In 1879, Nanhua (Southern China) Medical School, the earliest school for western medical professionals in China, first admitted women to study medicine in separate class. In 1885, Yamei King became the first woman conferred a medical doctor degree from the US. The first woman medical school, the Canton Woman Medical School, began to enroll students. In 1933, of the 3655 students in the 28 medical schools, 619 were female, representing 16.94% of the total. Among these schools, 2 were exclusively for females, 3 for males, the remaining 23 for both sexes. In 1934, special committee for nurse and midwife were set up in the medical education committee in Ministry of Education. Up to this year, there were 2 state - run, 10 province - run and 206 private - nurse's schools, and 21 schools for midwife training.