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2020-06 26

[Performance]Hanyang University Had the 4th Highest Number of Students Pass the 2019 Tax Accountant Exam

On June 11, the University News Network announced the status of the universities with the highest rate of students passing the 2019 Tax Accountant Exam. From Hanyang University, 25 students passed the 1st exam while 25 students passed the 2nd exam. While these student statistics have been announced over the years, this is the first time the numbers of examinees from each university have been specified. Hanyang University's ratio of successful applicants for the 1st exam was 16.9% (25 people / 148 people), and on the 2nd exam it was 32.3% (77 people / 239 people). The number of successful applicants by univeristy data was provided by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea through information gathered during the exam application process when applicants had to enter which school they were from. The Tax Accountant Exam, just like all the other exams for specialized jobs in Korea, requires a 1st and 2nd exam. Both the 1st and 2nd exams use an absolute scale system, where the applicants must get at least an average of 60 points, and 40 points for each subject. However, while the 1st exam can be passed according to the absolute scale system because usually there are fewer successful candidates than the fixed minimum number for the final selection, there is quite a large number of people that still pass the test despite receiving disqualifying scores. Additionally,there has been an issue with the 2nd exam being insufficient to judge the quality of universities. This is because of the fact that the majority of applicants that are taking the 2nd exam graduated a long time ago. Considering this fact, it can be said that the 1st exam is a better index to measure the effectiveness of the universities. ▲ [Contributed by] 2020. 6. 11th University News Network Article Last year, the Human Resources Development Service of Korea announced the list of 37 universities that have had the most people pass the exam during the past 10 years, from 2009 to 2018. Including the 56th exam that was conducted in 2019 and having 11 years as its basis, the University of Seoul has the highest number of successful applicants, reaching the number 357. Chung-Ang University (251), Kyung Hee University (241), Woongji Accounting & Tax College (225), Dongguk University (208), Hanyang University (190), Dankook University (174), Korea University (174), Soongsil University (168), and Konkuk University (158) followed after. ▲ [Contributed by] 2020. 6. 11th University News Network Article Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-06 26

[Policy]Gyeonggi-do - Hanyang University Sign an Agreement on Active Utilization of Big Data, Leading the Way to a Data-based Society

Whilst the recent start of the fourth industrial revolution and the spread of COVID-19 have led to increase in attention for big data analysis, Hanyang University joined hands with Gyeonggi-do and agreed to build a strong cooperative relationship for vitalizing data usage. Gyeonggi-do signed an agreement on the afternoon of June 22 called the Data Usage Vitalization Cooperation Agreement with Hanyang University, Kyonggi University, Daejin University, Ajou University, Pyeongtaek University, and Hyupsung University. Six universities, including Hanyang University, signed the Data Usage Vitalization Agreement along with Gyeonggi-do (photo by: Gyeonggi-do Northern Office) The agreement ceremony held at the Gyeonggi-do Business & Science Accelerator, was attended by about 10 people, including Lim Kyu-gun, Director of the Hanyang University IC-PLB Center; Lim Moon-young, Director of the Gyeonggi-do Future Growth Policy; Shin Kwang-soon, Director of the Industrial-Academic Cooperation Group at Kyonggi University; Lee Jung-rye, Director of Planning at Daejin Univeristy; Shim Kyu-chul, Director of Planning at Ajou University; and Oh Hyun-sook, Director of Job Start-ups at Pyeongtaek University. On the basis of a government-academic cooperation system, the six universities, including Hanyang University, along with Gyeoggi-do will actively participate in vitalizing data-based administration and academic activities. Gyeonggi-do supports professors and students in data-related university departments by providing public and private data and infrastructure that the province holds. The six universities will participate in data education course development and operation, proceeding assignments and research, and finding various solutions and development methods for provincial government issues by using the data and infrastructure that Gyeonggi-do provides. Lim Moon-young, Director of the Future Growth Policy said that "the importance of collecting and saving data and analyzing it to predict the future and provide alternatives has increased after the spread of COVID-19," and that "I hope this agreement will be a stepping stone for active research and enforcement of data-based administration." Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-06 25

