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College of Medicine


Nurturing pragmatic, creative, and sincere medical experts for the sake of humanity


Established in 1968 with the purpose of fostering true-hearted medical practitioners who can take charge of advances in Korean medicine and provide meical care for the local community, the College of Medicine has been educating students to contribute to the progress of medicine through training in both medical theory and professional techniques to become quality modern medical practitioners. Furthermore, it cultivates character based on ethics and humanitarianism, and imbues a spirit of dedication and sacrifice for patients, so that it establishes the image of a truly worthy medical practitioner who practices the philosophy of love instilled since Hanyang University`s inception. The College has secured top medical teams and medical facilities at its Seoul and Guri-affiliated hospital, and back in 1998, it opened a rheumatism hospital-a first for the nation. It serves the regional community by carrying out a range of medical activities.

Educational Objectives

Premedical course
  The premedical course is provided before entering the department of medicine to gain basic knowledge related to medicine through education in a variety of academic fields, aids understanding of expert medical knowledge students will study in the future, and helps student gain the necessary qualities of a medical human resource. 

 1. Students gain awareness of the role of healthcare providers in local society and the qualities needed to volunteer with a mind of sacrifice through diverse education in humanities.
 2. Students gain sufficient basic knowledge related to natural science and medicine, and develop the ability to understand medical knowledge on their own and the ability to contribute actively to development of medicine. 


Department of Medicine
  The goal of this department is to train doctors, medical educators and medical scholars that meet the demands of Korean medicine. Students are taught the necessary scientific knowledge, attitude and technology to becoming a doctor in the modern day, how to study and research in daily life based on good character with a foundation in high ethical standards and humanitarianism, and the ability to always criticize and evaluate oneself. A mind of sacrifice based on sacrifice, volunteering and love for patients is taught so students have a sacrificial vocation that the biggest calling of a doctor is in the well-being of patients, and students also develop leadership abilities based on understanding, respect and a mind of cooperation between medical industries. Students develop a leadership role in deciding policy directions to solve problems of local society, national medicine and other social issues.

 1. To develop proactive medical human resources with a sense of ethics and good character who place importance on dignity of life and can serve the human race.
 2. To develop practical medical human resources who have the necessary medical knowledge and expertise to conduct treatment to improve the health of local society.
 3. To develop active medical human resources who lead the age through self-leading academic methods.
 4. To develop creative medical human resources with a basis in a scientific way of thinking fitting of medical scholars of the future.

Department of nursing
  Nursing is a practical field of study, and the goal of the department is to develop expert knowledge and abilities in students to develop expert nurses who help maintain, improve and recover optimal health of individuals, families, groups and local society and improve quality of life, conduct nursing duties that correspond to the health requirements of people, and execute their duties with love.

 1. To develop expert nurses who have a sense of responsibility and mature character, contribute to social development and serve.
 2. To develop cultured human resources who have the virtues of diligence, honesty, humility and service, and also have creativity, wide insight and good judgment.
 3. To develop expert human resources who establish a relationship of treatment with patients and solve nursing problems scientifically through a nursing course.
 4. To develop practical human resources who solve the health problems of patients based on ethical judgment and ethical thinking.
 5. To develop international nurses who understand cultural diversity and lead globalization of nursing.

Inside Academics

By Jaesoon Yang, Student Reporter


According to Hippocrates’s aphorism, art is long, life is short. This is the word from the father of medicine. His devotion toward the study of medicine was, for him, like art. Following the Hippocrates’s spirit, the College of Medicine of Hanyang University is pushing forward to ‘the art of medicine’. The College of Medicine was established in 1968 with the enrollment of 80 students. Not long after the establishment of the College of Medicine, the Hanyang University Hospital was established in 1972. The hospital stands proudly today with the title of “the first rheumatism hospital in Korea”. The College of Medicine strives to raise true-hearted medical practitioners who can provide medical services to local communities with responsibility. Through endless experiments and studying, students become to competent medical practitioners who will save others’ lives. Students of College of Medicine not only learn medical theories but will also obtain hands-on experiences. It is noteworthy that the college puts a great deal of emphasis on morality and commitment as being doctors.


