Amid the changing social and disease structures in recent years associated with the aging society with fewer children, there are people with disability who are wishing to live active and independent lives. The role of physical therapist is to provide medical support for these people. Department of Rehabilitation has been striving to foster outstanding physical therapists with a broad prospective covering healthcare, medical care and welfare, who can support the physically disabled people.
Our educational policy is to develop physiotherapists with superior practical skills and high clinical sensitivity and techniques, who can contribute to the community in the field of medicine. Under the slogan of "give the greatest priority to the disabled", we are endeavoring to develop healthcare professionals with rich humanity.
SWhile there are over 40,000 physical therapists in Japan, the number of the license holders is expected to still increase by 10,000 every year. Society now requires the quality of physiotherapists rather than the sheer number. The era in which one could find a job by simply obtaining the physical therapist license is now over, and we have entered the era of severe competition. Under such circumstances, problem-solving skills will be particularly required in the clinical practice.
"Give the greatest priority to the disabled" - physical therapists are expected to practice this fundamental as a matter of course. Taking advantage of a four-year academic education, our department provides elaborate curriculums and rich educational environment to meet such demand. Specifically, we have introduced problem-solving learning, which has been attracting attention in recent medical education, to many of the physiotherapy subjects. Unlike the conventional lecture-based learning system, the new approach requires the students to take their own initiative through considering the issues presented in the class and developing their own solutions. The problem-solving learning has been receiving high international evaluation as the education method to improve problem-solving skills. We believe that it is the most efficient way for fostering students to practice the fundamental requirement as a matter of course.
We whole-heartedly welcome those who believe in the words "give the greatest priority to the disabled" to our department to learn together with us.