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Proposed research topics for China-US Center on Medical Professionalism

From 2009 on the China-U.S. Center on Medical Professionalism, PUHSC, plans to launch and support 6-8 research projects each year. The amounts awarded to grantees will range from 65000RMB to 100,000RMB annually.

Subject of primary interest to the Center include:
1. A comparative study of ideas and principles of medical professionalism, in China and the U.S.
2. The forces in the healthcare system that promote or hinder the development of professionalism, including the role of law, government and hospitals.
3. An analysis of the relationship between the ideals of medical professionalism and physician behaviour (including “hidden rules”).
4. Survey on patients’ perspectives on medical professionalism
5. The impact of payment models and physician salaries on medical professionalism: the actual state of the art and its implications.
6. Strategies to promote medical professionalism in Chinese practice including:

1) Ministry of Health (national and local)
2) Medical school
3) Chinese Medical Doctor Association
4) Hospitals and Continuing Medical Education.

Please visit http://medprof.bjmu.edu.cn to find more information and download the application form. The application information is available as of Feb 15, 2009 and the application deadline is May 30, 2009.

Questions and concerns can be addressed to the Center directly via phone or fax at 86-10-82805543 or via email at china_usmedprof@yahoo.com