The School of Medicine offers a 7-year medical program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The 7-year medical education at this College includes 2-year premedical courses, 2-year basic medicine, 2-year clinical medicine, and 1-year rotating internship training at the University Hospital, which is a requirement before graduation for all medical students here. The two-step clinical learning program started in 1998, including 6 years of undergraduate medical program and 1 year of primary care training program after graduation.
The college enrolls 128 medical students each year. Among them, 97 are admitted through National College University Entrance Examination (NCUEE), 18 through recommendation and application process and 13 through overseas Chinese College Entrance Examination. Among the NCUEE group, there are 14 government-funded students who are obligated to serve several years in remote communities after graduation.
The goal of the medical program of the School is the making of a competent clinical scholar, who is not only a medical doctor, but also a scientist and an educator. Our missions are to nurture excellent doctors, to serve society, to lead the medical community, and to contribute to the betterment of humankind. Graduates should have the following characteristics and capabilities:
(1) A foundation of basic medical knowledge, skill and humanity.
(2) An enthusiasm for lifelong learning and collaboration.
(3) The skills to assess and apply new medical knowledge.
The School’s alumni are now all over medical centers in Taiwan and in the other parts of the world, and many of them have won important awards and become leading scholars in their fields. Based on the continued efforts of the students, faculty, and alumni from the past century, we are optimistically and confidently looking forward to an even more glorious future of the School in the coming millennium.
The School of Medicine was founded in 1897 by the Japanese government, the ruler of Taiwan at that time. The School was subsequently incorporated into the Taipei Imperial University, and was the first institute offering medical education and conferring medical degree in Taiwan. After World War II, Taiwan was returned to the Republic of China in 1945. The School of Medicine soon became part of the National Taiwan University, and was changed to its present name later in 1971.
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The School of Medicine has in total 28 departments and 11 graduate institutes, including Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Forensic Medicine, Social Medicine, Primary Care Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology, Urology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Radiology, Laboratory Medicine, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, and Emergency Medicine.
The number of faculty staff includes 260 full-time teachers, 74 clinical teachers and 412 part-time teachers in the School. The faculty of the School is believed to be the best in the nation, either in terms of number or in terms of quality.
The School offers a 7-year medical program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Medical students are required to take a minimum of 240 credits before graduation.
The medical curriculum started a revision and was implemented in 1992. The curriculum is designed for students to foster the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors. Emphasis is placed on the scientific basis of medicine, permit students to individualize their educational programs as well as to enhance their independent learning, problem solving skills, and embody humanism.
The curriculum is designed to integrate basic science courses and proficient clinical reasoning by instructional objective-based education and problem-based learning. Highlights of the curriculum include reorganization of clinical required courses into core courses and elective courses, interactive group teaching, bed-side teaching, and clinical practice.
Student Service Education is included in the required courses. Emphasis is placed on a humane social science, basic medical care, psychological social medicine, doctor-patient relationship, basic clinical skills, problem solving skills, logical sequencing, active learning, and high levels of integration across the curriculum.