Teaching Anatomy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Dr. Keith Williams was recruited to teach a portion of the Systemic Anatomy class to the first cohort of English Medical Class students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University during 2013.
Dr. Keith Williams is a board-certified internal medicine physician, who is currently in a general surgery residency program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Williams spent the past year volunteering for Project HOPE at various program sites – including several in West Africa, India and China. As part of his year of volunteering for Project HOPE, Dr. Williams taught anatomy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China in early 2013.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, which was previously the Shanghai Second Medical University, educates over 6800 undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of clinical and other health-related programs. In 2012, thirty students were selected, based on their performance on the College Entrance Examination, to participate in the English Medical Class with the goal of learning clinical medicine in English over the five-year duration of the program.
For those students in the English Medical Class, the first two years, all didactic, focus on instruction in the physical sciences and basic medicine and take place on the medical campus in Puxi. The last three years, which focus on instruction in clinical medicine, take place at Renji Hospital in Pudong. By learning clinical medicine in English, these students will have the opportunity to pursue residency or fellowship training abroad and be a resource for future generations of Chinese physicians and surgeons.
As a finishing third-year resident in General Surgery myself, I was recruited to teach a portion of the Systemic Anatomy class to the first cohort of English Medical Class students during the late winter and spring of this year. In particular, I lectured on topics including the peritoneum, the cardiovascular system (heart, arteries, and veins), the lymphatic system and the perineum. I also proctored the laboratory session associated with the course.
In addition to teaching the course, I instituted a weekly, ninety-minute clinical correlation lecture series in which I presented online lectures in basic radiology as well as clinical case vignettes available online with the Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy, 5th edition. My intent was to provide relevance to the topics that were being taught in class and inspire the students in their learning. By all reports, this series of lectures was very well received by both faculty and students.