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Wednesday, 20th May

2015 Chuan Lyu Lectures in Taiwan Studies

Dr LAI Chi-Wan (賴其萬教授)
Medical Doctor and Educator, Taiwan

The Making of Modern Medicine in Taiwan, 1865 to the Present

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  • Wednesday, 20th May, 2015
    5pm in Rooms 8 & 9 (Ground Floor)
    Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (Sidgwick Site)
    The Development of the Health Care System and Medical Education in Taiwan (1895-the Present)

Graduation Portrait of Taiwan Medical Students
Graduation portrait of medical students of National Taiwan University

When the Japanese government annexed Taiwan in 1895, it was faced with serious health problems on the island, particularly infectious diseases, so it established its first hospital in 1895 and the first medical school in 1897, and laid down the foundations for a solid public health system. After WWII, the health care system and medical education in Taiwan continued to improve, with the eradication of malaria in 1965, and the implementation of a nationwide hepatitis B vaccination program in 1984 and universal health insurance program in 1995. Currently, there are twelve medical schools, all of which admit high school graduates for a six-year education program, and one of which also provides a post-baccalaureate program. These medical education programs are monitored by the Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council.