Mie University Family Medicine Network
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Backgrounds and Aims
Mie University Family Medicine Network (MUFMN) is a network of hospitals and clinics which engage in practice, education, and research related to family medicine or primary health care. Thirty healthcare institutions join the MUFMN in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The MUFMN is also known as a network for physicians and other professionals who engage in these activities. Members of the MUFMN build a weak tie with each other or facility, and collaborate closely in each activity.
The MUFMN engages in following activities for people in community all over the world to stay in healthy and happy lives:
- To conduct research more efficiently and provide effective practices in family medicine and primary health care.
- To foster family physicians, general practitioners, and healthcare professionals, who can practice in the field of family medicine and primary health care
- To nurture more advanced personnel who can educate family physicians, healthcare professionals, educators, or researchers in the field of family medicine and primary health care.
Director: Yousuke Takemura (M.D., PhD, Professor, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine)
The executive office: Department of Family Medicine, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine
The MUFMN provide educations about family medicine, general practice, and primary healthcare, for each generation of healthcare professionals, such as medical students, junior residents, and senior residents. As well, we provide interprofessional educations for the various medical professionals. Although some of our educations are provided in Mie University, lots of parts are undertaken in clinics and hospitals in community.
The MUFMN weighs importance on career-long education for family physicians, general practitioners, and other collaborating healthcare professionals. We have some fellowship courses including family oriented care, home and palliative care, and infectious diseases. As well, we have spot lectures on themes related to family medicine and general practice.
- General practitioner (Japanese Medical Specialty Board) or Family physician (Japan Primary Care Association) detail
- Primary residents (Mie University Hospital) detail
- Medical students (Mie University School of Medicine) detail
- Clinical Clerkship and Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship detail
- Fellowship detail
The MUFMN provides education and research for Mie University Graduate School of Medicine. The MUFMN has two Ph.D courses in the Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine. The MUFMN also provides one Master course in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The MUFMN accepts international students from all over the world.
In our graduate school, we want students to learn how to resolve problems in the real community via research. Our research should not be mere finding or exploring the facts, but contribute towards people in communities. Research is only one of the tools for resolving problems in communities, improving clinical practices, and contributing to patients and people in community. Therefore, we should keep in our mind to implement the research findings into the real world.
To enable students to fulfill our aims above mentioned, we provide didactic lectures about family medicine and general practice, medical education, and clinical epidemiology. In addition, we provide a series of the workshops for the statistical analyses. However, attending these lectures and workshops for students is not enough to resolve problems in communities and they should: approach the target community or field; get familiar with the people living there; feel known or unknown needs from the people living there; and suggest some resolution for their needs or problems. These processes require students not only technical and academic skills, but also communication or social skills. As well, these processes train students to learn by their own mistakes. Therefore, we provide students safe environments to think their own interests for themselves.
The MUFMN conducts research several themes in family medicine, general practice, community medicine, and medical education. We especially focus on the behavioral aspects of patients and medical professionals, as well as collaborations between specialties or healthcare professionals. We use both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
The examples of ongoing research are as follows:
- Science communication in medical setting
- Professionalism in physicians
- Cost-effectiveness of the home care
- Collaboration between primary care physicians and occupational physicians
- To establish the method to build better team in medical setting
- Relationship between the basis of the family medicine and health outcomes
- Efficacy of the longitudinal clinical clerkship in local community
- Interprofessional education for students in medical school
- Home visiting care for elderly in community
The MUFMN provides care for the people living in their own community, in their own clinics or hospitals. Our practice is based on the principles and methods for the family medicine, general practice, or primary healthcare. Additionally, we weigh importance on the collaboration between specialties, between healthcare professionals, between medical facilities, and between healthcare system and community. Moreover, we try to learn about the newest evidences for all the disease we can be involved.
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