APRDP Overview

ASIA PACIFIC RIM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 

The Asia Pacific Rim Development Program was established in 2005 in response to UNMC's vision toward global health education for the purpose of supporting growing partnerships between UNMC and top institutions in the Asia Pacific regions, mainly focusing on Chinese institutions and facilitating outreach efforts between them. 

Nine years later, we have established a deep knowledge of and broadened our understanding of the needs of our partner institutions, students, and health care in China through various successful and unique programs. 

Forging partnerships with China not only advances scientific and economic growth; it also promotes friendship and cultural understanding. 

UNMC’s Partners

  • Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Science
  • China Scholarship Council
  •  Hainan Medical University
  • Seoul National University College of Medicine
  • Shandong University
  • ShanghaiJiao Tong University School of Medicine
  • Sichuan University
  • Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital and Institute
  • Tongji University
  • University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  •  Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center

OUR PROGRAMS 

  1. UNMC-CHINA SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL PROGRAMS
    1. Health Professionals Degree Program
      This extraordinary program is the first-ever of its kind between the U.S. and China. Individuals earn a professional degree in Medicine (M.D.), Nursing (D.N.P.) Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Dentistry (D.D.S.), or Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). They will return to China as faculty with the goal of developing health professional programs there.
    2. Joint M.D./Ph.D. Degree-Seeking Program
      This unique joint program is among the very first of its kind. Also known as the Physician Scientist Graduate Training Program, the program accepts students from Shandong University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, and Tongji University, who complete the first two years of medical school in China, train at UNMC to receive a PhD, then return to China for their remaining medical school training. 
    3. Joint Research Training Program
      Ph.D.candidates who have completed required coursework in China will train and spend 1 to 2 years performing research projects supported by a principal investigator at UNMC, then return to their Chinese university for thesis defense and degree award.
    4. Ph.D. Degree-Seeking Program
      Students will train and perform research projects supported by a principal investigator at UNMC for 4 to 5 years and receive a Ph.D.degree from UNMC.
    5. Postdoctoral Scholar/Visiting Scholar
      Graduated M.D. and/or Ph.D. scientists will perform 1 to 3 years of research projects supported by a principal investigator at UNMC. 
  2. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM
    The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) is a 45 credit hour, specialized professional master degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. In 2010, this MPH program started recruiting students from China. 
  3. SUMMER RESEARCH TRAINING
    This program invites current Ph.D. candidates or medical students from China to attend 8-12 weeks of training in a UNMC research laboratory. 
  4. CLINICAL TRAINING
    • Medical Student Exchange
      Medical students from China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Tongji University) and UNMC visit one another’s institution for 1-3 months of clinical training.
    • Nursing Student Exchange
      Nursing students from China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Tongji University and Xi’an Jiao Tong University) and UNMC visit one another’s institution for one month of clinical training. 
  5. FAMILY MEDICINE TRAINING
    Chinese physicians train for two weeks at UNMC in the Annual Family Medicine Leadership Course. In addition, hundreds of Chinese physicians are trained each year at our annual symposiums held in our UNMC-established training centers in Shanghai and Xi'an. 
  6. FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING
    Faculty/Administrator Training Program 

JOINT CENTERS AND SYMPOSIUMS 

  • China-U.S. Joint Research Center for Life Sciences (JRS)
  • Family Medicine Training Centers in Shanghai and Xi’an
  •  International Student Research Forum (ISRF)
  • Shanghai Sino-U.S. Health Science Initiative
  • UNMC-Tianjin Lymphoma Center 

UNMC OFFICES IN CHINA

BEIJING OFFICE

  • Yong Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., Director of UNMC Beijing Office
    Email 
  • Yanli Hao, Coordinator of UNMC Beijing Office
    Email 

SHANGHAI OFFICE

  • Dongsheng Xu, M.D., Executive Director of UNMC Shanghai Office
    Email              
  • Luxi Jiao, Coordinator of UNMC Shanghai Office
    Email 

APRDP TEAM

  • Jialin Zheng, M.D. – Director, APRDP
  • Kai Fu, MD, Ph.D. – Associate Director, APRDP
  • Zhixin (Jason) Zhang, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Pathoology and Microbiology
  • Dongsheng Xu, M.D. – Instructor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Zenghan (Hannah) Tong, Ph.D. – Senior Research Associate, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Mary Cavell – Coordinator, APRDP
  • Lenal Bottoms – Office Associate II, APRDP

CONTACT:

Asia Pacific Rim Development Program (APRDP)
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985930 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5930
www.unmc.edu/aprdp
Telephone: 402.559.8499
Fax: 402.559.7480
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