The Medical College of Soochow University is currently located on the eastern shore of the scenic Dushu Lake in the Suzhou Industrial Park.
SUMC has a long and proud history, which can be traced back to 1912 when Nantong Medical Academy was established under the leadership of Mr. Jian Zhang, a renowned educator who made a significant contribution to the industrialization and education of modern China. Nantong Medical Academy was later renamed as School of Medicine, Nantong University. In 1957, Nantong Medical College was relocated to Suzhou, renamed as Suzhou Medical College, and was directly administered by the Ministry of Nuclear Industry. In 2000, it became Suzhou Medical College, Soochow University. In 2008, the medical school was renamed as Soochow University Medical College (SUMC).
Of the affiliated hospitals of SUMC, one was formerly known as Boxi Hospital established in 1883. The undergraduate life science education program of SUMC can be traced back to the Department of Biological Sciences at Soochow University established in 1901 and the Suzhou Sericulture Technical College established in 1911.
As one of the oldest medical colleges in China, SUMC was among the first ones to be granted the right to confer doctoral degrees. Through the efforts of generations of dedicated educators, SUMC has developed into a comprehensive medical college. Today, SUMC is known to have educated thousands of professionals in medicine and biological sciences, notwithstanding the fact that it has also produced a significant number of renowned scholars in biomedical sciences and medicine. SUMC constantly assesses its educational outcomes, refocuses its educational goals and emphasizes integrating theory with applications in teaching and learning.
Today, SUMC has a world-wide community of distinguished alumni. By relying on its cultural tradition and education philosophy, SUMC will continue to develop innovative disciplines, and world-class scientific research enterprises to maintain its excellence in medical education and research.