Curtin Medical School welcomes international students
The Curtin Medical School has welcomed its first contingent of international students from the Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, the oldest school of western medicine in China.
In their final year of a highly prestigious eight year successive postgraduate and doctoral degree of medicine, Li Tan, Yalin Cao, Ziying Lin, Zhehui Tu and Guofeng Zhang began their Curtin placements on Monday 24 July 2017.
Professor William Hart, Dean of Medicine, Dr Daniel Xu, GP Advisory Group Chair, and Associate Professor Celia Cornwell, Faculty HS Dean International, have developed an international experience for the students that includes a variety of clinical placements, problem-based-learning tuition and a research component. The students report that their placement with Curtin rivals their previous internship exchanges with Birmingham University (UK) and Indiana University (USA).
Dr Xu has secured program participation from many local clinicians, surgeons and consultants. As a result, the students have observational roles at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA Eye Specialists, Belvidere Health Centre and Riverton Medical Centre.
Health, economics and public health researchers have stepped forward to offer the students the opportunity to work alongside their research teams; this forms a prominent part of the program and is of particular interest to these high-achieving students who might well choose to follow a research career path.
During a presentation made at Sun Yat-sen University in 2016, Professor Hart likened the relationship between Sun Yat-sen University and Curtin University to that of an older and younger brother. His analogy is even more appropriate today, as Curtin Medical School looks forward to future collaboration with Zhongshan School of Medicine.
Contributed by Associate Professor Celia Cornwell, Dean International