Chinese delegation visits campus to learn best practices for training paramedic students
Jan. 31, 2014 College News - An eight-member delegation of healthcare leaders from China were on campus Jan. 21-23 to learn the most effective ways to train paramedic students, solidify paramedic and pre-hospital care training objectives, and sign an affiliation agreement with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).
Members of the delegation represented Xinhua Hospital, which is affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, Shanghai Chest Hospital, and Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.
The team discussed opportunities to partner with MCW, the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Global Health Program, and Milwaukee County EMS to develop an intensive short-term training program for Chinese Emergency Medicine physicians in effective and efficient pre-hospital transport.
The delegation participated in a formal signing ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President; Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean; Ming You, MD, PhD, Director of the MCW Cancer Center and Joseph F. Heil, Jr., Chair in Molecular Oncogenesis; Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, Professor of Biophysics and Director of the Center for Imaging Research; Ron Pirrallo, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Medical Services for Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services; M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Flight for Life; Mark Simms, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Child Development Center; Kristin Johnson, JD, Assistant General Counsel ; Kenneth J. Sternig, , Program Director of Milwaukee County EMS, Nicole Gonzalez, Education Manager of Milwaukee County EMS; Emily Schmidlkofer, Program Manager of the Center for International Health; Dean Arneson, PharmD, PhD, Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Concordia University; and Jeanne Hossenlopp, PhD, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Marquette University.
The delegation also held discussions with Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive, and Héctor Colón, Milwaukee County Director of Health and Human Services.
The collaboration builds off of a ten-year partnership the Department of Emergency Medicine has had with the Xin Hua Hospital Emergency Medicine. A formal affiliation agreement inclusive of the Milwaukee-based Center for International Health was signed on September 7, 2011. Since then, five MCW trainees have spent a one-month elective at Xin Hua Hospital and six Chinese doctors have trained at MCW in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pulmonary Medicine.
Global health educational opportunities allow learners worldwide to advance their clinical knowledge and gain exposure to diverse cultures. Moreover, these experiences strengthen international partnerships that advance health from the neighborhoods of Milwaukee to nations such as China.