Member Highlight: University of Kansas Medical Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) was founded in 1905, and its Global Health activities began in 1915 when an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Walter Stanborough Sutton, MD, served at the American Ambulance Hospital outside of Paris, France during World War I. Today, hundreds of KUMC students travel globally to over 50 countries annually for education, research and service activities. Over 600 international students come yearly to KUMC for educational and cultural exchanges through degree programs, research, observerships, employment, and elective rotations. While most come to KUMC as part of an institution to institution collaborative agreement, one program is unique due to the nature of the partnership.

China's Health Human Resources Development Center of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (HHRDC) and the University of Kansas signed an agreement in 2014 that established the medical observership and exchange program known as the Sino-U.S. (Kansas) Advanced Healthcare Professional Exchange Program. Under the agreement, (KUMC) hosts 6-7 medical doctors at a time from China for a duration of three months. Participants are top physicians and medical experts selected through a highly competitive process by the Beijing Weirenweiye International Medicine Research Center, an organization appointed by the HHRDC to facilitate the program with KUMC.

While at KUMC, the program's participants observe clinicians, attend lectures, and take part in various activities that allow them to gain a better understanding of the U.S. healthcare system and medical education. To date, KUMC has hosted 34 Chinese physicians from 32 different hospitals as part of this prestigious observership program, and next steps include creating a Leadership Training/Observership component for nurses as well as research opportunities as part of this exchange.

Please see here for more information about KUMC Global Health.

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