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Two visiting professors are first from Zhejiang University School of Medicine to participate in LLU School of Medicine program

Zhou Jun, PhD, associate professor in the institute of cell biology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine.
Zhou Jun, PhD, associate professor in the institute of cell biology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine, receives a certificate of completion from Roger Hadley, MD (left), dean, School of Medicine, and Resa Chase, MD, assistant to the associate dean for education.
Two visiting professors from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in China were the first to spend a quarter at Loma Linda University in a new mentoring program that will continue in 2007. The professors came to learn about the basic medical science part of the curriculum, observe how teachers and students react, and evaluate assessment methods for both teachers and students in preparation for beginning to present lectures at Zhejiang University School of Medicine in English to their students.

Zhou Jun, PhD, associate professor in the institute of cell biology, and Chen “Lance” Yonggang, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, spent the fall quarter at Loma Linda University learning about their respective areas of expertise.

“It was spending lots of time in the classroom listening to lectures and being with the students,” says Mr. Chen.

Dr. Zhou spent a lot of time in the pathology and embryology museums on campus, visiting the microtechnicians, and seeing how they prepare the specimens for display. She also spent a lot of time with the students at LLU.

“They are very curious about our students,” says Dr. Zhou.

Mr. Chen w
Chen �Lance� Yonggang (center), assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine.
Chen “Lance” Yonggang (center), assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine, receives a certificate of completion from Roger Hadley, MD (right), dean, School of Medicine, and Danilo Boskovic, MS, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry.
as impressed with the testing of students in the biochemistry department.

“The biochemistry exam was very good here—each student had their individual space,” says Mr. Chen. “Also, in my feeling, the teachers here pay close attention to making the class vivid for the students. That is hard to learn, but I will try to practice at it, telling stories and jokes to make a point for my class.”

Dr. Zhou and Mr. Chen agreed that teaching in the United States and China are similar in that it is very time consuming. Mr. Chen thought that the handouts teachers prepared for students at LLU were very helpful to him and was excited to find the teachers’ presentations available online.

Mr. Chen did notice a difference in the order of instruction between LLU and Zhejiang University School of Medicine.

“The curriculum here is taught a little out of sequence compared to us,” says Mr. Chen. “Our teachers lecture on chapters 1, 2, 3, etc. Here they are mixed up a little more by topic, which I think helps apply the contents to clinical problems better, which is good for medical students.”

Four more professors from Zhejiang University School of Medicine will be visiting LLU throughout the 2007 school year.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007