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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotels, double occupancy Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

Capital Medical University (Spring Rotation)

Beijing Summer2     CMU     China Hidden Temple
Capital Medical University (CMU), founded in 1960, is the key municipal higher learning medical school in Beijing and one of the most advanced medical institutes in China. Its major objective is to provide education in clinical application and it is also involved with educating medical personnel of various levels concerning preventive medicine, rehabilitation, biomedical engineering, and all disciplines of pre-clinical medicine.

CMU consists of a university proper and 11 affiliated hospitals located in different parts of Beijing City. Collectively the hospitals provide over 7,000 beds, serve over 8.5 million outpatients, and handle over 700,000 emergency cases each year. All are large-scale general or special hospitals that are well known in Beijing and throughout China.

International exchange is emphasized at CMU. In the past ten years, they have received over 8,000 scholars and specialists participating on academic exchanges and visits from over 50 countries and regions.

A group of up to 8 students from the University at Buffalo will be selected to participate in the exchange program each spring. The rotation typically begins immediately after Match Day. Participants will register for one four-credit module and receive credit upon successful completion of the program requirements.

The current rotation is very different to the original program started over 20 years ago when China’s clinical and scientific institutions were beginning to develop beyond the historic, political, and scientific disruptions of World War II and the civil conflicts that diverted resources from biomedical science and clinical care. At the present time it is estimated that China has the largest scientific and biomedical workforce in the world and resources to construct and reconfigure old academic and clinical institutions. The unique governance and economic development of contemporary China has resulted in new hospitals and biomedical research institutes which may be something of a surprise for visiting clinicians and scientists.

UB medical students who participate in this rotation at Capital Medical University will not be taking care of villagers in remote and exotic settings. They will be participating in the training program of contemporary Chinese colleagues who are preparing to enter a vigorous and robust profession which has become a competitor in science and clinical service with the United States. The rotation takes place at the Friendship Hospital with intensive, week-long exposures to clinical observation and teaching sessions on a variety of specialty services. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is part of contemporary Chinese medical practice and Capital Medical University has several international programs in “TCM.” 

International Health Rotations must follow all guidelines as set forth in the official course description for MED 870 INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, in addition to the following:
Students must submit a written report of their overseas experience at a debriefing interview with Drs. David Milling and Josh Wang upon their return. Written reports should be evaluative in nature, and will be shared with future medical students considering an International Health Rotation.

CMU will provide shared rooms for program participants in either a CMU dormitory or a local hotel for the duration of the program.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Spring Break. 

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

UB medical students may participate during any year of their academic program, although participation during the fourth year is the most common. This exchange program is also open to UB graduate students in related fields including biology and physical therapy with an interest in learning more about Chinese medicine.

For the Spring Rotation, applicants will be required to have an interview with the faculty program director, Drs. David Milling and Josh Wang, as part of the selection process.

Please contact the Faculty Program Directors:

Dr. Josh Jianxin Wang:
Dr. David Milling

This program is currently not accepting applications.