Representatives of Jilin University of China visited the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) on May 30, 2013. The Chinese Delegation included Professor Guanjun Wang, Chancellor of Norman Bethune Health Science Center, Vice President of Jilin University; Professor Fan Li, Executive Vice Chancellor of Norman Bethune Health Science Center; Professor Yuntao Wu Director of Norman Bethune Health Science Center; Ms. Meihua Li, Executive Deputy Director, Division of International Relations and Ms.Yu Bai, Program Officer, Division of International Relations. Serving as interpreter was Dr. David Zhang, Professor Department of Pathology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Also pictured are JABSOM’s Dr. Satoru Izutsu; Dr. Henry Lew, Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Dr. Jill Omori of the Office of Medical Education; Dr. Richard Smerz of the Office of Student Affairs; Dr. Alan Schiller, Chair of Pathology and Dean Jerris Hedges.
Jilin University, founded in 1946, has 62,000 enrolled students. It is based in Changchun, the capitol city of the Jilin Province in Northeast China. Jilin has eight campuses which are home to 39 colleges, including medicine.
JABSOM and Jilin University are exploring ways to share educational and research opportunities. Led by Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Director of JABSOM’s Office of Global Health/Medicine, the University of Hawai`i medical school has reciprocal student exchange relationships or training partnerships with 32 medical institutions in the Pacific Rim, including in Japan, China, Indonesia, The Philippines, South Korea and Thailand. JABSOM’s Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology is conducting research involving three students from Cameroon in sub-Saharan Africa. One of the medical school’s primary international activities is to develop capacity within the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) Jurisdictions to address cancer prevention and control, early cancer detection, to promote cancer registries and evaluation, to improve diagnosis and treatment of illness along with quality of life and palliative care.
In 2012, Dr. Neal Palafox was presented the National LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. MD Cancer Prevention and Control Award for his efforts in the USAPI, where resident suffer tremendous health disparities. This national recognition, presented only once every two years, recognizes individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves in addressing the cancer crisis in minority and medically under-served communities through educational programs, clinical service, research, or public awareness. Read more about Dr. Palafox at FACULTY SNAPSHOT.