China

Hubei Province

Partner Institution: Wuhan University (WU), site of the existing Wuhan University Medical Education Reform Project (funded from 2008-2013)

University of Chicago Faculty/Personnel: Dr. Renslow Sherer (lead), David Pitrak, Jean Luc Benoit, John Schneider, Scott Stern, Aliya Husain, Karl Matlin, Eugene Chang and Mari EganIvy Morgan, Project Coordinator, Brian Cooper, Project Research Assistant,  and Hongmei Dong, PhD, Project Research Assistant.

Project Site Faculty/Personnel: Professor Zhou Yunfeng, Dean of the Health Sciences Center; Dr. Xiaobei Chen, ID, WU and Zhongnan Hospital, Dr. Liang Ke, ID, WU and Zhongnan Hospital, Dr. Gui Xien, ID, WU and HIV Training Center, Dr. Zhan Faxian, Hubei CDC; and others

Eligible Participants: 2-4 students

Language: Chinese verbal and written language skills are welcome but not required.

Project Description: Participating students will receive broad exposure to the care and prevention of infectious diseases, as well as the approach to public health problems and their surveillance and the role of ID in primary care health reform in Hubei Province, China. Clinical experiences will be available at the two major teaching hospitals that are affiliated with Wuhan University, and at the nationally known HIV Training Center led by Professor Gui Xien. Other participating sites include the Hubei Centers for Disease Control, which is responsible for the surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases such as HIV, STIs, TB, and H1N1 influenza, and at the municipal Infectious Disease Hospital of 566 beds. A local Community Health Service Center will also serve as a training site for students. Training experiences will be available at each site above with ID Mentors (WU and UC faculty and/or fellows) of 2-4 weeks duration. Appropriate areas for scholarship include: Medical Education Reform; Antibiotic drug resistance; Use of second line drugs in HIV, and complications of ART; TB and MDR TB (for which there is an existing WHO-funded study); Immunology of HIV; Infectious Control; Hepatitis B co-infection with HIV and/or HCV; and unique local pathogens, such as Penicillium Marneffei or parasites; and the integration of ID and primary care and family medicine in China.

Beijing

Partner Institution: Peking Union Medical College (PUMC)

University of Chicago Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Renslow Sherer

Project Site Faculty/Personnel:

Eligible Participants: The program is open to residents in medicine, surgery and family medicine residency training programs in the University of Chicago.

Language: Mandarin Chinese is desired but not required.

Project Description: Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) is among the most selective medical colleges in the People's Republic of China. It is a relatively independent institution affiliated with Tsinghua University, which is one of the top two universities in China. In November, 2013, Chicago faculty from the Medicine, Surgery and Family Medicine Residency Training Programs traveled to Beijing to participate in an International Symposium on Residency Training that was convened by the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, in partnership with the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), Wuhan University Health Sciences Center (WUHSC), and the WUMER Project. The Symposium reviewed current strategies and future innovations in residency training in the United States and in Chicago.

Future programs include 1) A regular series of faculty development workshops to be held in Wuhan and Beijing to address the common issues in residency programs in medicine, surgery and family medicine; 2) Opportunities for externships and residents as teacher trainings for residents in the U of C in medicine, surgery and family medicine residency training programs.

Past collaborations: The University of Chicago received 5 senior medical students from PUMC on the UC campus for summer intensive training in 2013.

Learn more about upcoming events, seminars and opportunities in China at the University of Chicago Beijing Center website.