Xi'an Medical University (XMU) is a general university under the administration of Shaanxi Provincial Government. It was originally Shaanxi Provincial Health School, founded in 1951. As a constantly developing institution of higher learning, XMU has gone through multiple stages of development, the Shaanxi Provincial Health Cadre College in 1959 and Shaanxi Medical Senior College in 1994. In February 2006, with approval of the Ministry of Education, it was upgraded to a four-year undergraduate university, named as Xi'an Medical University.
The University is composed of three campuses: Hanguang Campus, Weiyang Campus and Gaoxin Campus, with a total area of 760,000 square meters and building construction area of 993,000 square meters. It owns gross fixed assets value of 1.13 billion yuan, among which teaching and scientific research instruments and equipment are worth 130 million yuan. The library houses about 1.225 million volumes of printed books and 1.7 million electronic books.
Currently, XMU has 5 directly affiliated hospitals, Affiliated Hospital (Shaanxi Provincial People's Hospital), First Affiliated Hospital, Second Affiliated Hospital, Affiliated Baoji Hospital and Affiliated Hanjiang Hospital, with hospital beds number about 6000. Besides, it has 20 indirectly affiliated hospitals and 71 internship bases. Among them, the Affiliated Hospital (Shaanxi Provincial People's Hospital) and the First Affiliated Hospital are large-scale comprehensive Grade III Level A hospitals, organized by Shaanxi Provincial People's Government. They are also the national general practitioner training bases. Shaanxi Provincial People's Hospital is the construction unit of Shaanxi Provincial Clinical Medical Research Institute, National Drug Clinical Trial Institute, and National Health Emergency Medical Rescue Team.
In 2017, XMU was identified as“first-class college”construction unit by Shaanxi Provincial Department of Education. It consists of 14 teaching units, Clinical Medicine College, Nursing College, Pharmacy College, etc. It provides general undergraduate education, postgraduate education and continuing education. General undergraduate education includes 18 majors, such as Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Preventive Medicine and Stomatology. The Clinical Medicine was authorized to grant master degree of first-level discipline. Also, it is the authorized degree-conferring centre for 16 second-level discipline of master's degree programs, including General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Ophthalmology. It has 3 province-level key programs (characteristic programs) and 3 province-level Professional Comprehensive Reform Pilot Programs.
The University has 810 full-time teachers, 463 of whom are professors and associate professors, accounting for 57.2% out of the total; 608 with a master or doctoral degree, accounting for 75.1 % out of the total. 2 professors receive special government allowance from the State Council; 8 receive Sanqin talent allowance; 7 selects of Shaanxi Province Three-Five Talent Project, Provincial Outstanding Contribution Expert, Young and Middle-aged Sci-Tech Innovation Leaders and Provincial Sci-Tech Star; 6 Provincial Prominent Teachers; 11 selects of national Women Pace-Setter, provincial and ministerial-leve Outstanding Individua, and Virtuous Teachers. Now, there are 13,673 students at campus, with 13,375 undergraduate students and 298 graduate students. Since 2006, more than 30 thousand medical talents graduated from XMU, with employment rate keeps above 90%.
The University adheres to the cultivation ideas of“Serve the grass-root, keep foothold in Shaanxi Province, aim to cultivate high-quality and practical medical personnel”. Its educational levels improved gradually by conscientiously insisting the central position of teaching, deepening education and teaching reforms, innovating cultivation modes and promoting quality. XMU is one of the first pilot universities of“Outstanding Doctors Cultivation Plan”co-organized by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, and one of the first Clinical Medicine graduates cultivation mode pilot universities. The university achieved a lot in the past years, 6 provincial-level teaching awards, 3 national outstanding doctors education reform pilot programs, 20 provincial-level educational reform projects, 12 provincial-level shared courses and quality courses, 5 provincial-level outstanding teaching teams, 4 provincial-level centers of talent cultivation mode innovation and experiment, 1 national off-campus students practice base, and 1 provincial off-campus students practice base.
Guided by the priority funding fields of National Natural Science Foundation, the University insists to take discipline construction as leading direction and increases the construction progress of scientific research platforms. There are 1 research center for respiratory disease prevention and treatment engineering in Shaanxi Province, 1 key laboratory for ischemic cardiovascular disease in Shaanxi Province, 1 key laboratory for prevention and treatment of brain diseases in Shaanxi Province, 1 science popularization base in Shaanxi Province, 6 clinical medicine sub-centers in Shaanxi Province and 7 school-level research institutes (centers). In the past five years, the University was approved 37 projects by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 1 project by national social science foundation, 1 project by other national ministry, 128 provincial projects; got 2 awards for provincial first-class scientific research achievements, 7 awards for second-class achievements, 6 awards for third-class achievements, and 60 patents.
The University actively carries out strategic cooperation with The Fourth Military Medical University and the Medical College of Xi’an Jiaotong University in many fields, including talent cultivation, discipline construction and scientific research. It established cooperative relation with Weber State University in America, Kyung Hee University in Korea, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome in Italy, Lund University in Sweden, Harding University in America, and Nepal's National Academy of Medical Sciences. Solid foundation for further international communication and cooperation has been laid.
XMU insists to serve local economic and social development. It was selected as the general medicine doctor training center and primary care physician training center in Shaanxi Province, making significant contributions to the development of Shaanxi primary medical and health services.
Currently, by vigorously implementing the strategy of“Entrench University with Quality, Revitalize University with features, Strengthen University with Talents, Manage University with laws”, XMU is promoting education quality, research strength and social service ability. The University steps into a new stage of development, featured by connotation development. All of faculties and students in XMU are working hard together, striving to establish XMU to Northwestern Medical University.