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Notes upon creating the “Aim of the University of Tokyo Hospital: 2015-2016 Edition”


University hospitals have three missions: medical care, research, and education. To fulfill these missions, the University of Tokyo Hospital has set a goal “to provide medical care in partnership with patients, to provide safe medical care, to develop advanced medical technology, and to cultivate excellent healthcare professionals” based on the philosophy that the hospital exists to “contribute to the advancement of clinical medicine and the cultivation of healthcare professionals to provide each patient with the best medical care”.

As requested by society, to honor our philosophy and goals and serve as the core center of Japan’s medical science and patient care, action plan entitled “Aim of the University of Tokyo Hospital” is established every two years when new executives are appointed. This plan consists of actions and goals that must be carried out and accomplished in which assessment is made by repeating the plan-do-check-action (PDCA) cycle based on the interim and final evaluation.

The “Aim of the University of Tokyo Hospital: 2015-2016 Edition” has been established based on the draft proposed by five vice directors, each of whom is in charge of medical care, research, education, human resources, or hospital management, followed by a series of discussions among hospital executives. It is comprised of five principle initiatives as listed below, with five plans in each, 25 action plans in total:

1. Initiatives to improve medical services and organizational structure to safely provide the most up-to-date medical care in the advanced acute medical settings;

2. Initiatives to establish a world-leading center for clinical medical research and advanced medical care technology development;

3. Initiatives to cultivate healthcare professionals who will become the leaders in the next-generation clinical medical research and patient care;

4. Initiatives to efficiently allocate teaching staffs to achieve well-balanced missions of medical care, research, and education; and,

5. Initiatives to establish a highly flexible and mobile organizational structure and to strengthen the financial basis from a long-term perspective.

The redevelopment of hospital facilities, which is close to the final stage of its early phase, is a particularly important event. In FY2015, construction of Clinical Research Building A (Clinical Research Center) Phase I will be completed, and Molecular Life Innovation Building will be fully operational. Relocation must be carried out smoothly while maintaining our research function as much as possible. In addition, within the next two years, preparation for the opening of Inpatient Building B (phase II construction of Inpatient Building), which is planned to be operational in FY2017 must be made. The key to accomplish both events successfully is the establishment of a streamlined organization to enhance medical services and research as well as strengthening the financial basis. Additionally, the restructuring of our system to further ensure the reliability of clinical research and medical care is also at its critical development point.


We, all faculty members at the University of Tokyo Hospital, will make concerted efforts to advance reforms by conducting these plans, move to new heights with the results, and continue to drive advancement in medical care in Japan.



July 15, 2015

Nobuhito Saito, M.D., Ph.D.


University of Tokyo Hospital 

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