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Message from the President

Hideoki OGAWA, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Japan Medical Education Foundation

The Japan Medical Education Foundation (JMEF), was authorized in 1979 as an Incorporated foundation by the then Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.
The mission is to contribute to the advancement of medicine and human welfare through improving medical education. JMEF conducts thorough research into the situation of medical education including post-clinical training in the world and provides the results of the research not only to medical schools but also widely to society.
In 2013 JMEF was authorized by the Prime Minister as a public interest incorporation foundation. All 81 medical schools in Japan composing membership of JMEF actively participate in the activities as follows:

Forum for Medical Education Leaders & Administrators:
Launched in 1987, this forum is held once a year with nearly 150 participants of deans and members of the medical education committee from medical schools. Up-to-date topics are taken for lectures and discussions to improve medical education and to realize smooth management and administration of medical schools. Guests speakers are usually invited from overseas, namely UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Thailand etc.

Annual Study Visit to Medical School in Japan:
This study visit has been held once a year at a chosen medical school since 1981. The two-day program is composed of lectures, discussions and facility tours. What makes this program most attractive is that it allows the students of the hosting school to participate in the discussions. The participants can share the students’ actual educational experiences and exchange views on the topics.

Clinical Elective Attachment Program in the UK:
This program has been arranged for Japanese medical students to have four-week clinical training at medical schools in the UK. It started in March 1990, since then over 450 medical students from 75 Japanese medical schools have studied in the UK through this program.

Research Grant for Medical Education:
This grant, launched in 1979, is a competitive research funding aimed at contributing to development of medical education in Japan. The total number of projects adopted topped 180.

The Award for excellence in medical Education “Kaketa Award”:
Kaketa Award, established in 1996, is given to young and promising researchers who have notable research achievements. The total number of awardees is 31.

Japan is now confronted with various issues, including the impact of COVID-19, declining birthrates and increasing aging society. Under such circumstances, JMEF will work to contribute toward improving medical education and fostering outstanding medical doctors who are able to respond to society’s medical needs.

Latest News

History

1979 Apr.JMEF authorized as an incorporated foundation by of the Ministry of Education,
Science, Sports and Culture
1979 MayDr. Katsumi KAKETA elected as the first president of JMEF
1980 Oct.The 1st International Medical Education Symposium held in Tokyo
1981 Nov. The 1st Annual Study Visit to a Medical School in Japan held at University of Tsukuba
1984 MayThe first edition of “J.M.E.F.” , a PR magazine, published
1985 Sep.The 1st Regional Symposium held in Tohoku University School of Medicine
1986 Jun.The International Medical Education Meeting held in Kyoto and Kurashiki
1987 Jan.The 1st Medical Education Leaders Seminar held in Tokyo
1987 Sep.“Kawasaki Green College Fellowship” program launched
1990 Mar.Clinical Elective Attachment Program in the UK launched
1996 Mar.Dr. Morimasa YOSHIOKA elected as the second present of JMEF
1996 Jul.The 1st Kaketa Award presented
1996 Sep.Dr. Fumimaro TAKAKU elected as the third president of JMEF
2002 Oct.Anglo-Japanese Conference on Medical Education in the 21st Century held in the UK
2005 Oct.Anglo-Japanese Conference on Medical Education 2005 held in Tokyo
2013 Mar.JMEF authorized by the Prime minister as a public interest incorporated foundation
2013 Apr.Dr. Hideoki OGAWA inaugurated as the fourth president of JMEF
2019 Jul.Special Session “Comparison between Japanese and English medical
education systems” presented by JMEF at The 51st Japan Educational Research
Association Meeting in Kyoto

Activities

Forum for Medical Education Leaders & Administrators:
・This forum is held once a year with nearly 150 participants of deans and members of the medical education committee from medical schools to discuss various issues in medical education to improve medical education and to realize smooth management and administration of medical schools.
・The one-day program consists of keynote lectures, short lectures and panel discussion. Keynote speakers are usually invited from overseas, namely UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Thailand etc.
・This forum was launched in 1987. *List of speakers- 27th-31st
・In July 2019, The 31st forum was held with the theme of “Medical Education open to Society” at The Jikei University School of Medicine.
* the schedule of 31st Forum

Annual Study Visit to a Medical School in Japan:
・This study visit has been held once a year at a chosen medical school whose faculty members introduce innovative ways of medical education as well as its characteristic features to participants from medical schools across Japan.
・The two-day program consists of lectures, discussions and facility tours. What makes this program most attractive is that it allows the students of the hosting school to participate in a group discussion. The participants can share the students’ actual educational experiences and discuss the topics in medical education..
・The first annual study visit was held at University of Tsukuba in 1981. *List of host medical schools (1st -39th )
・The 39th Study Visit was held from September 5th to 6th, 2019 at Wakayama Medical University.
*the schedule of the 39th Study Visit

Clinical Elective Attachment Programme in the UK:
・This is a four-week clinical elective program which has been arranged to help Japanese medical students experience clinical training in the medical schools in the UK.
・Elective Applications are considered by the JMEF Elective Selection Committee on the basis of screening application documents and interviews. *
・This program was launched in 1990 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Leicester with the suggestion of the then GMC President. Since then over 450 medical students from 75 Japanese medical schools have studied in the UK through this program.
*The number of accepted elective students (1990-2020)

Kawasaki/Green Templeton College Fellowship Program:
・JMEF offers this fellowship to faculties in Japanese medical schools who are hoping to undertake research in the UK. Through this program, they are provided with an opportunity to be based in Green Templeton College of University of Oxford and to undertake research in medicine or health service management/economics.
・Awardees are granted a part of the expenses that will occur during the fellowship period.
・Depending on his/her research, those who are given this fellowship can continue his/her research for three months up to one year.
・This program was launched in 1987 by the kindness of Load J. Walton, the then principal of Green College and President of General Medical Council, and Kawasaki Gakuen.
*List of the awardees of the fellowship

Research Grant for Medical Education:
・This grant is a competitive research funding aimed at contributing to development of medical education in Japan.
・Researchers belonging to Japanese medical schools may apply for the grant. The schedule is set up in order to enable research projects to commence from the beginning of the fiscal year. The call for proposal takes place in September of the previous year. Application deadline is early December and adoption is considered by the JMEF Research Review Committee based on the application document. *
・This grant was launched in 1979. Since then the number of projects adopted is over 180. During FY2020, five projects are being conducted. *List of the awardees

Kaketa Award:
・Kaketa Award was established in 1996 as a memorial to Dr. KAKETA, the first president of JMEF.
・This award is given to promising young researchers who have notable research achievements.
・The total number of awardees is 31. *List of awardees of Kaketa Award

List of Exective Members
Organizational Structure of JMEF

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