicine.
To ensure that students receive an adequate grounding in medical education at Juntendo as described above, all first-year students at Juntendo are required to live in a university dormitory for the whole year. Dormitory life trains students in putting our university motto into practice, cultivating jin (benevolence) by establishing the individual within the group and fostering a heart that considers and cherishes others.
The Faculty of Medicine attaches importance to general liberal arts education starting in the first year. From the second year onward, we continue to attach importance to education, particularly practical English examinations such as TOEFL and IELTS, and education on the subject of medicine in society. At the same time, we link basic medicine to clinical medicine, incorporating practicums focused on hospitals, nursing, care facilities, and clinical examination skills.
Full-scale clinical practicums start in the second half of the fourth year, with a large number of front-line training opportunities on offer, such as clinical practicums overseas (lasting 2-8 weeks; students choose their place of study themselves). This practicum-based education is fully managed by Juntendo faculty members.
With a history stretching back 181 years, Juntendo is always proactive in undertaking reforms of student education, with the participation of staff, faculty members, specialist physicians, and the students themselves. Based on our principle of Fudan zenshin (Continuously moving forward), we implement reforms that live up to our status as a leader of medical education in Japan. Please be active learners, taking the initiative in cultivating not only knowledge and skills in medical science and medical care, but also a rich sensitivity and well-rounded education, while striving to realize your dreams through the learning opportunities and student life provided by Juntendo, with a thorough understanding of the immeasurable value added by your admission to our university. We want you to become physicians with an abundant sense of humanity, who will be useful to the international community and open the way to the future. Juntendo will use all its resources to support you in this endeavor. We hope that you will take on this challenge.
Study Abroad Faculty of Medicine
Student Internship Training (optional course)In the 6th year of Juntendo University’s optional student internship training, students are allowed to study about the fields they wish to study, both on and off campus, as well as at overseas facilities. Final year students will be able to study abroad for two to eight weeks in an academic field of interest. Through this overseas training, students will be able to develop an international mindset, satisfy their intellectual curiosity, and gain a first-hand experience of the wonders of medicine.
In this way, we aim to educate globally standard doctors through international exchange programs based on overseas training.
|Year 5||August - September||Study Abroad Application Period|
|October - February||Study Abroad Pre-Trip Training|
|Year 6||April - May||Study Abroad (2-8 weeks)|
|June - July||Study Abroad Report Meeting|
Overseas facilities where our students have trainedHere are some of the overseas facilities where our students have trained. Our students have trained at many other facilities in addition to those shown here.
|United States of America||Cleveland Clinic|
|Columbia University Medical Center|
|Harvard Medical School - Joslin Diabetes Center|
|Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Mount Sinai Medical Center|
|Tulane University Health Sciences Center|
|University of California (San Diego / San Francisco)|
|University of Hawaii|
|University of Michigan|
|University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|Canada||McGill University Health Center|
|McGill University Royal Victoria Hospital|
|University of British Columbia|
|University of Toronto|
|University of Toronto SickKids|
|United Kingdom||Barts and The London Children's Hospital|
|Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry|
|King's College London - Institute of Psychiatry|
|Germany||Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin|
|Australia||University of Melbourne|
|Thailand||Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University|
Number of international students accepted and home students sent overseas (2019 academic year)
|Faculty of Medicine||Graduate School of Medicine (Master's)||Graduate School of Medicine (Doctorate)|
|Number of international students accepted
(Regular graduate student)
|Number of home students sent overseas
(Including study abroad and presentations at academic conferences)
International Partner SchoolsJuntendo University has entered into academic exchange agreements with 71 schools in 21 countries and regions worldwide.
USMLE / STEP 1 COURSE
- The course is designed to help prepare Juntendo University medical students, graduate students, and residents for a residency in the United States.
- The course is once a week between 18:30 – 19:30.
- The program will ensure students meet the necessary benchmarks to accomplish the goal of the course.
- Juntendo University faculty members who passed the ECFMG will supervise students through specialized training once a month.
- For more information about the program please contact the Faculty of Medicine Academic Affairs Department.