Carrying Forward Historical Culture and Strengthening the Confidence of Hainan Medical University
2022 New Year Greetings from Yang Jun, secretary of the Party Committee of Hainan Medical University
With the sonorous rhythm of the construction of Hainan free trade port, Hainan Medical University is developing rapidly and steadily and has made great progress. Today, there is an urgent need to answer such a question: what does Hainan Medical University rely on to go through the past and move towards the future?
Answering this question is not only about yesterday, but also about tomorrow: how far Hainan Medical University can go.
Hainan Medical University is born for the health needs of the people in Hainan. Although it is born at an untimely time, its self-reliance and entrepreneurial spirit will last forever.
The history of establishing Hainan Medical University is a history of hard work in medical education in Hainan. This university is born entirely because of the health of the people in Hainan. Hainan island has been isolated from the mainland for a long time, with backward economic and social development, lack of medical resources on the island. People in this island have had many difficulties in receiving medical services for a long time. In 1947 and 1948, the private Haiqiang Medical Technology School, the predecessor of Hainan Medical University, and the Medical School of Hainan University were successively initiated by the people, but they were not recognized by the corrupt and incompetent Kuomintang authorities at all. All the funds were needed to be raised by themselves, so it was difficult to run the school. The school running conditions of private Hainan University failed to meet the requirements. It was suspended after only three semesters and recruited 90 medical students in total. Haiqiang Medical Technology School had only a few teachers, four houses and several simple microscopes, and the school running conditions were very poor. However, inspired by the patriotic upsurge of the victory of the war, the sages still resolutely ran schools, promoted medicine and devoted themselves to the development of their hometown. Mr. Lin Xiaohai was the pioneer of modern medical education in Hainan, independent founder of Haiqiang Medical Technology School. He got the master of medicine degree in Japan. When talking about why the first medical school in Hainan was established at that time, he said that because after the victory of the war of resistance against Japan, he returned to Hainan as the president of Haikou army hospital. He saw that Hainan’s medical health care was very backward, there were few hospitals, few doctors and nurses, and a considerable number of young people who were out of school. He set up it to train medical and health personnel through medical education, enable social young people to go to school and find employment, and open up the road of medical development in Hainan. Zhu Runshen, a pioneer of modern health care and medical education in Hainan, president of the Medical School of Hainan University and president of Hainan Hospital, and Ph.D of medicine in France, gave up the superior conditions of working in Union Medical College Hospital and resolutely returned to his hometown. He was the president of the Medical College and Hainan hospital. Lin Xiaohai and Zhu Runshen, two sages, one from Wenchang and one from Wanning, are modern medical experts. They love their hometown very much. In particular, Mr. Lin Xiaohai has stayed in his hometown since he returned to Hainan. Despite hardships, he still has his original intention to develop medical education in Hainan. If there is no such spiritual support of patriotism, love for the island and self-reliance, there will be no previous and present life of Hainan Medical University.
Hainan Medical University has lived up to the expectations of the people of Hainan and worked hard. Despite its twists and turns, the university has always faced difficulties for the development of medical and health undertakings in Hainan.
