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374 MDG Japanese Physician Fellowship Program


Published 16 July 2020  



Japanese Physician Fellowship Program

United States Air Force, Yokota Air Base 



In 2015, Yokota’s Medical Group began training Japanese physicians in a one-year rotating education program. Education is conducted in English and focuses on familiarizing and acculturating Japanese physicians to the practice of medicine in the United States. Accepted Japanese physicians learn outpatient and inpatient medicine as they would experience it in an American hospital-based residency program. Additionally, physicians in the program assist as medical liaisons between Yokota's hospital and local Japanese hospitals.


Three Japanese physicians are selected in August to begin training the following April. The year includes rotations in anesthesia, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, radiology and our urgent care clinic. Ten weeks of elective rotations are available in dermatology, optometry, oral maxillo-facial surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, physical therapy, and psychiatry.


Physicians will work 40 hours per week which may be required to work night, early morning, weekends and holidays. Japanese physicians will observe U.S. national holidays and the following Japanese holidays: Birthday holiday, Year-End and New Year holidays. Japanese physician salary is approximately JPY 260,000 per month before taxes and bonuses.


Japanese physicians are insured with health insurance for Japanese employees working on base.


Yokota Air Base is a tobacco-free campus. There are very few designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted in or near the hospital.





*Japanese citizens or permanent residents of Japan who have graduated from a Japanese 

medical college or university.


*Must possess Japanese Doctor's License.


*To possess English Language Proficiency Level 4(LPL-4) : TOEIC:860~、TOEFL(PBT):600~、TOEFL(CBT):250~、TOEFL(iBT):100~、Eiken:1st~ 


LPL-3 applicants will be also considered: TOEIC:730~、TOEFL(PBT):550~、TOEFL(CBT):210~、TOEFL(iBT):80~、Eiken:Pre-1st~ 


It is preferred that new fellows will have completed PGY 2 by the time they start their fellowship at Yokota Air Base.




To apply, please follow the following steps:


1. Complete the application forms

a. JPFP application form (click here)

b. USFJ Form 196aEJ (Complete BOTH Japanese and English sides) (click here for USFJ 196aEJ)

c. Addendum to the application (click here)

d. Resume of specialized work experience (click here)


2. Email the below documents:

a. Completed forms above (a-d).

b. Recent photograph of yourself (passport style, official size not required).

c. Certificate of English Proficiency.

d. Copy of your Japanese doctor’s license.

e. Current curriculum vitae, written in English.

f. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members you have worked with.

g. Copy of your passport or permanent resident card

c. Copy of your medical school graduation certificate

d. Copy of PGY 2 completion certificate or letter from your hospital stating you  

    are in your PGY 2 year, if applicable


*Email address: usaf.yokota.374-mdg.mbx.374-mdg-japanese-physician-fellowship@mail.mil



   Unfortunately, the US Air Force often blocks yahoo e-mails and cellular/smart phone

   e-mails.  E-mails from gmail and hotmail should not be blocked.


Applications are accepted now for the class beginning in April 2021.

Application deadline is 14 August, 2020.


Applicants who passed the initial screening of applications by the directors will be invited to an interview.


Interviews will be held on 21 Aug 2020 and will be WEB(ZOOM) INTERVIEWS .

2021-2022 orientation begins on 01 April 2021. Full Attendance to this orientation is required for participation in the program. 


If you have questions, please email : usaf.yokota.374-mdg.mbx.374-mdg-japanese-physician-fellowship@mail.mil



Academic Curriculum


Core Rotations


Family Medicine 8 weeks

Urgent Care Clinic 8 weeks

Obstetrics and Gynecology 6 weeks

Pediatrics 6 weeks

General Surgery 4 weeks

Internal Medicine 4 weeks

Anesthesiology 2 weeks

Radiology 2 weeks


Elective Rotations


Dermatology 2 weeks

Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) 2 weeks

Oral Maxillo-Facial Surgery 2 weeks

Anesthesia 2 weeks

Psychiatry 2 weeks

Optometry 2 weeks

Physical Therapy 2 weeks




Case Presentation Wed 1200-1300  (Present by fellows to the faculty)

Staff Lectures Tue 1200-1300

Journal Club every 3 months