[Policy]Relaxing the Burden on Local Students by Providing Face-to-Face Exam Subsidies

In order to alleviate the burden on local students caused by face-to-face exams, Face-to-Face Exam Subsidies are being provided. Eligible candidates are 2020 first semester enrolled students with more than one face-to-face exam. However, 2020 first semester Lion Scholarship applicants, or beneficiaries of special scholarships for student council, short and long-term dormitory residents, and those with disciplinary actions from the previous semester may not apply. The subsidy will provide 100,000 won per person for 1,000 students. Candidates for the face-to-face subsidies will be decided based on the following matrix: 45% commuting distance, 45% commuting expenses (transportation expenses), and 10% general score(length of stay). In case of any ties, applicants with more face-to-face exam days will be selected first. Commuting expenses are based on the minimum transportation expenses of at least three times of one-way travel from the residence to Hanyang University according to the following map. Exceptional cases will be considered when the face-to-face exam starting time is in the morning, which will allow staying the night before. The application period is from June 17 to 28. Reviews will take place from June 29 to July 8, and after the review and reporting to the Office of Student Affairs is completed, applicants will receive their subsidies directly to their accounts. All applicants must submit a face-to-face exam subsidy application, consent to provide third-party information, a copy of their resident registration, and face-to-face exam period transportation expense documents. If additional documents showing a sibling's enrollment or leaves of absence, or immediate family hospitalization confirmation are submitted, 2 points will be granted for each. The application form can be downloaded from the Student Council Facebook page. An important notice is that all government documents or contracts must be submitted as original documents or certified copies. Pictures of documents will not be accepted. Also, the student must be the account holder in order to receive the subsidy deposit, and all documents are only valid for up to 30 days after issue. The application process is not being done face-to-face due to COVID-19. All applications and documents can be submitted in an email titled [Face-to-face exam subsidiary application-name, department] to Detailed information can be found on the Hanyang University Student Council Facebook page. ▶ Go to Student Council Facebook page Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-06 23

[Performance]Four Graduates of Hanyang University are Amongst the 70 New Law School Prosecutors for 2020

Among the 70 new prosecutors in 2020, four were undergraduate students from Hanyang University, placing Hanyang as the sixth-highest among other Korean universities, and five were graduate students from Hanyang University’s School of Law, the fifth-highest amongst other domestic law schools. On May 11th, the Ministry of Justice newly appointed 70 people who passed the 9th bar exam from the School of Law as prosecutors. This year marks the first time that more than 70 law school graduates-turned prosecutors have been newly appointed since 2012 when 42 people passed the first bar exam. This is due to the sharp decrease in the number of graduates from the Judicial Research and Training Institute. According to The Law Journal on the 18th, which published an analysis regarding the newly picked prosecutors, Seoul National University and Yonsei University had the largest number with 13, followed by Korea University with 12. Sungkyunkwan University and Ewha Woman's University were tied at 4th with five students each. Hanyang University and Sogang University tied for sixth with four students each. Also, after analyzing the newly appointed prosecutors coming from law schools, Pusan National University’s School of Law topped the list with nine students. Pusan National University’s School of Law ranked ninth with only two students last year but jumped to first place this year. Korea University’s School of Law (8 students) and Sungkyunkwan University’s School of Law (7 students) took the top three spots. Hanyang University’s School of Law had only three students appointed last year, but as the number increased to five this year, it rose to a joint fifth place with Kyung Hee University’s School of Law. Out of the 70 newly hired prosecutors, 41 (58.6%) were women, a sharp increase from last year (38.1%, 21 people). By age group, those who were in the 30-31 year-old group accounted for the largest portion with 27.1%, followed by the 28-29 year-old group with 25.6%, and the 32-33 year-old group with 15.7%. There were 22 (31.4%) prosecutors that majored in law for their undergraduate degree, while more than 60% were non-law majors. On the other hand, the Ministry of Justice announced that it had selected qualified candidates based on the results of personality tests, third-phase competency evaluations, and organizational competency evaluations in order to verify the candidates' in-depth public ethics, ethical awareness, balanced perspective and human rights awareness through document screening and working-level records in order to verify their academic performance and professionalism. The newly appointed prosecutors will receive intensive and substantial training such as but not limited to theory and practice of criminal law, prosecution investigation, lectures on investigative techniques, evaluation of working records, ethics education specifically for prosecutors, and working-level settlement of the frontline office (2 months), and will then carry out their duties as prosecutors. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-06 23

