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Observership Program / Advanced Clinical Training

Department of Neurosurgery, Stroke Center
Sapporo Teishinkai Hospital

Program Information

The Sapporo Teishinkai Hospital Stroke Center Department of Neurosurgery is offering two training programs for foreign neurosurgeons: the "Clinical Observership Program" and the "Advanced Clinical Training (ACT)". We are committed to providing high-quality continuing education for domestic and international neurosurgeons eager to learn and expand their horizon.


Our two programs differ in terms of admission requirements, available time frames, and processing time. Both programs include participation in open surgery, participation in our daily morning conferences, and hands-on anastomosis practice. The purpose and benefits of this program is extensive. Obtaining surgical techniques and anatomical knowledge are important of course; however, we at our department emphasize the significance of building and cultivating a proper mindset and character as a neurosurgeon in order to provide the best possible patient care. During the training, participants of the Clinical Observership Program will have the opportunity to witness innovative surgical techniques for both cerebrovascular and skull base surgery, to deepen their understanding of surgical anatomy, and learn about theoretical aspects of neurosurgical treatment indications. Our program is designed to demonstrate less invasive and thus safer surgical approaches, to train advanced micro-neurosurgical techniques, to help develop diagnostic skills, and ultimately to enrich the trainees’ clinical experience so that their patients and their future research may benefit from it.


Participants of the Observership Program may attend anywhere from 1 week to a year. However, in accordance with Japanese Medical Law, clinical observers may not partake in any medical procedures.


Participants of Advanced Clinical Training Program may attend anywhere from 3 months to up to 2 years. Applicants are required to submit additional documents to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in order to be granted permission for medical procedures. For details, please see the activity details for the Clinical Observership Program and the Advanced Clinical Training Program as well as the respective requirements. Please feel free to ask us for any further information.


The Sapporo Teishinkai Hospital and Dr. Tanikawa’s team welcome you!


Clinical Observership Program

Training period: Any time period is fine. Please submit following documents.


1Copy of your medical license
2CV
3Employment verification (a copy of employee ID or employment verification)
4Brief description of yourself (address, age, family structure etc.)
5Copy of your passport
6Application form Application_Form2.doc

We have many visiting doctors to attend obsevership program from all over the world.




Advanced Clinical Training

What is Advanced Clinical Training about? Rules and Contents Advanced Clinical Training.docx
How can I apply for Advanced Clinical Training? How to apply for Advanced Clinical Training.pdf


Submit by email to: sapporoteishinkai.aina@gmail.com

1Copy of your passport
2Application form to Sapporo Teishinkai Hospital PDF
3Brief description of yourself (address, age, family structure etc.)
4CV
5Copy of your medical license
6Copy of your employment verification e.g. a copy of employee ID etc.

Submit by mail to:
Ms. Aina Inui
Sapporo Teishinkai Hospital
3-1, Higashi 1, Kita 33 Jo, Higashi-ku
Sapporo, JAPAN Postal Code: 065-0033

73 copies of photos taken within 6 months (3×4 cm)
8Application form for ACT PDF
9Program of ACT and written consent form PDF
10Medical Certificate PDF
11Consent form for the enrollment in malpractice insurance PDF
12Original or Notarized* medical license
11Original or Notarized* employment verification which shows you have at least 3 years of work experience as a doctor

*Notarization: It would be great if you could send us the original documents. If you cannot, we also accept notarized documents. To make notarized documents, please take your original documents to a notary public office and they will create official documents.

-English or Japanese translation is required for medical license and employment verification.

-Enrollment in malpractice insurance is mandatory for ACT.


Our hospital is officially granted for advanced clinical training for accepting foreign neurosurgeons.



Visa Processing

For whoever needs a short-term visa of up to 90 days; we will prepare an invitation letter, contents of activities, schedule of stay, and a list of applicants if there is more than one person applying for the visa. You need to take these documents to the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country, in order to obtain a short-term visa.