In 1951, the people’s government accepted the private medical college of Hainan University and Haiqiang Medical Technology School and merged them into Hainan Medical Specialized School. In 1953, the school buildings were damaged due to typhoon and the school was merged with No.8 Health School of Guangdong Province. Hainan Medical College resumed in 1958 and stopped enrollment again in 1963. Hainan Medical College reopened in 1973 and tried to run the undergraduate courses in 1977, and was incorporated into Hainan University as the Department of medicine in 1983. Taking advantage of the breeze of reform, Hainan Medical College was in preparation from January 1989 and officially established in 1993. Hainan Medical University has been on the right track of independent development since then. Despite twists and turns in growth, there is no lack of perseverance and tenacious spirit. Liang Wenyi, the first president of Hainan Medical College, was from Qionghai. He returned from Malaya to participate in the Anti Japanese war in 1939 and later joined the Communist Party of China. He was the section chief of the political department and the military medical director of QiongYa Anti Japanese Corps. He was a QiongYa Anti Japanese soldier who had been tested by wars and bullets. It was he who first injected the red gene of Hainan’s 23 year red flag into Hainan Medical University, making "loyalty to the party, hard work and perseverance" become the essence of Hainan Medical University. Although the university has experienced many hardships, it has gradually expanded. The First Affiliated Hospital was established in 1973. The former General Hospital of agricultural reclamation was classified as the Second Affiliated Hospital of the University in 2016, and Hainan Provincial Hospital was classified as Hainan Medical University in 2018, which has improved the teaching system day by day. With the establishment of Hainan Province as a special economic zone, the university has also entered a period of prosperous development. In particular, Hainan Medical University, which has entered the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, now has a complete medical talent training system, 31 majors, more than 14000 full-time students and 11 directly affiliated and non directly affiliated hospitals, and has successively trained more than 50000 medical talents. More than 70% of the province's health professionals and technicians and more than 70% of the presidents and management cadres of grass-roots hospitals have been trained, making great contributions to the health and well-being of the people of Hainan. Today, the prosperous age has been as the wishes of our ancestors. The strong national feelings and political consciousness of "loving the country and the island, helping the world and saving the people and following the party's words" embodied in Lin Xiaohai and Liang Wenyi, which are the powerful spiritual force supporting us and the blood root of the history and culture of the university, and is worth carrying forward.
Hainan Medical University is committed to people’s health in Hainan and has been working hard demonstrating its mission and responsibility in the development of tropical medicine.
For more than 70 years, teachers and students of Hainan Medical University have been committed to the cause of people’s health in Hainan and made great contributions to the development of medical education and the improvement of medical technology in Hainan. Especially in the efforts to develop tropical medicine and eliminate tropical infectious diseases and endemic diseases in Hainan, they have embodied the professional spirit of pursuing excellence and being brave in innovation. As the only tropical island in China, Hainan’s tropical humid environment is prone to breeding mosquitoes, ticks and other parasites. Viruses are easy to reproduce, malaria and dengue fever are rampant, and people suffer a lot from it. Tropical diseases, also known as "neglected diseases" by WHO, have been neglected for a long time.
Since the 1950s and 1960s, Hainan Medical University has begun to study tropical infectious diseases. Through the unremitting efforts of several generations, Tropical Medicine and Laboratory Medicine College was established in 2009, opening undergraduate and graduate education in the field of tropical medicine. In 2021, the second Tropical Medical College in Asia was established. The Construction and Development Plan of Tropical Medicine Discipline of Hainan Medical University was formulated, which defined the development path of tropical medicine. Hainan Provincial Key Laboratory of Tropical Diseases and Key Laboratory of Tropical Medicinal Plant Research and Development have been established successively. In 2017, Academician Workstation of Tropical Medicine was jointly established with academicians Gao Fu and Kang Le of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Joint Laboratory of Tropical Infectious Diseases and Joint Research Center for Major Disease Prevention and Control were jointly established with Cambodia and Myanmar, and Laboratory of Emerging Tropical Diseases was jointly established with University of Hong Kong in 2018. In the same year, Hainan Medical University led the establishment of the tropical medicine alliance with the participation of more than 30 countries along the line, and built a multi-level tropical medicine research platform. In 2019 and 2020, Key Laboratory of Tropical Translation Medicine of the Ministry of Education and Key Laboratory of the National Health Commission for Tropical Disease Prevention and Control were successively approved. The affiliated Hainan hospital and the Second Affiliated Hospital set up infection department and tropical disease department, with high diagnosis and treatment capacity of infectious and tropical diseases. The influence factors of the two English journals of SCI sponsored by Hainan Medical University are rising. The number of papers on tropical medicine included by SCI of the university ranks second in China, and relevant articles have been published in top academic journals such as Nature and Cell. Today, Hainan