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2018 Xiangya International Medical Education Symposium Held

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The "2018 Xiangya International Medical Education Symposium" concluded in Changsha on April 23. It was hosted by the Xiangya Medical School of the Central South University (CSU) and jointly undertaken by the Xiangya Hospital, the Second and the Third Xiangya Hospitals of CSU. More than 600 clinical and teaching staff from more than 50 foreign and domestic medical schools attended. Experts delivered keynote speeches on relevant topics of medical education, and discussed reform and development.

The two-day Symposium included a main forum, three sub-forums and more than 20 workshops. It dealt with such issues as medical undergraduate and postgraduate education, standardized training of resident physicians, and medical simulation education.

Deputy Secretary of the CSU Party Committee Tao Lijian reviewed the development of medical education in universities. He then discussed statistics showing that “first-class medical colleges and universities were commonly found in first-class universities”. He noted that currently there are few studies on the special laws of medical education in universities; and that medical schools do not know enough about the laws of administering universities. Universities should respect medical education, further optimize and reform their internal management systems, pay more attention balancing teaching organization, teaching resources and teaching effects, and cultivate high quality medical talents, all on the basis of respecting higher education and universal education. At the same time, it is important to learn from international experience and give full play to our own advantages, so that China may create its own medical education with Chinese characteristics.

During the dialogue made between Chinese and US experts, the Chinese mentioned that improving standardized training for resident physicians requires universities and hospitals to train basic talents and also cultivate high-end talents. It is important for Chinese education to link closely with the international community. Higher requirements for student training and learning should be imposed and standardized teacher training should also be put forward.

In terms of training of US resident physicians, balancing duties and learning were emphasized. The Americans noted that resident doctors should improve their independent thinking and clinical abilities, recognized their limits, provide time to solve medical problems and learn to recognize when they need assistance. Teachers, apart from imbuing trust to the doctors, should correctly judge a doctor’s ability to work independently and handle medical issues. All of this is to ensure medical safety.

At the three sub-forums, experts from colleges and universities around the world gave interesting lectures on constructing standardized training bases and personnel training; teaching practices and quality management of standardized training of resident doctors; the development and challenge of medical education; the practice and exploration of medical education; building and managing medical simulation centers; and the practice and exploration of simulated medical education.

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Translator: Liu Pingbo

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