Cultivate a New Generation of Physician Scientist: 27 CMU Students Visiting Prestigious Medical Institutions in the US

Date: October 4, 2018

China Medical University aims to cultivate a new generation of physician scientists and academic talents. During the summer of 2018, 16 students from MD-MS/PhD program and 11 PhD students went for an eight-day visit in prestigious medical institutions in the US. Many famous professors, such as the vice president of MDACC Mien-Chie Hung, shared their research experiences. The participated students benefit a lot from the visit.

The visit was held from August 19th to 27th. Led by dean Shao-Chun Wang, professor Wei-Chien Huang, associate professor Yuh-Pyng Sher, associate professor Wei-Ta Lai from Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences. The students visited University of California, Irvine (UCI), Texas Medical Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Texas University, and Methodist Medical Center.

The visit in UCI was hosted by Kyoko Yokomori, a senior professor in biochemistry. Chancellor Wen-Hwa Lee of CMU hosted the academic discussion forum. UCI professors from the area of cancer, stem-cell, and neurobiology were invited to introduce their research and interact with CMU students. Professors from CMU exchanged ideas and cooperated with professors from UCI as well. Beside the discussion forum, the head of UCI stem cell center introduced their research findings in brain and spinal diseases. CMU students were impressed with UCI’s core laboratory and the research centers for brain disease and stem cell.

The group headed to Texas Medical Center afterwards. Mien-Chie Hung, the vice president of MDACC, invited scholars from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and Methodist Medical Center, to hold academic lectures. Representatives from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston introduced the study and research funding plan from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Professors introduced their research team, research interests, and exchanged thoughts with students enthusiastically. Vice president Mien-Chie Hung shared his research experience and showed the students around in his laboratory and the MDACC hospital. The visit ended with a feast in Houston Astros’ home restaurant.

"The purpose of the visit is to provide an opportunity for students to understand the progression of international biomedical research and encourage them to plan for their future career", said dean Shao-Chun Wang. CMU students and professors will continue the academic cooperation with UCI research team. This visit inspired the students ’ research career planning, and also laid a good foundation for cultivating a new generation of physician scientists and academic talents.


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Vice President Mien-Chie Hung Welcoming the Students