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UW hosts symposium on family medicine in China and U.S.

by Laurie Dennis

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a symposium August 11-14 about the practice of family medicine and community health in both China and the United States.

"The U.S.-China Symposium on Family Medicine and Community Health 中美全科医学与社区医疗保健研讨会," organized by the China International Medical Foundation and the UW-Madison's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, will feature over 65 attendees from China along with keynote presentations by the chairs of Zhejiang University's School of Medicine, Fudan University's Shanghai Medical College, Capital Medical University's School of General Practice, and the director of the Yuetan Community Health Services Center in Beijing.

The Symposium on Family Medicine and Community Health Services has been held for the last 12 years in Beijing, always hosting speakers from UW-Madison and other American universities, but this is the first time that the event will be held in the United States.

"All of us provide primary care services in our communities, often times to vulnerable populations," said symposium director and UW-Madison Professor Kenneth Kushner (see photo at right).  "We feel that all of us can benefit from an exchange of our best practices, so that we can be more effective in our roles in our communities."

A strong China connection in family practice medicine was launched by Kushner's department in 2003 through an exchange program with Yuetan, affiliated with Beijing's Fuxing Hospital.  Kushner and Yuetan Director Xueping Du 杜雪平(seen below at last year's family medicine conference) established the exchange to allow doctors from both countries to learn about different medical care practices and systems.  The result has been a steady stream of residencies for doctors and students.

Friday morning both Du and Kushner – along with UW-Madison Family Medicine Department Chair Valerie Gilchrist – will offer the welcoming address to the symposium.

The three-day event will feature lectures on the history of family medicine in both the U.S. and in China, along with such talks as "A Day in the Life of a Family Physician," a tour of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and various clinical visits.

The goals of the symposium are threefold:

  • Learn about advances in the U.S. that have relevance to the practice of primary care medicine and to the development of the workforce of health professionals in Community Health Services in China.
  • Exchange ideas among Chinese health professionals about developments in family practice in China.
  • Exchange ideas with American and Chinese experts in the fields of family medicine and community health.

"We're looking forward to welcoming our Chinese colleagues and showing them what we have to offer," said Kushner.

Click here to visit the conference website.


 


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