UNMC has collaborated with Tongji University and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China in the field of Family Medicine since 2008 and 2010 respectively. Through these university partnerships, the Sino-U.S. Training Center for General Practitioners in Xi’an and the Shanghai Sino-U.S. Family Medicine Exchange and Training Center were established. The partnership includes an annual symposium, held in China since 2009, and draws thousands of trainees to participate. Since 2012, UNMC also offers a leadership course in Omaha, training more than 80 Chinese family medicine leaders annually.
Jeff Harrison, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is the host of UNMC’s U.S.-Sino Family Medicine Leadership Course, in which a group of family medicine practitioners and medical residents from Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an, China, come to UNMC to learn advanced U.S. training techniques and models. China is focused on expanding and strengthening its family medicine physician pool to improve health care delivery and the country’s primary care infrastructure. The program teaches team-based care, interviewing skills, strategies for dealing with angry patients, and how UNMC faculty give feedback and evaluate learners.