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Medical education reform in China
  1. Hui Li,
  2. Xiang Zhou
  1. Department of Cardiology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Xiang Zhou, Department of Cardiology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou 215004, China; zhou-xiang{at}suda.edu.cn

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Accompanying economic development and growth in China, non-communicable chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, are becoming the leading causes of the national disease burden, which highlights the importance of standardised medical approaches for these diseases.1 2 To cope with rising expectations from the public healthcare system, a historic series of related reforms in China are now occurring in the political and policy arena and in medical education.3 In 2009, the Chinese government initiated a health programme aiming at improvement in the health status of the nation’s entire population by 2020, of which the key were the medical approaches for non-communicable chronic diseases. However, the imbalanced development of medical services between urban and rural areas, between China’s Eastern and Western Areas and between community hospitals and large hospitals lies in their economic and social status and in the cultivation of medical providers.

A massive reform in medical education has already embarked on by the Chinese government, and the primary target is to develop a homogenised and high-quality medical education system. The improvement of the quality and homogenisation of physician training will greatly develop medical services in China. This was also a major initiative involved in deepening the healthcare system and medical education reform in China. In 2008, China established a medical school accreditation procedure, based on …

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