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Faculty of Medicine

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 Education and research, and medical service are conducted to equip students with a sense of culture and ethics from an international viewpoint, and cultivate in them the spirit of scientific inquiry, of developing medical and nursing sciences, and consequently making a contribution to the development of the community and the welfare of humanity.

Educational Goal

 The educational goal is to produce doctors and nurses who are able to meet the needs of the times by developing in the students a sense of culture and ethics and the spirit of scientific inquiry as well as a humanistic orientation which will enable them to maintain the utmost respect for human life.


 Shimane Medical University was founded in 1975 and has sent more than 3,000 outstanding physicians to medical facilities all over Japan. In 1999, the School of Nursing was established to educate and train nurses in this growing field. Shimane Medical University was merged into Shimane University on October 1, 2003 and became the Faculty of Medicine of Shimane University. Our campus is located in Izumo City and is separate from other facilities located in Matsue. It consists of 300 academic staffs and almost 850 undergraduate students.
 The Faculty of Medicine has 45 departments in the School of Medicine and 3 departments in the School of Nursing. The undergraduate course for the School of Medicine lasts 6 years and that of the School of Nursing lasts 4 years.


International Admission Policy

 We accept international students with a clear vision in their academic research and their own future. We provide advanced lectures in every academic area with a focus on basic and clinical medicine.
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Message from Dean



Professor Shuhei YAMAGUCHI 

 Welcome to the Izumo campus of Shimane University. The Faculty of Medicine, composed of the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, is located in Izumo, the second largest city in Shimane Prefecture. About 1,000 students are studying medicine and nursing here. In addition, we have more than 25 foreign students and researchers from 5 different countries. Our campus has various well-organized laboratories and facilities that are utilized for medical and biological research projects. We also have a highly equipped medical center where a number of clinical research projects are ongoing, as we develop new medical devices and techniques. Foreign students and researchers can observe research activities and are encouraged to participate in these projects.
 The Izumo area is strongly connected to the establishment of ancient Japan with many interesting historical and cultural places to visit. For example, Izumo-Taisha shrine, where you can feel the Japanese spirit, is one of the oldest and most famous shrines in Japan. And the nearby Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) surrounded by beautiful mountains. Our sincere hope is that many foreign visitors will join us to enjoy academic and cultural activities in and around the Izumo Campus of Shimane University.


Research for pancreatic carcinoma

image1 Pancreatic carcinoma is a highly lethal cancer. More than 90% of patients die within 5 years of their diagnosis and 75% of patients die within the first year. The mortality rate in Shimane Prefecture is above the national average.
 The immune system attacks foreign invaders in our body, but it doesn’t always recognize cancer cells as enemies. A monoclonal antibody (mAb) is a laboratoryproduced molecule that mimics the antibody our body naturally produces as part of our immune system's response to foreign invaders. mAb can be directed to attach to certain parts of a cancer cell surface. mAb circulates throughout the body until it finds and attaches to the cancer cell. Once attached, mAb can recruit other parts of the immune system to destroy the cancer cells. mAb also can deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to the cancer cells. These drugs only damage the cancer cells, leaving the surrounding healthy cells undamaged.
 We generated mAbs against the cell surface of human pancreatic cancer cell line MIA PaCa-2. In a living pancreatic cancer xenograft mouse model, one of these mAbs demonstrated a tumor-targeting capability and the mAb-labeled liposome containing anti-pancreatic cancer drug inhibited primary tumor growth.
 We will make a number of monoclonal antibody drugs to treat pancreatic cancer.



Rural Medical Education

 Shimane University Faculty of Medicine offers a unique rural medical education program to medical students and residents who desire to serve as physicians in rural settings. This program, which is conducted through close cooperation between our university and a variety of hospitals and clinics in Shimane Prefecture, is in response to the growing health care needs evident in rural areas of Shimane and the rest of the nation.
 Located in a rural area of Japan, Shimane Prefecture is now facing a shortage of health care professionals, especially physicians. To help solve the physician shortage, we introduced ‘the physician shortage area program’, which seeks to recruit, admit and prepare medical students from Shimane, who will, upon completion of residency training, locate and practice in rural Shimane as primary care physicians. We also introduced a rural experience program and implemented the program in our medical course to help students understand the importance of patient-centered medicine in rural settings and motivate them to become interested in rural medicine. We expect that the students who have studied through the program to choose to practice rural primary care medicine in Shimane in the near future. We have now started to apply the program to our postgraduate medical course.
 We have also built a collaborative relationship with the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, which provides an excellent rural medical education program called “WWAMI program”. It is a joint education program among UW and the states of Washington,Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Since 2006, we have visited teachers and medical staff at UW to learn more about the program and get feedback from them on our own medical education system. We also have visited other overseas universities and hospitals which are well-known for their prominent medical educational programs. From 2005-2013, more than 240 staff, most of whom were faculty members, have visited such universities and hospitals overseas to improve their clinical skills and have a better understanding of rural medicine.
 Through the implementation of our unique rural medical education program and enhancement of international collaboration, we will continue to contribute to better healthcare service in our own community.



