In 2007, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine (uOttawa FoM) strategically started to intensify its international activities with a specific tactic. In addition to international collaborations occurring within the research laboratory, division or department level, the uOttawa FoM would concentrate on procuring faculty-level partnerships that would be threefold: 1) equal and preferred, 2) sustained by joint investments, and 3) for substantial and socially accountable joint programs and initiatives that would eventually improve health services nearby and far.
To further enhance the Canada-China collaboration in medical education and health care, with great support from the two countries’ governments, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) co-established the Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM) in October 2014 upon the 170th anniversary of Renji Hospital, affiliated to SJTUSM.
The Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine was co-established by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM). The program integrates the two sides’ respective advantages in medical care, introducing the advanced medical education model and curriculum from North America to China. The joint medical school is operated strictly up to North American accreditation standards, attaching great importance to cultivating students’ core competencies. The program aims to train professional medical elites who are good communicators, team players, managers, advocates and lifelong learners with a solid foundation of knowledge and proficient skills.