China Medical University (CMU)
Fruitful Internship Experiences for China Medical University Students in the Lion City Singapore
- China Medical University’s College of Pharmacy connects to the world: CMU students learn the experiences from National University of Singapore, which is ranked the top 50 universities in the world.
- The laboratory medicine internship program of China Medical University took place in Singapore General Hospital, the number 3 hospital in the Ranking of Top 10 Hospitals in the World by Newsweek.
- The only professional Chinese Medicine internship program in Taiwan that took place in the Wong Yiu Nam Medical Hall, a medical hall that is over a century-old in Singapore.
1. National University of Singapore-the internship program in Pharmacy
Associate Dean Hsiang-Wen Lin, College of Pharmacy, CMU, has been leading the global affairs of the College of Pharmacy for a long time. She has promoted the international internship program for the pharmacy students in the past ten years. CMU College of Pharmacy hopes to train students with pharmacy profession, and train pharmacy talents to connect with the world community.
“There’s still rooms for the improvement in the quality of Taiwan pharmaceutical counseling, and the professional status of pharmacists in Taiwan is still under-valued. Besides, the pharmaceutical education and the practical training of pharmaceutical care in Taiwan also need to be improved. Not only do we need many experienced teachers to serve as preceptors, but we also need to provide students the opportunities for observational learning and practice. The instructors of clinical pharmacy and social pharmacy (including teachers that specialize in public health) at NUS are knowledgeable and experienced in clinical skills. They are excellent role models and set a good example by applying professional knowledge to the field of the pharmaceutical care and their work place,” said Associate Dean Hsiang-Wen Lin.
The students shared their internship experiences and said, the members in the Department of Pharmacy, NUS, emphasize the idea of patients-centered care, and they train students to become pharmacists that are able to cooperate with other professional healthcare workers and provide good quality service of medical care to the public. Cooperation between cross-professional teams is a very important part in Singapore’s medical care system, which is very different from Taiwan.
By participating in the internship program in NUS, students can learn and experience exchanges in an all-English environment in the New Southbound Country, achieve the benefit of international learning, and improve their language skills and professional knowledge in pharmacy.
2. Singapore General Hospital-the internship program in Medical Laboratory Technology
The internship program at Singapore General Hospital was formed by Professor Meng-Liang Lin, the Chairman of Department of Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology, CMU. Professor Lin collaborated with the Division of Laboratory Medicine and the Division of Pathology at SGH, and help students experience different cultures and life skills by studying abroad. Moreover, the industries in Singapore usually come to Taiwan for recruiting the professionals of medical and nursing, so Professor Lin hopes to establish the opportunities for the students to work at the medical and biotechnological industries in Singapore in the future.
SGH’s emphasis on the doctor-patient relationship is a value worth of learning. Their mission statement is to provide a good medical environment to every patient through comprehensive clinical practice, medical innovation and lifelong learning.
The internship schedule arranged by SGH is very substantial, including visiting laboratories with different areas such as histopathology, translational pathology, cytology and immunology, haematology and serology, virology, cytogentics and TB laboratory. Students are encouraged to learn the top experimental technology and professional knowledge as much as possible during the short-term internship.
Professor Meng-Liang Lin believes that a good medical technologist requires the following characteristics:
(1) Professional skills and dedicated attitude: students can complete work with the best professional skills, provide the best service for patients, and respect patients’ dignity, privacy and needs.
(2) The spirit of continuous research and development: students can work hard to get the funds and use data and resources to engage in the study of clinical examinations or medical care, and improve the working procedures and develop suitable inspection techniques or products.
(3) Life-long learning and keeping up with the most updated progress: students should be stress-resistant, compassionate, patient, and cooperate with others, learn for life, participate in professional symposia and learn about the new development of laboratory medicine both domestically and internationally.
3. Singapore Wong Yiu Nam Medical Hall-the internship program in Chinese Medicine
Professor Wen-Te Chang, Department of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chinese Medicine Resources, CMU, has established the overseas professional internship program since 2012. The first year, he cooperated with Polyclinic, University of Westminster, and the Royal Botanic Gardens in UK. From the second year and on, in order to offer more diversified choice to the students, Professor Chang expanded the internship program and cooperate with AVICENNA Center for Chinese medicine and the Herbprime Company. AVICENNA Center for Chinese medicine is known for treating dermatitis like eczema and it is also a very famous medical center of Chinese medicine in UK. Herbprime Company is the formal agent of Sun Ten Pharmaceutical Company in UK. Cooperation with the Chinese medicine industry institution in Switzerland was established in 2015, then in 2016 Japan イスクラ corporation was added. Cooperation with Singapore, a modern country and yet maintains its traditional cultural elements, was established in 2017. With the internship program, we hope that students can learn the importance and application of Chinese medicine in the world, improve the international visibility of Taiwan’s Chinese medicine education, and furthermore attract international students to come to Taiwan to study Chinese medicine.
Wong Yiu Nam Medical Hall was originated in Guangxu period of the late Qing Dynasty. It was registered as a private limited company in 1976, and was bought by Taiwan Ma Kuang Healthcare Group in 2009. Their long operating history came from Wong Yiu Nam’s descendants who insist to keep the traditional decency of the Chinese medicine, select the Chinese medicine strictly and follow the only goal of saving people with Chinese medicine in good quality. In the changing business environment, they preserve the root of traditional Chinese medicine in Singapore for Chinese people, and did not change their faith but pass on their spirit for two generations.
A student shared his internship experience:
Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis) is still Dong Quai, Ginseng is Ginseng. There is no difference in Chinese medicine between Taiwan and UK, but I got fruitful result from the two-month internship program.
Chinese medicine is not outmoded, and we will stride across the world to let more people understand and accept the Chinese medicine system, obtain the benefits from using Chinese medicine.