Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Symposium 1

Perspective of graduate medical education in the Japanese Society of Neurology

Masatoyo Nishizawa, M.D.

Department of Neurology, Brain Research Institute, Niigata University

The current system qualifying the specialty for neurology in the Japanese Society of Neurology has many problems that need solutions as soon as possible: Is the professionalism of our neurologists guaranteed by the present qualification examination and continuous education thereafter? How many professional neurologists should be trained in our country to fulfill our duties? Are they adequately distributed among local areas? The training programs of neurology should be approved by our Society according to the quality of the program, and the number of the trainees should be determined by the number of teaching stuff and of cases of the hospitals. Until a council like Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the United States is established in Japan, it is desirable that we regulate autonomously by ourselves the adequate number and the quality of our board-certified neurologists. For this purpose, we must have our own "Code of Professional Conduct" without delay.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 52: 1031|1032, 2012)
key words: professionalism, code of professional conduct, professional education, board-certified neurologist, Japanese Board of Medical Specialties

(Received: 23-May-12)