Shimane Medical University (島根大学医学部) was founded in 1975 and has sent more than 3,000 outstanding physicians to medical facilities all over Japan. In 1999, the School of Nursing was established to educate and train nurses in this growing field. Shimane Medical University was merged into Shimane University on October 1, 2003, and became the Faculty of Medicine of Shimane University. Our campus is located in Izumo City and is separate from other facilities located in Matsue. It consists of almost300 academic staffs and almost 850 undergraduate students. The Faculty of Medicine has 45 departments in the School of Medicine and 3 departments in the School of Nursing. The undergraduate course for the School of Medicine lasts 6 years and that of the School of Nursing lasts 4 years.