Clinical Elective Program for Medical Students

Clinical Elective Opportunities for Visiting Medical Students

Kameda Medical Center (hereinafter; KMC) is offering a clinical observership program for international medical students.


  • Applicants must be candidates for an M.D. /D.O. degree and in good standing in an accredited school.
  • Applicants must be or will be (at the time of your elective) a senior medical student who have completed basic medical school clerkship prior to application.
  • Applicants must be apply 6 months prior to starting date
    Example: Starting the program from July 1 -- Deadline: The 1st of January
  • Visiting students are limited to a maximum of 4 weeks.
  • Either Japanese or English language proficiency is required.
  • *
    If the applicant’s proficiency in Japanese language is limited to an elementary level, while the applicant is not expected to be highly proficient in Japanese, they should not expect an English-only environment.

Important Note

  • 1.
    Applications must be coordinated via the KMC Post Graduate Education Center. Please do NOT contact faculty members directly.
  • 2.
    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.
  • 3.
    Applicants must be responsible for all arrangements and expenses related to the Clinical Clerkship Program, including travel and medical insurance.
  • 4.
    During the program, hands-on clinical internships are prohibited according to the Japanese Medical Practitioners Law.
  • 5.
    Any planned holiday must be arranged outside of the dates of his/her clerkship.


You are expected to attend your elective placement from Monday to Friday during normal business hours.

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Emergency Room
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery (Gastroenterological Surgery)
  • Hematology
  • ICU
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Urogynecology


  • 1.
    Learn how to practice in a different culture from your country of origin. The medical student will have an experience in patient care and medical education to include clinic, hospital, and public health practice.
  • 2.
    Experience life in a cross-cultural practice. Be part of the community.
  • 3.
    Learn skills allowing him/her to practice in a different health system.
  • 4.
    Exchange information and medical abilities (i.e., teach and carry ideas to and from KMC and country of origin).
  • 5.
    Be respectful, sensitive to cultural issues and enhance the visiting country and our lives.
  • 6.
    See how ideals central to medicine in your country of origin are used in Japan. For instance, the physician-patient relationship and ethical principles such as confidentiality, autonomy and beneficence likely have developed much differently in Japan.
  • 7.
    Interact with medical students, residents and staff and offer different perspectives on medical care.


Currently, students who are regularly enrolled in medical school are not charged additional tuition for training at KMC.


Housing can be arranged through the Postgraduate Education Center.


  • 1.

    Please tell us your preferred rotation dates and department from the link below:

    NOTE: The application deadline is 6 months prior to the beginning of the program

  • 2.
    We will inform you of available dates and required documents.
  • 3.
    We will carefully examine submitted documents and confirm the schedule of departments of your choice if they accept applicants during the term.
  • 4.
    KMC will inform applicants of the results by e-mail as soon as possible.
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