Tongji Hospital has been undertaking the teaching tasks for more than 100 years. In 1907, Dr. Erich Paulun founded Shanghai German Medical College based in Tongji Hospital. The Medical College's undergraduate curriculum was a 5-year program, i.e. 2 years' pre-med study (i.e. pre-medicine) and 3 years' med study (i.e. post-medicine). The program was taught in German, so most Chinese students had to take 3 years to learn German. So, it was in fact an 8-year program. In 1915, Germany's Ministry of Education officially recognized the medical graduates of the Tongji Hospital academically equal to those of the German medical universities. In 1927, Medical and Engineering School was renamed Shanghai Tongji University. In 1930, it was renamed National Tongji University, and its medicine faculty was renamed Medical School of Tongji University. Tongji Hospital remained its base for medical teaching and internship. In 1955, endowed with great trust by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, the Medical School of Tongji University and its affiliated hospitals (called “Sino-American Hospital” at that time) moved to Wuhan and merged with the Medical College of Wuhan University. The new medical faculty was named the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhongnan Tongji Medical College. In the same year, it was renamed the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wuhan Medical College. Since then, a medical center enjoying fame at home and abroad has been serving people in Hubei Province, in southern and central China, and even in Southeast Asia. In July 1985, the Wuhan Medical College was renamed the Tongji Medical University, and the hospital was renamed the Affiliated Hospital of Tongji Medical University accordingly. In 2000, it was renamed the Second Clinical Department, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Now it has become an innovative modern hospital integrating medical treatment, teaching and scientific research with a complete set of medical disciplines, a gathering of outstanding doctors, strong faculty resources, cutting-edge medical technologies, advanced diagnosis and treatment equipment, strong scientific research strength and scientific management methods.
Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science & Technology undertakes multidisciplinary teaching tasks involving more academic disciplines for more than 10 specialties including the clinical medicine, the clinical medicine of Traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine and the pediatrics. The Tongji Hospital enrolls nearly 2,500 students in different curricula each year. Tongji Hospital boasts strong faculty resources. At the end of 2019, there were 2,254 teachers, among which 620 are with senior titles. Tongji Hospital boasts one National Teaching Team, one National Outstanding Teacher, and one teacher winning the Top Prize for Excellent Teachers Award sponsored by the Baosteel Education Foundation. In addition, the Tongji Hospital has won many teaching achievement awards at national, provincial or ministerial levels.
Up to now, four of Tongji Hospital's medical courses have been rated as the National Level Excellent Resource Sharing Course, three courses have been rated as the National Bilingual Teaching Demonstration Course, and two courses have been rated as the National Quality Open Video Class. Tongji Hospital's course Surgery conducted by Chen Xiaoping has been listed in the “English-taught Brand Courses” for international students by the Ministry of Education, China. Five MOOC courses have been launched and nearly 70,000 students have selected them. In addition, Tongji Hospital has compiled more than 20 National Planning Textbooks as the editor-in-chief, and edited and published more than 100 textbooks and reference books of various kinds.
Tongji Hospital now has 5,613 beds and a teaching building with a total teaching area of 9,000 m2. In 2005, Tongji Hospital took the lead and built a Clinical Skills Center in Hubei Province. At the end of 2019, the Clinical Skills Center covered an area of around 2,000 m2. The Clinical Skills Center now undertakes the task of clinical skills teaching and training, OSCE training and assessment, post-graduation medical education and training, continuing medical education and training, as well as organizing clinical skills competitions at all levels. In 2008, the Clinical Skills Center was rated a construction unit of National Experiment Teaching Demonstration Center. In 2018, Tongji Hospital was accredited by the Ministry of Education of the PRC and the National Health Commission of the PRC as one of the first batch of National Clinical Teaching and Training Demonstration Centers.
From 2011 to 2017, on behalf of Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Tongji Hospital's medical students participated in National Clinical Skills Competition for Medical College Students sponsored by the Ministry of Education for 4 times and got to the final. They won one outstanding award (in 2011) and three first prizes (in 2013, 2015 and 2017). In 2016, Tongji Hospital assisted the hosting of the final of the 7th National Clinical Skills Competition for Medical College Students, and experts attending the final spoke highly of such efforts. In 2017, Tongji Hospital's international students participated in the First Clinical Thinking and Skills Competition for International Medical Students and won the highest awards - Outstanding Team Award and Best Teamwork Award.
