Global Top Medical School

SKKU School of Medicine was established in 1997, 1 year after officially receiving the approval of opening the School of Medicine from the Ministry of Education in 1996. SKKU School of Medicine aims to educate globally talented Medical Scientists who carries the value of Humanity, Righteousness, Wisdom and Propriety.

The support from world-renowned SAMSUNG group has made this dream possible, and SKKU School of Medicine currently recruits the top-tier students from Korean high school graduates. SKKU School of Medicine provides variety of courses from world-class faculty members who apply the latest teaching methods to enhance the competence of our students. The students go through their clinical training at Samsung Medical Center (SMC), which is one of the leading hospitals in Asia.

SKKU School of Medicine initiated PBL (Problem Based Learning) in the medical education in order to educate students to become creative scientists in the global world. At the same time, the proud graduates of SKKU School of Medicine are actively performing in their academic and professional field to enhance the public health.

The 21st Century has presented great changes in the field of Medical Education. Our school is striving to lead these changes by upgrading the curriculum to produce excellent talents with critical viewpoint, effective communication skills and problem based management skills. We will continue our endeavors to become the world-class Medical School in research and teaching and ultimately to cultivate humanitarian medical scientists who bears righteousness deep within their minds.

Number of Faculty

  • Basic Medical Science : About 40
  • Samsung Medical Center : About 350
  • Kangbuk Samsung Hospital : About 110
  • Samsung Changwon Hospital : About 60
  • Total : Approx. 560

※ The number constantly changes

Affiliated Training Hospitals

Samsung Medical Center

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital

Samsung Changwon Hospital

More Information

School of medicine, Sungkunkwan University website


Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper care in a safe setting without discrimination nor should their right to care be violated regardless of their gender, age, religion, social status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial status. Medical teams shall not refuse to provide care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed and to make an autonomous decision

Patients have the right to obtain full and complete information from their medical team, to ask questions, and to determine their agreement or refusal concerning: diagnosis, treatment (purpose, plans and methods), outcomes of care (including unanticipated outcomes), discharge plan, participation in medical research studies, organ transplantation/donation, etc. Within ethical boundaries, patients may discontinue or refuse treatment, request that the medical team explain and suggest alternative treatments, and reserve the right to make their own decisions.

3. Right to confidentiality

Patients' rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy will not be violated. Patients can expect that all medical records/reports and their personal privacy will be kept confidential unless the patient has given consent or disclosure is permitted by law. To ensure their privacy, patients may be informed that Individuals not directly involved in their care may not be present and that the number of guardians accompanying patients to consultation rooms may be limited.

4. Right to request consultation and mediation

In the event of a medical dispute, patients may request consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency).

5. Right to have values and beliefs respected

Patients will not be discriminated against because of their culture, religious values, or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to receive care in a safe setting

Patients have the right to receive hospital-provided care where the patient’s medical information is protected and patient safety can be assured. In addition, patients have the right to be protected from possible dangers that can occur in a hospital and to have stability of mind and body.

Patients' Responsibilities

1. Responsibility to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition and must trust and respect the medical team's treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences that result from not following instructions.

2. Responsibility to not use dishonest methods for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest methods, such as seeking medical care under disguised ownership.

3. Responsibility to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients are expected to treat all hospital staff and other patients with courtesy and respect; to abide by all hospital rules; and to earnestly fulfill their financial obligation to the hospital. Also, patients and their family members are expected to participate in all safety regulations.