[Academics]Professor Eun Yong-soo Publishes a Book Related to International Relations Theory Through Routledge

Professor Eun Yong-soo Professor Eun Yong-soo from the Department of Political Science and International Studies recently published a book based on his studies related to international political theory through Routledge, a British publishing house. In his latest book, Going beyond Parochialism and Fragmentation in the Study of International Relations, Professor Eun presents limitations and alternatives to the already existing Western-centered theories of international politics. McGill University’s Professor T. V. Paul who is also a former president of the International Studies Association and Professor Colin Wight from the University of Sydney both took part in the publication of Professor Eun’s book. Founded in 1836, Routledge currently has more than 20 SSCI-level Humanities and Social Sciences journals. Meanwhile, as a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Professor Eun Yong-soo has published his papers as an independent author for all the official journals from the world’s four major political science and diplomacy societies: the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Studies Association (ISA), the Political Studies Association (PSA), and the British International Studies Association (BISA). He has also been researching international political theory and postcolonialism. The cover of Going beyond Parochialism and Fragmentation in the Study of International Relations *Link for the publisher’s website and Professor Eun Yong-soo’s book: Read more about Professor Eun Yong-soo on [Hanyang Wiki]:은용수 Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-06 23

[Student]ERICA Orchestra "Angelus" with Sounds from the Heavens

"Let's explore ANGELUS, a group of ERICA students that love music more than any others."  Q. What kind of a group is ANGELUS? A. ANGELUS means The Sound of the Heavens. It is an inter-university amateur orchestra under the Office of Student Affairs, where students who love music are gathered. Place of birth, age, gender, and living environments of the students are different, but they are still becoming one in the name of music, creating one beautiful voice.  Q. If it's an orchestra, it seems that the major activities would be playing instruments. Is that correct? A. There are annual concerts held every March and September for outdoor activities. There are other small activities meant to build friendships among the students, such as a founding celebration and other small concerts. Moreover, the ANGELUS orchestra is closely connected with other universities. To help the concerts of other universities, we participate in others' concerts as guest members and also invite guest members from other schools as well. Other than that, we also participate actively in events such as support concerts for the Office of Student Affairs, the Ansan Flashmob Concert, tutoring the Haeyang Middle School Orchestra, and other events within the school.  Q. How is ANGELUS constructed? A. There is an executive branch that takes care of overall administration work. Orche-group takes care of orchestra activities, and acts an advisory group that seeks to help or take on the role of middle man for a better operation of the orchestra. The executive branch mainly deals with administrative work, concerts and events, accounting, and student management. Orche-group is composed of section leaders that aim to make the best ensembles by directing the ensembles, delivering music scores, and taking care of each member's part. The instruments can be changed according to the members, but generally, in the string section there are violins, violas, cellos, contrabasses, and in the woodwind section there are flutes, clarinets, oboes, trumpets, trombones, and horns. Q. Since it is a group playing instruments, do you need to have basic playing skills? A. More than the skills of playing the instruments, the desire to play the instruments is more vital. Some people even started reading musical notes for the first time in their lives after entering ANGELUS. But they were full of passion for learning how to play the instruments, and all members gave great help. In the end, we were able to create beautiful sounds together. Q. How do you prepare for concerts? A. Dividing the year into two parts, we select which songs to play at a meeting. Usually, we select 1 or 2 overtures and a concerto to play in the first half of the concert select a symphony for the second half, and choose an encore song for the end of the concert. Taking the last concert as an example, we prepared Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Mendelssohn's Final's Cave for the first half, and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 for the second half. For the encore song, we prepared James Bond 007 in an orchestra version. Once the songs are selected, we start the ensemble. It is usually done once a week, about two and a half hours to three hours, excluding two weeks during exam periods. Once vacation starts after the semester ends, we start focusing more on the ensemble. The director comes every week to lead the ensemble, and we increase the number of practices to twice a week. Once the semester starts again, we practice almost daily, or every other day, to prepare for the upcoming concert. We usually hold the concert within two or three weeks of the start of the semester. Q. When does ANGELUS recruit new members? A. We are not able to have active events due to COVID-19 for now, but we are always recruiting members. Usually, registration can be done by contacting the president or vice-president, or through the Facebook page. It is also okay to visit the orchestra room directly. Also, we open a recruitment booth every March and September, so please visit if you have any interest. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-06 23

