The international city of Yokohama is where modern dentistry in Japan started as a result of an American practitioner opening the first dental office here just prior to the Meiji Restoration. In 1970, we established the first and only dental school in Yokohama, and since then, we have produced many of Japan’s most highly qualified dentists.
Our students take courses in Religion and Ethics in order to become highly responsible and ethical medical professionals. Our aim is to foster dentists who value each patient as an individual and who can live up to the trust patients put in them.
Tsurumi University Dental Hospital is proud to have provided over 45 years of dental service to the community while treating 800-1,000 patients per day. Our dental students have unrivaled access to actual patients in their clinical training so they can become highly experienced professionals by the time they graduate.
Our university benefits from partnerships with renowned dental universities in China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries. Students and faculty exchange visits for research purposes and to ensure that our dental treatment keeps pace with international standards.
A strong sense of ethics and the ability to understand treatment from the patient's point of view are essential for the professional medical practitioner. At Tsurumi University, we emphasize these values in our curriculum and in our hands-on clinical training.
Before hands-on clinical training can begin, students attend clinical training preparation lectures taught by the supervisors from each department. In these courses, students learn the proper attitude and manner of a dental professional, review medical ethics, and learn how to have proper contact with patients. Students then work with dental simulator training manikins, practice making treatment plans, and make hospital visits to fully prepare themselves for actual patient contact.
First, students perform oral examinations and check the patient’s teeth and oral cavity. Next, students rotate through the various departments and take personal charge of 5 or 6 patients. In cases where extensive treatment is necessary, students may be responsible for patients for as long as a year. Students are taught to recognize and respond properly to the feelings and concerns of patients during treatment. They also learn to make dentures and crowns for their patients. Under the close supervision of their teacher in charge, students integrate the theoretical training they’ve had with their practical training to hone their treatment techniques.
Oral surgery and other forms of treatment with a high degree of difficulty are learned through direct observation of treatment performed by our professional staff. As an example, students may observe as an oral surgeon removes a tumor from the jaw in order to understand the steps involved in this complex procedure. In the radiology department, students learn the skills necessary for x-ray diagnostics.
Six-year program of study at the School of Dental Medicine