Doctor WANG Kunhua says international recognition and respect for a Masters qualification were of the upmost importance as he strived to move beyond being a good doctor to an accomplished hospital administrator.
Now, as President of First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University in Yunnan Province, Dr WANG says his studies in the Flinders-Nankai program set him on a path where his work is making a significant difference.
“Yunnan is surrounded by Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos, sharing a border of 4,060 kilometres, so it holds a significant position for driving innovations in medical treatment, medical education and medical research,” says Dr WANG.
“China has a leading role in the world, so hospitals in Yunnan need to have an international vision and position. They must radiate to a wider area, to improve people’s health. Through cooperating with hospitals of all countries, we can extend the influence of hospitals and Chinese medicine to all countries in Southeast Asia and other international stages.”
Since graduating, Dr WANG Kunhua is proud to have led the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University to become one of the top 100 well-known large-scale general hospitals in China, and one of the best-known hospitals in Southwest China. It has established a Key Drug Rehabilitation Laboratory within the National Health Care Commission. Dr Wang received an Outstanding Contribution Award – a prize given every two years to outstanding hospital directors in China.
Beyond this, he has become a member of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China and a member of the government’s think tank, provided advice for medical industry peers in the government’s medical reform, made suggestions for reforming government medicine and hospital system and policy, and provided expertise in areas of patient treatment, hospital development and medical reform.
Dr WANG Kunhua says he has been able to achieve this because of his studies. “I was eager to explore solutions to hospital administration problems,” he says, “so I was pleased the Flinders-Nankai project adopts advanced learning and exchange teaching modes, integrates teaching and research, uses cutting-edge teaching materials and advanced teaching methods, and cultivates a very high level of English in the field of medical management in China.
“The hospital administration program cultivates excellent talents for succeeding in the field of medical management. It focuses on efficient teaching methods and current international hospital management theory, which is highly praised by the Ministry of Education and widely recognised by all sectors of society.”
Dr WANG Kunhua says the MHA teachers from Flinders University provided excellent professional theory, international vision and practical operational hospital management knowledge that reflects the work he is now engaged in.
“During my studies, I was deeply impressed that the teaching was adapted to national conditions in China, and introduced advanced hospital administration concepts, along with developing trends of international hospital administration.
“Having transnational lectures in the Flinders-Nankai program provided students with exchange opportunities and to study with domestic experts, scholars and managers in the industry. I remain in touch with fellow MHA graduates, because we are still keen to learn from each other and often share the problems we are facing in hospital administration reform.
“By combining theory with practical knowledge, the students’ understanding of professional knowledge is deepened and the learning is put into practice.”
Dr WANG Kunhua made this transition quickly. In the first year after graduating from the MHA program, he was Chief Surgeon focusing on medical treatment but also participating in the management of hospital departments, surgery teaching programs and the hospital’s Research Office.
He soon progressed to serve as Director of Surgery, involved in both teaching and the Research Office, and Dr WANG Kunhua was subsequently elected as the Vice Director for the department of administration, then the Director and now Deputy President of the First People’s Hospital of Yunnan Province. Six years later, he was transferred to the First Affiliated Hospital of the Kunming Medical University, a larger hospital where he was appointed as President.
Since childhood, Dr WANG Kunhua wanted to become a doctor with excellent medical skills to help people and relieve patients’ pain. “Now, I am the manager of a hospital, but the power of one person is small,” he says. “More importantly, I lead a group of medical workers and the power of groups is great, and capable of building a better world. A person can go faster alone, a group of talents can lead you further, but there is no perfect individual, just perfect teams.”
He has ambitious plans to build an Internet hospital that can integrate the needs of Internet information technology, hospital technology and medical services that can connect people in the remote mountain areas of Yunnan to major hospital services.
“Thinking of these plans urges me to rethink what I want to do – to be a good doctor for patients, a good leader for peers, and a good conscience for the medical industry. I can use my strength to relieve pain, lead peers and influence society, but I also want to guide reform and innovation, participate in policy-making and establish a better medical service system to remove disadvantages and promote development.
“Learning is a lifelong continuous process. In the future, I must do a good job in hospital management by leading the way, constantly facing difficulties head on in the wave of medical reform and making innovations to ensure the overall development of the hospital. My studies may have finished, but I need to keep learning and thinking, to become a knowledgeable and moral leader.”
