Capacity Building Program for Overseas Medical Professionals

The Capacity Building Program for Overseas Medical Professionals invites overseas medical professionals, mainly from Southeast Asia, to Japan and provides them with opportunities to acquire knowledge about Japan’s latest medical and medical equipment technology through training and also to understand Japanese culture and society and engage in exchange with Japanese medical personnel. The aim of the program, which IIST has implemented since fiscal 2008, is to contribute to raising the level of medicine in other countries, introducing Japanese medical equipment, and in turn promoting mutual understanding between Japan and neighboring countries, developing and maintaining friendly relations in economic and social fields.


--Purpose--

This program was launched in 1983 based on the idea of creating a forum for heart-to-heart exchange through medical training, proposed in talks between the then Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. From fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2007, IIST promoted the program under contract, and since fiscal 2008 IIST has solicited donations from related companies and, with these donations, has been implementing the program in cooperation with specialized medical organizations.


--Background--

The aim of the program is to contribute to raising the level of medicine in neighboring countries, introducing Japanese medical equipment, and in turn promoting mutual understanding between Japan and related countries, development and maintenance of friendly relations in economic and social fields by providing opportunities to acquire knowledge about Japan’s latest medical and medical equipment technologies. The program also provide opportunities to understand Japanese culture and society, and engage in exchange with Japanese medical personnel through participation in scientific meetings in medical fields.


--Outline--

The following training is organized for invited participants who are recommended by representative public medical organizations and others in other countries, mainly in Southeast Asia:
(1) Practical training aimed at understanding advanced diagnosis technology, surgical operation technology, and related advanced medical equipment systems in the special field of each invitee
(2) Japanese-language study and study tours aimed at deepening understanding of Japanese culture, history, and society
(3) Participation in scientific meetings and visits to medical organizations aimed at exchange with Japanese medical experts
(4) Company visits aimed at deepening understanding of Japan’s medical equipment and other advanced technologies
Furthermore, with the aim of promoting the further improvement and follow-up of training, the research on the medical situation in other countries is also conducted; the exchange of information and so on with the overseas medical organizations that dispatch the trainees; lectures on medical and medical equipment technology for former trainees and others; demonstrations; and the overseas dispatch of Japanese medical experts and others for practical guidance. The following is an introduction of specific program content.