【Shanghai Daily】Medical students learn to think big through innovative courses
Politics courses in universities can be a little boring, so
Shanghai‘s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine has designed a
new teaching method.
The school is introducing case-based learning in its politics
courses to encourage freshmen to research, discuss and debate
topics they are interested in, in line with the current Health
As opposed to traditional teaching methods, students are
organized into groups and choose topics to gain a better
understanding of the government’s strategy on policy and health
under the guidance of teachers. The school specially selected 40
teachers to help students on this new course.
Some 20 cases covering topics like whether or not the HPV vaccine
is necessary, the wide use of the da Vinci surgical system, and
virtual reality in medicine can be chose by the 600 first-year
medical students to stimulate classroom discussion and
“Case teaching involves an interactive, student-centered
exploration of realistic and complicated problems. The procedure of
collecting materials, doing research and having discussions helps
these future doctors think big,” said Guo Xiaokui, vice dean of the
College of Basic Medical Sciences. “The thinking is not taught by
one teacher but achieved through students’ own learning processes —
this method is important for doctors.”
Students so far report that the course is very interesting.
One of the cases students can investigate and discuss is that of
Wei Zexi, a computer science major who had cancer and died in 2016
after receiving experimental immunotherapy treatment he found via a
His death drew heated discussion on the search engine‘s “pay to
play” scheme and online medical advertising in general.
“After studying the Wei Zexi incident, we found that the
immunotherapy he tried is only effective for certain patients —
doctors should promote education to cancer patients,” said Tang
Kairan, a freshman.
“Through the case, we found that consultation on cancer diagnoses
and treatment will become a very promising major in China — more
medical professionals will serve in medical consultation in the