Shanghai Sino-U.S. Health Science Initiative (SSUHSI)

The initiative comprises the following components: 

  1. The Shanghai Sino-U.S. Center for Family Medicine Training and Cooperation, opened in May 2011. Faculty from UNMC and other partners work with faculty from Tongji University to develop a family medicine training program tailored to the needs of China, while incorporating best practices of family physicians.  
  2. The Research Collaborative Center. Investigators from UNMC and Tongji University collaborate and compete for research funding from both the U.S. and China. The initiative provides training in conducting clinical trials to ensure that necessary clinical research skills and appropriate protections of people participating in clinical trials are in place. 
  3. Hospital Administration Training. Hospitals affiliated with Tongji University will be offered the opportunity to train administrative personnel by UNMC’s hospital partner The Nebraska Medical Center in advanced hospital administration.
  4. Professional Education in Health Sciences, which focuses on medicine, physical therapy/rehabilitation, nursing, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy. Also known as "UNMC Faculty Development Program for Chinese Health Professions", this component of the SSUHSI agreement offers two modules:

    1. Faculty Exchange Module:Chinese MD physicians come to UNMC for 3-6 months of clinical observation and instruction in curriculum development and educational methodology; similarly, UNMC faculty attend Chinese universities for 2-4 weeks to assist in the development of curriculum and to provide lectures in health professions education.
      • Fall 2012: UNMC welcomed the first two Tongji physicians to UNMC for 6 months of medical education and clinical/laboratory observation.
    2. Degree-Seeking ModuleIndividuals enrolled in a medical, life science, or other medical science related course of study at a Chinese university can train at UNMC to earn a professional degree in Dentistry (DDS), Medicine (MD), Nursing (DNP), Pharmacy (PharmD), or Physical Therapy (DPT). Up to 10 students annually will be accepted in those programs as well as a Master's or Doctorate in Public Health. The degrees will be issued by UNMC.
      • 2011-2012 Academic Year: UNMC was honored to welcome the very first two students in this outstanding program, specifically in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD).
      • 2012-2013 Academic Year: UNMC welcomed two exceptional Chinese students into Doctor of Medicine Program (MD) and one outstanding Chinese student into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT).
      • 2013-2014 Academic Year: UNMC is proud to welcome three excellent Chinese students, one in the Doctor of Medicine Program (MD) and two in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program (PharmD).

    Currently, students from China participate in clinical and research rotations of 2-3 months duration at UNMC. Under the SSUHSI agreement, these rotations will expand.

    The Chinese universities in partnership with UNMC for this component include, but are not limited to: Peking University, Shandong University, Sichuan University, SJTU, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, & Xi’an Jiao Tong University. 

  5. Collaborative training program, which available to American and Chinese students enrolled in the Tongji Medical School. UNMC faulty members will help with the curriculum development and integration. The students will work towards an M.D. in China, which would be issued from Tongji University and Ministry of Education in China.  This model not only enriches the students’ international experience, skills, and training, but would also offer them additional opportunities to develop careers either in China or the US.

Tongji University and UNMC will provide sufficient faculty to educate and supervise the students enrolled in the program, as well as provide clinical experiences specific to each educational program.  Additional partners in China and the United States may provide faculty and clinical experiences as requested and appropriate, depending on the course of study and interest of collaborating organizations.  

In addition, health science students from UNMC would be offered the opportunity to be trained in China, with educational experiences and clinical rotations coordinated through SSUHSI.  This will afford UNMC students an opportunity to learn about the practice of clinical medicine in China, international health care, and to participate in international biomedical research.