Innovation of the university chartering standards law, which was enacted on July 1, 1991, has had important effects and brought major changes to most medical schools, A special meeting concerning the innovation law was convened on April 4, 1992, by the Undergraduate Committee of the Japan Society for Medical Education, to examine the revision and its effects. The main topic was covered in the lectures given by Prof. Hori and Prof. Nishizono at the meeting, and innovations in the educational curricula of leading medical schools were presented, that is, Tohoku Univ. by Prof. Itoh, Ninon Univ. by Prof. Sakurai, Tokai Univ. by Assoc. Prof. Otsuka, and Koube Univ. by Prof. Maeda. An explanation of the credit system under the revised law was given by Assoc. Prof. Shimizu, and a workshop on self-evaluation and self-developement was reported by Prof. Tokunaga. This issue should be examined by other medical schools that plan to introduce innovations in their curricula. We will continue to discuss the new program and its implementation at other medical schools in future publications.
We spent 18 days in Stockholm studying welfare facilities for the aged, a subject in which we have a strong interest. It was a short visit but turned out to be an extremely informative and wonderful experience thanks to Prof. Bredberg, Dr. Linde, and many other people who took care of us in Stockholm. We found Sweden to be a country which is organized in such a way that everybody can enjoy life. Next time it will be your turn ! I You should have the opportunity to share our experiences in Sweden.