Wakayama Medical University aims to contribute to local development efforts and the health and welfare of the people in the world by conducting researches both in basic and general areas of medicine and in highly specialized areas, helping our students and staff become highly ethical-minded, humanistic, and skilled in medicine, and by meeting the expectations of the people in Wakayama prefecture for medical care.
Our basic principles are as follows:
- to contribute to raising the standards of higher education and academic research
- to train students acquire high-level specialized and comprehensive skills
- to provide best-possible learning environment for the students
- to provide leading-edge medical treatments
- to contribute to the advancement of healthcare in the community
- to provide people in the community with the opportunities for life-long education
- to coordinate the efforts of the local community, industry, educational institutions, and government organizations
- to plan activities aimed at enhancing the health and welfare of people
This emblem features the Flower of the Thorn Apple, called Mandarage or Chosen Asagao in Japanese, from whose leaves Seishu Hanaoka succeeded in making the anesthetic Tsusensan. The design was produced by the ceramist Kenkichi Tomimoto for the General Medical Conference in 1963. With the letter 医 added to it afterward, the figure had been popular with many people as the symbol mark of the University. It was formally adopted as the University's emblem in 1987.