Exchange report - incoming teachers
Home university: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Study programme: Medicine
Exchange programme: Linnaeus-Palme
Semester: Spring semester 2015/2016
Duration: 30


The accommodation arranged for me is actually better than I thought. Nearly everything I need for living is available in the apartment, clean and organized. Although the rent of living is a bit of higher than I thought, it is reasonable regarding to current accommodation situation in Stockholm. So far, I am very satisfied with the accommodation in Stockholm and thus do not have any suggestion or advice for housing issue.

Language and Culture

In most of this course, English was used. But in clinical practice, Swedish was mostly used because of a better communication with patients. Thanks to the students, they made a wonderful translation for me in clinical cases.

There are some interesting findings regarding to neurologist in Sweden. Apart from their clinical diangosis and management, Swedish doctors need to consider the religious issue before they start to give their therapy. They also should figure out whether the patients need any other help such as social worker and make some arrangment if needed. They usually see less patients in out-patients department than we do in Shanghai, take care of patients more dedicately than we do.

Leisure time

There are a lot of museums in Stockholm and I visited some of them. When the whether was nice, view beside the lake was also beautiful. Swedish people are nice and well-educated. I have been lost several times but Swedish people helped me to get back home even my English is poor. The view in Djurgarden is excellent and I loved walking there when I was not occupied.


I think this teacher exchange programme has provided me an opportunity to get to know a different way to teach, a diffent way to learn. That is probably the most important issue for a better medical education in our medical school.

Other activities

I also made Contact with a clinical pharmacologist and two students for advices for their exchange programme to Shanghai Jiao Tong University. And I discussed with Dr. Fink for future collaboration and cooperation in neurology education between KI and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I applied for a new neuroimmunology course in our medical school and invited Dr. Fink to give an online lecture if my application is accepted.


I am a neurologist in Rui Jin hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In August of 2015, Dr. Katarina Fink from KI visited our department for teacher exchange in Neurology. We shared some experiences of Neurology teaching and Dr. Katarina Fink gave students a wonderful lecture. And we also established a bond between KI and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Neurology teaching. That is the way how I get to know this teacher exchange programme.

For preparing my visit to KI, I practiced English for a period of time. Unfortunately, I did not learn some Swedish. I also prepared some lectures on Neurology. Thanks to Ms. Anna Dahlerus and Dr. Fink, I got to know some useful links for online registration for teacher exchange, accomodation, airline ticket, life in Sweden and so on.


Through this teacher exchange programme, I have changed my view of neurology teaching to some extent. Firstly, we can join the clinical neurology and basic neuroscience into one course. By doing it this way, students may understand that both parts interplay with eachother and are equally important for better management of patients. Secondly, we can includ some clinical skills training into our course to give students opportunity for clinical practices and to get more prepared for their future career. Thirdly, we can provid students more flexible testing options and thus students can give their own opinions and this might be a good way to evaluate students in a reasonable way. 


In this teaching exchange, I participated in a programme for neuroimmunology which lasted for about 4 weeks. This course covers all issues in neuroimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, NMO, GBS or MS.

Comparing to our neurology course in Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, this neuroimmunology course is more specialized in certain group of neurological diseases. And it was taught by many experts in this area, from clinical doctors and basic science professors. It is a good way for the students to get an overview of the similarity and difference between these diseases. In addition, this course offered clinical skill training such as EDSS scoring which is very useful for students to get prepared for clinical work. New ideas and upcoming  treatment was discussed in this course as well.

In our medical school, we teach neurology course just one disease by another. So it is probably not good for students to understand some common view of a speical group of disease, such as neuroimmune related disease. We teach mainly based on an official teaching book which is published some years ago. There is probably a gap between what student learnt and what is actually going on in current clinics. And we lack some important clinical skill training in our course.

Regarding to examination, this course provided different kinds of tests, from MCQ to oral test. Students are more encouraged to give their own opinions in the oral test which I think is quiet good. However, we have only MCQ test.

Teaching hours

The amount of teaching hours is about 30 hours per week, from 9am to 4pm. About 50% are lessons and 50% are PBL or patient-based clinical practicing. I also took part in some lectures (about 6 hours) in KI for education.