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NSYSU to start pre-med micro program

NSYSU applied for the establishment of the College of Medicine and tied a strategic alliance with Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital (KSVGH) to act as the main teaching hospital to cultivate medical scientists with a global view and medical staff for rural areas. NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng officially announced the start of medical education at the University: from the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021, teachers of basic medicine, different specialties of medical technology, and clinical medicine doctors of KSVGH will come together to teach a pre-med micro program covering 6 medicine-related subjects, including biochemistry, physiology, and public health, for those willing to take Taiwan Medical National Examination. “Medical education at NSYSU just started!”

“Professional training of doctors is vital for the future of medical education!” President Cheng said that in the past 20 years, outcome-based medical education (OBME) has gradually become a global trend in medical education, emphasizing the standardization of education achievements as well as individualization of the learning process, and student-oriented basic medicine education and medical ethics to strengthen students’ professionalism, clinical medicine and self-study abilities. The clinical presentation curriculum at the University of Calgary in Canada emphasizes the “begin with the end in mind” concept in course design, successfully implemented in many newly-established medical schools in Europe and America.

Senior Vice President of NSYSU Shiow-Fon Tsay said that the University gathered teachers of the Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMST), Institute of Precision Medicine (IPM), Institute of Biomedical Science (IBS), the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS), and KSVGH’s clinical medicine doctors of the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (CGG) and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (DPMR) to teach a pre-med micro program in basic medicine in the next semester, covering 6 subjects: biochemistry, physiology, public health, biostatistics and information, introduction to medical engineering, and basic biomedical nanomaterials and drug delivery. The program is available for NSYSU students as an elective; students of other universities can apply for the program as well. The course plan includes the newest trends in Taiwan Medical National Examination; KSVGH is in charge of training the teachers of clinical medicine.

The University plans to turn the Renwu Campus into a hub of medical studies; NSYSU alumni donated money to support the construction of the College of Medicine. The University signed an MOU with Tzu Chi University to promote medical education, tied an alliance with KSVGH to act as the main teaching hospital, and established NSYSU Clinical Medicine Teaching and Research Center Branch Office in KSVGH. In the future, the University will support the healthcare in rural areas of Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Penghu and Taitung to balance out the disparity of medical resources between the north and south of Taiwan, and actively cultivate medical scientists with a global vision.
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