Shantou University Medical College (SUMC) is an important part of Shantou University (STU), a public university that receives long-term support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, located in Shantou, Guangdong, China, a beautiful and peaceful coastal city with fresh air in the South China and very close to Hong Kong with a daily direct flight in just 50 minutes and bullet trains. SUMC is dedicated to producing qualified medical professionals, providing quality healthcare services and undertaking innovative research projects. Guided by its core values of innovation, dedication and exemplary professionalism, SUMC has made impressive progress in medical curriculum reforms, scientific research, professional training, international collaboration and exchange over the past decades.
At present, SUMC has 228 full-time faculty members, among whom 90 have full professor ranks and 76 have associate professor ranks, 62.72% hold doctorate degrees and 45.61% have international experience either by studying or working abroad. There are 2,896 students enrolled at SUMC, including 1,518 undergraduate students, 1,253 master students and 117 doctorate students. SUMC has five affiliated hospitals with over 5,500 patient beds and six associated partner hospitals to service eastern and northern Guangdong, the Pearl River Delta as well as Hainan and provide clinical training to medical students.
Shantou University Main Gate Bell Tower & Gateway designed by Maya Lin
STU Library designed the world-renowned architect Ray Chen
The new SUMC Medical Education Center located on the main campus has been completed and put into use in 2016, marking a new milestone in the history of SUMC’s development. The new Medical Education Center, designed by Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd, covers an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters and houses modernly equipped classrooms, research laboratories, computing rooms and others. The cutting-edge facilities including Simulated Medical Center and Human Life Science Hall enable our students to learn and develop in a stimulated environment. The new SUMC, life sciences-centered and fully multidisciplinary, is well positioned to lead in medical education reforms in China, join the ranks of top research universities and colleges, and produce competent medical professionals to serve the region, the nation and even the world.
New Medical Education Center
Mr Li Ka-shing surrounded by students at the New SUMC Medical Education Center
The Simulated Medical Center, formerly named Clinical Skills Training Center, was established in 2002, as the first of its kind in China. The center has recently undergone a significant expansion and upgrade, and has been relocated to the new Medical Education Center on the main campus in 2016. Designed as an actual modern hospital, the center provides an advanced platform for early clinical practice and a sophisticated clinical skills training and assessment base to our medical students and residents from all levels. The nearly 6,000 square meter center runs on the sophisticated technologies and houses a number of multi-purpose training rooms and a full series of state-of-the-art clinic rooms and simulated facilities including intensive care unit (ICU) and hybrid virtual operating room. In addition to standardized patients, the center is equipped with various high-end simulators and virtual network technologies such as SimMan 3G simulator, the first virtual hybrid operating system imported from Sweden in Asia, automatic delivery simulator, simulated laparoscopy training system, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) model, anaesthetic machine, microscopic operating system and multi-functional operating table. Our clinical training courses are strengthened by an extensive collection of virtual learning resources including those shared by Stanford University and University of Alberta. While designed for use by medical students, the facility is also available for first-aid training to groups within and outside the SUMC community.
Virtual Hybrid Operating Room
The Human Life Science Hall is an interactive, evolving place of discovery of the human body. There are nine stations with over 600 unique human specimens that demonstrate the embryonic development and each organ system of the human body, while the last station features a most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system – Anatomage Table for anatomy education. The Anatomage Table enables students to learn anatomy in 3D exactly as they would on a fresh cadaver and beyond what any cadaver could offer. In the hall, we would like to walk with you in developing deep respect for human life, art and medicine, and in saluting those who donated their bodies for the meaningful cause of medical education.
SUMC currently has two campuses: one is the original medical campus located at the center of the city, and the other one is shared with the main campus of the university in the northeastern suburb, 6 miles from the heart of downtown Shantou. Students spend their first two years on the main campus and the rest on the medical campus or hospitals. There are regular school buses running between the campuses.
Supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, a new Medical Education Center of SUMC has been completed and put into use in 2016. The new SUMC, life sciences-centered and fully multidisciplinary by integrating valuable resources, is a unique and innovative learning environment that will unite Man with Nature and be conducive to nurturing creativity among students and staff.
Both STU and SUMC have libraries and the two libraries offer a wide range of services, recourses and facilities designed to enhance self-directed learning, group collaboration and academic success. The libraries, well-equipped with wireless networks, have set up library web portals that provide digital library services and management. The library portals allow access to a variety of digital resources and services, e.g. databases, online journals, audio-visual materials, new book notices, and interlibrary loans. The libraries have established partnerships with domestic and international institutions whereby our students, faculty and staff can acquire the articles, books or other information that are not available online or in the library collection. In addition, our affiliated hospitals have three libraries and several reading rooms.
The main campus houses a series of athletic facilities with a total area of 36,200 square meters including 28 table tennis tables, 17 badminton courts, 14 basketball courts, six tennis courts, three volleyball courts, three fitness rooms, two swimming pools, one gymnastics room, one staking rink and one football field. The newly built sport and entertainment park, designed by the renowned architect David Manica, covers an area of 52,000 square meters and boasts a multi-use arena, a natatorium with a competitive Olympic swimming pool, sport and fitness training facilities, a flexible grand conference hall, a 200 room boutique hotel, and an underground carpark. The green roof garden incorporates a series of raised landscape beds, turf areas, and both paved and aggregate walking zones.
The main campus has 24,376 cable points, 1,846 wireless access points, 17,218 login accounts and 22,300 computers with access to Internet in total. In addition to providing basic network services, SUMC gives priority to applying advanced internet technologies in teaching, scientific research and administration.
SUMC has set up over 30 themed websites for teaching and learning. In particular, the Clinical Skills Center web portal, because of its rich resources, is very popular among our students.
SUMC has also established various network application systems to provide network services for teaching and self-directed learning, including the online course evaluations, online grade reports, online USMLE tests, online self-study tests, interactive English learning network, interactive digital microscopy learning system and mental health testing system.