Modernising Health Care Provider Education in China

Professor Yifei Wang, Senior Advisor, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

A China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker lecture

18 February

China is facing an epoch-making revolution of health care service and health care system, symbolised by the paradigm shift from existing disease-management system to a better integrative health care system with the following five transitions:

  • Transition from disease-driven medicine to health driven medicine;
  • Transition from targeting on illness to targeting on people;
  • Transition from hospital-based disease management to community-based integrative health care service;
  • Transition from high-tech predominant medical intervention to high-touch, people-centered and community-engaged health care;
  • Transition from disease intervention to comprehensive health care package including disease diagnosis & treatment, disease prediction, disease prevention and health promotion

To meet the needs and demands of this revolution, modernising health care provider education is of strategic importance, including reforming training of clinic doctors, as well as nurses, paramedical workers, community care providers and social workers.

In line with the essential requirements of health care providers adapting to this new health care system, medical education reform is extremely urgent and imperative, it represents a switch in emphasis from teaching to student-centered participatory learning, from didactic mode of knowledge to a problem-solving capability and critical thinking, from the traditional discipline-based teaching path to an integrated, comprehensive interdisciplinary highway of learning all through the whole medical curriculum, which should be refined and adjusted time and time to tailor-fit the changing world and its evolving culture and social value, as well as rapid development of life and biomedical sciences.

The strategic framework and preliminary trial of medical education reform program of the School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will be briefly introduced.

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Professor Yifei Wang currently serves as the Senior Advisor, Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Senior Professor Association, Past-President of Chinese Society of Reproductive Medicine, Chairman of Shanghai Society of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Reproductive Health and Family Planning and Editor-in-Chief of Asian Journal of Andrology.

From 1995-2001 he was appointed as Medical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, serving as the Area Manager for Asia and the Pacific, as well as the coordinator of 60 Global WHO Research and Training Collaborating Centers for Reproductive Health.

He has published more than 100 research papers and review articles in peer-reviewed journals and be the Editor-in-chief of several important monographs, including Chinese Medical Encyclopedia: Human Histology and Embryology, Human Reproductive Biology, Reproductive Medicine: Fertility, Infertility and Anti-fertility and Andrology. He has been the Principal Investigator or Advisor of many National Priority Research Programs, such as National Guideline of ART and Stem Cell Research and Application, Cellular and Molecular Mechanism of Human Reproduction and Environmental and Genetic Factors and Birth Defects and Male Infertility. In 1995 he received the Award of La Medaille de Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur by the Government of the Republic of France.