A Brief Introduction to Changzhi Medical College
Changzhi Medical College (CZMC), is situated in Changzhi City, Shanxi Province, which is honored as a famous red historic site (Chinese revolutionary site) and one of the China’s Top Ten Charming Cities in the year of 2004. It is located at No.161 Jiefang Dong Street. Changzhi Medical College is a full-time teaching-oriented medical college subordinated to Shanxi Education Committee. Founded in 1946, the college traces its origin to Nursing School of Shanxi-Hebei-Shandong-Henan Bethune International Peace General Hospital, which was founded by He Mu, the then director of the Yan’an Central Hospital. The college received great concerns from veteran revolutionists such as Liu Bocheng, Deng Xiaoping, Bo Yibo and so on and is always considered one of the pioneer medical colleges founded by the Communist Party of China. In 1948, it was transformed to Peace Medical School. In 1958, it was rebuilt as the Medical School of Southeastern Shanxi. In 1986, it was upgraded to an undergraduate college and was officially renamed Changzhi Medical College. In 1996, it passed the undergraduate teaching qualification evaluation organized by the former State Education Commission and in 2004, it passed the undergraduate teaching assessment of general higher education institutions organized by China’s Ministry of Education. In 2011, it was authorized as a pilot unit for cultivating postgraduates for Master degree in Clinical Medicine by the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council and in 2012, it was the first to acquire the Clinical Medicine Professional Accreditation from China’s Ministry of Education among the other similar medical colleges.
Carrying forward the Taihang Mount Spirit of “hard-struggle and self-improvement” and the Bethune Spirit of “striving for perfection”, adhering to the tradition of “grassroots-oriented education, moral education comes first”, and persevering with the mission of “focusing on the education quality, practice and characteristics”, Changzhi Medical College has rooted itself in the revolutionary base, integrated itself into the local and national development and have cultivated almost 30,000 high-quality and utility-type medical talents in the past decades.
Through 70 years of sustained construction, Changzhi Medical College has now developed into a well-coordinated college featuring studies in medicine and other medicine-related programs and covering engineering, management, science, pedagogy, literature and art. Besides, it also formed a multilevel talent-cultivation educational pattern, including graduate education, undergraduate education, professional education and continuing education. It has now 20 schools and departments, including the First Affiliated Hospital (the Peace Hospital in Changzhi city), the Second Affiliated Hospital (the Heji Hospital), the School of Basic Medical Science, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Bio-medical Engineering, the School of Mental Health, the School of Humanities, Arts and Communications, the School of Health Information and Management, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, the Department of Medical Imaging, the Department of Anesthesiology, the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, the Department of Stomatology, the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Ideological and Political Theory Education, the Department of Foreign Languages, the Department of Public Physical Education, the Department of Computer Science and the School of Continuing Education.The college offers 18 undergraduate programs, including Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Medical Imaging, Medical Imaging Technology, Bio-medical Engineering, Anesthesiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Psychological Medicine, Stomatology, Pharmacy, Information Management and Information System, Applied Psychology, Rehabilitation Science, Human Sport Science, Musicology, Preventive Medicine, Medical Experimental Technology and Communication Studies. The students body totals 10,632, consisting of 74 graduate students, 8,474 undergraduate students, 111 vocational college students, 1,973 adult education college students, who come from 25 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions of China.
The college (including the two directly affiliated hospitals) covers a total area of 43.6067 hectares with a construction area of 395,200 square meters. The value of the total fixed assets reaches 1.29 billion yuan (the main campus occupies 0.34 billion yuan), in which the total value of teaching and scientific research facilities takes up 0.599 billion yuan (the main campus accounts for 0.083 billion yuan). The college library has a collection of 530,000 volumes, over 1200 foreign and domestic journals and various digital databases and network resources like the Resource System of Wanfang data, Scholar Digital Library, Foreign Medical Journal Full-Text Service, China Disease Knowledge Total Database and so on and the electronic book resource capacity amounts to 6.8 T.
The college possesses two state-level characteristic disciplines — Clinical Medicine and Nursing, which are also listed as the Shanxi provincial brand disciplines, four provincial characteristic disciplines — Pharmacy, Medical Imaging, Medical Laboratory Technology and Anesthesiology, one state-level excellent resources sharing course — Internal Medicine, two provincial excellent courses — Diagnostics and Surgery, four provincial excellent resources sharing courses — Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Human Anatomy and Fundamental Nursing, one key provincial laboratory — the Laboratory of Blood Lipid Metabolism and Blood Disease, seven provincial experimental teaching demonstration laboratories — Comprehensive Function Laboratory, Comprehensive Anatomy Laboratory, Clinical Skills Center (CSC), Comprehensive Medical Examination Laboratory, Comprehensive Pharmaceutical Laboratory, Oral Medical Experimental Teaching Center and Medical Imaging Technology Experimental Teaching Center, and one provincial demonstration center — Clinical Skills Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center. The college has two directly affiliated tertiary hospitals, six indirectly affiliated hospitals, sixty clinical teaching and training hospitals and other 40 teaching bases, which can all together meet the needs of teaching and practice training.
