Southern Medical University, the former First Military Medical University, was founded in October 1951 and notarized as one of the premier medical universities in 1978. The university was handed over to the local government of Guangdong Province and meanwhile renamed as Southern Medial University, in line with the command by the State Department and the Central Military Committee of PLA in August 2004. At present, the university has been authorized by the Department of Education as a key medical university. Southern Medical University is located at the foot of picturesque Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou. The main campus, together with its south campus in the southern suburb of Guangzhou, covers an area of nearly one million square meters. The university has been awarded the first-class garden-like university, for rows of green trees nourish and bouquets of flowers blossom on the campuses all through a year.
Southern Medical University has established a complete system for fostering talent candidates of Bachelor's Degree of Medicine (M.B.), Master's Degree of Medicine (M.M.) and Doctoral Degree of Medicine (M.D.), with eight academic fields covering medicine, technology, science, law, management, arts, pedagogy and economics. The university system comprises 7 affiliated hospitals and 16 schools or colleges such as school of basic medicine, school of clinical medicine, school of biomedical engineering, school of Chinese traditional medicine(TCM) and school of public health. Apart from offering 23 majors for undergraduates, the university grants M.M. degree in 55 subjects, M. D. degree in 36 subjects as well as in another 4 first-class subjects, even with 4 academic stations for postdoctoral research. Besides, the university houses a group of state-level key subjects, key subjects by the State Management Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, state-level base of clinical pharmacology and state-level base of TCM pharmacology. The university has developed a superior subjects group, with medical science as a backbone and with combination of medicine and engineering, combination of Western and Chinese medicines, tropical medicine and bio-high-tech as supportive subjects.
Southern Medical University takes pride of the faculties. At present, working on its campus are a large group of well-know experts and professors, among whom there is one academician of Chinese Science Academy and one academician of Chinese Engineering Academy (there are totally 3 academicians in medical field in Guangdong Province), as well as 2 premier scientists of State“973 Project”(there are only 2 in the filed of life science in Guangdong Province). Among the total number of over 700 professors or associate professors in the university, more than 500 are supervisors of M.D. degree candidates and M.M. degree candidates, 4 are the members of State Academic Degree Appraising Committee, 4 are appraised as State-level Middle - or Young-aged Experts, 9 have won Military Great Achievement Award or have been specially invited as Professor of Changjiang Scholarships or the State Backbone Teachers and besides, 54 faculties have been honorably given the titles of State Outstanding Workers in Science and Technology or State Outstanding Teachers.
Southern Medical University flourishes along with its handover from the military system to the civilian one. Its 7 affiliated hospitals are Nanfang Hospital, Zhujiang Hospital, Hua'nan Hospital, Nanhua Hospital, Stomatology Hospital, Pingxiang Hospital and Jiangdu Hospital, 6 of which have been appraised as “First-Class Hospitals at Grade III”. The hospitals have gained superiority and developed their own distinctive features in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, hematology, cardiology, neuromedicine, nephrology, organ transplantation, microsurgery, orthopedics, combined therapies of carcinomas and rescue of neonatal severe diseases. The hospitals have established the large-scale medical centers for overseas patients. Huiqiao Buildings of Hanfang Hospital, a 100-bed facility is the largest in scale and earliest in admitting overseas patients. Huiqiao Buildings has gained its reputation in China and South-east Asia and was conferred the honorary title of “Model Medical Faculty: Department of Hui Qiao Buildings”by the Central Military Committee of PLA, for up to now it has treated over 80,000 patients from 85 countries or regions.
The RC centers comprise student apartment blocks and related support facilities including sports grounds and convenience stores. Each Residential College has its own name, culture, tradition, activities and non-official education program, as well as tutoring, consultation and interest clubs.
Newly recruited students can join any residential college of SUSTech, and make their choice based on the characteristics of each one. After entering, the residential college assigns a tutor to each student. The tutor is a full-time professor of SUSTech who will guide the student in his new life at college as well as beyond the four years of study. The dean responsibility system is applied in each residential college. Each one invites famous professors to act as dean of the residential college, and he will be affiliated with residential college offices to manage daily affairs.