The Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU) launched its graduate programs in the 1960s. During the period between 1962 and 1965, 32 graduate students were trained. After the restoration of China's graduate education in 1978 following a 12-year break, FMMU was one of the first national universities authorized to confer doctoral and master's degrees. Since 1998, it has been among the first to offer MD (Doctor of Medicine), MM (Master of Medicine), SMD (Doctor of Stomatological Medicine), SMM (Master of Stomatological Medicine) and MPH (Master of Public Health) programs in China. With the approval of the Ministry of Education and the Headquarters of General Staff, the Graduate School was founded in 2000 and was accredited by the Ministry of Education in 2004.
The university confers doctoral degrees in six Level I academic disciplines (biology, preclinical medicine, clinical medicine, stomatology, biomedical engineering and public health and preventive medicine) and 45 Level II academic disciplines, and master's degrees in 63 disciplines. There are 7 research centers that offer post-doctoral fellowships. Among the qualified faculty staff, 171 are full graduate faculty members and 308 are associate graduate faculty members. By the end of 2007, more than 8,000 graduates including 2,700 doctoral candidates had been enrolled and 5,118 had received their degrees. FMMU Graduate School, as an important center for training high-level medical personnel in China, has made great contribution in medical research and health services.
During the past 30 years, many attempts have been made to ensure the quality of the graduate education and its internationalization, including the introduction of the quality control system and the establishment of the academic committee on graduate education. In addition, the strict thesis evaluation criteria and the effective thesis rewarding system have ensured the production of quality theses. The number of published papers in SCI-indexed journals is 1.17 per head among class 2008 doctoral candidates with the average impact factor up to 2.4. Four theses have won the prize of National Outstanding Doctoral Thesis and seven have won the prize of Military Outstanding Doctoral Thesis and twelve of Military Outstanding Master's Thesis.
Looking ahead, the Graduate School will take greater stride in improving the graduate education and training high-level medical personnel.
Training Division, The Graduate School, FMMU