Department of Medical Education
The medical school has 7-year curriculum, including a 1-year (the 7th year) internship. The hospital trains interns from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Technology, and Physical and Occupational Therapy. Internship training is also provided for other medical colleges on this island. We instill in our students, and in our faculty as well, a firm commitment to a lifetime of learning, while equipping them to understand and to meet the evolving health needs of all segments of our population.
To enrich and expand the students’ understanding of patients and the context in which they experience illness and seek care, there are also courses in such subjects as introduction of medicine, physician and the humanities, physician and society, human and medical care, medical technology and patients, life and death, and medical ethics and health behavior.
The hospital is committed to providing a training environment that produces the highest-quality physicians for current and future practice environments. The hospital offers fully accredited three to six-year residency programs in various disciplines of clinical medicine, and accepts more than 100 residents each year.
In general, the residents rotate through ambulatory and inpatient units, the intensive care unit, the emergency department, and specialty laboratories. At the end of his/her training, the resident assumes full responsibility for his or her patients and a greater teaching role for fellow residents and medical students. The didactic teaching program generally consists of weekly case conferences, grand rounds with visiting speakers, subspecialty conferences, and core curriculum lectures based on the educational objectives as defined by the office on Medical Education and by individual departments.
In 1998, the hospital instituted a “Categorical (General) Internal Medicine” training program. The program stresses comprehensive training in general internal medicine after which residents practice primary-care general internal medicine or go on to enroll in advanced training programs in a subspecialty of medicine. Recently, the hospital began to offer an experimental “Postgraduate” training (PGY1) program for those requiring one year of general medicine or surgery training prior to entry into another medical field or subspecialty program. Those eligible for the PGY1 program are graduates of a newly approved 6-year curriculum program rather than the traditional 7-year curriculum.
The postgraduate training program in the 5th and 6th year of residency is considered to be equivalent to fellowship programs in US. Our fellowship is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that provides a unique exposure to the state-of–the–art thinking and methods in various specialties. The program imparts the knowledge and experience necessary to allow each fellow to become a competent clinical scientist, with the opportunity to obtain expertise in one or more subspecialties. To this end, each fellow rotates through a series of clinical services that provide the backbone of his/her clinical experience. In addition, fellows are expected to pursue clinical or laboratory research.
Visiting Clinical Scholar Program and Fellowship Training Program
The hospital provides a wide variety of the programs for the residents who have completed their first year of residency training and those who are clinical/research fellows and physicians from abroad. The program offers flexible and personalized electives in various specialties and strives to create an opportunity to promote the exchange of experience of medical environment、medical culture、clinical management in the context of compassionate, patient-centered care. In the hospital, the program offers opportunities to experience the different disease pattern resulted from different cultural backgrounds.
The program functions to coordinate personalized academic activities of applicants’ chosen specialty. A local host to facilitate adaptation to local social and cultural contexts will be arranged for each applicant to make sure that every visitor enjoys his /her learning and living experience.
Ph.D. Program for Clinicians
Driven by both the demands for improved treatment and the explosion of knowledge about the molecular and cellular basis of human disease, the need for scientifically trained physicians is increasing. The guiding principle of the Ph.D. program for clinicians at the College is that the future intellectual leadership of medicine can be best provided by individuals trained in both basic science research and clinical medicine. The Ph.D. Program provides a unique training environment for exceptionally qualified individuals who recently completed residency training and want to pursue careers in academic medicine and research. The program accepts approximately 12 Ph.D. students each year; and presently 55 students are enrolled.
The first two years of the program consist of the core basic science courses of the medical curriculum, a survey of the mechanisms of human disease, laboratory rotations, and a variety of meetings designed to facilitate contact with potential faculty mentors. This is followed by two to three years of research training for completion of the Ph.D. degree. Since the start of the Ph.D. program 20 years ago, there have been a total of 125 graduates, and, these clinician-scientists have had significant contributions on the academic achievements in this institution.
Continuing Medical Education
As an integral component of the medical Center, the hospital collaborates with other units of the College in promoting the College’s mission. Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses are offered at regular intervals for physicians and nurses at community hospitals and in private practice. Pursuant to that mission, the hospital has special responsibilities to: 1) Carry out careful assessments of the continuing education needs of physicians in Taipei and nationally; 2) conduct CME programs that draw upon and highlight the College’s institutional strengths; 3) disseminate research findings, technologic advances, new clinical and health care information, and other new knowledge to help physicians enhance their professional competence; and 4) discover, develop, and disseminate new modes of delivering CME.
On a regular basis, as part of the continuing education program, the hospital also trains a great variety of administrative and paramedical professionals, including pharmacists, nurses, therapists, technologists, dietitians, volunteers, and social workers.
International Academic Exchange
Due to rapid advances in informatics technology in the 1980's, interaction among nations has become more intimate and more frequent. The NTUCM has been active in seeking the opportunities of cooperation with the foreign medical schools in the past decades. Since 1988, the NTUCM School of Medicine has established collaborative agreements with the medical schools of Harvard University, University of Rochester (UR), University of Pennsylvania (UP), University of Southern California (USC), Ohio State University (OSU), and University of Arizona (UOA) in the United States, University of Alberta School of Medicine in Canada and University of The Ryukyus Faculty of Medicine in Japan. Under the agreements, the NTUCM has sent nearly 100 senior medical students abroad for taking clinical elective clerkships at the affiliated hospitals of the above mentioned schools in the USA and has accepted more than 30 students from them for clinical electives at our university hospital. Though the Northwestern University does not set up cooperative agreement with the NTUCM in formal, it has agreed to accept our medical students for taking clinical electives at its medical center. Thus, beginning February 2000, two medical students per year have been sent to the Northwestern University Medical Center for clinical elective clerkships. Furthermore, with the endowment of Andrew T. Huang Medical Education Promotion Fund, one student per year has been sent to the Duke University Medical Center for similar purpose since 2000.
From 1996 to 2000, more than 30 junior faculty members of the NTUCM were sent for learning clinical teaching at HMS, UR, UP and USC. The outcome has been proven to be beneficial in upgrading our medical education and improving our teaching methods. In the meantime, the School of Dentistry and the School of Nursing at the NTUCM have also actively established collaborative relationships with foreign schools in recent years. The number of the NTUCM collaborative schools abroad has increased to thirteen by now.
In order to manage the rapidly increasing international affairs, the Office of International Projects was established in 1994 and was renamed as the Office of International Affairs since 1997. The main task of this office is to explore, establish and administer agreements with foreign schools.