The Department of Laboratory Medicine has a long history (established in 1927). It was stopped in the 1950s and was renewed in 1987. In December 2002 it was restructured in West China Hospital of Sichuan University. It is the first laboratory department in China to have clinical doctors working as a chief of different laboratories including Clinical hematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacology and Transfusion. The Department offers the largest variety of teaching, research and testing program among all hospital laboratory departments in China. It is the key subject of Sichuan province that provides Medical bachelor’s degree courses, Master’s degree and PhD courses. Numerous distinguished faculties have been the officers of national and regional scientific and professional societies, and some have been the chief editors, associated editors, or co-editors of professional journals and of all laboratory medical textbooks in China.
The Department has six teaching and research groups. There are four Professors and ten associated Professors. This is a typical Clinical and Teaching merged department model. All the teachers come from clinical laboratory. So they have not only theoretical knowledge, but also rich clinical experience. This Department has been getting three China Medical Board (CMB) project founding since 1992. There are broad and active collaboration with experts in America, England, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong area. Many teachers have been trained in American and England. The department`s laboratories are equipped very well for students` practice and the clinic work. Now the faculty does everything according to CAP (Clinic American Pathology) criterion and hopes to be certificated by CAP in near future.