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Establishing Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as a Subspecialty in ChinaPulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in China: Joint Statement of the Chinese Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians

Renli Qiao, MD, PhD, FCCP; Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP; Rongchang Chen, MD, FCCP; Sinan Wu, MD; Darcy Marciniuk, MD, FCCP; Chen Wang, MD, PhD, FCCP on behalf of the CTS-ACCP Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Workgroup*
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From the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Qiao), Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; the American College of Chest Physicians (Drs Rosen and Marciniuk), Northbrook, IL; Department of Medicine (Dr Rosen), Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY; the Department of Clinical Medicine (Dr Chen), First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical College, Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Guangzhou, China; Beijing Hospital (Dr Wu), Ministry of Health, Beijing, China; the Division of Respirology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (Dr Marciniuk), University of Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada; and the Chinese Thoracic Society (Dr Wang), Beijing Hospital, Ministry of Health, Beijing Institute of Respiratory Medicine, National Clinical Research Centre for Respiratory Medicine, Beijing, China.

Correspondence to: Chen Wang, MD, PhD, FCCP, Beijing Hospital, Ministry of Health, Beijing Institute of Respiratory Medicine, Beijing Key Laboratory of Respiratory and Pulmonary Circulation Disorders, National Clinical Research Centre for Respiratory Medicine, No 1 DaHua Rd, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100730, China; e-mail: cyh-birm@263.net


*Members of the CTS-ACCP Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Workgroup are listed in e-Appendix 1.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2014;145(1):27-29. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2082
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This commentary heralds the recognition in China of a new subspecialty, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and the first national fellowship training pathway in any medical specialty. Because of striking environmental health-care similarities that existed in the United States, the Chinese medical community decided to model the specialty after that in the United States. Because of its expertise in educating pulmonary and critical care physicians in the United States, the American College of Chest Physicians was chosen by the Chinese Thoracic Society, with the approval of the Chinese government, to help with the transformation of this new specialty. A work group representing the two societies is collaborating to reorganize ICUs within a select group of large teaching hospitals in China and to introduce standardized and rigorous training in pulmonary and critical care medicine as a national program.


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