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College of Clinical Medicine 


The predecessor of College of Clinical Medicine was originally the Jinchaji Medical School which was established in September 1939. The great internationalist and renowned Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune, made significant contributions to the establishment, teaching, and medical work of the medical school. The medical school was renamed Norman Bethune School, Northern Medical University of the People’s Liberation Army, No. 1 Military Medical University of the PLA, Changchun Medical College, Jilin Medical University, and Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences respectively. In 2000, the Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences merged with four other colleges and universities to form the new Jilin University.


In August 1950, the No 1 Military Medical University which was then located in Tianjin established the College of Clinical Medicine. In September 1954, the Medical University was relocated to Changchun and then set up the administrative sector of clinical medicine and three colleges of clinical medicine, creating the administrative module of classifying students into different groups based on their batch and managing the students as groups. In 1985, Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences set up the Departments of Clinical Medicine No 1 to No 3, generating an administrative pattern of combining college departments. They were later renamed the First College of Clinical Medicine, the Second and the Third respectively. In January 2007, Jilin University set up the Norman Bethune College of Medicine, which consisted of the College of Basic Medical Science, the No. 1 College of Medicine, the No. 2 College of Medicine, and the No. 3 College of Medicine.


In May 2013, to advance the reform of medical education administration and improve the quality of medical graduates, based on the primary discipline of clinical medicine, the College of Clinical Medicine of Jilin University was established, under which there was the No. 1 College of Clinical Medicine, the No.2 College of Clinical Medicine, and the No.3 College of Clinical Medicine. At the beginning period of the College, its work focused on teaching and managing undergraduate students. The College is authorized to award first-level discipline doctoral degrees in Clinical Medicine and was among the first batches approved by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to cultivate outstanding physicians. The College values academic exchange and international collaboration and has established collaborations with many overseas universities from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, to the Netherlands and beyond, representing a total of more than 30 countries. So far, there are 526 students from overseas studying at the College. The College has invited many domestic and international experts to give seminars, lectures, and presentations to faculty members and graduate students.


The College has three multi-post academics, five New Century Talents of the Ministry of Education award recipients, two recipients of the Ministry of Education Innovative Teams program, five Changbai Mountain Scholars, two 973 project principal scientists, five national science and technology key grants recipients, 293 grants from the National Natural Science Fund, and has received 59 awards of science and technology at the provincial level and above. Our Clinical Medicine program ranks in the top 1% essential science citation global rankings. We have also published in Nature. Moreover, our Clinical Medicine program has been included in the tentative reforming site program of the Ministry of Education and has been nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education.


Abiding by our dedication to balancing the principles of quantity and quality, our College enrollment is around 350 each year. In 2011, our Clinical Medicine program was accredited by the Ministry of Education and in November 2012 the College was approved to be an experimental unit for the education of outstanding physicians and for providing a 5-year clinical medicine talents cultivation program. In 2014, the College was approved by the Ministry of Education to be an experimental unit for clinical medicine. Our “5+3”education model for students of clinical medicine has received national attention and is a model for medical student education.


The College offers an 8-year program, a 7-year program, a “5+3”program and 5-year program in clinical medicine. Currently, there are over 2,000 medical students in the above four programs at the College.


The vision of the College is to carry on the spirit of Norman Bethune, build up a positive campus culture, and to cultivate outstanding graduates.  Students from the College have accomplished excellent performances at the National High Medical Colleges Contest of Clinical Skills, the Basic Medical Innovative Forum, and Experiment Design Contests.  Six classes have been awarded the title of “Top 10 Classes by Jilin University;” one class won the title of “Top 10 Classes for Civilization” held by Changchun Colleges and Universities; two of our students have been awarded the title of “Top 10 Students for Civilization” in 2009 and 2010, respectively, in a contest held by Changchun Colleges and Universities; eight students have been awarded the title of “Top 10 Best Students” by Jilin University. The College is home to the Volunteer Association of Norman Bethune Youth, the Friendship Association of China-Overseas Students, the White Gown Reading Club, and the Career Promotion Association.


The College has three AAA-class affiliated teaching hospitals and a total of 11,224 patient beds. Yearly, it receives an average number of 5.6 million hospital visits, an average of 422,000 admissions, and an average of 19,000 operations. The three hospitals have received the majority of patients in Jilin Province who are in critical conditions and are responsible for handling public health emergencies.


The College is charged with providing courses for undergraduates of 11 majors as well as cultivating master’s and doctoral degree students. The College has cultivated excellent graduates who are professional, skillful, and creative. In the last four years, 18,000 of our students have received bachelor’s degrees, 3,000 of our students have obtained their master’s degrees, and 620 of our students have earned doctoral degrees from the College. The license qualification exams passing rate for our students is 98% and the employment rate of our graduates is 98%.


Alumni from the College can be found all over the world and many of them have become leaders in their fields. Outstanding representatives of our alumni include Zhao Yupei, He Jie, and LiuYongjun. Zhao Yupei, the dean of Concord Hospital, graduated from Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences in 1982. He is the first person to perform an operation with a laparoscope to remove insulinoma in China and has been awarded the National Second Degree Prize of Science and Technology. He Jie, the dean of the Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and a graduate from Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences, received the Young Middle-Aged Expert with Outstanding Achievements award and has been awarded the National First-Degree Prize of Science and Technology. 

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