China is a country with a long and rich cultural heritage. Wenzhou is a coastal city in the province of Zhejiang. It has a population of approximately 7 million inhabitants and is the third largest city in this province. It is an industrial city. There are about 200 orthopedic surgeons available. Wenzhou Medical College was founded in 1958 and is one of the seven institutions of higher learning in Zhejiang Province. It has six 5-year full-time degree programs (clinical medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmology, & optometry, gynecology & obstetrics, medical Lab science and sanitary lab science) and two 3-year diploma programs (clinical medicine and nursing.) The Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou is a teaching hospital related to the Wenzhou Medical School. The Wenzhou Medical College has a professional staff of 718 engaged in teaching, medical practice and scientific research.
The opportunities to become involved are great. The facilities are modern and well equipped. All aspects of orthopaedic care can be provided. The staff (professors, residents, nurses, and hospital administrators) are very receptive to foreign visitors. The desire to learn and further their expertise is pervasive. The need to train super-specialists in many of the orthopaedic subspecialties is present. The desire to interact on an international basis is present. The ability to reciprocate and offer training to foreign students/residents/staff is present.