Education

Fostering the next generation of clinicians and scientists in oncology is one of the major missions of Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center. Our center has a strong team of teachers assuming the responsibility of medical education for undergraduates, graduate students, visiting students and other related advanced training programs. Disciplines taught include oncology, anesthesiology, molecular medicine, medical and nuclear medicine imaging.

Medical Education in China 
The equivalent of an M.D. in China is a Medical Benke, which is a 5 year undergraduate course. Upon completion of the bachelors degree in medicine, students can either practice medicine or follow their graduate studies with a 3 years Master's Degree course. Upon completion of that degree, students can either practice medicine or follow up with a 3 year Ph.D. course. An alternative in obtaining a Ph.D. degree is the 8-year program, where students are recruited starting after the national higher education entrance examination.

Teachers at SYSUCC
As an integrated cancer center, SYSUCC provides a high level of education in the major discipline of oncology (Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Radiation Oncology). The provided courses are intended both for undergraduate students, postgraduates, residents and physicians (advanced training: Continuing Medical Education). It has excellent teachers, including two academics from the Chinese Academy of Science, 52 PhD supervisors and 102 supervisors for graduate students.

Undergraduate Education and the Eight-year Postgraduate Education
SYSUCC offers a medical undergraduate course called “Oncology”. It consists of theoretical courses and clinic probation. This course is taken by all the medical students at SYSU.

After finishing the theory, medical undergraduates are expected to have a good command in all of the following areas: oncologic epidemiology, etiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis and image diagnosis, principles of oncologic surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biologic therapy, clinical manifestation, diagnosis and treatment strategy of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, esophageal carcinoma, lung cancer, hepatic cancer, gastric cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, pharyngeal cancer, leukemia and lymphoma, and also a precautionary approach to cancers.

Clinic probation and practice focuses on training basic knowledge and skills in order to reinforce oncologic knowledge, training clinical thinking and practical ability, and developing medical ethics, through case demonstrations, collecting history, operation demonstrations, diagnostic and therapeutic facilities exhibitions, case discussions and academic lectures. Every year, more than 550 medical undergraduates are enrolled on this course.

SYSUCC also offers an eight-year education program that awards candidates with a doctoral degree. The selection for the “8-year program” is competitive and demanding. Requirements for thr doctoral degree include a high level of medical theory, foreign language(s), scientific research and also clinical practice as an oncologic resident. After 6 years of general medical courses and training, students choose their specialty (for example, oncology).

Postgraduate Education
SYSUCC offers postgraduate education with four training programs including Oncology, Nuclear medicine, Anesthesiology, and Molecular Medicine for both masters and Ph.D. students. Upon candidates' graduation, SYSUCC is authorized to provide candidates either a clinical professional degree or a medical scientific degree.

Backed up by the great strength of SYSUCC in medical practice, education and scientific research (State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Clinical Trial Center), SYSUCC fosters physicians majoring in chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy or pathology, and also scientific fellows working on molecular biology, cellular biology, pharmacology, genetics and epidemiology. Degrees after postgraduate education include clinical professional degrees and medical scientific degrees.

After finishing the 3-year study, candidates should have an excellent understanding of oncology, they should also be familiar with latest advancements in oncology and a master of a foreign language. To get a clinical professional degree, candidates need to be able to work with common diseases and some complicated and difficult cases as a registrar. For medical scientific degrees, candidates should also be able to conduct scientific research independently.

Curriculum Settings for master candidates include Oncology, English, Human Anatomy, Pathophysiology, Pathology, Molecular Biology, Medical Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation of Clinical Scientific Design, Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Advanced Biochemistry Techniques, Basic Application of Computer Science, etc.

Residents/Specialists Training 
SYSUCC took the lead in oncological training at a national level. From 2006 to 2009, 57 trainees were enrolled and now the majority of them have finished their training and are working in other hospitals.

Advanced Training and Further Medical Education
Utilizing its resources, SYSUCC offers a platform for advanced training and further medical education for doctors from basic hospitals. As the most important Cancer Center in the southern part of China, SYSUCC has been attracting fellows from the whole nation, Hong Kong, Macao and even foreign countries for those looking to continue their medical enducation. Currently, SYSUCC takes on about 100 trainees every year and provides a “one-year training program” consisting of theoretical courses for one month and clinic practice for 11 months. Until now, over 3000 trainees have been enrolled. Within the past five years, SYSUCC has conducted 79 continuing medical  training programs, encompassing a 154,000 doctors nationally.

Courses
For a list of available courses click here to download our course prospectus.

Financial Resources
Sun Yat-sen University as well as the Chinese government, provide numerous opportunities for students to study in China for education and to promote international exchange.

To look at the different opportunities the government offers, please refer to the CSC website (China Scholarship Council)

To look at the opportunities available from Sun Yat-sen University, please refer to the website for the international students (in English) and on the original one (in Chinese) for more detailed information.

To look at the different opportunities the government offers, please refer to the CSC website (China Scholarship Council).

To look at the opportunities available from Sun Yat-sen University, please refer to the website for the international students (in English) and on the original one (in Chinese) for more detailed information.

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