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Kaohsiung Medical University Down-Town Campus

Welcome to Kaohsiung Medical University, Post Baccalaureate Medicine!

Kaohsiung Medical University

Dr. Tu Tsung-Ming

Kaohsiung Medical College (KMC) was established in 1954 by the former Mayor of Kaohsiung City, Frank C. Chen, and Dr. Tu Tsung-Ming, the first Ph.D. of Medical Sciences of Taiwan.[2] At the time of Kaohsiung Medical College's establishment, the college was the first private institution of its kind in Southern Taiwan. Dr. Tu, the founding Principal of KMC dedicated his life to fulfilling his teaching philosophy: "Embrace the Joy of Learning, Know the Cruciality of Research", and "Advance with Unwavering Resolution, Honour the Pursuit of Knowledge, Consecrate to the bettering of the World."

The college hospital, the "Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital", was founded three years after the establisment of KMC in June 1957. "Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital" is the largest medical center in southern Taiwan, and serves as a first-rate teaching hospital with exceptional medical health services.

"Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital" has the three-pronged mission of educating students, advancing medical researches and provide medical services, which are all represented in the school emblem. In 1998, KMC, in agreement with the Kaohsiung Municipal Government, acquired an additional teaching hospital, the Hsiao-kang Hospital, which further strengthened KMC's capability in training superior medical professionals and providing outstanding medical services. Kaohsiung Medical College was re-shaped into the "Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU)" in August 1999 with the permission of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.

KMU School Emblem


KMU is associated with eleven major research centers and networks, and is engaged in an extensive array of research partnerships with other universities, government and industry in Taiwan and other countries. The "MedicoGenomic Research Center" of Kaohsiung Medical University has successfully developed colorectal cancer diagnostic chip colorectal cancer and determined molecular markers for tumor (including both DNA and RNA markers) which can be used either in the laboratory or clinical tests. The "Functional Proteomics Research Center" is performing systematic research on cellular proteins' types , functions, differences in expression, and modification after translation. The "Chinese Herbal Medicine and New Drug Research Center" is devising new drug models for herbal medicines and developing herbal prescriptions that meet international standards.


Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) has upheld a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. In the 2007-2008 school year, KMU offered over 36 academic programs in six faculties. The university also offers over 13 doctoral and master's graduate degree programs. Up to 35 million NT dollars of scholarships and student grants are offered each year. KMU is currently the only Medical Academic Institution offering graduate-entry medical programs in Taiwan (the Faculty of Post-Bachelor Degree of Medicine), an admission system based on North American medical institutes.

About Kaohsiung Medical University Post-Bachelor/Post-Baccalaureate Degree of Medicine Program

Taiwan HSR to Kaohsiung City

KMU’s Faculty of Post-Bachelor Degree of Medicine has a tradition of excellence. Established in the spring of 1983, the program enrols applicants with recognized undergraduate/bachelor degrees. Admission into the program is based solely on the two-staged PBD Medicine Entrance Examination (consisting of a part one written exam and part two interview), which takes place annually in June. Subjects of written examination include English, Biology and Organic Chemistry. Enrolment into the program is highly competitive with admission rate of 2008 approximately 4.16%.The faculty currently enrols 263 students.

The mission of the Faculty is to fully tap the potentials of the members and trainees of the Faculty, so as to provide exemplary, scientifically based health services. The Faculty’s research programs are to contribute to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of health and disease and develop and evaluate clinical interventions to address health care needs. The researches emphasize collaboration between basic and clinical sciences, and between members of the Faculty and researchers in other disciplines. The health-care professionals graduated and trained from the Faculty are to be well-prepared to address the present and future health needs of the Taiwanese population and serve as the cornerstones for the ever-advancing medical discipline. The health-care professionals are to exhibit ethical behaviour and compassion in dealing with patients, restraint in using health resources, and an inquiring attitude towards the mechanisms of health and disease.

The Faculty recognizes that the medical discipline is an amalgam of science and art, so to fully explore the maximum potential of the members of the Faculty, KMU offers a great variety of clubs and services that allows the stimulation and establishment of professionalism and humanitarianism.

Post-Bachelor Degree of Medicine is a 5-year program, taught predominately in the official language of Taiwan, Mandarin, with approximately 30% or less of the curriculum taught in English. The program consists of 2-year Pre-clerkship (71 Credits), 2-year Clerkship, and 1-year Internship. Pre-clerkship consists of 15 Integrated Blocks and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is the basic learning strategy in the curriculum supplemented by didactic lectures, laboratory sessions, clinical skill seminars, and self-learning/research. PBL is designed to serve as a bridge between basic and clinical medicine the faculty members and trainees, and composes of approximately 10% of the total curriculum. Individual and Population Health, Ethical Practices, and related issues are integrated into and emphasized, where appropriate, in all phases of the pre-clerkship. Each block consists of two semesters each with at least one mid-term written examination and ends with a final examination that concludes each semester of a block.

About the University Hospital

KMU Campus & Hospital

Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, also known as Kaohsiung Medical University Hospitalis a teaching hospital in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. It was established in June 16, 1957 to provide clinical training, health care and medical treatment, and facilitate medical research and development.

Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital is located at the corner of Tong-Meng 1st Street and Zi-You 1st Street and consists of 1626 beds and 12 departments. The KMU Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, a pioneer hospital in Southern Taiwan, offers general medical care as well as a wide range of highly specialized services and innovative care. KMU Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital is a part of the Kaohsiung Medical University Medical Center network of teaching hospitals associated with the Kaohsiung Medical University. KMU Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital has been designated by the Taiwan government a High Quality Cancer Therapy Center in 2010.Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital boasts eight specialty centers, including craniofacial reconstruction, total joint replacement, cardiovascular intervention, cardiac surgery, and dental implantation.

The Mission:

Teach - Provide Medical Education & Student Practice

Research - Provide Medical / Relative Subject Research & Development

Serve - Provide Disease Diagnose / Treatment & Health maintenance

Why Kaohsiung Medical University

Teaching is an integral part of our mission statement. Our professors recognize teaching as an important part of their duty as doctors. So, come here, and you'll find great doctors with a passion for teaching.

The university and hospital are located within an easy distance of the MRT (subway) and the train station. Let Kaohsiung Medical University be your first stop in exploring Southern Taiwan!


Exchange Programs

Professional Exchange

Departments Available
4-week course: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Neurology, Dentistry, Traditional Chinese Medicine
2-week course: Pediatrics, Orthopedic Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Anesthesiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational Disease, Pathology

Preferred time for elective course: (1)From mid September to mid January; (2)From late February to mid June

Research Exchange

Accommodation and Boarding


On-campus housing is available for exchange students with the goal of offering students a safe and comfortable learning environment. KMU has three dormitories, the New Dorm, the South Dorm and the North Dorm, all are within 5 minutes walking distance to the hospital. Each building is equipped with 24-hour security, laundry facility, water fountains, air-conditioning and internet. KMU offers a four-person suite. Common areas include audio-visual rooms, lounges, study areas, and laundries.

Boarding: Instead of one meal per day, exchange students will be provided with lunch money per work day.

places to eat & drink

Shang-He Specialty Coffee Shop
KMU Campus

The basement of the University Hospital offers a newly renovated food court with a delicious selection of light lunches and Taiwan's ever-popular snacks.

The outdoor cafe on campus is also a lovely place to relax in Kaohsiung's beautiful weather and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Social Life

Exchange students will be exploring the areas around KMU campus to get a feel of life as a KMU student. There will also be opportunities to learn about and experience southern Taiwan's unique culture and heritage.
Shrimp Fishing

An assortment of activities such as karaoke, shrimp-fishing, and trips to the night market is available at the exchange student's choosing.

LiuHo Night Market

your daily needs

Watsons (drugstore) and Carrefour (supermarket) are right across from the hospital, so if you don't want to lug heavy bottles of shampoo/ conditioner/ toner/ suncreen etc., you can buy them when you get here very easily.

places to visit

Ciaotou Sugar Refinery

The Ciatou Sugar Refinery was Taiwan's first sugar refinery. With the relocation of Taiwan Sugar to other sites, the Ciaotou refinery has now been made into a museum of Taiwan's sugar industry. The park features not only the old refinery with its railroads and trains but also charming heritage buildings with displays of antique instruments and office equipment. Taiwan's history of the 1950s come alive as you bike down the winding roads amidst shady trees and Japanese-style bungalows. Visitors also often stop here to taste some of Taiwan Sugar's famous ice cream.

Dream Mall

Dream mall

Dream Mall is where the avid shopper's dreams are made reality. The largest shopping mall in Taiwan and the second largest in Southeast Asia, the Dream Mall offers hundreds of shops spread over 11 sprawling levels. You'll even find an amusement park on the rooftop. Here at the Cinemark movie theatre, you can also enjoy the the latest box office hits with all the comforts of a big screen and surround sound. The famous Dream Mall Hello Kitty ferris wheel stands at 102.5m offering shoppers a magnificent view of Kaohsiung City.

Local Transportation

Kaohsiung Medical University is located at: 807高雄市三民區十全一路100號.
100,Shih-Chuan 1st Road,Kaohsiung,80708,Taiwan.

The Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit offers a fast and inexpensive way to get around the city. Most tourist sites and shopping areas are accessible by MRT. Taxis also provide convenient transportation. You can flag them down on the street or call the local taxi company. Taxis in Kaohsiung are always metered , with the base rate at NT$85.

How to get to KMU from the airport

Taiwan HSR to Kaohsiung City
Public Transit MRT to KMU

If you are arriving at the Kaohsiung Hsiaokang Airport, the campus is just a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport. If you are arriving at the Taoyuan International Airport, take the High Speed Rail southbound from the Taoyuan airport to Zuoying and then take the Kaohsiung MRT Red Line from Zuoying to Houyi.

High Speed Rail

KMU is located about 20 minute drive from the Zuoying High Speed Rail station.


KMU is located about two blocks from the Houyi MRT station on the Red Line. MRT shuttle service is available between the MRT station and the Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital on KMU campus.

Local Exchange Team

Our members of the professional exchange team:

Kathy Feng
Shotaro Masaharu


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