Dear Friends and Distinguished Guests:
On behalf of my faculty, colleagues, staff and students, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you as you visit and discover Shantou University Medical College.
SUMC, a vital part of Shantou University, was founded in 1983 with continued generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Mr. Li Ka-shing, one of modern Chinaâ€™s greatest patriots, has set a vision for building a world-class university that not only provides excellent educational opportunities, but also produces young people with hearts of public service. Despite her short history and humble beginnings, it was SUMCâ€™s outstanding people who rose to the occasion and made her the success she is today.
SUMCâ€™s success is reflected in the six stories from graduates who undertook the challenge of studying in our English-based medical program, went on to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, Step2 CK and CS and gain the ECFMG certification, and now are doing their residency training in USA. This goes to prove that the performance of SUMC students is comparable to that of American medical students. In addition to academic achievements, our students regularly serve as a student volunteer in the charity programs sponsored by SUMC and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Xiao Xu, a medical student from Class 2008 and took her clinical clerkship at Oxford University, said: "In these visits, I witnessed the limitations of medical knowledge in providing cure to these patients. I also discover how a physician can assist patients in a meaningful and effective way that goes beyond medical knowledge." It gives us great pride to know that SUMC has produced and continues to produce the kind of physician that is not only internationally competitive but also possesses the heart of a servant.
As with any growing institution, SUMC will face great challenges and opportunities before new breakthroughs are made. The people of SUMC will never accept the status quo and are determined to base our education, research, medical care and services on internationally accepted professional standards. Our mission statement is to lead by being student-centered in medical education, patient-centered in health service delivery, application-centered in biomedical and clinical research, public interest-centered in community service, and faculty and staff-centered in professional development at SUMC.
Please join us in making this your personal mission as well and SUMC the best place for innovation, dedication and exemplary professionalism.