People to People
Citizen Ambassador Programs
October 8, 2009
I am writing to inform you of an exciting international program this spring. I am honored to have been selected by Dean Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, to lead a delegation of University of California, Davis School of Medicine Faculty and Alumni to China in conjunction with People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs. As you may know, People-to-People foster one-on-one dialogue with our overseas counterparts to continue the tradition of professional diplomacy first set forth by President Eisenhower in 1956. This delegation will visit China in May 2010. I invite you to join me in this important international exchange because I believe you would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience.
For those of you who do not know me personally, I have been on faculty in the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, as a Professor of Surgery since July 2007. I am a native Chinese Mandarin speaker and very familiar with Chinese culture and customs. I have been to China many times and personally know many Chinese physicians in my specialty and others in China. I have led similar delegations to China over the past few years and have been working with my Chinese colleagues on a number of issues on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Just last year, I organized a world congress of plastic surgery in China. With my vast experience and expertise for this particular type of international program, I will make sure that the program to China will be a once-in-a-life time experience for you and that it will have a profound impact on your professional career in the years to come.
The global economy has made the world more intertwined, rousing the United States to be prepared for health care reform and collaborations with Chinese colleagues for advancing medical knowledge. China provides a unique opportunity to challenge our views on health care, patient’s resources, and technological advancement, and perhaps bring new perspectives as we lead change. As health care providers, we need to be aware of differing cultural beliefs and values and how our Chinese colleagues open new approaches to health care, innovative medical or surgical treatments, and resource limitations. Through the eyes of our Chinese colleagues, we will learn how Chinese patients are treated in each medical specialty, examine how research and new technologies are viewed and financed within their health care systems, and find out about the current state of their medical technology, including what is being done to advance the field of medicine in each specialty. In addition, we will also find out how they train their future generation of physicians and look for opportunities for potential future collaborations between hospitals or medical schools.
People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs will apply for continuing medical education credits for all qualifying educational activities. Delegations are generally granted 10-20 hours of continuing education credit. The number of credits granted (based on itinerary) will be confirmed prior to the time of travel.
Our delegation will depart for China from San Francisco on May 11, 2010. Following our professional and cultural program in Beijing, we will travel to Guilin and then Shanghai for further professional and cultural exchange. While in both Beijing and Shanghai, we will visit a major teaching hospital affiliated with a well-known Chinese medical school in the country. In Guilin, we will visit a local hospital for a different professional exchange. For cultural exchange, we will have ample opportunity to see many of the famous sites representing both old and new China. Please keep in mind that the spring is perhaps the best time to visit China. You will enjoy not only the post-Olympic spirit, but also pleasant weather while in Beijing, Guilin and Shanghai. While in Shanghai, we will also be able to attend an event of Expo 2010 Shanghai. We will arrive back in the United States on May 22.
I encourage you to invite a travel companion to share this unique experience with you. A parallel program focused on the culture of China will be arranged for your accompanying guest while you attend the professional sessions. Activities for guests will include visits to many other historical and cultural sites for an opportunity to explore many aspects of Chinese life, culture and customs.
As People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is a private-citizen effort, delegates are responsible for their own program costs. The estimated cost per delegate or guest is $5995 USD (departing from and returning to San Francisco). This includes round-trip airfare from the departure city, group transportation, meetings and cultural activities, accommodations, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation.
You may enroll now for the delegation via phone or online at www.peopletopeople.com/citizenapply. Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, I ask that you respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, you may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. If you have questions regarding the delegation or would like to apply by phone, I encourage you to contact your program representative at People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs, Gina Schumacher, at 877-787-2000, ext. 7920 or 509-568-7920. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the fax number is 877-676-5844.
I am honored to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope you will strongly consider participating in the delegation. In the meantime, please feel free to contact People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs or me with any questions.
Lee L.Q. Pu, M.D., PhD, F.A.C.S.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery
University of California, Davis
UC Davis Health System