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China Medical University

Submissions open: 
Friday, November 22, 2019
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Host Organization:    China Medical University, Taiwan


Organization Profile: Established in 1958, China Medical University (CMU) in Taichung, Taiwan, has since developed into one of the world’s premiere medical research universities with 9 colleges total: the College of Medicine, the College of Chinese Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Biopharmaceutical and Food Sciences, the College of Public Health, the College of Health Care, the College of Dentistry, the College of Humanities and Technology, and the College of Biomedical Engineering. Its Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals have a total of over 5,000 beds, and it offers the second largest healthcare system nationwide.

As a leader in several research fields with a culture of collaboration and innovation, CMU has made important breakthroughs in cancer treatment such as lengthening the survival of glioblastoma patients, discovering ANK-199, a promising anticancer drug that treats head and neck cancer, and identifying the receptor protein IL17RB that is strongly associated with pancreatic cancer. For cultivating talent and advancing the boundaries of knowledge, outstanding international experts have been recruited from around the world to join the 500 full-time, dedicated CMU faculty members who are all passionate about making the world a better place.

Devoted to improving health through sciences, CMU’s high ranking in many surveys and lists reflects its effort and determination for excellence: it was placed in the top 151~200 of universities in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU); it was in the top 150 in the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU); it was 46th in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings; the top 401~500 universities in the World University Rankings; it was in the top 101~150 in Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject; and the top 76~100 in the field of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the 2018 Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking.

International collaborative partnerships with prestigious institutions such as Stanford University and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have been firmly established. Additionally, over 80 international healthcare companies and venture capitalists are assisting the university with its knowledge transfer mission. Thus far, over 60 new drugs have emerged from CMU’s research laboratories, as well as 11 new spin-off companies.

As a provider of medical services to the community, an educator of future health care professionals, and a contributor to the world’s knowledge in health sciences, CMU will continue to strive for excellence in clinical care, education, and research.

City:       Taichung

Internship Department & Department Profile:

Information Department, China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital

The department is organized with hardware and software engineers; the responsibility of the department is:

  • Maintain the hospital information systems(HIS)
  • Design and develop the next generation HIS
  • Integrated the Medical AI and Big data function to the HIS

Institute of New Drug Development

This department focuses on translational research, especially new drug development

Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS), College of Medicine

The College of Medicine at China Medical University (CMU) places a strong emphasis on postgraduate research training at the master and doctoral levels. At its core, the Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS) is host to faculty members coming from diverse research backgrounds, including biochemistry and cell biology, neuroscience and cognitive sciences, microbiology and immunology, oncology, and clinical research. Through collaboration with elite national research institutions like the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) and Academia Sinica, we offer three specialized training programs, the PhD program for Aging, the PhD program for translational medicine, and the PhD program for Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery, whereby students benefit from joint mentorship by advisors from this college and the collaborating institution.

Moreover, the faculty members in the Neuroscience Division of GIBS feature unique expertise in perceptual/cognitive processing, learning and memory, decision making and movements and actions, the fundamental capacities of being human. Graduate students in the neuroscience division of GIBS will learn the state-of-the-art knowledge and research skills in neural, cognitive, and movement sciences, and will be trained to think independently during experimentation, thus developing critical scientific thinking ability.

Department of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chinese Medicine Resources, College of Chinese Medicine

The goal of the postgraduate programs is not only to nurture professional research manpower with identification of Chinese medicinal, plant tissue culture, medicinal chemistry (extraction, purification and identification of pharmacologically active ingredients), clinical efficacy of Chinese medicinal, quality control and cultivation of Chinese medicinal plants. In addition, the department includes modern molecular and cellular biology techniques in the research. These educations will serve as the basis for our students to become professional research manpower and teachers in the field of Chinese medicine.

Chinese Medicine Pediatrics

China Medical University Hospital's Division of Chinese Medicine Pediatrics continue to focus on the promotion of clinical medicine and teaching inheritance. It has organized academic exchanges and discussions with hospitals at home and abroad and offered training programs for physicians who have clinical knowledge of Chinese and Western medicine, in the expectation of becoming a world-class clinical and academic institute in the field.

Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science

About our Institute

Our Institute was established in 2005, and we are the only professional Research Institute for acupuncture in Taiwan. The major purposes of our establishment are to cultivate the qualified acupuncture teachers and specialists for research and development purpose. Our directions of research are to promote the science of acupuncture, based on traditional acupuncture, theory of meridian and clinical practice combined with technology and methods of Western medicine.

Establishment of purpose

Promote acupuncture science, teacher training and research personnel of Acupuncture

Teaching Goals

Training Students have abilities of “independent thinking, problem solving, and research capabilities, verbal expression, international outlook."

Core competencies

Training Students have abilities of “Acupuncture, research capabilities, verbal expression, and international perspective.”

