It’s my pleasure to bring you our 2018 annual report. For a professor and chairman, the most important goals are to continuously provide an environment where each member of the department can devote themselves 120% to studies and to foster young members so that they can become top dermatologists. Last year, the members did their best, never giving up on working toward my robust goals, and every senior doctor dedicated himself or herself to the edu-cation of young doctors, always conscious of being a vital member of the department.
Female Ph. D. course students came through with out-standing performances in 2017. Their dissertations, which had great results, were published in top journals, such as eLife and the JID. Given that more than half of all derma-tologists are women, I’m delighted with the great performance of the female members.
English papers published by department members in 2017 numbered over 100, if we include letters to the editor. Studying and writing papers invariably leads to improve-ments in one’s clinical abilities. I’d like to thank all the members for their guidance. And I encourage them to write even better papers in the coming year. I hope they’ll write as many full papers as possible.
Medical and research environments have been under-going significant changes. “Work-style reforms” are also necessary. The Hokkaido University Department of Dermatology will develop this year, once again, by holding to our robust goals and basic policies, and by flexibly adapting to changes in the environment. We ask you to expect more than ever from us at the Hokkaido University Department of Dermatology.
For the robust goals, please refer to my essay, “Don’t forget your first resolution” (in Japanese) in the Japanese-only section of this annual report.