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Leading the Way

Yonsei explores the future of medicine in Korea.

By serving people with love, Yonsei University College of Medicine has led the field of medicine in Korea through research and education. Leading the Way – This is the motto of Yonsei University College of Medicine.

Leading the History

Our mission is to free people from disease with God’s love.
This is our heart, the heart that has led the development of medicine in Korea.

June 3, 1908
The first graduating class of Yonsei Medical School was issued Korea’s first medical licenses – numbers 1 to 7.
These 7 Yonsei Medical School graduates paved the way for medicine in Korea.
It took 20 years of hard work to accomplish this historic feat.
In 1885, American missionary worker Dr. Horace N. Allen opened the first modern hospital in the nation – Gwanghyewon.
At Chejungwon Medical School, which opened the following year, Allen began teaching Western medicine for the first time in Korea to 16 students.
Chejungwon Medical School encountered administrative difficulties after Allen left. Dr. Oliver R. Avison took control of Chejungwon in 1893 and reestablished management.
Avison developed a medical education curriculum and translated and published many medical textbooks in the Korean language. Furthermore, he built a new hospital in 1904 thanks to a generous donation from American philanthropist Louis Severance.
Avison gave his students the knowledge and ability required to treat patients with God’s love.
In 1908, he trained Korea’s first 7 doctors.
Even under Japanese occupation and the process of modernization, Yonsei University College of Medicine has overcome numerous hardships. By implementing the medical curriculum at an institute of higher education, it became the cornerstone of what Yonsei University is today.
Allen planted the seed of medical education in korea, and the first graduates opened the new era of Western medicine. Their spirits have become our tradition, the driving force behind medicine in Korea, and they laid the foundation for Yonsei University College of Medicine to become the best medical school in the nation.

Leading Change

Being a leader means constantly changing. Yonsei University College of Medicine is leading change with objective reasoning and commitment.



The ability of Yonsei students –leaders of change – has pushed Korea’s medical society forward with advanced educational philosophies and research.
With an open curriculum that teaches the precious value of life, Yonsei University College of Medicine teaches medical researchers how make their own decisions and pursue learning.
Through specialized practical training courses, the College encourages students to participate in clinical training and research activities at outstanding institutions in Korea and overseas as well as experience various social events, volunteer as medical staff, and join international medical organizations.
This teaches student about social responsibility and how to become leaders of medicine in Korea and the world.
The New Severance Hospital, which opened in May 2005, boasts Korea’s largest medical center and most advanced systems and serves as an arena of education and research for Yonsei University College of Medicine students.
The state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities allow physicians to provide better care for patients and improve medical education and research.



R&D is vital for the advancement of medicine.
Since the beginning of medical research by the establishment of the Chejungwon Research Division in Korea in 1914, Yonsei University College of Medicine has nurtured many students who have gone on to conduct world-leading research, such as the first scientist of Korea, Chang-sae Kim, in 1925; Bong-hak Hyun, the “Schindler of Korea” who wrote a hematology textbook in the United States, and dedicated himself to helping North Koreans; and world-class cancer researcher Wan-ki Hong, who served as chairman of the American Cancer Society.
Today’s researchers are dreaming of a better tomorrow and leading the future with endless dedication.

Leading the World

With more than 100 years of experience and the best medical technologies, Yonsei University College of Medicine will lead the world.
The love that Yonsei University College of Medicine students show extends across the nation and into the world. In addition to medical missionary work in countries with less developed medicine such as Mongolia, Nepal, and Cambodia to supporting refugees in Kosovo, and volunteering as medical staff in Iraq, students are ready to travel to any part of the world where medical help is needed.
The Yonsei Goodwill Hospital, built in Mongolia in 1993, provides research support, medical training, and scholarships to Mongolian students.
On top of its already notable history, Yonsei University College of Medicine is preparing to reach even greater heights in the next 100 years.
Working with some of the world’s-leading universities, such as Washington University School of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Johns Hopkins University, and Keio University School of Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine is becoming a world-class medical school.
Securing global competitiveness by concentrating on developing advanced diagnosis methods and research, Yonsei University College of Medicine will be recognized as a true global leader.
The College of Medicine’s history of being “The First and the Best” is just the beginning of what it will accomplish in the future. Yonsei University College of Medicine has begun its flight toward becoming the world leader in medicine.
Yonsei University College of Medicine protects the people’s happiness by promoting a healthy lifestyle, and conquering disease with the help of God.

# History

April 10, 1884 – Establishment of Gwanghyewon (Chejungwon)
March 29, 1886 – Foundation of Chejungwon Medical School, medical education in Korea begins
Sept. 23, 1904 – Foundation of Severance Hospital
June 1908 – First graduating class (7 students) issued first medical licenses in Korea
July 1909 – Renamed as Severance School of Medicine
1922 – Renamed as Severance Union Medical School
1946 – Development of 6-year curriculum, Department of Medicine admits students
1947 – Raised to Severance University Medical School
Jan. 5, 1959 - Merger of Chosun Christian University with Severance University Medical School to form Yonsei University
Aug. 1, 1962 – Relocation to Shinchon campus, expanded to Yonsei Medical Center
Jan. 13, 1978 – Foundation of College of Medicine at Wonju campus
2005 – Opening of New Severance Hospital

 

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