School of Medicine

Department of Developmental Biology
Department of Anatomy and Morphological Neuroscience
Department of Environmental Physiology
Department of Neural and Muscular Physiology
Department of Medical Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry,
Division of Molecular Medicine
Department of Life Science
Biology / Physics / Chemistry 

Department of Pharmacology
Department of Pathology, Functional Pathology Section
Department of Pathology, Organ Pathology Section
Department of Microbiology
Department of Immunology
Department of Legal Medicine
Department of Public Health
Department of Environmental Preventive Medicine
Department of Medical Informatics
Department of Medical English Education
Department of Internal Medicine Ⅰ
Department of Internal Medicine Ⅱ
Department of Internal Medicine Ⅲ
Department of Internal Medicine Ⅳ
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Clinical Oncology & Respiratory Medicine
Department of Dermatology
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Digestive and General Surgery
Department of Cardiovascular and Chest Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Department of Urology
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Radiology
Department of Radiation Oncology
Department of Anesthesiology
Department of Palliative Care
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
Depart,emt of Acute Care Surgery
Departmnet of Medical Education and Research
Department of Community Medicine Management
Department of General Medicine
Department of Community Based Health Policy


School of Nursing

Department of Fundamental Nursing
Department of Clinical Nursing
Department of Community Health and Gerontological Nursing




Graduate School of Medical Research

Master’s Course

Medical Science:

1. Medical Research course

 The purpose of this course is to educate bachelors of nonmedical fields to integrate their expertise with basic and clinical medical science. It aims to develop the ability to do research and other work.

2. Oncology Pharmacy course

 The oncology pharmacy course focuses on the development of competencies for pharmacists who desire to be an oncology pharmacy specialist (certified pharmacist in oncology pharmacy). In addition to providing lectures and research projects for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in malignancies, this course provides training sessions at the University Hospital to learn practical knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical intervention and care for cancer patients.

3. Coordinator Course for Community Medicine

 This Coordinator Course for Community Medicine started in 2009. This course aims to foster coordinators who can support community doctors and help coordinate rural medicine. This course provides the opportunity to experience a community medical practice session for 8 weeks each year.


4. Instructor course of medical simulation
 Medical simulation training is important for improving healthcare and patient safety. The aim of this course is to foster excellent instructors, who are capable of educating high-quality medical simulation for medical students, clinicians, educators and other medical staffs. This course provides developmental training programs, as well as flexible and adaptable curricula for the learners.

5. Medical Staff Course for Integrated Community Health Care System
 This course has just started at 2015 and its focus is the cultivation of human resources with a mind for conducting researches in an integrated community health care system. After receiving this training, medical staff working not only at health care institutions but also at town offices has to be able to clear up a questionable points in the system and to perform a study for a solution on their own.






Nursing Science

 The master's course of nursing science provides lifelong learning opportunities to nurses who wish to develop their own knowledge and skills in nursing practice and research. The program integrates theory and practice towards a holistic vision of nursing care. The course consists of seven programs: (1)Human Care and Nursing Skills Course (2)Nursing Administration Course (3)Community and Public Health
Nursing Course (4)Child Health and Maternal Nursing Course (5)Adult Health Nursing Course (6)Gerontological Nursing Course (7)Gerontological Certified Nurse Specialist Course.




Doctoral Course

Medical Science:
 There is strong demand to train world-class medical researchers and skilled clinicians with research ability. Therefore, we offer a choice of three courses as a basic organization policy.

1. Medical Research course

 The purpose of this course is to instruct researchers on how to investigate basic and clinical medical science as well as biological science. We aim to develop human resources who can show leadership in research and education fields with enough knowledge and advanced research capacity to show creative and self-reliance in a specialized field of medicine. The subjects of the research are: (1) mechanisms, diagnoses and treatments of abnormal responses caused by intrinsic and/or extrinsic factors as well as neoplasia, (2) the physiological and pathological aging processes from prenatal development to senescence, (3) investigation of how change, both inside and outside an organism, influences the function of a creature from the respect of cell function, biofunction and its regulation and biofunction in its pathological state, (4) systematically understanding the functional view of human illness and (5) consideration on the prevention and/ or treatment of the illness. Furthermore, some postgraduate students work to: (1) investigate dynamic biological responses in organisms reacting to various kinds of intrinsic and/or extrinsic factors exerting biological functions in vivo through systematic analyses at the molecular, cellular, individual, and human social levels and (2) comprehensively consider the mechanisms and pathemas underlying such biological responses.

2. Medical Oncologist Training Course

 This course is designed to train participants to become a physician or other medical staff with knowledge and skills necessary for diagnosing, treating, and studying cancer. The course covers all aspects of cancer treatment required to pass the examination in order to be certified as a specialist in cancer drug therapy, therapeutic and diagnostic radiology, pathology, pharmacology, psychiatry, and palliative care. A remote classroom system is used in the graduate school and participating universities to acquire the credits necessary for the masters program and then after receiving fundamental education in cancer treatment. A university certificate will be awarded to participants upon completion of the course.

3. Medical Specialist Training Course

 This course provides advanced clinical training in each special medical field and enough research experience to take the Medical Specialist examination of each association. In addition to gaining clinical and research experience, fellows have the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.
4. General Physician Development Leader Training Course

 General Physician Development Leader training course in Shimane University Faculty of Medicinehas developed an outstanding cohort of clinicians, teachers, and young educational leaders. The division is united in the mission of patient care and has accepted and embraced teaching and educational leadership roles. The majority of faculty members are clinical scholars whose academic activities involve scholarship related to clinical and educational activities. Faculty members in the Division of General Medicine have established a strong presence as educators and educational
leaders for both medical student and residency programs. In addition, the Division of General Medicine is the clear leader in development of evidence-based medicine within the Medical School.

Nursing Science:
 A major in the nursing science doctoral course independently provides high level and creative nursing research to build “Nursing Science in a Super-Aged Society.” The goal is to train the research educator who can help people enjoy a rich quality of life through improved nursing care.