2019 UChicago Residents to Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) Clinical Rotation

May 29, 2019

From May 20th to 24th, 2019, the 5th cohort of University of Chicago residents arrived at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) for a week-long clinical rotation. The three residents, Thomas Couri, Julia Sun, and Shawn Kothari respectively focused on gastroenterology and hepatology (liver diseases); rheumatology; and general medicine, oncology, cardiology during their time at this top hospital in China. Their visit is part of an exchange program that the two institutions have been conducting since 2015 with the hope of bringing global perspectives to residents on both sides in surgery, internal medicine and family medicine. A number of PUMCH residents have also visited UChicago Medicine to learn how residents are trained in a U.S. hospital setting. They have reported positively on their experience in Chicago.

On the first day of their arrival, May 20th, Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor Emerita of Anthropology and of Social Sciences; Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Beijing, and Ji YUAN, Interim Executive Director of the Center in Beijing, invited them to visit the Center and led them on a tour of the Center in Beijing’s facilities. They also introduced the history of the establishments, noting that UChicago and PUMCH were both founded by Rockefeller Foundation. This was also an opportunity to discuss differences in tertiary care medicine between China and the U.S.

On the last day of their rotation, PUMCH hosted a workshop between the two institutions, to exchange thoughts on the differences in Residency Training between China and the U.S., through presentations and discussions among residents and doctors between both PUMCH and UChicago. Judith Farquhar, Ji YUAN and Xia LI, conference and outreach coordinator at the Center were invited to attend the workshop. After the residents’ wonderful presentations, and a question and answer period, Prof. Farquhar made some remarks to end the workshop. All residents from both sides are appreciative of this unique experience, and they hope these exchanges will continue. PUMCH and UChicago Medicine also aspire toward more joint programs in the future.