The college has a staff of 2,706 (892 on the main campus), with 373 holding different senior professional titles and 39 being master and doctoral supervisors. It has 488 full-time teachers and 566 clinical teachers, of which 645 hold postgraduate degree or higher. The Internal Medicine Teaching Team is recognized as the state-level teaching team and the Pharmacology Teaching Team is recognized as the provincial excellent teaching team.In recent years, the college has achieved fruitful results in the process of improving teaching efficiency, enhancing the quality of talents and focusing on the quality-oriented education. In the past five years, the college enjoys an average employment rate of 78.8% each year and according to the latest survey, almost 100% of the students could get employed within five years after graduation. The students’ passing rate for the postgraduate examinations remains over 20% and the one for Practitioners Exam (the China’s medical licensing examination) ranks among the front row among other similar colleges in the country. In 2016, the college won the first prizes in the northern China division in China’s Clinical Skills Competition for College Students in Higher Medical Colleges and Universities again, and it has retains the title 5 times since 2011. And it also won the second prize in the national finals in 2012 and the third prize in the years of 2013, 2014, 2015 respectively. In 2015, the college’s two teams won the first prize in China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling by Higher Education Press.In 2008, the college’s research subject titled Innovative Experimental Area of Clinical Medicine Professional Training Mode in Regional Medical Colleges was approved and supported by the provincial government. In 2012, it was authorized to be one of the first pilot colleges in the Physician Education and Training Program of Excellence. In 2013, its Clinical Medicine Discipline was listed as one of the first regional colleges’ comprehensive reforming experimental Disciplines in Higher School Undergraduate Teaching Quality and Teaching Reform Project. In recent years, the college undertakes ninety-six teaching reforming projects, of which two won the second prize of the National Award for Education Results, two won the first prize of Provincial Award for Education Results, six won the second prize of Provincial Award for Education Results, and six won the third prize of Provincial Award for Education Results.Internal Medicine is selected as one of the key provincial constructive disciplines. There are nine college-level key disciplines, including Ophthalmology, Surgery, Oncology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reprogenetics, Pathology and Pathophysiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Imaging and Nuclear Medicine. The college also has six research institutes, including the institutes of Blood Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Reproductive and Hereditary Disease, Tumor and Liver Disease.
Being a bachelor degree-conferring unit, the college was authorized as a pilot unit for cultivating postgraduates for master degree in Clinical Medicine by the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council in December of 2012 as part of the national talents training project of meeting special needs. In 2013, it began to recruit and cultivate postgraduates for master degree in Clinical Medicine, which can be viewed as the historical breakthrough of the college’s schooling level. In 2014, the college passed the mid-term examination organized by the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council and up to now, it has recruited three grades of students, whose majors cover ten second-tier disciplines under Clinical Medicine, such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology and so on. In 2015, the college squares the postgraduate training with the Standardized Residents Training in Hospital and the postgraduates’ clinical practice training is being carried out in the Standardized Residents Training Base Hospitals.
In the past five years, the college has undertaken 168 scientific projects, with six programs supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) and 82 projects at ministerial and provincial level. It also won 19 scientific awards, with 4 at ministerial and provincial level.
Changzhi Medical College pays close attention to international cooperation and exchanges and has established cooperative ties with universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Korea and so on. The modes of cooperation and exchanges include exchange of faculty members, joint research, joint sponsoring of international academic conferences and exchange of academic journals. All these have greatly promoted the education, research and disciplinary development of the colleges and universities involved, and have contributed a lot to the enhancement of the international profile and reputation of Changzhi Medical College and its partner institutions.
With a view to shouldering the mission of training high-quality applied medical talents in the new century, Changzhi Medical College has set up its educational guidelines and targeted at further development —implementing the country’s educational policies and strategies of the National Outline for Medium- and Long-Term Educational Reform and Development (2010-2020), centering on talents cultivation, laying emphasis on moral education, strengthening the education orientation of focusing on undergraduate education, leading a moderate expansion of graduate education, aiming at cultivating high-quality applied medical talents, taking “comprehensively strengthening the party’s construction, comprehensively deepening reforms, comprehensively promoting law-based governance of the college, comprehensively promoting the college’s connotation development and comprehensively integrating the college into the regional society” as the guideline, and striving to build Changzhi Medical College into one of China’s high-level teaching- and application-oriented medical universities.