The College of Medicine consists of three departments; the Department of Premedicine, the Department of Medicine, and the Department of Nursing. Each department is devoted to nurturing students into professional medical experts. The Department of Premedicine is where students prepared themselves with general knowledge of medical science in order to become capable medical students. The curriculum is consisted of two years of fundamental but diverse medical studies. It is known that entering the Department of Premedicine is particularly hard, and the fact that the competition rate of this year’s early decision was 1:301 proves the fierce competition among prospective students.



The Department of Medicine provides two major tracks to students who are finished with the premedicine courses: Basic major and Clinical major. Basic major include 9 sub-majors; Anatomy and Cell Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Genetics. In Clinical major, there are over 24 sub-majors from Internal Medicine to Biomedical Engineering. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art lab facilities such as the DNA sequencing system and the bio profile analysis system to support the intensive research.


The Department of Nursing focuses its studies on training professional and qualified nurses for hospitals and clinics. Students of this department learn different medical treatments, assessment skills, cooperation and leadership development, critical thinking, and the clinical practice necessary for working in diverse settings. Trained with these diverse skills and knowledge, most of the students get employed at hospitals as nurses.


All professors in the College of Medicine are not only competent but also professional medical practitioners in their fields. They have been actively engaging in many researches with remarkable results. For instance, recently, one of the professors, Sanghoon Lee has increased the cure rate of Parkinson’s disease by applying inverse differentiation stem cells.


Now let us take a closer look at the College of Medicine through interviews with the Dean and the Manager of the Administration Team.




A Conversation with the Dean of the College, Moonil Park


By Jaesoon Yang, Student Reporter


Q. Could you tell us how the College of Medicine strives to foster professional medical experts?
A. The College of Medicine has three Departments: the Department of Premedicine, the Department of Medicine, and the Department of Nursing. To become medicine majors, students spend two years of studying at the Department of Premedicine and an extra four years at the Department of Medicine. On the other hand, nursing majors spend four years studying at the Department of Nursing. It has been 43 years since the establishment of the College of Medicine, and we strive to train students into practitioners of love, following the school motto ‘Love in deed’. To achieve this, our education curriculum requires students to possess the following four qualities: sincerity, practicality, activity, and creativity. Following this, we are fostering practical medical practitioners who can provide medical services according to their professional knowledge of the field of study, active medical practitioners who can put their utmost efforts in their work, sincere medical practitioners who know how to respect life with a humanitarian perspective, and creative medical practitioners who can take a step forward to the future. For instance, we support students by offering free medical check-ups, Online Learning Resource Center (LRC), and Psychological center for students who feel extreme stress while studying.


Q. Do students in this college provide community services?
A. In the freshmen year, every student must go to the Kottongnae, which is located in Eumsong, in the beginning of the spring semester. This is a mandatory three day medical volunteer program to educate freshmen on becoming dedicated medical practitioners which requires sacrifice and devotion toward patients. At Hanyang University (HYU), the College of Medicine is the only college that sends students to Kottongnae. Also, in the junior and senior years, students provide medical services for the community of their choice. They can choose any kind of place, such as general hospitals, community health centers, and even non-medical societies such as prisons, and newspaper publishing companies. Through four weeks of volunteer medical practices, students develop critical thinking on how non-medical societies see medical practitioners and vice versa. The College of Medicine will lengthen the practice and increase the support because we see this as a milestone to become practical medical practitioners.


Q. Could you introduce the annual events in the College of Medicine?
A. Nov. 17th was a day for parent’s visit to the College of Medicine. On Parents’ Day, parents visit the school from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM. The event consisted of six sections: a conversation with the professors, hospital/college tour, lunch, lectures, meeting with assigned professors, and student club performances. Many parents whose children are freshmen in the College of Medicine were very interested. It was the day of introducing the College of Medicine to the parents. After the event, many parents were satisfied and thanked the students and professors for the superb tour of the college. Some parents even made small donations to the college after the event. After the event, the hospital offers a 30% discount on medical check-ups for the parents. Other than Parents’ Day, there are many other events including the Night of Hanyang Medicine majors, and volunteer programs mentioned above. In addition, the global academic medical symposium will be held at the HYU Hospital next year, in order to celebrate the hospitals 40th anniversary. Many alumni in and out of the country are expected to take part in the symposium.


