Starting this week, six Chinese physicians from the Eastern coastal Chinese province of Jiangsu will spend four weeks observing six physicians at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University as part the university’s initiative to strengthen international partnerships.
The observership program is a first step in actualizing a memorandum of understanding between GRU and the Jiangsu Province Department of Health that will foster exchange and collaboration in medicine and all the health sciences, said Dr. Walter Moore, MCG’s Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Veterans Affairs, who has helped coordinate the visit.
“This is a terrific opportunity for our faculty, residents and students to experience a face-to-face sharing of practices and cultures with our colleagues from across the globe,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean. “We have greatly anticipated the arrival of our distinguished guests and thank Dr. Charles Li for his commitment and leadership. This promises to be a wonderful learning opportunity for us all and will undoubtedly lead to more collaborations in the future.”
“This kind of program is really to promote academic and cultural exchanges across different cultures, different societies, and different countries,” said Li, Assistant Commissioner of Georgia’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. The 1983 graduate of Nanjing Medical University in the Jiangsu Province pursued the relationship with MCG and GRU and hopes the physician observerships are just the beginning of a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with his homeland.
The visiting physicians will spend their first few days on the GRU campus, learning more about a wide variety of topics from an overview of the health care system in the United States and at GRU to a research overview that includes tours of basic science laboratories to an update university’s increasing role in global affairs.
Observerships begin Oct. 25 and include the following pairing of MCG and Chinese physicians:
- Dr. Phillip L. Coule, Vice Chairman of Business Development, Department of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services, and Dr. Liqun Sun, Consultant, Department of Critical Care Medicine, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University
- Dr. Adam E. Berman, Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Ablation Services and Assistant Director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship, and Dr. Hongzhuan Sheng, Chief Physician, Department of Cardiology, The Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University
- Dr. Norman B. Chutkan, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Henry Distinguished Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Dr. Hongwei Li, Associate Chief Doctor, Department of Orthopaedics, Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical College.
- Dr. W. Bruce Davis, Chief, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Dr. Chuanyong Mu, Associate Chief Physician, Department of Respiratory, The First Affiliated Hospital of Suzhou University
- Dr. Colleen H. McDonough, Assistant Professor, Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Cancer and Blood Disorders. and Dr. Yongjun Fang, Senior Consultant and Chief Doctor, Department of Hematology and Oncology, the Affiliated Nanjing Children Hospital of Nanjing Medical University
- Dr. Cargill H. Alleyne Jr., Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Marshall Allen Distinguished Chair, and Director, Cerebrovascular Service and Neurosurgery Residency Program, and Dr. Xudong Zhao, Attending Doctor, Department of Neurosurgery, Wuxi Second Hospital Affiliated Nanjing Medical University
“I am grateful to our faculty for sharing their time and talent with our colleagues from China and to Drs. Li and Moore, MCG Chief of Staff Jeanette Balotin, GRU Global Affairs Coordinator Yilin Lou and Administrative Assistant Leslie Bedenbaugh for putting this program together,” Buckley said.