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Acute Medicine

  • Kouichiro Suzuki, M.D., Ph.D. Professor

Emphasis and outline of education

Acute medicine in Japan is an integrated clinical medical field which includes outpatient emergency medical service (EMS), such as A&E in England, and intensive care service for critically injured and ill patients who have been admitted through the outpatient EMS. The concept of acute medicine in Japan originally developed about 30 years ago and has gradually matured. During the history of acute medicine in Japan, our department, the Department of Acute Medicine, was established at the Kawasaki Medical School in 1977 as the very first department of acute medicine in Japanese medical schools. At the same time, our outpatient emergency medical service started at the Kawasaki Medical School Hospital. Shortly thereafter, our intensive care service with ICU and step-down unit beds was created and run by our department. Therefore, we are proud of having provided fruitful resources of clinical medical education for not only medical students, but also postgraduate residents at the Kawasaki Medical School Hospital so that they may learn about illness and the care of acutely ill patients with empathy.

In the Kawasaki Medical School, our department provides didactic lectures for fourth- and fifth-year medical students. Fifth-year medical students rotate in our service as part of their clinical clerkship. Additionally, residents who have graduated from the Kawasaki Medical School have the opportunity to select our service as a two-to-three month rotation during their two-year junior resident clinical training.

Main Areas and Themes of Study

  1. Post-ischemic brain resuscitation.
  2. Cardiac performance after hemorrhagic and burn shocks.
  3. Toxicology research, such as study of the pathophysiological mechanism of paraquat poisoning.