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Shantou University Medical College (SUMC) is an important part of Shantou University (STU), a public university that receives long-term support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, located in Shantou, Guangdong, China, a scenic and peaceful coastal city in the South China and very close to the first-tier cities Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong with express trains. SUMC is dedicated to producing qualified medical professionals, providing quality healthcare services and undertaking innovative research projects. Guided by its core values of innovation, dedication and exemplary professionalism, SUMC has made impressive progress in medical curriculum reforms, scientific research, professional training, international collaboration and exchange over the past decades.

At present, SUMC has over 220 full-time faculty members, among whom 90 have full professor ranks and 76 have associate professor ranks, over 62% hold doctorate degrees and 47% have international experience either by studying or working abroad. There are 3,377 students currently enrolled at SUMC, including 1,885 undergraduate students, 1,351 master students and 124 doctorate students. SUMC has five affiliated hospitals with over 6,000 patient beds and six associated partner hospitals to service eastern and northern Guangdong, the Pearl River Delta as well as Hainan and provide clinical training to medical students.

STU Main Gate Bell Tower & Gateway designed by Maya Lin
Main Campus
STU Library designed by the world-renowned architect Ray Chen
Sports and Entertainment Park designed by the renowned architect David Manica

New SUMC Medical Education Center

The new SUMC Medical Education Center located on the main campus has been completed and put into use in 2016, marking a new milestone in the history of SUMCĄŻs development. The new Medical Education Center, designed by Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd, covers an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters and houses modernly equipped classrooms, research laboratories, computing rooms and others. The cutting-edge facilities including Simulated Medical Center and Human Life Science Hall enable our students to learn and develop in a stimulated environment. The new SUMC, life sciences-centered and fully multidisciplinary, is well positioned to lead in medical education reforms in China, join the ranks of top research universities and colleges, and produce competent medical professionals to serve the region, the nation and even the world.

New SUMC Medical Education Center in the opening light show
Mr Li Ka-shing surrounded by students at the New SUMC Medical Education Center

Simulated Medical Center

The Simulated Medical Center, formerly named Clinical Skills Training Center, was established in 2002 as the first of its kind in China. The center has recently undergone a significant expansion and upgrade, and has been relocated to the new Medical Education Center on the main campus in 2016. Designed as an actual modern hospital, the center provides an advanced platform for early clinical practice and a sophisticated clinical skills training and assessment base to our medical students and residents from all levels. The nearly 6,000 square meter center runs on the sophisticated technologies and houses a number of multi-purpose training rooms and a full series of state-of-the-art clinic rooms and simulated facilities including intensive care unit (ICU) and hybrid virtual operating room. In addition to standardized patients, the center is equipped with various high-end simulators and virtual network technologies such as SimMan 3G simulator, the first virtual hybrid operating system imported from Sweden in Asia, automatic delivery simulator, simulated laparoscopy training system, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) model, anaesthetic machine, microscopic operating system and multi-functional operating table. Our clinical training courses are strengthened by an extensive collection of virtual learning resources including those shared by Stanford University and University of Alberta. While designed for use by medical students, the facility is also available for first-aid training to groups within and outside the SUMC community. To learn more about the Clinical Skills Training Center, please visit the website

Virtual Hybrid Operating Room
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Inpatient Ward
Laparoscopy Room Delivery Room

Operating Room

Surgery Training Room
Consultation Room

Human Life Science Hall

The Human Life Science Hall is an interactive, evolving place of discovery of the human body. There are nine stations with over 600 unique human specimens that demonstrate the embryonic development and each organ system of the human body, while the last station features a most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system ¨C Anatomage Table for anatomy education. The Anatomage Table enables students to learn anatomy in 3D exactly as they would on a fresh cadaver and beyond what any cadaver could offer. In the hall, we would like to walk with you in developing deep respect for human life, art and medicine, and in saluting those who donated their bodies for the meaningful cause of medical education.

Anatomage Digital Dissection Table

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