I. Overview of Degree Program
Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science & Technology (formerly the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wuhan Medical College), resumed its graduate programs in 1978. Since 1981 and 1984, the State Council has authorized it to confer master's and doctoral degrees of Clinical Medicine (1002) for the second and third class disciplines, making it one of the first batch of doctoral and master's degrees awarding units with such authorization. In 2003, the State Council authorized it to confer master's and doctoral degrees of Clinical Medicine (1002) for the first class disciplines. It offers 7 first-level doctoral degree programs (biology, basic medicine, clinical medicine, integrated traditional Chinese and western medicine, pharmacy, nursing and stomatology), and 2 first-level professional doctoral degree programs (clinical medicine and stomatology). At present, there are 1009 graduate students and 695 doctoral students in the enrollment.
Along with blossom in spring and harvest of fruit in the fall, Tongji Hospital is fruitful in nurturing students. Well excelled in China for its academic excellence, Tongji Hospital has been a cradle for academicians, officials and talents, producing 12 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 3 ministers and deputy ministers of the Chinese Ministry of Health, and countless talents in Chinese medical circles. Academician Qiu Fazu, a contemporary medical sage, is an outstanding representative among them, with his "Qiu style" being called an immortal monument in medical history.
Over the one hundred years, Tongji Hospital has witnessed a gathering of famous doctors and professors. On the strength of our faculties, our teaching force is featured by well-structured qualifications, sufficient teacher-student ratio, rich experience and excellent clinical skills. There are more than 315 Ph.D student supervisors and 771 graduate student advisors among more than 9000 employees.
III. Training Base
Our hospital boasts well equipped venues and facilities for clinical skills training. The Chinese Ministry of Health identified Tongji as "Standardized Training Base for Residents of the Chinese Ministry of Health" in 1995, the "Training Base for Specialists of the Chinese Ministry of Health" in 2008, and the "Standardized Training Base for Residents in Hubei Province" in 2010. In 2011, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong jointly certified Tongji Hospital as "Training Center for Specialists of General Surgery and Urology" the first of its kind in central China. In 2014, the General Office of the National Health and Family Planning Commission approved Tongji as one of the first batch of standardized training bases for residents in China.
Since 1985, the hospital has enrolled foreign students including undergraduates, graduates and short-term exchange students. Over the past decade, 265 foreign graduates have been studied in our hospital, mainly from over 30 countries such as United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, Vietnam, Rwanda, Mauritius and so on.
To create a world-class university and expand its international exchanges and influence, in 2017, Huazhong University of Science & Technology started the enrollment of international students for Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 6-year program in Clinical Medicine. By the end of 2019, Tongji Hospital has enrolled 282 MBBS students from 117 countries and regions in the world.
Tongji Hospital boasts strong faculty resources. At the end of 2019, there were 2,254 teachers, among whom 620 are senior teachers. Tongji Hospital boasts one National Teaching Team, one National Outstanding Teacher, and one teacher winning the Top Prize for Excellent Teachers Award sponsored by the Baosteel Education Foundation. In addition, the Tongji Hospital has won many teaching achievement awards at national, provincial or ministerial levels. Three of Tongji Hospital's teaching courses have been rated as the National Level Excellent Resource Sharing Course. Tongji Hospital's course Surgery conducted by Chen Xiaoping has been listed in the “English-taught Brand Courses” for international students by the Ministry of Education, China. In 2017, Tongji Hospital's international students participated in the First Clinical Thinking and Skills Competition for International Medical Students and won the highest awards - Outstanding Team Award and Best Teamwork Award.
International students and Chinese students share the same educational resources. Having taken into account of the differences between the Chinese and international students, Tongji Hospital has carried out teaching in accordance with the principles of accordant management, considering differences, being standardized and orderly, and ensuring quality. MBBS's clinical medicine course is formulated based on the 5-year clinical medicine curriculum and taught in English. To guarantee MBBS's teaching quality, each department has assigned their teachers with rich teaching experience, abundant professional knowledge and high English proficiency to undertake the teaching tasks for each specialty. Such efforts have achieved good results and are welcomed by international students.