The Jikei University offers a wide range of electives to students in their final year of study at medical school. If your proficiency in Japanese language is limited to elementary level, however, your activity at Jikei is likely to be limited to clinical observership, rather than full clinical clerkship which is commonly practiced by final year medical students in the United Kingdom or the United States. This is due to the fact that hardly any patients speak English, neither do nurses nor other hospital staff. For example, you will not be able to take history from a patient unless your Japanese is as good as a native Japanese person. Although virtually all bedside teaching is provided in Japanese language only, senior doctors will do their best to accommodate you as an elective student and attempt to deliver as much teaching in English as possible. This means you will receive appropriate teaching on wards, in clinics or in theatres, where appropriate, but no specific patients will be allocated for you to look after personally.
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