IU School of Medicine



Students will study for one month at Sun Yat-Sen Universityís (SYSU) School of Medicine in Guangzhou, Peopleís Republic of China. Students should request a specialty or subspecialty of interest to them. In addition to training in that area, the goals of the rotation include learning about the health care system in a country with a different culture, economy, and society than the United States. Mentors from SYSU will be assigned to the students based on the studentís area of interest. Most communication will be in English, but the patient examinations will be conducted in Chinese with the aid of interpreters. Housing costs (for up to two students per year) will be provided by SYSU, but students will be responsible for other expenses, including travel and meals.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Marcus Schamberger (mschamb@iupui.edu )

Director: Marcus Schamberger, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the epidemiologic profile of a selected disorder in Chin (MK6)
  • 2) Obtain history and perform a medical examination appropriate to available resources (PC1)
  • 3) Describe the similarities and differences in medical education and health care systems in China and the U.S. (PBLI1)
  • 4) Explain the process and structure of medical education and health care in urban and rural China (PBLI1)
  • 5) Develop collegial relationships with health care professionals and students in China (ISC1)
  • 6) Develop an understanding of the interplay between a selected global health issue and the cultural, social, and economic structures in a country (MK7)
  • 7) Display increased cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of cross-cultural issues, language skills, and communication among physicians, patients, and peers (ISC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 65% Clinical; 25% Presentations, 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Marcus Schamberger (mschamb@iupui.edu ) THIS COURSE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Course director approval is required prior to enrollment.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: Yes

Detaials for Service Learning: