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Japan: New program in Shimane offers intensive medical training to graduates
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Japan: New program in Shimane offers intensive medical training to graduates

By on November 22, 2017

Veteran doctors will make their medical knowledge available for young docs in new southwestern Japan training program

The new 2 year-long project beginning early 2018 will include veteran doctors in Masuda, Shimane Prefecture, providing intensive training for fresh graduates in urban areas of Japan. Primary-care and general care procedures will be taught by doctors in the private sector to the ones in the public system.

Trained doctors will afterwards be employed at the Masuda Medical Association Hospital, which experiences staff shortages due to the fiscal 2004 crisis.

The business model of the project will be shared with other medical facilities aiming to generate trained personnel in order to boost the quality standards of their services.

Masuda Medical Association Hospital attends 50.000 patients in the city, for whom medical students will be trained for at least two years in order to obtain a state-certified doctor’s license.

Under this system, hospitals seek to woo high potential doctors, who will be payed better and have improved working conditions.

The project was proposed by general practitioner Manabu Saito in Chiba Prefecture. The training program has been named Oyaji no Senaka.

Candidates should have a minimum of five years of medical practice and will serve the internal medicine, orthopedics and dermatology departments. Costs for the training will be fully covered by the association.

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