王昆华在努力完成从一名好医生到一名 成熟的医院管理者的转变，在这一转变过 程中，一个受到国际认可的硕士学历至关 重要。
如今，作为昆明医科大学第一附属医院院 长的王昆华表示，他在南开大学-澳大利亚 弗林德斯大学合作办学项目的学习使他的 工作完成了重大转变并踏上成功之路。
“云南比邻缅甸、越南、老挝三个国家，边 境线4060公里，因此,这里在推动医学治 疗，医学教育以及医学研究方面的创新地 位至关重要。”王昆华说道。
“中国在世界上扮演着重要角色，因此，云 南的医院也需要具有国际视野和国际定 位。云南的医院必须辐射更为广泛的地区， 提高人们的健康水平。通过和其他国家医院 的合作，我们能在所有南亚、东南亚等国际 舞台中扩大中国医院和中国医疗的影响。”
毕业后，王昆华非常自豪在他的带领下，昆 明医科大学第一附属医院综合实力不断提 升，成为了中国前百强大型综合医院，以及 西南地区最知名的医院之一。国家卫生健 委员会在昆医附一院设立了一个毒品依赖 和戒治重点实验室。王昆华有幸入选全国 每两年在优秀院长中遴选五个突出贡献奖 获得者。
此外，他还成为了中共云南省委员和政府 的智库成员，为政府出谋划策，在病患治 疗，医院发展及医疗改革方面提供他的专 业意见。
王昆华说，他如今的成就都归功于其所 学。“我一直积极探求医院管理的解决方案，”他说，“所以当我发现南开-弗林德斯 合作办学项目时我很欣慰，因为这个课程 有先进的学习和交换教学模式，能将教学 和研究结合，运用前沿教学资料和先进教 学方法，同时也能在中国的医疗管理行业 培养高水平的英语能力的从业者。”
“该医院管理课程能培养医疗管理领域的 优秀人才。本课程专注于使用高效的教学 方法及当下国际医院管理理论，这一点受 到教育部的高度评价及社会各界的广泛 认可。”
王昆华说，教授医院管理硕士项目的弗林 德斯大学的老师们传授优秀的专业理论， 开拓了国际视野和提供了实践性强的医院 管理运营知识，这些都让他在现在的工作 中受益匪浅。
“在我的求学过程中，对于课程教学符合 中国国情本土化需求给我留下深刻印象， 并且介绍最先进的医院管理理念以及目前 国际上的医院管理的发展趋势。”
“弗林德斯-南开大学项目的国际论坛为 学生提供了出国交换的同时，也获得与国 内专家、学生以及行业管理人员学习的机 会。我和医院管理硕士项目的毕业校友们 保持着紧密的联系，因为我们希望彼此可 以持续进行互相学习，并经常共同探讨在 医院管理改革中所遇到的问题。”
王昆华很快就完成了从医生到管理者的转 变。从医院管理硕士项目毕业后的第一年， 他既是专注于医学治疗的主治医生，同时也参与医院管理，手术教学项目和医院科 研办公室的工作。
他很快晋升成为外科主任，参与教学和科 研办公室工作，随之当选云南省第一人民 医院的副院长，六年后调更大的医院昆明 医科大学第一附属医院担任院长。
从儿时起，王昆华就希望成为一名医术精 湛的医生，帮助他人，减轻病人痛苦。“现在 我是一家医院的管理者，然而一个人的力 量是有限的，”他说道，“更重要的是，我现 在带领着一个医务工作者团队，群体的力 量是巨大的，是能够创造一个更好的世界 的。一个人只能走得快，一群人才可能走得 远，没有完美的个人，只有完美的团队。”
他有一个宏大的计划便是创建一所互联网 医院，将网络信息技术，医院科技和医疗服 务整合在一起，这可以帮助住在云南偏远 山区的人们获得主要医院服务。
思考这些计划激励我不断重新审视我的目 标——成为病人们的好医生，同事的好领 导，学生的好老师。我可以尽我所能，带领 全院职工减轻患者痛苦，在医疗界起示范 作用。同时我也希望能够引领改革、创新， 参与政策制定，建立一个更好的医疗服务 系统，克服困难，促进发展。
“学习是终生事业。今后，我必须做好医院 管理的领头人角色，在医疗改革的大潮中 直面困难，不断创新，以取得医院的全面发 展。我的课程学习可能已经结束了，但是我 还将不断学习和思考，成为一个知识渊博， 品德高尚的领导者。”