uOttawa Faculty of Medicine hosts Shanghai specialists for first observership program

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018

From May 14 to June 22, the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Internationalization (OI) welcomed specialists from Shanghai taking part in the Tongren Hospital Specialist Observership Program. The program was based on the current uOttawa Department of Family Medicine Train-the-Trainer Program.

Tongren Hospital, which is affiliated with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM), received funding to create a primary care environment in Shanghai’s Changning district. Thus, four doctors from Tongren — Xueting Wang, Huihua Li, Ying Xu and Jing Zhang — participated in self-directed learning, non-clinical activities, clinical unit observation and reporting activities at the University of Ottawa.

Each observer was matched with a uOttawa senior resident, who served as an educator regarding Canadian clinical activities and speciality patient encounters. Although the doctors had different medical specializations — cardiology, endocrinology, GI and respirology — their shared goal of becoming leaders in introducing primary care to Tongren Hospital and its affiliated community health service centres contributed to the program’s success in its first year.

The program also served to expose the Tongren Hospital doctors to aspects of the Canadian health care system, including the e-consult system managed by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the process patients face from admission to discharge.

The visiting specialists had access to clinical wards, the ambulatory care clinic and the family medicine multi-disciplinary team. Meanwhile, the University of Ottawa residents had the unique opportunity to practise their teaching skills, building gaining experience as scholars and communicators, and interacting with specialists from a different country.

Overall, the Tongren Hospital Specialist Observership Program was a huge success, as evidenced by the positive feedback from both the Shanghai specialists and the University of Ottawa educators. 

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