Work description:  

Information Department, China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital

There are three jobs provided for the Stanford intern students in the Information Department:

1. The intern student will be responsible for the project related to use deep learning algorithm to predict or classify the disease or cancer. For example, use deep learning to predict the non-small cell lung cancer and further to find the gene mutation for this type cancer. The student may complete several or total of the following tasks: (1) Gather the open source data or EMR data in our hospital (2) Clean the data (3) Running the deep learning algorithm to generate a model (4) Validate the model (5) Integrate the function to our hospital information system.

2. The student will be responsible to design and develop an innovative medical device prototype. The student will first to visit and talk with healthcare experts to find the unmet need, then brain storming with cross field talents to pop out several possible solutions, next to screen the best case to develop the prototype, cooperated with engineers inside hospital or out sourcing for the technology company.

3. Candidate Drug Molecular Discovery: use deep learning to find the candidate new drug molecular candidate.

Institute of New Drug Development

The interns are expected to learn and conduct molecular studies related to atherosclerosis, aging or eye diseases. This lab focuses on microRNA and stem cells. The interns will learn how to extract DNA and RNA, and conduct real-time PCR experiments. The interns may also get involved in animal studies. The interns will join the teams to work on the ongoing projects. In my lab, each project has one post-doc as the team leader and may have a master-level assistant to work with the team leader. Therefore, summer students can talk with each team leader to decide which project they are most interested in.  In the previous year, we sometime had two interns (from different sources and countries) working in the same project.

Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS), College of Medicine

  • One of the on-going projects in the Infant Perceptual and Development Laboratory is the investigation of the role of age and experience on the development of the other-race effect (ORE) ( or the cross-race effect, CRE) using a morphing-face paradigm. Intern-students who opt to participate in this ORE project are expected to assist in recruiting Caucasian and Asian participants (which may include school-age children and young adults), generating visual stimuli (mainly CGI photos of achromatic human faces), conducting experiments, analyzing data, and contributing to the discussions and literature review of the ORE research.
  • Race is both a perceptual and social category that influences us profoundly. Another project is to understand children’s understanding of social categories and how they perceive bi-racial faces. We explore how Asian participants from a mono-racial society categorize own- versus other-race faces with behavioral experiments and non-invasive Magnetoencephalography (MEG) approach. The MEG provides superior temporal resolution revealing the dynamics of neural activities underlies a cognitive/ perceptual task real-time. The MEG experiment takes place in the Integrated Imaging Center at the National Taiwan University, Taipei. Intern students are encouraged to participate the behavioral and MEG experiments, and most importantly, to get a glimpse of how the MEG works and how to design MEG experiments.
  • The Infant Perceptual Development Laboratory at China Medical University does not circumscribe itself to infant participants only; we sincerely appreciate all inspirational suggestions on topics relating to ORE. We invite prospective intern students to innovate with us, in terms of data analysis or implementing a creative on-line survey.

Department of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chinese Medicine Resources, College of Chinese Medicine

The work is designed to train the students to be familiar with the quality control analysis of TCM herbs and herbal preparations including microscopic identification, TLC analysis, HPLC analysis, chemical specification, sulfur dioxide residue, pesticide residue and aflatoxin content, etc...

Field trip to herbal gardens, herbal stores, and herbal pharmaceutical factories will also be arranged.

Chinese Medicine Pediatrics

  1. Follow up a pediatric doctor at clinic
  2. Learn and practice pediatric tuina
  3. Arrange the presentation about local medical education and culture once
  4. Join the activity of pediatric discussion  

Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science

Performing acupuncture basic research about acupuncture analgesia, acupuncture effects on allergy, drug addiction, neurodegenerative diseases using animal models and immunohistochemistry, Western Blot methods.

Number of Opening(s):   

【Information Department, China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital】:   5

【Institute of New Drug Development】: 2

【Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS), College of Medicine】:   2

【Department of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chinese Medicine Resources, College of Chinese Medicine】:   1- 2

【Chinese Medicine Pediatrics】 :    4

【Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science】 :   2

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June

22 –August 14, 2020):    Full time/Five days a week (For 8 weeks)

Local Language:      Chinese

Required:  Basic reading, writing, and speaking (One-year level at Stanford):

【Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS), College of Medicine】

Not required:

【Information Department, China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital】

【Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS), College of Medicine】

【Department of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chinese Medicine Resources, College of Chinese Medicine】

【Chinese Medicine Pediatrics】

【Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science】

Additional desired intern qualifications:

Information Department, China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital:

 Welcome every cross field talents.

Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences (GIBS), College of Medicine:

  • Psychology major is preferred but not limited.
  • Familiar with experimental design and/or statistics.
  • High self-motivation in learning.
  • Good problem-solving ability.
  • Good work ethics and spirit of teamwork

Chinese Medicine Pediatrics:

  • Basic Chinese medicine knowledge
  • Basic pediatrics knowledge

Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science:

Knowledge of physiology  

Taiwan (ROC)
City or Cities: 
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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