These factors lie at the cornerstones of the partnership developed over the past two decades between the osteopathic physician founders of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance (IPCEA) and the physician leadership of the primary care initiatives of Chengdu and Shenzhen, China.
In June 2016, IPCEA Directors Drs. Burke, Coren, and Davis participated in the Opening Ceremony for this new training facility which would be home to the IPCEA’s second train-the-trainer program in Shenzhen City. Located in the Shekou District, this model clinic was used to train the second cohort of 20 physicians from Shenzhen as well as functioning as a community health center to deliver direct patient care
The Sichuan Province Government decided to award Tianfu Friendship Award to five foreign experts to recognize their significant contribution to the social-economic development and international cooperation of Sichuan Province.
Sichuan province of China, May 12  carries the significance of September 11 in the United State because of the emotional impact of the magnitude-8 earthquake on that day that killed an estimated 69,000 people, injured 375,000, and left millions homeless. Responding to the disaster within just days of the quake were American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) volunteers, Dr. Royce Keilers and Dr. William Burke, who joined in the medical relief effort.