The 8th National Eight-Year Medical Education Summit Held to Explore Eight-Year Medical Education Standard


On October 29 and 30, 2018, the 8th National Eight-Year Medical Education Summit was held in PUMC. Relevant leaders from the Ministry of Education (MOE), the National Health Commission (NHC), and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and experts from colleges that have opened the eight-year clinical medicine program with the approval of the MOE, as well as renowned medical education experts at home and abroad, gathered to discuss the reform of the eight-year clinical medicine education in China.


Now, there are 14 colleges and universities in China that have set up their eight-year clinical medicine programs with the approval of the Ministry of Education. Due to different training models, there arise difficult connection between medical college education and post-graduation education, and uneven quality of personnel training. China has not yet formulated the education standard for the eight-year medical training program.


Huiqing Lin, Vice Minister of Education, pointed out that, regarding the eight-year clinical medicine program, we need to provide guidance to promote the further reform and development of the eight-year medical education under the new situation as soon as possible on the basis of previous exploration, and strengthen supervision and inspection on the running of colleges.




Yixin Zeng, Deputy Director of the NHC, also clearly presented that “we must change” to require colleges to pool their wisdom, find out and analyze problems, and explore a new model, which adapts to the laws governing the development of international education and China's national conditions. We also need to find a new development path to provide scientific basis for national decision-making.


Chen Wang, Vice President of the CAE and President of CAMS & PUMC, presented that, “currently, it is not the time for the eight-year medical education in our country to be practiced separately and tentatively,” calling upon that everyone need to calmly think about the orientation of the eight-year medical education and the problems faced by the training of top-notch innovative medical talents.


The meeting held discusses on the situation comprehensively to put forward the program for the reform of the eight-year medical education in China, set up a special working group to study and formulate the eight-year medical education standard, and standardize the eight-year medical education in China. By doing so, we can lay the foundation for the certification of the eight-year medical education and establish the connection standard between the eight-year medical education and the post-study education.




14 colleges and universities that practice eight-year medical education in China reported on their respective training schemes and outstanding features of eight-year medical education program and shared their experience and thoughts on the training of medical talents.


President Wang gave a keynote speech to describe the current situation of eight-year clinical medical education in China, analyze the existing problems, and discuss the future trend of the education of top-notch medical talents in China. He urged the Chinese medical practitioners to have the mindset of a scholar and the feelings of loving their families and country, shoulder its responsibilities and mission, grasp the future direction of medical development, speed up the reform of medical education with clear design and planning, and train internationally-leading medical professionals for China.


President Wang also detailed the exploration and thinking of the training for “4 + 4” medical innovative talents in PUMC. He said that it is difficult for a single person, a single medical school, and a single university to have a complete multidisciplinary setting, and that the “4 + 4” medical education model can be used to select outstanding talents with multidisciplinary background and inner love for medicine. Therefore, we need to strengthen interdisciplinary integration through scientific and systematic education to meet the multi-disciplinary nature of medical sciences.




On the next morning, the meeting was divided into groups to discuss the Draft Proposal on the Reform of China’s Eight-Year Clinical Medical Education (Draft for Comment) and related topics. Colleges and universities held in-depth discussions on the specific content of the Proposal in the light of China's national conditions and the exploration of talents training in medical schools, putting forward a large number of positive suggestions and reporting on the discussions by groups.


Qiming Wang, Deputy Director of the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Education, made a concluding speech at the conference, affirmed the results achieved by the conference and said that the conference had achieved the intended purpose. He stressed that eight-year medical schools have an important historic mission and responsibilities in promoting medical innovation. They need to focus on the common problems in the reform and development, stay true to their founding missions and dreams, and set out again with firm confidence to do a good job in China's eight-year medical education, so as to cultivate a team of top-notch talents who can participate in international competition.



(News Center)