[Media Briefing][The Korea Herald] Hanyang University Invited by Korean Tech Firms to Reinforce AI Capabilities

On June 3, 2020, The Korea Herald released news that Korean tech firms were creating coalitions to reinforce artificial intelligence technologies with the government's initiative to make Korea an AI powerhouse. There will be two coalitions, one formed by KT, LG Electronics, and LG Uplus, and the other composed of SK Telecom, Samsung Electronics, and Kakao. Hanyang University was invited by the coalition of KT, LG Electronics, and LG Uplus. Under the coalition, Hanyang University, along with other entities such as Korea Advanced Institute of Technology, Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of the ICT Ministry, plans to seek new business opportunities by exchanging AI technologies and compatible solutions. By using each of the companies' strengths, the coalition will come up with new ways to apply KT's AI speaker GiGA Genie to LG's ThinQ smart home appliance lineup that is currently joined by foreign AI giants like Google and Amazon. The three companies, now forming one team under the name "AI One Team" also seeks to find an AI-powered solution that can reinforce the prediction of pandemics like COVID-19 through the use of KT's global pandemic prevention platform. This coalition will be competing against the coalition formed by SK Telecom, Samsung Electronics, and Kakao, which aims for maximization of the involved companies' current capabilities pivoting on their voice-activated AI speakers. <Link to the article> Global News Team

2020-06 21

[Special]The Successful Finish of the Software-Up! Idea-Thon

The 4th Annual Software-Up! Idea-thon at ERICA Campus ended in success. From May 11 to May 30, the ERICA Campus students participating in the competition came up with innovative ideas for creative business models and presented them in front of the judges. The topic of this year’s contest was "Solving societal problems with revolutionary ideas using Software (SW) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)," and was the first of the Idea-thon events to be held online. The grand prize winner was the team who came up with "Today’s Side Dishes." The 4th Annual Software-Up! Idea-thon at ERICA Campus was held online, allowing the applicants and the judges to break free of the confines of time and space to hold more efficient mentoring sessions. (Photo courtesy of Lim) Due to the increasing importance of software during the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ERICA Campus has been holding Software-Up! Idea-thons in order to invigorate SW start-ups. Lim Kum-soon (ERICA Campus SW Start-Up Support Team) explained that this year’s contest was particularly special because of the 'untact ' method it used. ERICA Campus’s Software-Up! Idea-thon is the first contest in Korea to use online platforms in every process of the contest such as team-building, idea deduction, business plans, and mentoring in order to avoid human contact as much as possible. Lim said conducting the entire contest online was not without difficulties. “Due to the lack of available equipment that was needed for seamless streaming and appropriate studios, the SW-Centered University Project Group had to invent a web platform of its own to host the contest without any lag.” Nonetheless, with the new platform, the advantages of an online contest surfaced, as applicants were able to proceed with team mentoring most efficiently without being confined by time and space. “The applicants were able to analyze their target demographic in greater depth, presenting higher-quality results than ever,” said Lim. This year’s grand prize winner was the team ACT-SOFT. Their invention was titled "Today’s Side Dishes," and it connects busy modern people with small business owners to help them be regularly supplied with side-dishes suited to their tastes. ACT-SOFT accurately targeted a niche market and helped the business owners who were financially troubled by the recent economic recess caused by the breakout of the coronavirus. The grand-prize winner of this year's contest was the team ACT-SOFT with "Today’s Side Dishes" service. (Photo courtesy of Lim) Wrapping up the contest, Lim says the SW-Centered University Project Group aims to vitalize start-ups for youths by holding SW start-up capstone design classes and initiating as many Idea-thons, Maker-thons, and SW Engineering Schools as possible in the future. He also offered words of encouragement to the students who entered the contest to always be ready to adapt to the changing times. “I hope students in their twenties are less afraid of solving problems in their own creative ways, which is the essence of initiating a start-up. Getting involved in start-ups, whether it be managing, marketing, production, or finance and accounting, will help them increase their problem-solving skills." Lee Yoon-seo

