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Updated : August 7, 2020

The Department of Clinical English (DoC


Professor & Head of Department
Francesco Bolstad

Associate Professor
Paul Mathieson

Michael Blodgett

Yoko Sen

Part-time Lecturers
Ryoko Kitazawa
Sufian Elfandi
Rima A Suliman Ghashut
Claire Murray
Melissa Hamilton


Since 2016 all of the various English faculty members at Nara Medical University have been incorporated under the auspices of the Department of Clinical English (DoC English). This marks not just a theoretical, but a pragmatic evolution to the functioning of the department. In-line with the objectives of the university and the president’s declared dedication to achieving the highest level of English education for our students, DoC English focusses first and foremostly on the heuristic education of students. It is the goal of DoC English to eventually enable our students not only to perform their medical duties in English, but also to learn and communicate through the medium of English. Towards these ends the DoC English is engaged in ongoing pedagogic research concerning various aspects of clinical English education. Specifically, DoC English is interested in research into the following areas of applied linguistics: content and language integrated learning (CLIL), English for specific purposes (ESP), vocabulary learning and education, instructional methods for attaining fluency, and collaboration.


DoC English Website