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China will fully implement the standardised training system for residents in 2020
  1. Yu Xiao,
  2. Shao-yi Zhu
  1. The second ward, Shantou University Mental Health Center, Shantou 515065, China
  1. Correspondence to Yu Xiao, Mental Health Center of Shantou University, Taishan North Road, Longhu District, Shantou, China; xiaoy3{at}

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As doctors, we find it disquieting to read the paper ‘Depression, quality of life and coping style among Thai doctors before their first year of residency training’.1 It reminds us to turn our attention to Chinese resident training system, a standardised training programme that will be generalised in all provinces of China this year.

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It has been generally believed that well-trained doctors are essential for the safe patient care and high-quality healthcare system. However, Chinese medical graduates are not fully trained doctors when they leave school due to lack of enough clinical practice and training. Therefore, resident training is a key stage for medical graduates to acquire skills and knowledge before becoming professionals.2 As is known to all, Chinese government has made great efforts to meet the growing demand for medical services and improve the work performance of senior doctors and residents in the past decades.2 Among these attempts, the standardised training system for residents (STSR) started in 2014 is particularly important. The STSR, jointly issued by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China with six other departments, is a national project that provides systematic and standardised training for residents, and is also one of the important steps in the reform of Chinese medical system.3 The STSR is mandatory and will take up to 3 years depending on the educational level of participants. In detail, the training period of Medical Bachelor (MB), Master …

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  • Contributors YX designed the study and drafted the manuscript. S-yZ revised the manuscript. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript. YX is responsible for the overall content as guarantor.

  • Funding The authors received no grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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