Q. Are there any global exchange programs offered to students?
A. This year, 17 seniors from the Department of Medicine are going abroad as exchange students. They are going to many countries including the U.S., the U.K. and Norway. From there, students will conduct experiments and medical practices with the native students. From next year, the College of Medicine will increase the number of students to 30, and create new programs which provide medical services to developing countries. The countries nominated are Vietnam and Laos. These programs are financially supported by alumni. With the constant attention and support from the alumni, programs will become available to all of the students in the near future.


Q. Recently, Professor Sanghoon Lee made a breakthrough in curing Parkinson’s disease. Are there any fundamental medical projects currently going on in the College of Medicine?
A. There are three research centers run by government fund including Cell Therapy Center for Intractable Neurological Disorders, and the Clinical Research Center for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Throughout the nation, these are the only places where the researches on related fields of study are conducted. Also, there is a construction going on to expand the main hall of the College of Medicine. This is to support students’ practices on their clinical majors and studies. When the construction ends in 2012, the Medical Education Simulation center of Hanyang (MESH) will be the largest medical education simulation center in the nation.


Q. As a professor or as a medical practitioner, when do you feel that you have made a major achievement?
A. I feel like I’ve made an important achievement when I am respected by experts in the medical society as a good medical practitioner. It is important to gain respect by doctors because it makes me feel confident and strong. Meanwhile, as a professor, I feel most satisfied when I hear news that my students chose a career in areas which most doctors avoid, and do good jobs in medical fields such as obstetrics and gynecology.


Q. Do you have a message for the students in the College of Medicine?
A. I want the students to treat their patients not by the knowledge and medical theories but with their hearts. I want them to become a doctor with a warm heart burning with devotion and service to the patients. Listening to what patients say is important and a part of treatment, and it helps patients to recover faster. Students should always remember this by heart.




A Conversation with the Administration Team Manager, Dongman Lee


By Jaesoon Yang, Student Reporter


Q. Could you briefly introduce the College of Medicine’s administration team?
A. The administration team of the College of Medicine does all the paper work related to the College of Medicine. For medical practices and trainings, we are in charge of maintaining the Skill-Lab and classrooms. The Skill-Lab is located on the sixth floor of the hospital, and students do medical practices there. Furthermore, there are 16 strong and responsible faculty members working in the administration team. Three of them are working at the Skill-Lab and Medical Educational Center separately to ensure the efficiency of the medical practices.


Q. What are the students’ main needs and how do you satisfy them?
A. They often visit to rent classrooms, equipments, and labs for medical practices. Sometimes, students visit to consult on exchange programs. Graduates also come because they need their transcript for houses, not to mention internships and licenses for working abroad as doctors. We also purchase meal tickets for the juniors and seniors who are learning from the hospital.


Q. What are some unique aspects of the College of Medicine?
A. The Department of Premedicine is a unique department that is only in the College of Medicine. This preparatory curriculum is uniquely provided at HYU. Also, 50% of the students of the Department of Medicine are from the Department of Premedicine and the other 50% from the School of Medicine. When the students from the School of Medicine graduate, they are awarded with the Master’s degree. Also, there are night courses in the Department of Nursing, which recruit transfer students whom all have legitimate licenses to become nurses.


Q. Are there courses provided for non-majors?
A. For non-majors, there are some fascinating subjects to enrich their refinements such as Ectomy, Family and Health, and Understanding Neuroscience.


Q. As the manager of the administration team of the College of the Medicine, is there anything you would like to say to the students?
A. College life is a fundamental and important time to design your future goals. You must give your best shot and study your major thoroughly and plan your life further on. It is tough, but making effort till it lasts will lighten the path to your future goal. Take pride in the name of Hanyang and do your best.