China Connection Key Components


Bilateral exchange training program

The UMass/China bilateral exchange training program is a model global mental health initiative linking UMass and China. The program targets trainees including medical students, graduate students, psychiatry residents, and junior faculty members from UMass and China. Targeted training areas include:

  • Clinical diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Biological and psychosocial research
  • Public health prevention, intervention, and research
  • Cultural competency
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Integration between Western medicine and Chinese medicine

Faculty observership program

The program provides senior psychiatrist-researchers from select institutions in China a wide range of clinical and research exposure at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care System. This is one of the few clinically oriented programs in the United States designed to accommodate the enormous needs and interests of clinical and academic leaders from China. During their stay with us, Chinese psychiatrists have the opportunity to observe how mental health care is delivered in the United States at the clinical, organizational, community, and national levels; they also have the opportunity to be directly involved in cutting edge clinical and basic science research at UMass. The high level, in-depth interaction between Chinese psychiatry leaders and UMass faculty through the faculty observership has proven to be a great success, and has led to sustainable collaborative initiatives over the years.

Collaborative research program

Mental health researchers from both UMass and China have expressed a strong desire for collaboration given the unique research advantages and academic and cultural benefits on each side. The bilateral exchange clinical training program and the faculty observership program described above provide a platform for mental health professionals from both sides to interact and understand each other. Those two programs serve as the catalyst for the development of collaborative research between UMass and China. Currently there are several exciting joint research projects in the areas of schizophrenia and addiction.

Joint medical education program

Live and/or video conferences at UMass and selected Chinese partner institutions provide a forum for scholars to present their work, participate in skill-building sessions, and strengthen existing collaborative efforts.