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Characteristics and Key Points of the Faculty

The purpose of this Faculty is to produce healthcare and medical professionals who are endowed with rich human qualities. Besides this, the Faculty places particular focus on practical learning in greater awareness of work in the field, based on rigorous learning of basic knowledge. The aim in doing so is to produce “individuals who will be useful in the professional field”, the motto of Tokyo Metropolitan University.

In terms of the curriculum, Year 1 students can study general liberal arts subjects at Minami Osawa and attend lectures with a more in-depth content given by specialist staff in their various subjects, among other benefits not offered by single-subject universities in the medical field.

This Faculty also offers various curricula to address issues typical of Tokyo as a major city. Examples of this include home care nursing and elderly nursing studies in response to aging, and programs for disaster health care and disaster nursing activity in large cities in the Department of Nursing Sciences; and programs compatible with various fields of medical rehabilitation in an aging society, together with programs focusing on community rehabilitation in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Another major characteristic typical of this Faculty is its research education closely linked to Tokyo as a community. An example of this is the use in metropolitan hospitals of medical image processing technology developed by students in the Department of Radiological Sciences.

Key points

  1. Balance between theory and practice
  2. Full utilization of TMU’s academic assets
  3. Response to issues typical of Tokyo as a large city

Aims of Human Resource Development

In this Faculty, Year 1 students study liberal arts subjects at the Minami Osawa Campus together with students of other faculties, thereby acquiring a broad-ranging basic knowledge. Meanwhile, to nurture their qualities as specialist professionals from an early stage, they also study specialist education subjects in the Year 1. Then, from the Year 2 onwards, they engage in study of specialist education subjects, practical training in actual sites of clinical medicine, and others at the Arakawa Campus, with a view to acquiring national qualifications. Students may also move up to the graduate school, where they can acquire advanced specialist knowledge and flexible application skills, and where various collaborative arrangements are in place. Among others, these include inviting researchers who work on the front line of medical practice in Tokyo research institutions (Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, Tokyo Institute of Psychiatry, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology) as visiting professors.

We also strive to produce well-practiced health and welfare specialists through more practical education, such as having the students accepted for BSL in close collaboration with metropolitan hospitals and other medical or welfare institutions. Finally, we also place emphasis on cultivating minds, based on a two-fold rationale; firstly, that working in healthcare, medicine and welfare professions will serve to hone and develop their own human qualities through meeting patients and persons with disabilities, and through their experience of battling disease, preventing disability and recovering physical functions; and secondly, that human qualities are in themselves extremely important in terms of fulfilling professional duties.