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Promoting medical education reform and quality improvement


The Medical Education Promotion Fund has invited dozens of local and international experts and scholars to promote medical education training for teachers and medical students. Teachers from various medical schools in Taiwan share experiences and best practices with each other to stimulate discussion regarding the direction of medical education going forward. 

Past conferences:​

  • 1999/09/13-17: Innovative Medical Teaching

  • 2000/10/20-22: Innovative Medical Teaching Follow-Up

  • 2002/05/24-26: How to Select Medical Students

  • 2002/11/01-2003/01/07: Medical Student Selection Workshops for 4 High Schools

  • 2003/07/12-13: Post-SARS Medical Symposium

  • 2003/11/22: How to Interview Prospective Medical Students

  • 2004/04/07-10: Center for Faculty Development Teaching Workshop I

  • 2004/08/23-26: Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

  • 2004/11/15-17: International Conference on Medical Education

  • 2005/05/21-22: Center for Faculty Development Teaching Workshop II

  • 2005/06/16-18: Conference on Medical Education

  • 2006/05/07: Duke Clerkship Alumni Symposium

  • 2006/06/10: Comparative Selection Admission and Examination Distribution Admissions Symposium

  • 2006/10/13-15: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

  • 2007/09/21: Designing a Curriculum to Promote Humanitarian Activities in Medical Schools

  • 2007/09/22-23: Workshop on Medical Humanitarian Activities

  • 2009/07/11: Medical School Admissions Results Symposium

  • 2009/07/27-29: International Conference on Medical Education and Accreditation

  • 2010/04/08-09: Value-Based Health Care Medical Education Summit


Taiwanese American Scholars for Medical Education (TASME) was formed in 2008 under the auspices of the Medical Education Promotion Fund and organized by its chair professor, Dr. Chi-Wan Lai, MD. Its primary goal is to facilitate idea exchange between medical educators in Taiwan and in the US in order to better equip Taiwanese physicians-in-training to deal with the challenges of 21st century health care delivery.

TASME invites second-generation Taiwanese-American scholars to Taiwan to participate in medical education conferences. An expert in the field is also invited to each conference deliver a keynote speech based on recommendations from TASME members. Conferences are attended by medical students, educators, governmental representatives, and other relevant policy bodies.

Specific aims include:

  1. Forming a bridge between medical educators in Taiwan and the US.

  2. Addressing topics relevant to medical education or the practice of medicine.

  3. Understanding the current state of medical education and training in Taiwan via site discussions to medical schools and forums with medical students and residents 

At the end of each conference, TASME members provide recommendations for curricular development, collaboration, and future topics.

2008/11/28-29: First TASME Conference

  • Clinical Skills and Workplace Assessment​ – Dr. Huiju Carrie Chen, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF

  • Educational Continuity in Clinical Clerkships: Is an Integrated, Longitudinal Clerkship a Better Model? A Comparison Between Traditional and Integrated Clerkships – Dr. Cindy Lai, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

  • Incorporating Quality Improvement into Medical Education and Clinical Practice – Dr. C. Jason Wang, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Boston University and Boston Medical Center

2009/09/27: Second TASME Conference

  • Keynote: Consequences of Unprofessional Behavior in Medical Trainees – Dr. Maxine A. Papadakis, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, UCSF

  • Academic Standards: Student Progress and Remediation – Dr. Huiju Carrie Chen, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF

  • Who Would You Choose to Be Your Doctor? Holistic Review of Medical School Applicants – Dr. C. Jason Wang, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Boston University and Boston Medical Center

  • Academic-Industrial Ties in Training and Beyond: Conflicts of Interest and Translational Discovery – Dr. Stanley Yang Shaw, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

2011/10/7-8: Third TASME Conference

  • Keynote: Inspiration Amid Despair: Crafting Humanism in Global Health Education – Dr. Paul Wise, Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health & Society and Pediatrics, Director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, Stanford University

  • The Role of Humanities in Medicine – Dr. Huiju Carrie Chen, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USCF

  • How Can Technology Promote Humanism? – Dr. C. Jason Wang, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, Stanford University

  • Direct Care Medicine: New Medicine? Old Medicine! – Dr. Rex So-Ming Chiu, Internist, Beyond Basics Medical Practice; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University 

  • Medical Humanities: The Importance of Mentorship – Dr. Christine Hsieh, PGY1, Department of General Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

  • Promoting Humanism in Medical Education in Taiwan – Dr. Chi-Wan Lai, Chair Professor, Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center

2013/10/12-13: Fourth TASME Conference

  • Keynote: What Do Doctors Find Meaningful about Their Work? – Dr. Richard M. Frankel, Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

  • My Medical Life: The Three Episodes – Dr. Ruey-Shyang Soong, Staff Surgeon and Post-Doctoral Fellow in General Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital - Keelung; Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution

  • From Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Harvard Medical School and Back: The Journey and What My Parents Taught Me – Dr. Chi-Cheng Huang, Associate CMO and Chair of the Department of Hospital Medicine, Lahey Hospital, Tufts School of Medicine

  • Pathways to Discovery: Supporting Learner Passions During Medical Training – Dr. Huiju Carrie Chen, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, UCSF University of California San Francisco​

  • Creating Meaning in Your Work – Dr. C. Jason Wang, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Co-Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention; Academic Pediatric Fellowship, Stanford University

  • A Medical Educator’s Journey – Dr. Ming-Jung Ho, Professor of Social Medicine, National Taiwan University College of Medicine

  • Physician as a Medical Detective and Disease Investigator – Dr. Yu-Chin Lo, Director and Medical Officer, Office of Preventive Medicine, Taiwan CDC

  • Workshop: Can the Professional Culture of A Large Medical School Be Changed Without Open Heart Surgery? – Dr. Richard M. Frankel, Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

"A good hospital has soul, where humanity is strengthened and where caring comes first."

Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D.
Keynote Speaker, 4th TASME Conference in 2013


Average life expectancy is rising in Taiwan, but not all parts of the country have benefited equally. In 2017, the Ministry of the Interior reported life expectancy in Taitung to be only 75.5 years, a striking 8-year gap compared to the life expectancy in Taipei of 83.6 years. This health disparity has been an ongoing problem for many years. Cancer patients, especially, encounter many obstacles to receiving care. In response to this, the Medical Education Promotion Fund committed to sponsoring a partnership between the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center and the Taitung Christian Hospital.

Our goals are threefold:

  1. Improve the accessibility and continuity of medical care for cancer patients in the Taitung region.

  2. Equip local Taitung medical staff to provide excellent cancer care.

  3. Promote health education among Taitung residents, with an emphasis on the importance of preventive medicine.

The Medical Education Promotion Fund currently supports the full-time employment of three KFSYSCC-trained clinicians (one physician and two nurses) at the Taitung Christian Hospital. We are also offering a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship to research and improve health and health care among the aboriginal population in Taitung.


The Medical Education Promotion Fund supports ongoing cancer research at Stanford University. The objective of this study is to use natural language processing of electronic health records to more precisely predict patterns of cancer recurrence.


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