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School of Preclinical Medicine


The School of Preclinical Medicine is the largest teaching and scientific research unit with a long history at BUCM. It grew out of the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine established in 1956. In 1980, the department was merged to form the Institute of the Basic Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the approval of the Ministry of Public Health, PRC. It was then renamed the Department of Basic Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985. In January 1996, it assumed a new name the School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.


Since its founding, a great number of TCM leading scholars have gathered here. They have not only made creative contributions to traditional Chinese medicine, but also converted the school into a leading institution of higher learning, enjoying prestige both at home and abroad. In the past fifty years, it has nurtured a lot of TCM elites, such as renowned scholars Liu Duzhou, Ren Yingqiu, Zhao Shaoqin, Wang Mianzhi, Cheng Shide, Wang Yuchuan and Wang Qi, and Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor Liu Jianping and Chen Jiaxu. They all have scored great success in theoretical and clinical researches.


There are 253 faculty members in the school, including 72 professors, accounting for 42% of all the professors at BUCM, and 139 supervisors of doctoral and master’s degree candidates. Under the school there are 9 departments, 5 research centres and 2 laboratories. It has developed several key disciplines, among which traditional Chinese medicine and integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine rank first in the whole country. The 6 national-level key disciplines are the basic theory of TCM, traditional Chinese diagnostics, study of herbal formulas, integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine (basic medical sciences), basic clinical science, and TCM history and classics reading. Another 5 key disciplines supervised by the State Administration of TCM are study of Neijing ( Canon of Medicine ), Shanghanlun ( Treatise on Cold-induced Diseases ), basic theory of TCM, integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine (basic medical sciences), and traditional Chinese diagnostics and 2 key disciplines  supervised by the Beijing municipal government are TCM clinical basis, TCM history and classics reading. In addition, the school offers 7 master’s and doctoral degree programs, and boasts 2 centres for post-doctoral studies, and 5 key laboratories.