The Seoul National University College of Medicine has been the nation’s best institution for medical education, research, and clinical performance since its establishment 60 years ago. The talented students who came to SNU College of Medicine passionately absorbed the knowledge and experience with full commitment as a doctor and researcher who deals with the quality of human lives, and the graduates who have gone through the scholastically-dedicated teachings and trainings are proving as the leaders of the society in such diverse fields as medical education, research, treatment, and health administration. The teaching staffs and research teams of this school are not only playing the leading roles for the medical advancement but also showing outstanding capabilities in global academic activities. They are also dutifully serving the community through working at the Seoul National University Hospital, which is the central medical institute of Korea, Bundang Hospital, and Boramae Hospital. On such firm, comprehensive academic basis encompassing education, research, treatment, and community service, the SNU College of Medicine is aiming at becoming the globally renowned medical center for advanced research and education for human life in the 21st century.
From the first graduates in 1947 to the 64th graduates in 2010, there has been a total of 9,658 (1,211 women and 8,447 men) graduates among whom were 4,780 (860 women & 3,920 men) masters and 4,115 (587 women & 3,528 men) doctors.
At present, April 2010, SNU College of Medicine has one department only; the medical department, which comprises of 34 basic medical science courses such as anatomy course, 4 newly created majors, 4 interdisciplinary courses, 3 legal laboratories including the Liver Research Institute, Cancer Research Institute, and Aging and Apoptosis Research Institute, and the directly affiliated Medical Research Center consisting of 20 research institutes including the Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Population. the organization of the academic administration is as follows: the Dean, three Associate Deans in charge of academic, student, and research affairs, the Associate Dean of planning and coordination, 10 Assistant Deans supporting the Associate Deans, the Director of General affairs, Administration Offices for education, research, general affairs, and supporting facilities, which include the Medical Library, Dormitory, Experimental Animal Laboratory, clinical Trials Center, and Workshop. The Council and Advisory Organization comprises of seven permanent and eleven steering committees.
The undergraduate course consists of basic medical science courses and clinical science courses. The first and second year students must fulfill 42 credits by taking basic medical science courses including Anatomy and Physiology as well as thirteen integrated courses such as Immunology in order for them to understand the deep connection between the basic medical science research and the clinical one. The third and fourth year students who must fulfill 75 credits and take at least 27 courses including Internal Medicine and Clinical Training are required to participate in 453 hours of lectures and 2,099 hours of clinical trainings. Once the clinical trainings are completed, the students are evaluated on their competence and performance by the general clinical medicine test and the clinical performance evaluation test. Since 2003, a new curriculum has been introduced in an effort to reflect the changes in academic and social environment on education. The graduate course consists of 38 specialized courses from the Department of Medicine and one comprehensive course as well as four interdisciplinary courses from the Department of Medical Science. Besides taking the courses required by his or her chosen major, the graduate students are required to take other major courses as well in order for them to acquire more extensive knowledge and research methods. The graduate course is open to students from outside the College of Medicine and these students must take the basic medical science courses so that they can execute their academic tasks with greater ease.
Students continuously cultivate their character and knowledge through various extracurricular activities. The student council provides forty one different activities encompassing clinical performance, art performance, humanities, culture, and sports. The student community service, which has a long history, not only provides practical help to the residents, but also is an important part of the overall training of the students in becoming a high quality doctors.
At present, April 2010, the SNU College of Medicine has 276 full time professors (230 professors, 35 associate professors, 11 assistant professors, and no full time lecturers) and 211 fund professors (30 professors, 122 associate professors, 58 assistant professors, and 1 full-time lecturer). In addition, there are 84 staffs (26 general, 26 technical, 2 security, 7 supporting, 23 indirect fund research staffs) as well as 23 full time research assistants. The total number of students is 1,315, which includes 478 for undergraduate, 352 for master’s, 338 for doctor’s, and 33 for master-doctor integrated degrees.
Dividing the facilities of SNU College of Medicine into those of the land and of the buildings, the land facility occupies 98,785m2, of which 14,009m2 is for the Administration and Research Buildings, 8,902.69m2 for the Medical Library and Clinical Trials Center, 6,769m2 for the undergraduate dormitory, 6,822.64m2 for the graduate dormitory, 3,420.93m2 for the Hamchun Hall, 10,506m2 for the Biomedical Building, 3,109m2 for Special Bioresource Research center, and 866.17m2 for Building 17. The ledger price of the land is close to 2,639 hundred million won (1,651 hundred million for the land and 988 hundred million for the buildings).
Financially, the total annual expenditure of SNU College of Medicine in 2009 was 9,004 million won including the general accounting fee and the school supporting association fee. The general accounting fee was 4,202 million won, of which 558 million won (13.3%) for the personnel, 2,834 million won (67.4%) was for management, and 810 million won (19.3%) for capital expenditure. The school supporting association fee was 4,802 million won, of which 3,441 million (71.7%) won for management, and 1,361 million won (28.3%) for capital expenditure.