2020-06 16

[General][On-the-Spot] Final Exams and Social Distancing

While putting in a significant amount of effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the university is following prevention guidelines to ensure that final exams at the university run smoothly. On June 15th, many students took their final exams that were administered according to the designated health precaution procedures at the Olympic Gymnasium. ▲ Individual students’ temperatures are being checked at the entrance to the exam room. ▲ A student is wiping his desk using wet wipes that have been distributed individually. ▲ Students partaking in taking the examination must individually write up and submit a Health Questionnaire. ▲ At the entrance of the exam room, there is a notice in regards to the examination guidelines such as temperature checks. ▲ The Olympic Gymnasium has desks arranged in compliance with social distancing guidelines. ▲ Final exams are underway at the Olympic Gymnasium. ▲ Many students are taking their final exams at the Olympic Gymnasium. ▲ A student is taking his exam while the distance between him and the other desks are secured according to social distancing guidelines. ▲ Final exams are being conducted at the Olympic Gymnasium by maintaining a safe distance between the students. ▲ Students taking final exams at the Olympic Gymnasium Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-06 16

[Policy]Paiknam Library Reduces Operating Hours in Response to COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Paiknam Library will reduce its operating hours from June 11th to the 23rd in response to the danger caused by the proliferation of COVID-19 in the metropolitan area and the increase in the number of students using the library due to offline exams. All Subject Materials Rooms and Study Rooms will operate weekdays from 9 AM to 22 PM, and from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturdays. Aside from these operating hours, the Paiknam Library will be closed in its entirety. Previously, Study Rooms 1 and 2 on the first basement floor were open from 9 AM to 22 PM, and Study Rooms 3 and 4 were open 24 hours a day, but their operating hours have been reduced. A representative from Paiknam Library stated, “We will continue to check all visitors’ body temperatures during operating hours,” adding, “The reduced library usage time is scheduled until June 23rd, but further changes may be made until the COVID-19 virus has been fully eliminated.” Additionally, the representative asked for all visitors’ cooperation, “as it is for the safety of all visitors who come to the library.” Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo

