9/13/2012 – Blacksburg, VA. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Virginia Campus was honored to host a delegation of physicians this week from China. The delegation’s visit to VCOM was part of a U.S. tour in which Chinese physicians observed family medicine practices and residency programs in the specialty of family medicine. The event was initiated by Ronnie Martin, D.O., academic officer for VCOM's Osteopathic Medical Network for Excellence in Education (OMNEE) program.
The six delegates who visited Blacksburg represent the Sichuan province of China, a region that is faced with an extreme shortage of family medicine and general primary medical care. The objective of their visit was to meet with VCOM administration, tour the campus and learn more about the training and practice of family medicine. The delegates will take their observations back to the Sichuan province, where they are in the process of developing the country’s first family medicine residencies. The delegates are Gong Yong, Deputy Chief Physician, Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital; Liu Jian, Professor, Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College; Pu Yongjie, Deputy Chief, Advisory Board for Health Technology of Sichuan Province; Zhang Lei, Chief Physician, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu Medical College; Li Shaomin, Assistant Professor, Chengdu University of TCM and Zhang Li, Chief Physician, Suining Municipal Central Hospital.
Over the course of the past week, the delegation spent time observing family residency programs at the LewisGale Montgomery Hospital and Academic Primary Care Associates (APCA), The physicians from Sichuan were able to see techniques and procedures used in family practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) at the Primary Care Associates (PCA) offices. The delegates spent a day with VCOM's affiliated family medicine residency at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, experiencing the role of family medicine in the hospital setting. They also toured the state-of-the-art Simulation and Educational Technology Center at VCOM, where they saw demonstrations of medical education for students using life-like simulation mannequins, which can be programmed for various health scenarios, such as giving birth, heart attacks, surgery and other situations.
The Chinese delegation’s visit to VCOM directly reflects the college’s commitment to improving healthcare education and providing access to primary care physicians to help the needs of the medically underserved in the U.S. and across the globe.