Logan University has established a partnership with the Shanghai University of Medicine & Health Sciences (SUMHS) in Shanghai, which will present unique educational opportunities for students and faculty from both institutions beginning in 2020.
For several months, a team consisting of Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD; Dean of the College of Chiropractic Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS; Director of Strategic Partnerships Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS; and Logan College of Chiropractic College Admissions Manager Lulu Brinkley, have been instrumental in solidifying the partnership with SUMHS which offers undergraduate degrees in the fields of Chinese clinical medicine, medical technology and equipment, and related disciplines.
This fall, the two institutions reached a memorandum of understanding that creates an educational exchange through the following:
- A cultural exchange-study program, designed to give students from both universities the opportunity to visit and learn from the partner university
- A visiting professor program between Logan and SUMHS faculty and clinical staff
- A 3+3 agreement with SUMHS, giving qualified SUMHS students the opportunity to earn their Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Logan
Additionally, faculty will have an opportunity to survey classes at SUMHS or online, and explore opportunities for joint research and developing teaching and training courses, techniques, rehabilitation tools and equipment.
“We see this partnership as a real opportunity to create a greater awareness of chiropractic in areas where it is nearly unknown as well as introduce our students and faculty to unique opportunities to learn, practice and educate,” said Dr. DeBono.
Also helping to strengthen Logan’s connections in China, Logan will continue to offer students a clinical preceptorship in conjunction with the Shanghai Chiropractic Group. The Shanghai Chiropractic Group embraces a whole-body structural approach, taking pride in offering the highest level of effective and compassionate care to patients.
This fall, Sheldon Stuckart became the first Logan student to rotate through the program and worked under an experienced clinician in two of the first established chiropractic clinics in Shanghai. He also helped promote chiropractic and Logan University as a career option to students in related Shanghai University courses.
Logan is now accepting applications from trimester 7, 8 and 9 students who are qualified and interested in relocating to Shanghai for an 8-week program in spring 2020.
“Our goal is simple – to create top notch, robust clinical opportunities for all our students,” said Dr. Underkofler-Mercer.