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OSJSM Meeting on Internationalization of Medical Education

To further promote the internationalization of medical education, on June 15th 2017, Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM) held a meeting on the internationalization of medical education. The attendees include: Dr. SHAO Li, Director of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) Academic Affairs Office and OSJSM Executive Dean, Dr. MEI Wenhan, OSJSM Assistant Dean, Dr. GUO Xiaokui, OSJSM Assistant Dean, Dr. ZHENG Qing, OSJSM Assistant Dean. OSJSM SIM Center Director, Evaluation Director, Unit Leaders, Rotation Directors and Student Counselors also attended the meeting.

Dr. SHAO Li hosted the meeting around the following three topics: 1. Summary of OSJSM achievements, difficulties and future improvements; 2. The challenges and opportunities for OSJSM with international accreditation and Canadian accreditation of medical schools; 3. Development of the e-learning platform and online evaluation and assessment platform that match with OSJSM’s needs.

The participants had a heated discussion on the above topics. Dr. NI Xingzhi from the Surgery Department said that the shadowing program for teachers is very productive. The shadowing professors can learn about the differences between Canada and China in medical education. Dr. ZHENG Qing, made a brief report on the preparation for clinical rotations. We should learn from the emphasis on the details and the policies of the western medical education. Dr. GUO Xiaokui and Dr. Mei Wenhan pointed out that the sino-foreign medical education cooperation brings higher requirements to both the teachers and students. It focuses on more on self-study and self-management. Both the students and teachers need to adapt to the new curriculum and solve the difficulties together through more communication.

Dr. CHEN Guangjie, Foundation Unit Leader, said that FU is the most complicated unit. The students are under a lot of pressure. More support and guidance are needed from the Student Affairs Office. Ms. WANG Suping, Student Counselor briefly introduced the current student support activities, including the peer program, tutoring, classmate support, etc. She said these activities are well accepted by the students and more activities will be organized in the future.

Dr. QIAO Yuqi, Evaluation Director made a brief summary and analysis of the current evaluation model. Exam paper analysis is a great improvement and is conducive to optimizing the question bank. However, competency-based evaluation still needs improvement. And more thoughts should be put on the evaluation of professionalism.

Dr. MENG Chao, Family Medicine Director pointed out that the family medicine content in the OSJSM curriculum is in adherence with the great efforts the government recently put in family medicine. However, due to the differences in the overall health environment and health systems, it needs to be further explored how to deliver the family medicine content. Dr. XU Yong, Psychiatry professor, said that psychiatry has a bigger proportion in the OSJSM curriculum than traditional curriculum. And case-based learning is employed. This is a challenge to the teachers as to how to achieve the expected teaching effect.

The meeting lasted about 2 hours. The participants brought up many constructive suggestions. At the end, Dr. SHAO Li expressed her gratitude to the participants. The suggestions will be summarized to provide further guidance on the medical education reform of OSJSM.

 
 
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