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The history of the Yonsei University College of Medicine starts from the opening of “Kwanghyewon” in 1885. Kwanghyewon was established to provide western-style medical treatment to the people of Chosun (Korea’s former name) suffering from disease, as well as to serve as a teaching facility for its youth to learn western medicine and sanitary science. Then in 1886, the Chejungwon Medical School was established and formalized medical education began. As Korea’s first institution of western medicine, our College of Medicine has been a leader in medicine here for the past 120 years.
With pride in our roots, we are now preparing to make another 120 years of history by putting our College of Medicine on the world stage. I am confident that we can achieve this goal through our excellent faculty, students and academic traditions.
In order to create a leading medical college, we are striving to provide an environment where researchers can passionately achieve their greatest potential. In addition, to further develop our education and research potential, we will expand the college’s essential support functions, as well as distribute and apply resources in the most efficient manner.
Ultimately, it is our goal to increase the level of medical education and services in order to become a hub medical institution in the world. We will do this by identifying the most capable individuals at our institution, supporting research and continuing our efforts to lead the way in the latest methods in clinical treatment.
Thank you for your continued support of our College of Medicine.
Joo-Heon Yoon, M.D., Ph.D
Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Director, Research Center for Human Natural Defense System
YONSEI UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE