Japanese Physician Fellowship Program

Updated 16 May 2024

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, Marine Day, Mountain Day, 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~、CASEC:870~ 

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

b. USFJ Form 196aEJ Personal History Statement Part A

c. Addendum to the application

d. Resume of specialized work experience

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@health.mil


Unfortunately, the U.S. 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 2025.

Application deadline is 9 July (Tue) 2024.

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

Interviews will be held on 16 July (Tue) 2024 (in-person interview at Yokota hospital).

2025-2026 orientation begins on 01 April 2025. Full attendance to this orientation is required for participation in the program. 

Open House on 18 June (Tue) 2024 at 12:30pm
Yokota Air Base hospital offers a half day open house for Japanese physicians interested in our Fellowship Program on 18 June at 12:30pm. The open house is designed to orient attendees to the hospital and the Fellowship Program.  No application is required but arrangements must be made in advance. If you are interested, please send us an e-mail usaf.yokota.374-mdg.mbx.374-mdg-japanese-physician-fellowship@health.mil with your name, age, date of birth, address, medical specialty, nationality, name of medical school you graduated and current medical practice address.

If you have questions, please email us: usaf.yokota.374-mdg.mbx.374-mdg-japanese-physician-fellowship@health.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 (Presented by fellows to the faculty) 1st Wed & 2nd Tue 1200-1300

Staff Lectures Thu 1200-1300 twice a month

Journal Club every 3 months