In addition, Kawasaki Education Institution now has 6,000 students each year from the following institutions -Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Kawasaki Medical College, Kawasaki Junior College of Rehabilitation, High School attached to Kawasaki Medical School and Kawasaki Childcare Center.
All of these students come to the Medical Museum to study.
In 1970, the traditional medical course in Japan was based on lectures that were research orientated. The Kawasaki school used an integrated, patient orientated
method of teaching. To help to achieve this they used audio-visual materials. However, these were not popular with students, so the format of teaching had to be revised.
In 1980, to mark the 10th year since the foundation of the Medical School, a new building was constructed as an educational museum designed to be a better way of
presenting interactive learning opportunities for both undergraduate and post graduate students. An addition to this was the opportunity to help to provide facilities for ongoing education of physicians.
Professor Toshiaki Manabe was Professor of Pathology during this time and he had a considerable input into the design of the course, and of the new building.
( Toshiaki is now Professor at Kyoto University).
A 5 storey, purpose built building was constructed a short distance away from the Medical School and the teaching hospital.
All the buildings are connected by underground passages so that access is easy under all weather conditions.
Initially 13 staff were appointed, but this number quickly rose to 16. They prepared interactive exhibits that used models, as well as real anatomical and pathological specimens. In 2000, 20 years after its establishment, there were 2 medical and 10 technical staff. In 2021, the staff number has not changed.
Anatomical and pathological specimens are prepared using a number of different techniques –Perspex jars, plastination, corrosion.
The emphasis is on modern medicine rather than on historical items. Progressively, more and more material is being presented as computer based learning exercises.
The first floor is equipped as a Health Education Museum which is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day except Sundays and holidays. This attracts over 6,000 external visitors annually. By 2020 there were 8,000 visitors, including about 100 groups. These include high school students, the general public, ambulatory patients and their relatives.
The second floor has now also been converted into exhibition space for Health Education. The contents have been progressively updated. (In 2020-2021 the space is closed to the public because of COVID-19.) Short periods of on the job training for elementary school, junior high school and high school students are being provided. From the summer of 2009, elementary school students, junior high school students and their protectors, have been invited to one day courses of study.
These courses are repeated on two consecutive days with100 children attending each day. In 2019 the Museum staff received a commendation from the Japanese government for their performance.