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Visiting physicians from China spend two months at LLUMC

Visiting physicians from China spend two months at LLUMC
From Left, Zhao Bo-wen, MD, chief of diagnostic ultrasound and echocardiography at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital; Zhu Bingquan (Shelley), MD, medical resident at The Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University School of Medicine; Sun Wei (Susan), MD,  attending physician at The Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine; and Gao Li, MD, chief of head and neck surgery at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, finish their mentorship program together before returning to China.
On March 9, four visiting physicians from China completed a two-month mentor program at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. The visiting physicians were from Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, both in Hangzhou province.

The visiting physicians were Zhao Bo-wen, MD, chief of diagnostic ultrasound and echocardiography at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, and Gao Li, MD, chief of head and neck surgery at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, along with Sun Wei (Susan), MD,  attending neonatologist; and Zhu Bingquan (Shelley), MD, medical resident at the Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University School of Medicine.

In an exit interview, the physicians shared some of the observations they made during their stay in Loma Linda.

“I wanted to see what our American colleagues did in practice,” says Dr. Gao. “I had heard so much about Loma Linda University that I wanted to see it, and since the relationship between Loma Linda and Sir Run Run Shaw is so close, I was able to come visit.

“And from what I’ve seen, the outpatient treatment here is quite good,” says Dr. Gao. “Here they deal with a lot more cancer. They are brave here to do massive salvage operations.”

“Our hospital sent us here not only for clinical learning, but also to learn the management style,” says Dr. Zhao. “We also wanted to learn about patient safety, quality improvement, and other things like that.

“We do share things in common,” continues Dr. Zhao. “We both believe patient care is the most important.”

The visiting physicians from  the Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine spent the majority of their time at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

“I wanted to see how the neonatal intensive care unit here works with different medical teams,” says Dr. Sun. “The team approach at Loma Linda is different. Here they incorporate respiratory therapists, social workers, and case managers with the clinical care—we don’t have that approach.”

“I spent most of my time in the NICU,” recalls Dr. Sun. “There I saw ECMO for the first time. I also saw how the parents are able to come see their babies in the NICU rooms. In China the NICU does not allow that.”

“I think the exchange of ideas is very helpful,” says Dr. Gao. “We can talk about our techniques and how we can improve. I think that is the main purpose, for us both to learn from each other.”

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, April 30, 2007