In 2020, the Center adhered to the goal of cultivating talents with "integrity, capability, leadership, and patriotism", to "foster virtue through education", accelerated the training of high-level compound medical talents and steadily promoted the construction towards the world's top tumor center. Throughout the year, the Center smoothly completed its medical education training goals at a range of grades, including undergraduates, extended (8-year) course doctoral students, postgraduate students, resident doctors, specialist doctors, advanced studies, and continuing education.
Focusing on high-quality students and strictly controlling the enrolment process, the number of students admitted to direct doctoral programs continued to rank first among the affiliated hospitals. Specific attention was paid to the key links of doctoral education to ensure the quality of dissertations. As a result, the qualified rate of dissertations of postgraduate students in the national spot-check reached 100%, and 53% of master's students went on to continue with doctoral study. Three postgraduate supervisors were awarded excellent master and doctoral supervisors of the university and one master's student won the title of "excellent student" at the provincial level.
The Center has published two textbooks under the national plan and one under the plan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, further emphasizing the leading role of textbooks.
A specialized supervisor program to support Kashgar in Xinjiang was implemented, and six professional master's students were allocated to receive one-year clinical training in Kashgar, creating a new training model for professional master's students. The general teacher training course of standardized training for resident doctors in Guangdong Province was also held. A total of 58 teachers passed the training examination and obtained the provincial teacher training certificate, which was conducive to the improvement of teaching ability and the building of a high-quality teaching team for the training of resident doctors.
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 bachelor 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 to obtaining a Ph.D. degree is the 8-year program, where students are recruited starting after the national higher education entrance examination.There are currently 959 postgraduate students studying at the Center, among which 536 are doctoral students (including 15 students on eight-year courses and 11 doctors of engineering) and 423 are master's students. We also welcome international students to join our education programs. In 2020, we had 6 doctoral students and 4 master’s students from other countries.
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). The Center currently has a total of 420 postgraduate supervisors eligible to recruit students, of whom 166 are doctoral supervisors, and 254 are master's supervisors.
SYSUCC offers postgraduate programs including Surgery in Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Experimental Research in Oncology, Medical Imaging, Ultrasound Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Anesthesiology, Medical Laboratory and Molecular Medicine for masters students. At the same time, it offers Ph.D. programs in Surgery in Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Experimental Research in Oncology, Ultrasound Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Molecular Medicine. Upon candidates' graduation, SYSUCC is authorized to provide candidates either a clinical professional degree or a medical scientific degree.
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 master 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.
SYSUCC takes the lead in oncological training at a national level. In 2020, the Center had 397 in-training resident doctors (including the SRT/MM), and 63 in-training specialist doctors. Standardized training graduation assessment for resident doctors and specialist doctors was completed, and 94 resident doctors and 24 specialist doctors passed the assessment.