From the Dean
Keijiro Saku , MD , PhD
The Fukuoka University Faculty of Medicine includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. The School of Medicine was founded in 1972 and is now entering its 37th year. Over the years, a total of 3,322 alumni from 32 graduating classes have graduated from this school, and the ratio of successful applicants in national examinations is 99.2%. Many of our graduates now actively serve as excellent physicians and researchers at hospitals and universities across Japan. At the same time, the School of Nursing, which was founded in 2007, is now entering its exciting third year with its new teaching staff. With these two schools operating side by side, we look forward to further developing our faculty's comprehensive medical education.
In addition to our well-developed facilities for lectures, practical training, and research in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, our faculty also includes both Fukuoka University Hospital and Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital, and our many instructors, medical specialists, and specialized nurses provide each student with an excellent education.
We also provide excellent facilities for postgraduate training, and with the construction of a new medical center for Fukuoka University Hospital having begun and the reconstruction of Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital scheduled to begin soon, we are now entering an exciting period of transition. At the same time, in the area of research, in addition to our lecture laboratories and our six centralized lab divisions equipped with the latest equipment, we have outstanding facilities such as the Center for Advanced Molecular Medicine, the Research Center for the Molecular Pathomechanisms of Epilepsy, the Center for Experimental Animals, and the Medical Information Center, where research is being conducted at the highest international standards.
As you may know, there is currently a great demand for advanced medical care, safe medical care, transparent medical care, and humanistic and comprehensive medical care. By teaching our students about the value of mastering specialized knowledge and medical skills with an independent spirit and maintaining a well-developed understanding and sensitivity for the life and dignity of all human beings, our faculty continues to provide education to foster physicians and nurses capable of providing cutting-edge medical care in a sincere manner to establish relationships of trust with their patients.