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Intern - China - Study

In 2015, we expanded the Intern Study to China, beginning to recruit interns at Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH). 83 PUMCH interns, making up 74% of eligible participants, completed an initial survey prior to beginning their training in September 2015. Four follow-up surveys were subsequently conducted within the intern year. Preliminary findings suggest that many of the stress-related challenges prevalent in the U.S. may also be arising within the Chinese system.

In 2016, thanks to a grant from the U-M/SJTU Joint Institute, we enrolled an additional 400 interns from 14 hospitals affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in the study. Our ongoing recruitment efforts have successfully garnered 500-600 new SJTU residents each year.

In July 2021, we were the recipients of a Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute award in conjunction with Peking University Sixth Hospital (Institute of Mental Health). Having completed the collection of first-year data and samples, we are now conducting the study's second year. Two additional institutions have joined the recruitment pool.

We firmly believe in the potential benefits of U.S.-China collaboration. Through the amalgamation and analysis of additional data, we hope to gain valuable insights into the internship programs at both locations.

Contact:  Joan Zhao

Peking Union Medical College Hospital

  • Hui Pan, M.D.  Professor of Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Director of Department of Education

  • Xin Zhou, M.D.  Department of Education

  • Weidong Li, M.D. Professor, Vice Dean of Bio-X Institutes, Deputy Director of       Research Management Division and Assistant Director of Brain Science and Technology Research Center

  • Zhen Wang, M.D. Vice-Chief Psychiatrist, Director of Research & Education Management Office of Shanghai Mental Health Center

  • Li-hong Chen, Hospital Administration Dept. Director of the GME Office of School of Medicine

  • Xinhua Shao, Director of Hospital Administration Dept. 

  • Ying Zhou, Ph.D. Research Assistant of Bio-X insititues

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Hongqiang Sun, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Chief physician, Vice President of Peking University Sixth Hospital, Deputy Director of Peking University Institute of Mental Health

  • Sifan Hu, MD, Attending physician, Peking University Sixth Hospital, Peking University Institute of Mental Health

  • Sijia Lou, MD candidate

  • Yupeng Guo, PhD candidate

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Peking University Sixth Hospital (Institute of Mental Health)

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