By Li Yin, RT Hui Wen, RT Xiao-Tong Han, MD Chia-Chen Chu, RRT, FAARC
The one-month long Respiratory Therapists Training Class was sponsored by Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital for the 9th consecutive year. The length, intensive instruction and high quality of this Course attracted a class of more than 80 students from a number of surrounding cities in Hunan Province. The 2015 training class began on August 24th swill run for a month and conclude with final examinations and program evaluations on September 25th.
In 2007 Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital partnered with Canada Thomson University and successfully organized the next five respiratory therapy training classes. In 2010 due to the high quality of the program the Health Department of Hunan Province recognized the hospital/university partnership as a “Respiratory Therapists Training Base”. This was the first respiratory therapists training base in Hunan, China.
For the first time in 2012, the sixth Respiratory Therapists Training Class applied to the International Education Recognition System (IERS) for recognition and approval. The program met the organization’s guidelines for quality international seminars and was formally approved as an IERS Level II program. Dr. Han, Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy, explained the significance and importance of IERS Approval: “We are pleased that our Seminar is approved by IERS as the guidelines have been developed and approved by the International Council for Respiratory Care (ICRC), and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) recognizes the quality of international educational programs which meet or exceed IERS guidelines.”
Since 2012, the training classes offered by the Respiratory Therapy Department of Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital have been approved by IERS. The Faculty of the programs has been comprised of highly respected and honored professors, therapists and nurses from China and Taiwan as well as faculty from the US. The courses include theory courses, labs and clinical practices, which can help the students to have a firm grasp of the respiratory therapy professional practice.
At the completion the 2015 Respiratory Therapy Training Class almost 800 students will have been successfully trained in RT. Many of the students have been doctors, nurses and others from medical colleges and universities. The program sponsors at Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital hope with the teamwork efforts for the training program, there will be more and more graduates from the class to join the Respiratory Therapist team in China.