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Peking University Health Science Center is the medical school of Peking University, which is affiliated with 14 hospitals in Beijing, China. It was formerly the independent Beijing Medical University.
It was first established in 1902 as the Medical branch of Imperial College (later on become Peking University). It was discontinued due to government funding in 1908 and reopened on October 26, 1912 after the Qing dynasty conceded to Republic of China in the same area in the city of Beijing. It was the first of its kind in China to teach western medicine and train medical doctors following British medical education system. The professional degree offered to the Clinical medicine graduates is equivalent to the Scottish system 'MD'. In 1923 it adopted the name Beijing Medical University. It merged with Peking University in 2000 and is now named Peking University Health Science Center.
PUHSC offers a full range of courses for eight specialties including basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, stomatology, pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory diagnosis and biomedical English. It has 57 accredited doctoral programs. PUHSC hosts six postdoctoral programs. PUHSC has an enrollment of 927 doctoral students and 388 international students.
PUHSC has developed 20 disciplines that have gained national recognition. Besides, it has one national key laboratory, 10 ministry-level key laboratories, 23 joint research centers, and 20 research institutes at university level. PUHSC has 11 schools, one institute and one division: School of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Stomatology, the First School of Clinical Medicine (Beida Hospital), the Second School of Clinical Medicine (the People's Hospital), the Third School of Clinical Medicine (the Third Hospital), Institute of Mental Health (the Sixth Hospital), the School of Oncology (Beijing Tumor Hospital), Peking University Shenzhen School of Medicine, Peking University School of Telemedical Education, and the Division of Humanity and Fundamental Sciences. In addition, 15 hospitals in Beijing serve as teaching hospitals.
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