Message from the Dean
大学院医学研究科長・医学部長 若林 孝一
Koichi Wakabayashi, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Hirosaki University

Hirosaki University School of Medicine was founded in April 1944 as Aomori Medical School, which later became Hirosaki Medical College in February 1948. In May 1949, Hirosaki University School of Medicine was established, along with the current Japanese higher educational system. Hirosaki University School of Medicine is the second oldest Faculty of Medicine in Tohoku district. To date, 6,408 graduates from our School of Medicine are playing active roles in the field of medical services and research.

In 1958, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine (doctoral course) was established. In 2007, the Graduate School of Medicine was designed to consist of nine major divisions: the divisions of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, Oncology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Reconstruction and Transplantation Medicine, Comprehensive Medicine and Health Science, Sensory and Integrative Medicine, Bioregulatory Medicine, and Developmental Medicine.

The School of Medicine is closely linked to our principal teaching hospital, Hirosaki University Hospital, which is the largest hospital in Aomori prefecture, equipped with modern facilities for diagnosis and treatment.

Hirosaki University is located in the historical city of Hirosaki. Hirosaki has cherry blossoms festival in spring and Neputa festival in summer. Hirosaki is also well known as best apple-producing district in Japan. You can also enjoy winter sports and hot spring.