Dermatology(Clinical training)

Information for Exchange Students



Name of the department: Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine

Head of the department: Professor Mitsuru Setoyama, MD, PhD

Tutor(s): Associate Professor Masahiro Amano, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Hideki Koketsu, MD

Assistant Professor Medical Director of Clinic Aki Kashima, MD

Assistant Professor Medical Director of Floor Yukiyo Narita, MD

Language(s): English/Japanese

Duration: Two to four weeks

Period of year: always

Acceptable number of students (per period/per year): 2/period, 2-4/year


Clinical training:

Details of the clinical training and training contents

In the outpatient clinic we see approximately 150 patients a day.  Skin biopsies are frequently performed under local anesthesia at the outpatient operation facilities. Outpatient clinic include the following: atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, collagen diseases including SLE and dermatomyositis, skin surgery including malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma including mycosis fungoides and adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) which is endemic in southwest Japan and laser therapy for nevus of Ota and congenital vascular malformations.

Concerning the inpatient clinic, we usually have about 30 patients in the ward, which are usually taken care of by seven dermatological residents under the supervision of six dermatologists.  Surgical operations such as removal of skin cancers and skin grafting that require general anesthesia are also performed twice a week in the central surgical facilities.  Weekly discussions are made for initially consulted outpatients and inpatients to give an accurate diagnosis, precise treatment and further investigations by all staff members including Professor and Associate Professors.  Furthermore, clinical features and histopathological discussions are held weekly, which always give you worthwhile lectures.

In addition to series of lectures, clinical education is provided for medical students, which aims at giving a general introduction for how to make dermatological approaches for diagnosis and treatment.  You would be able to learn how to observe and describe a variety of skin eruptions.  Actually you would be supposed to see the initially consulted, selected patients every day for an entire week, as well as to participate in the inpatient clinic.


Research Project:

Name of the project: An introduction to Dermatology

Description of the project (including, relation to the main work of the laboratory, procedures and methods used in the project): Observation of outpatient clinic and wards.  Participation in Skin surgery.  Short course training in Dermatopathology.

Aim of the project: A general introduction for how to make dermatological approaches for diagnosis and treatment.


Requirements (if special knowledge is needed): No special knowledge is needed, but students who are interested in the research field are highly recommended.


Further information from:

Masahiro Amano

e-mail address: mamano@fc.miyazaki-u.ac.jp