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Message from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Message from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Shuji Tohda, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) is now a Designated National University as of April 2022. Under the national university system, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology designates universities that meet the world's highest standards of education and research and are capable of becoming international bases. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that began in early 2020, TMDU Hospital has accepted the highest number of critically ill patients in Tokyo, helping save lives and disseminating information on the diagnosis and treatment of the virus to the world.
 In order to bring total health care worldwide, the Faculty of Medicine has been training doctors, nurses, medical technologists, researchers, teachers, and health care administrators who can be leaders not only in Japan, but throughout the world. Lectures encourage students to find and resolve problems on their own through active learning, and programs allow them to take part in hands-on clinical training and conduct independent research activities outside of class. As part of the faculty's curriculum, students can take part in clinical training at Harvard-affiliated hospitals or short-term exchange programs at Imperial College London or other affiliated schools so that they can become a medical professional or researcher with a global perspective. In addition, the Faculty of Medicine has been leading the way in medical education in Japan by teaching general education, conducting interdisciplinary classes that transcend boundaries between faculties and subjects, and training students to be medical professionals who can empathize with people.
 As a result of these efforts, TMDU was ranked #1 in Japan and #24 in the world among universities with 5,000 or fewer students in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Our students and faculty will continue to work together to create medical professionals who are devoted to research and so the Faculty of Medicine can produce many results that propel the development of medical science and health care worldwide.

Shuji Tohda, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine,

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

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