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[Comment] Pursuing excellence in graduate medical education in China

Unquestionably, one of China’s primary challenges in health-care reform is improving the quality of clinical services.1 Patients who seek quality of care bypass poorly staffed primary care facilities for long waits in congested hospitals. Unsatisfactory quality of care is a major source of conflict between patients and doctors. Health inequity in China is due less to a shortage of health-care workers and more to abundant yet poorly educated service providers, especially in rural areas. That is why seven Chinese Government ministries in 2013 jointly launched the Standardized Residency Training (SRT) programme, which consists of 3 years of residency training after 5 years of medical school.

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