Cooperation agreement with Southern Medical University in China
Prof. Dr. Marc Maegele and Dr. Marzellus Hofmann visited the Southern Medical University (SMU) in Guangzhou, China, from May 7 to 11, 2012. The main purpose was an agreement to cooperate in teaching and research, and discussions on details of implementation.
The SMU is one of China's national key universities with 16 health-related degree programs, ca. 17.000 students and 6 immediately associated hospitals. In the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in particular the SMU has proven experts and a specific TCM program, a TCM hospital with 600 beds, simulation and training facilities, and sophisticated advanced training opportunities. The latter are highly attractive to UW/H students and teachers as well.
Another focus in the cooperation project is the practical year, which is part of medical training in Germany. Both universities plan to form mixed student tandems with English as the language of communication. The idea is for students to spend eight weeks together on wards of, e.g., internal medicine or surgery at one of the UW/H hospitals, to be followed by eight weeks at the SMU Nanfang Hospital in China. The tandem concept is designed to overcome language barriers and provide sustained learning outcomes via mutual support.
Dr. Marzellus Hofmann: "We had detailed discussions and enjoyed an impressive tour of all departments at the Nanfang Hospital that will be involved in the cooperation. This is the main SMU clinic with 2.200 beds and one of China's top 100 hospitals."
Procedures to license the pertinent departments at the Nanfang Hospital as practical year facilities abroad are in the authorization phase at the NRW examination office.