Dongfang Hospital, as the Second Clinical Medical College of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM), has undertaken medical education as one of its core tasks since its opening in 1999.
The hospital places much emphasis on the constant improvement of the clinical abilities of its medical students. Therefore it focuses on the development of the research and innovation skills of its students, promoting participation in domestic and international academic exchange activities, and encouraging constant exploration in the TCM clinical research and teaching fields.
In the short span of 10 years, the hospital has gradually developed a unique style of education which places an emphasis on clinical practice, the grasping of scientific research and the pursuit of innovation; thereby training a number of high-quality medical professionals for the country.
The College has 11 admission subjects, which include Internal Medicine in TCM, Surgical Medicine in TCM, Gynecology in TCM, Pediatrics in TCM, Acupuncture and Massotherapy, clinical integration of TCM and Western Medicine, etc. It has set up post-doctoral work stations specializing in TCM, as well as integrated TCM and Western medicine. There are 6 doctoral degree authorization units and 11 master degree authorization units. 18 teaching and research fields have been established in the departments of internal medicine, surgical medicine, gynecology and pediatrics, supported by a capacity of 600 clinical practice beds. It is also the executive unit of the National Higher Institute of TCM Research.
The college has a total of 125 teachers, including three renowned medical experts who qualify for the state council special allowance; one "Hundred Thousand Million engineering talents in the new century" state-level candidate; three state-recognized TCM experts involved in TCM academic inheritance work.; two teachers selected by the "New Century Excellent Training Scheme" under the Ministry of Education; one teacher selected by the "Outstanding Young Teachers Fund" under the Ministry of Education; two national experts in public health emergencies; eight outstanding young teachers in Beijing, two young renowned TCM doctors in Beijing; as well as five members of the BUCM outstanding medical training scheme. There are a total of 26 doctor degree mentors and 57 master degree mentors. In the pool of teaching staff, those with chief professional titles, vice professional titles, master’s degree or above account respectively for 31%, 41% and 47% of the teacher population. Doctoral postgraduate, master postgraduate and overseas students account respectively for 15%, 40% and 34% of the student population.
The comprehensive teaching facilities and excellent resources have played a role in the rapid and efficient development of medical education in the college. As such, the teaching efforts of the college have been commended by experts during the Ministry of Education’s evaluation of undergraduate teaching methods in 2007.At present, the hospital is undertaking a number of teaching missions, which include giving lessons, clinical and research guidance to students under the seven-year and five-year schemes, as well as the students of the BUCM - Nanyang Technological University Double Degree Program.
Just as it takes a decade of moulding to perfect a sword, after ten years’ of experience accumulation, the Dongfang Hospital of today has taken solid steps in the globalization of TCM education. The young Dongfang family will continue to strongly adhere to the spirit of the school’s motto, and strive to build a first-class international TCM research and clinical college with great enthusiasm!