[Questionnaire survey on the process of specialty training in neurology in Japan]

Rinsho Shinkeigaku. 2017 Jul 29;57(7):402-410. doi: 10.5692/clinicalneurol.cn-001061. Epub 2017 Jul 21.
[Article in Japanese]


Documentation of the current status of specialty training to become a neurologist in Japan would represent an important basis for constructing better neurology training program in the planned reform of the specialty training system in Japan. The committee for future neurology specialty system of Japanese Society of Neurology (JSN) conducted a questionnaire survey on the process of specialty training of each trainee for neurology in board-certified educational facilities and semi-educational facilities throughout Japan. The response rate was 46.2% in all facilities and 87.5% in medical universities. The training process of 905 trainees over 5 grades was clarified, which was estimated to be about 80% of all the relevant subjects. Specialty training dedicated to neurology was started at the 3rd year of residency in 87.8% of subjects. During the 3 years following junior residency, 51.3% of subjects ran the rotation training between university and city hospital, whereas 36.5% was trained within the same institution throughout the 3 years of training period.

Keywords: new specialty system; questionnaire survey; rotation training; specialty training for neurology; the Japanese Society of Neurology.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Education, Medical / trends*
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Medicine*
  • Neurology / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*