Fourteen day is not enough for one to learn all about a place, but is more than enough for one to remember it for long. I appreciated the chance to participate in this program, where I was deeply impressed by Yonsei University, by Seoul City and by Korea. Campus Asia has been an excellent platform for students from China, Korea and Japan to communicate with each other. This program held in Yonsei University has indeed provided us with profound insight into medical education and industry as well as culture and history in Korea.
The deepest impression left on my mind was the course Medical Litigation and Dispute Settlement and the visit to Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency. To my knowledge, medical dispute has been a serious issue and multiple efforts have been paid to deal with it in China. However, there has not been a satisfying way to solve various medical disputes in our country yet. From the course and the visit, I learned that there were exclusive litigation and legal procedure to settle those disputes in Korea. Every medical dispute could be so unique and complicated that it was hard to find a general way to sort all out. Therefore, it was of importance to set specialized agency or institute aiming at coping with those disputes. In Korea, when a medical litigation was launched, a special jury would be organized to decide the final settlement of the dispute. A jury was usually made up of people from different backgrounds, thus opinions from different perspective would be put up into the decision. As far as I am concerned, despite of some existed deficiencies, medical litigation in Korea is a promising way to solve medical disputes, from which China should learn to develop its own way to confront the problem.
The course Precision Medical and Life Medical Law was also a meaningful experience for me. As a student in Public Health, I had hardly thought about issues related to medical ethics. After the course, I began to realize that medical ethics had become a very important issue all over the world. For instance, people’s privacy in their genetic information might be violated during the development of precision medicine as mention in the course. Therefore, people should pay attention to how to keep a balance between rapidly developed medical technology and human ethics.
Another unforgettable experience was the visit to DMZ, the border line between South Korea and North Korea. Although I had learned some about the history of the War, I had never been so close to it. “The war is not ended, but suspended.” I was so shocked that so many people still had to live under the shadow of a war that could break out any time. What happened in the history should be a lesson for not only the governments but also all individuals. War is the enemy of all human being. Every single man should make efforts to avoid any further wars and build a peaceful future. After all, only in the peace could the human community advance forwards to an ideal world.
Indeed, this program has broadened my horizon in medicine and public health. For example, there was a course about HPV vaccination in Japan. The lecturer professor told us that the vaccination caused several accidents and aroused major social attention. Public health is an essential issue all over the world, and there are still many diseases and health problems should be coped with. Health profession from different countries should collaborate together to promote global health. I hope I can be one of those who devote themselves to human health world widely. Therefore, I wish to participate more activities and seek further education to enhance my professional capacity and build a global vision on public health.
First of all, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all the professors, staff and students of Yonsei University who devoted themselves to this program. Thanks to their consideration and hospitality, we have gained a quite pleasant and meaningful experience in Korea. The courses and on-site visits were delicately designed and brought us great inspiration.
I appreciate it so much that I had the chance to participate the program, from which I learned and experienced a lot. I hope this program will be a lasting bridge to connect students from China, Korea and Japan. Herein, I have two suggestions. Firstly, I think it would be better if there were some discussion sessions among students. For example, students could be divided into different groups to discuss after a course or a visit. Through further discussions, students from different countries could share different ideas and get to know each other better. Secondly, the participants might attend regular courses and activities in Yonsei University, so that they could have a better picture about student life in the campus. I think it might give the participants fabulous experience during the program.
I hope this program will be better and better, and more students will participate in it to learn, make friends and enjoy themselves from China, Korea and Japan.