Department Head, Assistant Professor

Hirotaka Onishi MD, MHPE, PhD

Graduated from Nara Medical University in 1992, then trained as a general internist in Tenri General Hospital (1992-97). While working as a staff physician and a graduate student in Saga Medical School, I completed Master of Health Professions education program in University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002. Then moved to International Medical University, a Malaysian medical school and worked there for two years. Finally moved to University of Tokyo in 2005.

Currently an assistant professor at the Department of International Cooperation for Medical Education, International Research Center for Medical Education, Graduate school of Medicine, the University of Tokyo. My interests are clinical reasoning, learner assessment especially psychometric analysis, curriculum development and evaluation, international cooperation for developing countries, etc. As a clinician I am working as a family physician in Tokyo and have strong interest in community-based integrated care, training for communication skill and interprofessional education in Japan.

Visiting Project Researchers     

Taiyo Suganuma Pharmacist PhD

Research Interests:Health Professions Education

Akemi Ando MD, PhD, GP, Company Doctor

Research Interests:Workplace well-being in foreign-affiliated companies in Japan, Employment support for foreing workers in Japan, Healthcare Worker’s Well-Being, Occupational health activities by primary care physicians


Project Specialist     Yuko Sakashita             Su


Doctoral Students

(D3) Keiko Takeuchi 

Research Title: Development of the Work-Based Assessment (WBA) for Occupational Therapy (OT) Clinical Reasoning by Case Presentations at Clinical Training

(D2) Tasuki Abe

(D2) Niaya Harper Igarashi

Research Area/Titles: 1. Japanese physicians’ views on climate change and health, delivering climate-specific medical advice, and advocating for climate policy changes
2. Are Japan’s future physicians prepared to deliver culturally competent care? – An assessment of the cultural competence of primary care physicians in Japan

(D1) Yuki Izumi

Research Title: Development and Effectiveness of Interprofessional Education Program to promote the use of Off-loading Devices for Foot Ulcers

(D1) Ruosu Liu

Research Interests: Health insurance-related education

Master Students

(M2) Wu Han

Research Title: Exploring the Relationship between Professional Identity Formation, Empathy, and Impostor Syndrome among Medical Students


(M2) Gulmetova Komola

Research Interests: Relationship between impostor syndrome and burnout among medical students

(M1) Yunjia Tian

Research Interests: Relationship between learning experience in workplace and professional development for nursing home nurses

International Research Students

Yin Yuwan

Doria-Anderson Nicholas Martin

Research Title: Expanding Psychological Well-Being to Myanmar Migrants Living in Thailand

Weekly research meeting