Street Medical School is a place where medical professionals, like doctors and nurses, and creatives from various industries, like designers and engineers, study and create new medical care together.

The school is run by Communication Design Center at Yokohama City University Advanced Medical Research Center (YCU-CDC) and Tokyo Designplex Institute (TDP).


Founding Principle

Look not only at disease but after people

Specific Behavioral Objectives

  • Explore
  • Discover
  • Hypothesize
  • Experiment



To learn about the cutting edge in various fields


To train unorthodox thinking skills


To discover new issues and possibilities


To spread ideas and make a movement


To realize ideas and see its impact


Since the 5th century BC, over 2000 years ago, the art of medicine has been used to protect humanity against disease. Because of the fruitful results of modern medicine, there has been a rapid rise in the population of older adults. Similarly, the recent advancements of technical and industrial fields have been changing the modality drastically; now chronic, rare, and non-communicable diseases and geriatric syndromes have grown in number and become significant challenges.

This current situation necessitates medical care that not only saves patients’ lives, but also cares for people out of hospitals: from birth to death, in the individual’s private and working life, and through all of the important events that happen in long lives.

Medicine for Humanity

Medicine needs to go beyond only tackling disease and become Medicine for Humanity. This transformation will be transdisciplinary, adopting various academic and applied fields and having a close impact on one’s daily life.

Street Medical®

Street Medical presents a discipline and mission for future medicine and medical care that adopts the street-smart wisdom of our daily lives to the book-smart wisdom of established medicine. Street Medical’s ambition is to discover potential unmet medical needs and establish the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of these needs.

– having knowledge obtained by reading and studying ("book-learning"), rather than by practical experience. (Wiktionary)
– having a lot of academic knowledge learned from books and studying, but not necessarily knowing much about people and living in the real world. (Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries)
– having the ability to manage or succeed in difficult or dangerous situations, especially in big towns or cities. (Cambridge Dictionary)
– having practical rather than theoretical knowledge, such as what is learned on the streets rather than in the classroom. (Wiktionary)


Year 2019

It was the first year of the school. Twenty-two students came from diverse backgrounds, including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, medical students, nursing students, pharmaceutical companies, dental hygienists, web designers, space designers, and graphic designers.


A total of eight lectures were taught by renowned lecturers.

Takanori Takebe "Street Medical"
Naoki Yamamoto "Insight towards Future and design thinking
Sho Inoue ”The forefront of Medical Information Communication"
Kenryu Nakamura "The Meaning of Analog Education in the Digital Age"
Masahiko Inamori "Medical Care for Feces"
Yuhei Imai "Flagship Design"
Natsuo Sato "Branding – from issues to possibilities"
Yuya Furukawa "Creative Direction"


The fieldwork was conducted with the cooperation of Yokohama Minami Kyosai Hospital, Yokohama Medical Center, and Kanagawa Ward Office.

Street Medical Talks

We held a symposium to collaboratively discuss new medical care, which included the presentation of the graduation projects by the students.


Run by

Street Medical School is an initiative that keeps moving forward because of people who are willing to help us financially, materially, technically, and in any way. If you are interested in supporting us, please feel free to contact us at the email below.



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