June 1, 2012 (Chengdu) Back in Chengdu, we spent the today at West China Hospital - one of the largest hospitals in the world. Think of Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport on Thanksgiving weekend. The complex is impressive with a large adult general hospital, a womens and children's hospital, and an industrial/rehabilitation hospital. The campus has a large medical school as well. Our focus was to tour the facility and then spend time with the residents and faculty in a series of case presentations, assist on evaluating some complex cases and a series of lectures. The style at West China Hospital is a bit more westernized, the English spoken by the residents a bit stronger, and the academic performance is good. Unfortunately, the residents here get minimal surgical training - they assist a lot, but don't get to do much independent work. Our residents ran several grand rounds style case presentations where the Chinese residents presented them with interesting cases and the audience participated, much like our grand rounds. Following this we delivered a series of lectures from surgical techniques, eye trauma, corneal diseases and complications of cataract surgery as well as some basic research science talks. It was very well received by
Archway to the West China Hospital medical school campus
the residents who repeatedly expressed their appreciation for our effort in visiting WCH.
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