The 8th National Eight-Year Medical Education Summit Opens in Beijing


On October 29, 2018, the 8th National Eight-Year Medical Education Summit was held in the 100-year-old PUMC auditorium. Entrusted by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the National Health Commission (NHC), and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the conference was hosted by CAMS & PUMC for one and a half days. Party Secretary Guoqin Li presided over the opening ceremony of the meeting. Huiqing Lin, Vice Minister of Education, Yixin Zeng, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission, Chen Wang, Vice President of the CAE and President of CAMS & PUMC, and Zhihe Chen, President of China Medical Board (CMB) of the US, delivered speeches at the summit. Also present at the summit were Jordan J. Cohen, Honorary President of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Qiming Wang, Deputy Director of the Higher Education Department of MOE, Jiwei Tang, Vice Inspector of the Graduate Department of MOE, Xinyu Chen, Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Education of the NHC, and Dongmei Li, Deputy Director of the General Office of the CAE and Deputy Director of the Strategic Consulting Center. The summit invited leaders, heads of Dean's Office, and relevant personnel from 14 comprehensive universities and medical colleges in China with the approval of the Ministry of Education to run an eight-year medical education program. Schools have attached great importance to the meeting. Many leaders of universities and medical schools attended the meeting, including: Yucun Liu, Deputy Party Secretary of Peking University and Party Secretary of the Medical Department of Peking University; Bin Yang, Vice President of Tsinghua University; Jianhong Luo, Vice President of Zhejiang University; Jianhui Ma, Deputy Party Secretary of Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Xiang Chen, Vice President of Central South University; Shanmin Li, Vice President of Sun Yat-sen University; Jing Jing, Deputy Party Secretary of Sichuan University; Mingang Wen, Vice President of Southern Medical University; Guoxiang Liu, Vice President and Education Director of Army Medical University; and Jingkuan Su, Vice President of Medical University of the Air Force. Also attending the opening ceremony were Longshan Yao, Zhongwei Zheng, Yunfeng Wang, Qin Zhang, and other leaders of CAMS & PUMC. Experts from PUMC’s teaching supervision team as well as directors and teachers of the undergraduate teaching work committee, and some departments, centers and teaching and research sections related to eight-year clinical medicine teaching also attended the meeting.







In the opening speech, Huiqing Lin, Vice Minister of Education, and Yixin Zeng, Deputy Director of the NHC, gave guidance on the reform of the eight-year medical education in China and put forward hopes and requirements.


Vice Minister Lin pointed out that the achievements and problems of the eight-year medical education in China coexist, and it is urgent to speed up the development and reform. She stressed that colleges need to be more active in adapting to the needs of the development of national medical innovation and international competition for high-level medical talents, summing up the experience of running the eight-year medical education program, identifying the problem gap, increasing reform efforts, speeding up the training, and cultivating a number of high-level international top-notch innovative talents, so as to contribute to the development of Healthy China.




Deputy Director Zeng pointed out that medical education underlies medical development and Healthy China. Zeng emphasized that, in the context of coordination of medical practice and teaching, the necessity and methods of the eight-year medical education reform need to be considered thoroughly to identify key points of the eight-year medical education reform, follow the educational laws, and establish a scientific, reasonable, cost-effective medical education model that conforms to the reality of China's development, so that the eight-year medical education can play a role of exploration and demonstration in the national medical education and teaching.




Chen Wang, Vice President of the CAE and President of CAMS & PUMC, presented that, despite the one-century development, it is not the time for the eight-year medical education in our country to be practiced separately and tentatively. He presented that, based on the spirit of being responsible for history, we should calmly think about history, identify our vision, mission, and responsibility, set up an international vision, focus on national conditions, analyze advantages and disadvantages, sum up experience and gains and losses, form opinions, and guide the future development of China’s medical community.




Zhihe Chen, President of China Medical Board (CMB), summed up the three stages of medical education reform in the 20th century, analyzed the advantages of the “4 + 4” medical training model, and affirmed the exploration of “4 + 4” medical education reform facilitated by President Chen Wang. Chen believed that the “4 + 4” medical education model would be pioneering and innovative in leading the excellent and further promoting China’s medical education reform.




Prof. Jordan Cohen, an international guest at the conference, made a special presentation, briefing on the model and characteristics of the eight-year medical education program in the US, sharing the research and thinking on China’s medical education, and interacting with participants at the meeting.




China's eight-year medical education program was initiated at PUMC. Since its founding in 1917, PUMC has started its eight-year medical education program. Since 2001, the Ministry of Education has approved 13 colleges and universities to carry out their eight-year medical education programs. In light of their characteristics, these medical schools have carried out diversified exploration of running schools and formed various training models for eight-year medical education program, which have ushered in a period of great development. They also face many challenges to be reformed and innovated. Medical education experts from PUMC, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Central South University, among others, would summarize and review the development of the eight-year medical education, share advanced international experience, and discuss the reform and development of the eight-year medical education in China.


(Article by News Center and Dean’s Office and photo by News Center)