Medical education in China's leading medical schools

Med Teach. 2004 May;26(3):215-22. doi: 10.1080/01421590310001642939.


This article gives a general overview of the evolution and present state of the undergraduate medical education system, programs, evaluation methods and conferred degrees in contemporary China. The publication is based on the information collected from on-site visits to the eight (8) leading medical universities, medical education conferences, visits to Ministries of Health and Education and their staff, and the contribution of Chinese medical education experts. As the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (PRC) approves all tracks and strives for uniformity of educational programs as a cornerstone of quality, this overview reflects the general content of all five- and seven-year medical education programs that have provided the great majority of physicians since the founding of the People's Republic of China.

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • School Admission Criteria
  • Schools, Medical
  • Teaching / methods