2020-06 15 Important News

[Special]Goodbye, Professor Hwang Hyun-young

As of June 2020, Professor Hwang Hyun-young (Graduate School of Law) who conducted the popular liberal arts class Common Law is leaving the school. Upon the departure of a true professor who was an inspirational figure for all the Hanyangians that learned under her guidance, students are paying respects to the genuine love she showed towards the law and her students. Hwang calls herself “a Hanyangian down to [her] bones”. She graduated from Hanyang University’s Department of Law in the class of '98. After working as an adjunct professor and a legislative investigator in the Republic of Korea National Assembly for six years, she is now moving on to become a research judge. Professor Hwang Hyun-young (Graduate School of Law) was a beloved professor of Hanyang, teaching one of the most popular liberal arts classes, Common Law. (Photo courtesy of Hwang) When asked about how she started the Common Law lecture, she replied that getting to teach at her alma mater was so special to her that it did not even matter which subject she was asked to teach. “When I was offered the chance to give a lecture at Hanyang, I did not ask for the subject title. I just said yes.” Common Law teaches students how not to lose out to law in our everyday lives. It advises on how to take advantage of our existing rights regarding the constitutional law, civil law, criminal law, consumer law and copyright law, helping students apply the knowledge of law to situations they might encounter in their lives. The class of Common Law in practice. (Photo courtesy of Hwang) The class also dealt with ways to write a lease agreement, work contracts, certification of contents and legal complaints, and also moved on to deal with social issues such as defamation and the recent petitions for Goo Ha-ra, regarding the deprivation of the rights of parents who do not provide parental support. Using special examples in her lectures, about some of the most practical lessons students can learn, Hwang said she “tried to have students be as involved in the class as possible by utilizing dramas, news, and various images, as laws can easily become boring.” On top of interesting lecture materials, the class also conducted special activities to help make the class one of the most popular liberal arts classes in the school. Hwang and her students held mock trials during which students devised a trial topic, collected evidence, and wrote a script to act in front of the class. She said, “Due to the students’ passion, I believe everyone was able to indirectly experience what a trial is.” Moreover, she invited official law members such as Chae Yi-bae, a member of Congress; Kang Byung-hun, a judge; and Go Eun-seok, a prosecutor to her class to deliver a vivid description of how legal activities are carried out in reality. In the class Common Law, mock trials were held to deliver vivid lessons to the students. (Photo courtesy of Hwang) Students say that Hwang’s class did not only teach about law, but love and wisdom as well. Kim Dong-hee (Department of Nuclear Engineering, 2nd year) said he once missed the last train and had no way of going home, and Hwang agreed to drop him off midway with her car. He said he remembers “how she was able to give him life advice even in that short drive.” Kim thanked the professor, saying he was “grateful that Common Law was one of the first classes he had taken at Hanyang.” On her last day, her students filled the last slide of the live online class chatroom with hand-written words of love, gratitude and encouragement. “The students were also truly encouraging with their words in the semester-end surveys. They were the moments that I will never forget for the rest of my life. It made me tear up, reading what my students had written me,” said Hwang. Touching memos were written on the last lecture slide of the Common Law class. (Photo courtesy of Everytime) Former students have also paid their respects to the departing professor. “Professor Hwang instilled the law in my head and love for others and the school in my heart,” said Lee Hyang-seok (Department of Philosophy, 2nd year). He added, “You were a true professor and a true person, and so many Hanyangians will remember you on your path.” Park Hyun-soo (Department of Food and Nutrition, 1st year) also thanked Hwang and said he will always remember her words, some of which were that “one plus one is not always two, and the act of helping someone else can have a huge influence over others”. Hwang said she wants to tell all Hanyangians to “always love Hanyang and be proud of it.” She reminded them that it is not the number of students that pass the law qualification tests or get good jobs that decide the reputation of the school. “Hanyang will shine just by the students in it,” said Hwang. “I hope our students will also equally love Hanyang University as their alma mater.” Lee Yoon-seo

