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Chinese scholars learn and share knowledge at UT

Six visiting scholars and one graduate student from the North Sichuan Medical College (NSMC) visited the College from February through June. Their visit, which follows a visit from a faculty delegation in 2013, demonstrates the thriving learning, teaching and research partnership between North Sichuan Medical College and The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NSMC is a government-run college of medicine in Sichuan Province and is located in the second largest higher education center of Sichuan Province—Nanchong City, the origin of the Three Kingdoms Culture.

Visiting scholars were mentored by faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Si Wang was mentored by Dr. Jeff Blumer, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Jiaxin Yan was mentored by Dr. Amira Gohara, director of the post-sophomore pathology fellowship and sophomore medical student pathology course in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Dean Emerita of the Medical University of Ohio, and Dr. James Slama, professor of medicinal chemistry and director of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Xue Mei was mentored by Dr. Steven Peseckis, associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Qi Shi was mentored by Dr. Kelly Manahan’s group. Dr. Manahan is a professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Tielong Tang was mentored by Dr. Ajay Singla, professor and vice chairman of the Department of Urology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Huang Xuezhu was mentored by Dr. John McSweeny, Professor Emeritus of psychiatry and neurology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee, professor of psychology in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, and Dr. Zahoor Shah, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Graduate student Lijun Luo studied in the laboratory of Dr. Ming-Cheh Liu, professor of pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NSMC faculty members attended classes and laboratory sessions and observed the instructional methods used in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences as well as the University of Toledo Medical Center and Clinics. In addition, the faculty members and graduate student were exposed to broad academic and social settings in which they expanded their cultural knowledge and practiced their language skills.

Learning included language skills developed through the American Language Institute and teaching methods enhanced through classroom observation, in addition to observation of clinical practices and participation in cultural and college engagements.

The faculty members and student from NSMC also shared aspects of their home culture with the UT community. They presented a lecture about Chinese tea ceremonies and conducted a tea ceremony for UT faculty and students as well as staff members and prospective students at the home of Dean Early. The experience was enriching for all who participated.