Recently, the Fudan-Harvard Transition to Teaching(T2T) program was launched at the Harvard Center Shanghai, marking that the two medical training programs under the intercollegiate cooperation framework for medical education have made substantive progress. The other training program is the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program launched last June.
The nine-month T2T programintegrates traditional and novel pedagogic methods, skill-based training and graduation coursework. By adopting a carefully designed curriculum, asystematicapproach toassessment andteam-based learning, the program aims to develophighly skilled clinical educators.Meanwhile, the one-year GCSRT programemploys a blended-learning approach,holdinglarge workshops, webinars, case studies and group discussions to enhance the ability of clinicalresearchers in clinical trials, research design, epidemiology, statistical analysis, ethics codes and leadership building .
Selectedthrough the recommendation of the hospitals and interviews by Harvard experts, all 39 trainees of the T2T program and40 trainees of the GCSRT program this year, aged below 45, are medical workers from hospitalsaffiliated to Fudan University. The heuristic teaching approach embraced by the program instructors has fully mobilized the trainees’ enthusiasm and stimulated their thirst for knowledge. Thanks to an interactive learning environment,foreign instructorshave also been impressed bythe knowledge and performance of trainees.
Prof. Gui Yonghao, Executive Vice President of Fudan University and Dean of Shanghai Medical College, said, “Through collaborative medical training programs, it was the first time that the premium education resources of Harvard Medical School had ‘fully covered’ all our affiliated hospitals. This is a very good attempt that allows the trainees from our affiliated hospitalstoacquaint with the first-class teachers from Harvard University and their teaching philosophy and know more about the classroom environment, curriculum design, teaching methods, forms of assessment, etc. at a foreign university.” Hehad high expectation thatthe trainees, upon completion of the programs, wouldmake significant progress in research, teaching, innovation, global insight and language proficiency.
Early last year, Fudanand Harvard entered into discussions of medical education cooperation, which resulted in multiple collaborations includingthe T2T Program andthe GCSRT Program.The two institutions have also set up a contact group composed of both Fudan and Harvard staff for the overall planning and implementation of medical education cooperation in the long run.