2020-06 14 Important News

[Special]The Wise Life of Hospital Trainees

Hospital Playlist is a 2020 Korean drama about the story of five doctors and their everyday lives in the hospital. The drama gained huge popularity, ranking in the top 3 of Netflix series. As its popularity has increased, many real-life doctors have reviewed the drama, commenting on the accuracy and fictiveness of each scene, and the videos have gone viral through YouTube. A few episodes in the drama evolve around hospital trainees, which leads to the question, "What do real-life trainees have to say about the drama?" Kim Jung-min (Department of Medicine, 3rd year) and Yeon Ji-min (Department of Medicine, 3rd year) gave an honest review of Hospital Playlist. (From left) Kim Jung-min (Department of Medicine, 3rd year) and Yeon Ji-min (Department of Medicine, 3rd year) reviewed the scenes in the popular drama Hospital Playlist. The five doctors playing in a band in Hospital Playlist. Q1. Most medical dramas tend to be unrealistic. How accurate is Hospital Playlist? Kim: Among the medical dramas I've seen, Hospital Playlist is the truest to reality. In particular, the medical terms used by the characters are detailed and accurate. However, one setting that is not realistic is that the five doctors play together in a band. My professor said doctors are too busy for things like that. Yeon: I was very surprised by how realistic the drama is, but I was a little offended about how the drama makes the hospital trainees look silly. The trainees do much more work than what is depicted in the drama. Nevertheless, I enjoy the drama because it overlaps a lot with my personal experiences in the hospital. Q2. In this drama, the trainees mostly go around the hospital with the residents and listen to their explanations. What do hospital trainees actually do? Kim: This is the part that I thought was fictional. In fact, residents are very busy and never have time to teach the trainees. Therefore, trainees have to do many things by themselves. Luckily, there is a book of transitions that trainees can consult, which is a manual written by former trainees. The hospital trainees observing the surgery in the operating room. Yeon: Real-life hospital trainees’ tasks are ambulatory care, making rounds, and observing the operating room. In the drama, residents, nurses, and trainees stand behind the doctor during ambulatory care, but in reality, only the trainees are there. Making rounds is when a group of hospital staff including the doctor checks the patients’ state by going around the hospital. In that situation, we trainees are the students who are enthusiastically taking notes in the back. Furthermore, the trainees in the drama only observed operations, but we actually also participate in the operations and assist in person. Q3. There is a scene where a doctor dramatically revives a patient and the deeply-impressed trainees decide to join his department. Do trainees choose their department based on the professors? How did you decide your department? Yeon: All professors take pride in their department and whenever we listen to their stories, we change our thoughts about the departments. Nonetheless, I personally consider my interests more than I do the professors. When I was young, I dreamed of becoming a psychiatrist because I wanted to cure melancholiacs. However, while studying psychiatry at university, I realized the subject was different from what I thought. After I became a hospital trainee, I became more interested in the departments dealing directly with life. Kim: I also often change my thoughts after seeing what each department does. As for me, I usually consider which department will be less difficult. At first, I excluded the department of surgery from my selection because I heard that it was the most difficult department. However, I practiced in the department of surgery once and it was better than I thought, so I might change my mind. Q4. In one episode, a gynecological resident suddenly goes missing. Do such situations really happen? Kim: Many people do in fact become skeptical about their work because it is so hard. Even so, it is basically impossible to suddenly take a rest and go missing as in the drama. If someone is gone, others get more stressed. That should never happen. Yeon: In addition, a hospital is a place where any mistakes are unacceptable. Specifically, everyone is sensitive in the operating room, so even a trivial mistake will be scolded harshly. In this sort of atmosphere, behaviors like suddenly going missing are never excused. A resident has a crush on the professor in the drama. Q5. As in the drama, do hospital staff sometimes fall in love with each other, and do residents have crushes on doctors? Kim: First of all, few professors are as young as the five main characters in the drama. Thus I heard it is usually the between the male residents and the female trainees. However, hospital staff are always busy, and it is not exactly an environment to grow romantic relationships. Even if people are dating, rumors will spread quickly and the professors will notice, so they tend to keep their relationships a secret. Q6. The doctors in the drama occasionally suffer from rude patients. Has that ever happened to you? Yeon: I witnessed it once. A professor once suggested a patient undergo a complete medical examination. The patient refused the treatment and became aggressive in the process, insulting him and shouting that the doctors hadn't done anything for him. The professor eventually gave up on the patient, saying he could not treat a patient who does not respect medical workers. Kim and Yeon commented that the drama portrays life in a hospital fairly accurately and sends out a comforting message to all the hard-working medical workers out there. Kim and Yeon said Hospital Playlist sends out a comforting message to all hospital staff with the lesson that doctors are also human. “My favorite line is ‘Patients do not live just because doctors are kind,’” said Kim, explaining that it brought out a sense of duty on his vocation.Yeon added that “People may think that the hard work of medical workers is exaggerated in the media, but doctors go through a lot of pain to save patients.” The two hospital trainees paid deep respect to all medical workers and said that they will continue their efforts to become hard-working doctors. Hwang Hee-won Photos by Ryu Seo-hyun