2017 Volume 48 Issue 5 Pages 297-303
Medical education is one of the most important fields for the development of the medical profession. Continuity from college to lifelong education is also necessary. Post-graduate Medical Education Committee of Japan Society for Medical Education planned a series that focused on the postgraduate medical training system in Japan. The project describe the relationship between postgraduate medical training, undergraduate medical education, specialty training, and lifelong development from the viewpoint of medical education. For the first time in this series, we describe the postgraduate medical training system that has been compulsory since 2004, including its history, current programs, completion criteria, and others factors.