The visa processing fee is 10,000 JPY and the shipping costs of original documents may vary depending on the country (around 1,400 - 2,400 yen).


For whoever needs a long-term visa for over 90 days; you need to prepare all necessary documents* for Certificate Of Eligibility (COE). Our staff will go to the immigration office in Sapporo to submit your documents for COE, and it will be issued usually after a month. We will then send it to your current home address. You need to take your COE to the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country, in order to obtain a long-term visa.

The visa processing fee is 20,000 JPY and the shipping costs of original documents may vary depending on the country (around 1,400 - 2,400 yen).


1Application form PDF
2Photo (4x3 cm) 1 copy
3One of the documents below certifying your academic career, professional career or the achievements of the expert.

a) A letter of recommendation from your work place
b) A publication that shows your achievements
c) Records of any work related awards.
d) A list of your thesis or works
e) A document which can substitute a-d.
4Documents certifying that the person concerned can provide all the necessary funds needed for the program.

a) Current bank statement which shows an amount large enough to cover your total expenses for the program.
b) Your salary slips for the last 3 months (Only if you’ll be paid during your stay in Japan.)

Accommodation

We can make a contract for an apartment near our hospital on your behalf. Please let us know if you'll be needing any assistance. The rent is about 70,000 JPY per month, which includes all utilities (gas, water, electricity etc.). The appliances are; a refrigerator, heater, electric fan, vacuum cleaner, microwave, washing machine, electric stove and an electric kettle. The apartment includes; a furnished kitchen, bathroom, toilet, desk, chairs, plates, glasses etc. This is a private room not shared with any other people. They can provide you with pocket wi-fi which has a data limit of up to 2GB for 6,600 JPY per month. Please notify us if you'd like any recommendations or assistance for an alternative wi-fi provider with larger capacity. If you're interested in living in a different location what we have to offer, we will try our best to assist you with that as well.


Fees

Visa Processing Fee (1)Less than 90-day stay10,000 JPY
Visa Processing Fee (2)More than 90-day stay20,000 JPY
Observership ProgramAny time periods is fineNo fees
Advanced Clinical TrainingMore than 3 months and less than 2 years30,000 JPY
ACT Revenue StampsFor ACT application form15,300 JPY
Malpractice insuranceOne year/One accident 100 million JPY40,660 JPY/year
Drinking machineIt is located at the doctor’s lounge500 JPY/month
EMS (express mail service) International less than 500g
https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/ems/index_en.html
Actual cost

Invitation letter for your hospital can be provided upon request. We need the name of your hospital/institution/University and the training period.
At the end of the program, all visiting doctors shall receive a certification of completion.


Necessary Items

1. Slippers to enter our OR

2. White lab coats

3. Scrubs if you'll be participating in the Clinical Observership Program.

4. Medical tools for hands-on anastomosis practice. Please note that we do not sell Kamiyama scissors or super bypass at our hospital. In order to buy them, please contact Mr. Ash Otsuka at http://www.takayamamicro.com/about-us-mutoh-america/


Contact Us

Ms. Aina Inui
Social Medical Corporation TEISHINKAI
Sapporo Teishinkai Hospital
3-1, Higashi 1, Kita 33 Jo, Hiagashi-ku, 065-0033
Sapporo, Japan
Tel: +81-11-712-1266 (direct)
Fax: +81-11-751-0239
Email: sapporoteishinkai.aina@gmail.com


Access

-Take the Chuo Bus which is bound for "Kita 24 Jo, Azabu Station" from the exit of JAL, ANA or other international arrival gates. You'll arrive at "Sapporo Teishinkai Byoin" in about 50 minutes.


-Take the JR train from "New Chitose Airport Station" to "Sapporo Station". Transfer to the Subway Namboku Line and get off at "Kita 34 Jo Station". It's a 5 minute walk from EXIT 2.

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