Medical University has already shouldered the banner of Tropical Medicine and established its due position in the cause of tropical medicine throughout the country and even around the world. In the decades of unremitting pursuit of Tropical Medicine, a group of excellent teachers with selfless dedication and professional dedication have emerged, who have brewed the touching professional spirit. Professor Deng Zifu is a typical representative. He graduated from Zhongshan Medical College in 1955. He should have become an excellent surgeon, but due to the lack of basic teachers, he obeyed the organizational arrangement and changed his teaching orientation from clinical medicine to physiological teaching. He has taught for 40 years.In the part-time ophthalmology clinic, he firstly found eye infection with Monteggia infantilis. He was not a public health professional. In order to find out the etiology, he went to the Miao village and Li village with other teachers to carry out flow regulation. He treated patients in the rural health center, caught frogs in the paddy field, fed the parasites in frogs to cats and dogs, and finally found that there were adults of similar parasites in the intestines of cats and dogs. After finding the cause, he and his colleagues carried out surgical treatment and oral pyrquine tablets for dozens of patients infected with the parasite in local hospitals, and rescued these patients from the brink of blindness one by one. The results were highly recognized by authoritative experts of tropical diseases at home and abroad. Hainan Daily published a large interview on the first page, reporting as People Need Good Doctors like Deng Zifu.In recent years, a group of middle-aged and young scholars such as Lv Gang, Xia Qianfeng and Yin Feifei have been engaged in the research of functional genomics of important tropical pathogens and the molecular biology of new infectious diseases such as melioidosis virus, and have made outstanding achievements. Professor Ning Yi, Ph.D. of Harvard University in the United States and researcher Yang Guojing of Swiss Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health successively have gone back to Hainan Medical University for tropical medicine after returning home. Hainan Province was recognized by the state to eliminate malaria in 2019 and accepted the on-site acceptance of malaria elimination by WHO on behalf of China in 2021. The hard-earned achievement comes from the persistence and dedication of countless alumni of Hainan Medical University for decades. The professional development of tropical medicine is an epitome of the development of the medical career of Hainan Medical University. The spirit of pursuing excellence and continuous innovation shown by doctors of this university in the development of tropical medicine is also a powerful force to support us till today. It is a rare spiritual wealth in the history and culture of Hainan Medical University, which is worth carrying forward.
Facing the future, Hainan Medical University inherits the red gene, firm and confident, and takes the road of tropical characteristics and international development.
The ship of Hainan Medical University has experienced wind and waves and finally sailed into Hainan free trade port with Chinese characteristics today! Hainan’s comprehensively deepening reform and opening up and building a free trade port with Chinese characteristics is a major national strategy planned, announced and promoted by general secretary Xi. As the only undergraduate medical university in Hainan free trade port, Hainan Medical University faces unprecedented major historical opportunities and challenges, and shoulder the important task of cultivating high-level medical and health talents for the construction of Hainan free trade port and more than 30 countries along the line. We are committed to building an international high-level medical university with distinctive tropical characteristics, which not only has the essential characteristics of adhering to the party’s leadership in the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, but also has the international characteristics of a world-oriented, grand, free and open free trade port, with higher standards and better quality. We cannot position Hainan Medical University as a general local medical university, but as a benchmark with a free trade port with Chinese characteristics. We cannot ask ourselves for the quality of running local medical universities, but pursue the quality of running international colleges and universities. We cannot follow the old path of natural growth, but break a new path of high-quality connotation development under the background of internationalization and opening-up.
Challenges and opportunities coexist, and courage and wisdom go hand in hand. Kapok flowers bloom everywhere in spring. We can see that today’s vibrant QiongYa land not only has the intersection and collision of agricultural culture and marine culture, but also has the vast, profound, open and inclusive free trade port culture, which is blowing in the South China Sea. In the struggle of the new era, doctors of Hainan Medical University should not only inherit and carry forward their own excellent historical culture, but also temper their unique cultural temperament of openness and inclusiveness, enthusiasm, boldness, daring to try and pursue higher, evolve more excellent red genes and cultural genes, build more firm confidence as the doctors of Hainan Medical University in the new era to build a high-quality Three Complete education system with the characteristics of free trade port. Only in this way can we go further.
Time is fair. As long as the direction is correct, we are not afraid of a long journey.
History is generous. As long as you sow hard in spring, you will have a fruitful autumn harvest.
With historical and cultural heritage and the guidance of the spirit of the times, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, Hainan Medical University will be stable and far-reaching, and will be strong due to the construction of Hainan free trade port.
Beginning of spring, February 4th, 2022