The 2021 Annual Meeting of Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation was held at Tzu Chi University on October 15-17, 2021. On October 15, 2021, the sky was blue, flags flew in the wind, and many attendees associated with medical education and research presented their experiences and findings. Moreover, Tzu Chi Medical Foundation bestowed Innovative Teaching Awards, and the winners shared their endeavors. More than 100 individuals interested in medical education participated in the event, either in person or online.
The goal of medical education is more than instilling medical knowledge and training in clinical skills; it also enhances students’ holistic perspectives and spirit of loving care. Those associated with medical education should have forward-looking views and carry out continuous improvement in response to the rapid changes in technology and society. Medical education employs multidisciplinary teaching theories and practices and utilizes various teaching tools. In addition, the teaching methods incorporate diverse approaches and advanced technologies.
October 15, 2021 was Medical Education Day. Dr. Shao-Yin Chu Zhu hosted the daily program. She is a teaching-based attending physician involved in medical education at Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital. The Dean of the Tzu Chi University’s College of Medicine, Tsung-Ying Chen, delivered a welcome remark. He expressed gratitude to Dharma Master Cheng Yen for founding Tzu Chi Foundation and voiced his appreciation to Tzu Chi Medical Foundation for its full support. He felt grateful that those involved in medical education at Tzu Chi hospitals could get together, exchange their views, and learn from each other.
Tzu Chi University and Tzu Chi hospitals carry out medical education and research to improve students’ performances and enhance faculty members’ enthusiasm. Dean Chen expressed pleasure that Medical Education Day started first. Colleagues shared how each Tzu Chi hospital has carried out medical education and implemented teaching innovatively. The attendees enjoyed this day’s program very much.
Winners of the Innovative Teaching Awards are listed below:
- Related to the overall performance
- Conventional teaching: Dr. Zi-Hong Liu of Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital (Gold) and Yu-Juan Hu, RN of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital (Silver)
- Online teaching: Xin-Ping Huang, pharmacist at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital (Gold) and Dr. Jin-Yi Xu of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital (Silver)
- Related to extraordinary endeavors
- Excellence in teaching: Dr. Zi-Hong Liu of Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital
- Innovation in teaching: Xin-Ping Huang, pharmacist at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital
- Excellence in teaching for a newcomer: Dr. Jin-Yi Xu of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital
Three winners of Innovative Teaching Awards associated with their extraordinary endeavors shared their teaching results.
This year’s theme was “Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine, Implementation of Innovation and Development, Carrying out Smart Healthcare, and Enhancement of Physical Well-Being.” The program provided a variety of topics for medical, nursing, and other professionals. The organizer also offered a Chinese Medicine Forum on October 16-17. The program enabled participants who were interested in the latest medical trends, working on their education or research projects, wanting to learn PPT skills, or wishing to acquire skills and knowledge in using teaching tools to learn from these presentations.
Attendees at this event came from educational institutions, healthcare institutions, government agencies, etc. Some participated in person, while others attended online.