China
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China IFMSA-China
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Chinese,
English,
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China (IFMSA-China) - Peking Union Medical College, Beijing
China (IFMSA-China) - Xiangya School of Medicine, Changsha
China (IFMSA-China) - Tongji Medical College, Wuhan
China (IFMSA-China) - Southern Medical University, Guangzhou
China (IFMSA-China) - West China Medical Center, Sichuan University
China (IFMSA-China) - Medical College of Soochow University
China (IFMSA-China) - Wuhan University School of Medicine
China (IFMSA-China) - China Medical University
China (IFMSA-China) - Nanjing Medical University

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47 SCORE STUDENTS
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NEOs
Miaoyan Zhang
Shihang Mao
NOREs
Yuling Chen
Yuling Chen
WELCOME NOTE

Greetings from China!

IFMSA-China joined the SCOPE family in 2012 and SCORE in 2014.With our LCs team enlarging, we are doing our best to provide wonderful exchange experiences for our incomings around the world.
If you have any questions about us, don't hesitate to contact us via

neo@ifmsa-china.org (PE) or ifmsa.china.score@gmail.com(RE).

OVERVIEW
China is a large country located in East Asia, covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers. China's landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south. China also has a long histroy, with many historic sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.


HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The National Health and Family Planning Commission, together with its counterparts in the local commissions, oversees the health needs of the Chinese population.An emphasis on public health and preventive medicine has characterized Chinese health policy since the early 1950s. At that time, the Communist Party started the Patriotic Health Campaign, which was aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene, as well as treating and preventing several diseases. Diseases such as cholera,typhoid and scarlet fever, which were previously rife in China, were nearly eradicated by the campaign. After Deng Xiaoping began instituting economic reforms in 1978, the health of the Chinese public improved rapidly because of better nutrition, although many of the free public health services provided in the countryside disappeared along with the People's Communes. Healthcare in China became mostly privatized, and experienced a significant rise in quality. In 2009, the government began a 3-year large-scale healthcare provision initiative worth US$124 billion.By 2011, the campaign resulted in 95% of China's population having basic health insurance coverage. In 2011, China was estimated to be the world's third-largest supplier of pharmaceuticals, but its population has suffered from the development and distribution of counterfeit medications.


MEDICAL EDUCATION
Medical Education is divided into 2 forms: 5-year program and 8-year program. Students finishing 5-year program can get a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and completing 8-year program can directly gives students MD. The Bachelor can get their master's and doctor's degree by further education. High school graduates can go to medical college through College Entrance Examination just as other comprehensive University. Nowadays, most of the medical colleges are affliated to comprehensive colleges. 
Both 5-year and 8-year medical education programs require students to finish at least 2 practical years in teaching hospitals.


TRANSPORTATION
China has 3 main international airport, Beijing Capital International Airport(PEK), Shanghai Pudong International Airport(PVG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport(CAN), which are connected to most cities in China and all around the world.

China also has a well established railway system(especially famous for its high-speed railway). You can travel to nearby cities by train conveniently in China. You can contact the LEO or the Contact Person if you'd like to travel by train.

In some major cities, advanced metro systems have been established and is strongly recommended for visitors.


SOCIAL PROGRAM
It really depends on LCs and the availabilty of LEOs and LOREs. Social programs usually consist of tours around the city (famous tourist attractions) and parties.


MUST SEE
As China has a diverse culture and a huge landscape, it is hard to include all the worth seeing attractions here. You could look for more scenic sites you may be interested in on the internet.
However, you'd better not leave China without visiting the following famous sites.

In Beijing:
The Great Wall, a series of barriers made of stones and woods with a history of more than 2000 years.

The Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the year of 1420 to 1912.


In Shanghai:
The Bund, the prosperous western bank of Huangpu river, where the Yangzte river runs into the Pacific.

In Changsha:
the Yuelu Academy, one of the four highest Confucian academies in imperial China.

In Suzhou:
The Classical Gardens of Soochow, once biult and owned by famous ancient scholars, with elegant aesthetics and dedicate styles, are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In Chengdu:
the Giant Panda Base, come and see cute pandas here!

In Shenyang:
the former residence of Zhangxueliang, who is a general of the Republic of China and plays a key role in modern Chinese history.

In Wuhan:
the Yellow Crane Tower, destroyed and rebiult for many times in the history, also famous for a peom with the same name.

In Guangzhou:
the Pearl River, go for a night cruise and appreciate the scenery alongside!


CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

Language:

There are as many as 292 living languages in China. The languages most commonly spoken belong to the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family, which contains Mandarin (spoken natively by 70% of the population), and other Chinese varieties: Wu (including Shanghainese), Yue (including Cantonese and Taishanese), Min (including Hokkien and Teochew), Xiang, Gan, and Hakka. Languages of the Tibeto-Burman branch, including Tibetan, Qiang, Naxi and Yi, are spoken are spoken across the Tibetan and Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau.

Chinese characters have been used as the written script for the Sinitic languages for thousands of years. They allow speakers of mutually unintelligible Chinese varieties to communicate with each other through writing. In 1956, the government introduced simplified characters, which have supplanted the older traditional characters in mainland China.

Cuisine:

Chinese cuisine is highly diverse, drawing on several millennia of culinary history and geographical variety, in which the most influential are known as the "Eight Major Cuisines", including Sichuan, Cantonese, Jiangsu, Shandong, Fujian, Hunan, Anhui, and Zhejiang cuisines. All of them are featured by the precise skills of shaping, heating, colorway and flavoring. Chinese cuisine is also known for its width of cooking methods and ingredients,[468] as well as food therapy that is emphasized by traditional Chinese medicine. Generally, China's staple food is rice in the south, wheat based breads and noodles in the north. The diet of the common people in pre-modern times was largely grain and simple vegetables, with meat reserved for special occasions. And the bean products, such as tofu and soy milk, remain as a popular source of protein. Pork is now the most popular meat in China, accounting for about three-fourths of the country's total meat consumption. While there is also a Buddhist cuisine and an Islamic cuisine. Southern cuisine, due to the area's proximity to the ocean and milder climate, has a wide variety of seafood and vegetables; it differs in many respects from the wheat-based diets across dry northern China. Numerous offshoots of Chinese food, such as Hong Kong cuisine and American Chinese food, have emerged in the nations that play host to the Chinese diaspora.

Culture:

Since ancient times, Chinese culture has been heavily influenced by Confucianism and conservative philosophies. For much of the country's dynastic era, opportunities for social advancement could be provided by high performance in the prestigious imperial examinations, which have their origins in the Han Dynasty. The literary emphasis of the exams affected the general perception of cultural refinement in China, such as the belief that calligraphy, poetry and painting were higher forms of art than dancing or drama. Chinese culture has long emphasized a sense of deep history and a largely inward-looking national perspective. Examinations and a culture of merit remain greatly valued in China today.

 

Today, the Chinese government has accepted numerous elements of traditional Chinese culture as being integral to Chinese society. With the rise of Chinese nationalism and the end of the Cultural Revolution, various forms of traditional Chinese art, literature, music, film, fashion and architecture have seen a vigorous revival, and folk and variety art in particular have sparked interest nationally and even worldwide. China is now the third-most-visited country in the world, with 55.7 million inbound international visitors in 2010. It also experiences an enormous volume of domestic tourism; an estimated 740 million Chinese holidaymakers travelled within the country in October 2012 alone.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Spoken language in hospital is Chinese, but most of the teachers or tutors can speak English.
Attention: Student is expected to be able to communicate in Chinese if he wants to conduct the clerkship in Acupuncture or Tranditional Chinese Medicine.