Our MBBS curriculum aims to produce doctors who are forward-thinking, well-informed and capable of delivering eﬀective, humane and ethical medical care. We also prepare you to engage in lifelong learning and to have the skills necessary for postgraduate training.
These goals are delivered across each of our four themes covering areas pertinent to doctoring:
The MBBS curriculum is not only about training doctors but also personal development and fulfilment. Our programme provides you with ample opportunities for personal growth that will carry you well into your later years when you will serve and excel as responsible citizens, colleagues, teachers and friends within our profession and community.
Problem-based, small-group tutorials require every student to participate and be active in managing their learning, and to question both what and how they learn. These tutorials are also effective for developing your interpersonal communication and teamwork skills – how to argue, agree, disagree and agree to disagree.
Your learning will take place through an innovative “blended” approach of conventional classes, small-group tutorials and e-learning resources. The latter will enable you to learn at your own pace and time, and they will be supplemented by interactive forums to discuss clinical cases that give you an opportunity to apply your learning.
From as early as the first semester of Year 1, you will start learning the interpersonal and clinical skills necessary for effective and compassionate care for patients. This exposure will gradually increase in terms of mastery and complexity. Much of the learning will take place in the purpose-built Clinical Skills Training Centre, assisted by a well-developed clinical skills e-platform./p>
Our programme goes well beyond vocational training. Your third year of study, which we call the Enrichment Year, will give you an unprecedented opportunity to explore areas of interest to you in either medical or non-medical fields, in Hong Kong or abroad, and design your own learning program. Similarly, in Year 6, after the final examination, the four-week MBBS Elective lets you delve into a medical area of your choice.
Alongside learning that takes place within hospitals, you will gain first-hand experience in a wide variety of community-based settings that involve family physicians, maternal and child health services, hospices and patient support groups. You will gain a holistic perspective on patient management and understand the importance of effective use of health care resources and effective integration between primary and secondary care.
Ethical principles and humanitarian values are absolutely essential to training doctors to meet the needs and demands of 21st century healthcare. You will learn how these principles and values underpin health care practice, as well as your professional and legal obligations, through the medical ethics and medical humanities programmes.
Research requires you to develop intellectual and analytical skills, which can apply across a wide range of situations, and HKU actively encourages its undergraduate to undertake research. As a medical student, you will participate in Health Research Projects that lead to output in the format of a scientific journal. Your research can be clinic-based or laboratory-based research and it can either be part of a project with Faculty staﬀ members or one that you initiate on your own under the supervision of a teacher during the Enrichment Year/MBBS Elective.
Inter-professional education is an emerging and progressive area in modern health care where students will learn with and learn from those in other disciplines. This Faculty has taken the lead to introduce an inter-professional pathway so that medical, nursing, pharmacy students can have the opportunities to interact and to work with each other – much like the real-life situation after your graduation. For students with demonstrated academic potential and a genuine interest in developing inter-professional knowledge, skills, competence and expertise, the Faculty will offer them the opportunity to enroll in intercalated programmes, e.g. with Master of Public Health, with the support of scholarships.
The curriculum is being constantly renewed in light of emerging knowledge and societal needs to ensure your training is fit-for-purpose and forward-looking. It is not without good reasons that many of the leaders in our field are HKUMed graduates!
The MBBS curriculum runs for six years, or 12 semesters. During your studies, you will build on acquired knowledge, starting with pre-clinical education and advancing to clinical clerkships, where you will put your skills and understanding to work. The structure is as follows:
Biomedical Sciences Curriculum
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Your MBBS is a registrable primary qualification by the Medical Council of Hong Kong and an important milestone on your path to becoming a doctor. But there is one final requirement before you can practice as a licensed doctor in Hong Kong. After graduating, all MBBS holders are required to undergo one year of internship in a public hospital. The internship will take you through rotations in the major medical specialties and give you hands-on exposure to clinical medicine, while receiving close supervision and teaching from experienced doctors. That basic training will open the door to a multitude of career options.
If you want to become a Specialist, you should then be prepared for more years of postgraduate training and further examinations. Postgraduate and specialist training is administered through the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and its constituent colleges.
HKUMed graduates are a heterogeneous group of doctors, many of whom are now in leading positions in a variety of fields, not just medicine. Some serve the community as public hospital doctors, others run their own clinics as private practitioners. Some love clinical teaching and research and have pursued academic careers in Hong Kong or overseas, with many becoming world-renowned clinical experts and scientists. Some have become health administrators involved in policymaking and health care planning for our community, others have made their mark in non-medical careers, such as law, business, or pharmaceutical development. Whatever path you with to take, HKUMed is here to help your dreams come true.