- Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo Medical and Dental University is Japan’s only university with a graduate school of medical and dental sciences.
The goals of TMDU are educating individuals who are going to be medical professionals, including doctors and dentists; creating systems for research studies in the medical care and life sciences fields; fostering the development of sophisticated experts in medical and research fields; and making contributions towards society and humanity through these efforts.
I have been managing the operation of TMDU as president for one year. This fi scal year we completed the the second medium term targets and plan undertaken by the previous president, Takashi Ohyama, and I am currently drawing up our third medium
term targets and plan.
I believe that it is important that the faculty and their families, the students and their families, and the alumni and their families share a common vision of the future of TMDU, that we all aim to achieve this vision, and that we cultivate a sense of pride in our alma mater by creating an environment in which each individual can realize his or her full potential. With this in mind, we have adopted a basic mission statement. (See the TMDU basic mission statement on the left page of the contents listing.) Entitled “Cultivating Professionals with Knowledge and Humanity to Contribute to Human Happiness,” it evokes TMDU, which stands in Yushima in the tradition of the Shoheizaka School, sacred site of scholarship and education, cultivating professionals with knowledge and humanity as an integrated medical university, spreading its wings from Tokyo to the world at large, and contributing to human health and social welfare. The knowledge stated here includes learning, technology, and self-identity, while humanity means culture, sensitivity, and communication ability that accepts diversity.
It goes on to advocate teaching that fosters “a broad education and a rich humanity, a strong sense of ethics, creativity and a pioneering spirit to solve problems independently, an international outlook, and leadership ability.” Research should “gather knowledge from many fields of learning, promote study that is ahead of its time, and return its fruits to the broader society.” The practice of medicine should “provide the community with highquality healthcare to heal the mind and body.” Finally, “based on this mission statement, all associated with TMDU should carry out their own calling with an awareness of their role.”
The management of TMDU consists in the creation of an environment in which all associated with TMDU can thrive, in accordance with the basic mission statement and under the leadership of the president. To enable the president to exercise leadership, I have appointed deputy directors under the executive directors and established a system in which the division of responsibilities and chain of command are clearly defined.
At the same time, to encourage sharing of information among executives and a sense of direct participation in the running of TMDU, the president has daily meetings with the executive directors, and the Strategic Planning Council meets every other week. In addition, a Policy Planning Offi ce was set up to facilitate prompt implementation of leadership by the president, and this has enabled the president’s ideas to be turned quickly into tangible form.
I have also reorganized offi ce operations to eliminate redundancy, and I am working to improve personnel treatment and the work environment by boosting efficiency and introducing methods to evaluate the effort and performance of faculty.
I am strengthening the evaluation functions for all aspects of our institutional research (IR): teaching, medical care, research, administrative duties execution. I plan to implement data-based unifi ed management of human and material resources.
The Faculty of Medicine was founded 71 years ago, and I believe it is necessary for us to establish consistent traditions for clinical medicine, basic research, education, regional healthcare, and international exchange. The Faculty of Dentistry has a tradition going back to its founding 87 years ago. In order to break out of the deadlock that dentistry faces, I want to expand the field of activity of dentists by establishing dental departments in affiliated hospitals, among other initiatives.
With regard to education, I am starting work on the establishment of an integrated educational organization that brings together on a university-wide level connections between high school and university, liberal arts education, undergraduate education, graduate school education, post-graduate education, and continuing education, while also implementing IR functions.
I intend to start discussions towards a more fl exible educational system that will permit switching courses between the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as exchanges and transfers between the Four-University Alliance of TMDU, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Hitotsubashi University. There may be regulatory issues and so on that make this difficult to achieve in fact, but I want to pursue this actively to expand the opportunities for study and to improve personnel mobility.
To improve the strategic research system, it is necessary to strengthen cooperation between the medical, dental and engineering departments, and to work towards implementation of the Research University Promotion Organization through collaboration between the Research and Industry-University Alliance Organization and the TMDU-URA Office established under the program for promoting the enhancement of research universities. I hope to establish an Innovation Promotion Center to encourage the creation of startup companies nurtured by TMDU as well as increased collaboration among industry, government, and academia. I also want to strengthen interdisciplinary research collaboration through the regionalization of fields.
In pursuit of safe and reliable healthcare, we will further enhance the ongoing coordination between the Medical and Dental Hospitals. In order to achieve comprehensive healthcare, we will establish Clinics for General Medicine and strengthen cooperation between the clinics.
By strengthening IR functions we will reorganize the clinics and establish new ones under the president’s leadership, as we endeavor to achieve integrated management of human and material resources.
From the time of President Ohyama, TMDU has actively engaged in international exchange and sought to make international
contributions. In addition to the joint degree offered in Chile, we are pursuing a range of activities at our overseas offices in Thailand and Ghana. Currently the Faculty of Dentistry is taking the lead, but the Faculty of Medicine must also pursue international exchange and contributions through more active personnel development overseas. Besides our overseas offices, TMDU also must export its medical and dental educational curriculum to Southeast Asia and South America.
We also need to promote exchanges with medical schools in the United States in order to strengthen the international outlook of our undergraduates, graduate students, and young physicians. TMDU was selected this fiscal year as a Type-A Super Global University by the Japanese government, and as such we will be engaging in global health education at the worldwide level. I want to strengthen the departments with existing international connections and establish an integrated international organization in order to more effectively promote our international exchanges and contributions under the president’s leadership.
However, I am also aware of the importance of contributing to regional healthcare. We are now conducting personnel exchanges
with affiliated hospitals and enhancing hospital-clinic coordination through a cooperative organization utilizing ICT by networking with clinics in the Ochanomizu area. The unfortunate reality is that private clinicians around TMDU still see it as a university that specializes in research and education.
In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, we have established the Sports Science Organization in collaboration with the existing Center for Sports Medicine and Sports Dentistry and welcomed Koji Murofushi, Olympic gold medalist and sports science PhD, to our faculty as a professor of sports science. This enables us to offer total care to athletes. We have also expanded the ER in response to terrorist threats and boosted our foreign language support for care of foreign tourists and IOC members, in cooperation with other universities. In this way, we aim to play an active role based on TMDU’s strengths.
Besides these plans, there are many issues that must be addressed with greater urgency, including improvement of incentives and working conditions for faculty and staff, and professional development for medical staff other than doctors. We will meet each of these requirements in accordance with the mission of TMDU.
Since I became president, I have striven to work in the spirit of my mottos, “Do your best to be a positive thinker,” and “If you know yourself, you can not be wicked.”
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
- Graduate School of Health Care Sciences
- Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Faculties and Colleges
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Dentistry
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Institutes and Research centers
- Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering
- Medical Research Institute
- Institute for Library and Media Information Technology
- Center for Education Research in Medicine and Dentistry (joint)
- Research Center for Medical and Dental Sciences (joint)
- Center for Experimental Animal (joint)
- International Exchange Center (joint)
- Life Science and Bioethics Research Center (joint)
- Center for Interprofessional Education (joint)
- International Research Center for Molecular Science in Tooth and Bone Diseases (Global COE Program)
The university is originally rooted in Eiraku Hospital which was associated with Tokyo Medical License Exam in 1899. The university was founded under the title of Tokyo National School of Dentistry as the first national school of dentistry in Japan on October 12, 1928. The school received university status in 1944 as Tokyo Medical and Dental College. It was renamed to Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1946. Separate Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry were established in 1951, along with a research institute dedicated to materials, which was later expanded to the current Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering. In 2000, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences replaced the former Graduate School. In accordance with the National University Corporation law, the school became a National University Corporation in 2004.
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