St. Luke’s International Hospital

St. Luke’s International Hospital

IMSE Application Guidelines

Updated:2015 Dec.

St. Luke's International Hospital (hereinafter; Hospital) provides the opportunities to engage in the Medical Elective Program’s enhanced clinical training in Japan for overseas medical students (hereinafter; Students). Please read through the statements below carefully before applying to this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant should meet the following requirements.

  1. Applicants must be candidates for an M.D. /D.O. degree and in good standing in an accredited school.
  2. Applicants must be senior students who have completed basic medical school clerkship prior to application.
  3. Applicants must be responsible for all arrangements and expenses related to the Medical Elective Program (hereinafter; Program) including travel, housing and medical insurance.
  4. Japanese or English language proficiency is required.

Duration of the Program

The rotation is 4 weeks. Students will observe one department of their choice per week so that they will rotate in four departments from the list of departments below.

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Curriculum

Please read through the file.( Word file / PDF file)

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Departments for the program

The program is offered in the following departments. Students should be at the hospital on the 1st day, Monday, by 9:45am. Schedules are provided for illustrative purposes only, and subject to change.

Anesthesiology

Schedule

Breast Surgery

Schedule

Cardiology

Schedule

Cardiovascular Surgery

Schedule

Dentistry/Oral Surgery

Schedule

Dermatology

Schedule

Emergency Medical Care Center

Schedule

Gastroenterology

Schedule

Gastrointestinal and General Surgery

Schedule

10 

General Internal Medicine

Schedule

11 

Hematology

Schedule

12 

Immuno-Rheumatology Center

Schedule

13 

Infectious Diseases

Schedule

14 

Medical Oncology

Schedule

15 

Nephrology

Schedule

16 

Neurology

Schedule

17 

Neurosurgery/Neuroendovascular Therapy

Schedule

18 

Ophthalmology

Schedule

19 

Orthopedic Surgery

Schedule

20 

Palliative Care Medicine

Schedule

21 

Pediatric Surgery

Schedule

22 

Pediatrics

Schedule

23 

Plastic Surgery

Schedule

24 

Radiology

Schedule

25 

Respiratory Medicine

Schedule

26 

Thoracic Surgery

Schedule

27 

Urology

Schedule

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FAQ

(Word file / PDF file)

Clinical Responsibilities of Students

During the program, Students are asked to be astute clinical observers. Hands-on clinical responsibilities are often limited due to the type of practice and skills needed. Basically, clinical responsibilities are prohibited according to the Japanese Medical Practitioners Law.

Travel

Students must pay their own travel expenses. Travel in or around Japan should not be scheduled during the program period excepting weekends.

Food

The Cafeteria in our Hospital is available to all Students for providing economically priced meals.

Health Insurance

All students are required to have health insurance.

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Documents Required

  1. Application Form (Word file / PDF file, 399KB)
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Statement of Educational Goals (600-800 words)
  4. Please give your reasons for seeking advanced training at St. Luke's International Hospital in Japan and your goals for elective. Be as specific as possible about what you would like to do at St. Luke's and in each department during your elective rotation. This statement is very important in finding you the best appointment for your particular needs. You should consult your mentor before completing this to make sure of the objectives.

  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Two letters of recommendation are required.
    One letter must be from the associated dean of students or equivalent. This letter must state the student is in good standing and good health.
    The other letter should be from a healthcare provider with whom you have worked in a clinical capacity. This letter should remark on your professionalism and competence in patient care.

  7. Certification of English Skills
  8. Either one of the following test scores are required for students from non- English speaking countries. TOEIC 700, TOEFL iBT 75, IELTS 6.0, Cambridge Exam FCE, CEFR B2.
    If you have difficulties in obtaining scores, we will assess in an alternative method.

  9. Immunization record (Word file, / PDF file)
  10. A copy of your current passport
  11. It must include your photo, your signature, the passport number, the place of issue, and the expiration date.

  12. School Evaluation Form

Others

The Hospital assumes no responsibility for accidents or illnesses which Students have during the elective program, including the travel between their home country and Japan. Each Student must have his/her own health and/or travel insurance that covers health. Moreover, each Student must inform his/her family of the contact information during the elective program in Japan.

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Application Procedure

*IMSE Application Timeline Chart (PDF file )

If you agree with all of conditions stated above, please apply to the Program by following the procedures below.

  1. Each applicant must submit documents 1 through 5 in PDF form by email or hard copies by mail 6 months prior to the beginning of the program. Students wanting to come in groups must correspond and apply individually. Since acceptance is based on availability of clinical departments, we cannot guarantee that all members of a group will be able to be accepted during the same period.
  2. The Hospital will carefully examine submitted documents, and confirm the schedule of departments of your choice if they accept applicants during the term. Program quota varies.
  3. The Hospital will inform applicants of the results by e-mail within 7 weeks.
  4. The Hospital will arrange the rotation schedule of Students and inform them 1 month prior to the beginning of the Program.

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Students Voice

Elective placement August, 2013 report - St Luke's
Novena Cheng, 4th year medical student at Queen's University Belfast, NI, UK

With doctors. (Novena is at the center.)

The IMSE program gave me an invaluable chance to experience and compares the different healthcare systems in Japan and in the UK. Not only that I learned a lot from seeing a wide variety of clinical signs, I also gained an insight into the Japanese work culture. Despite my language insufficiency, staff willingly translated mostly everything for me, which greatly enhanced my learning experience. Colleagues were very friendly and made you feel as part of the team. Making an effort to improve my Japanese, I made friends with local doctors and other elective students, and the friendship that we built makes my experience in Tokyo even more memorable. They even had a surprise birthday party for me! I was glad to have been invited to activities and dinners outside the hospital. It was hard to say sayounara and I really valued the time I spent here this summer. I would recommend St Luke’s to future students and I can only hope that they enjoy their elective as much as I did.

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Contact Information

Center for Education and Research, Department of Clinical Education

E-Mail: edu@luke.ac.jp
Postal Address: St. Luke's International Hospital
9-1 Akashi-cho,Chuo-ku,Tokyo,
104-8560,Japan