2011 年 37 巻 8 号 p. 457-465
The Nagasaki University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences has conducted a practical training program in community medicine for its students in the Nagasaki Goto Islands in collaboration with the University’s School of Medicine. The purpose of this program was to provide students with an experience of community medicine in remote rural areas from both the public health and social welfare viewpoints.
In order to evaluate the educational effects of this program, a questionnaire survey targeting 84 fourth-year pharmaceutical students who participated in the 2008 academic year was conducted both before and after the practical training. Responses were obtained from almost all the students and revealed that levels of interest in community medicine in the Goto Islands were significantly higher after the training program than before it. Furthermore, a large number of students expressed great satisfaction with the program. Not only the practical training at clinics in remote rural areas but also the opportunities to give lectures on healthcare to local citizens with medical students were highly evaluated by the pharmaceutical students. Therefore, the practical training in community medicine with medical students in the Goto Islands will be continued, conducting it for sixth-year pharmacy students as part of their advanced education from the 2011 academic year onwards.