The aim of the Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (BChinMed) programme is to nurture a new generation of Chinese Medicine professionals who are well equipped with knowledge in Chinese Medicine and biomedical sciences and are competent in clinical skills and life-long learning skills to provide excellent Chinese Medicine healthcare service to the community to foster the development of Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine in Hong Kong.
The programme offers comprehensive and systematic Chinese Medicine and biomedical sciences courses taught by teachers of the School of Chinese Medicine and other basic sciences and clinical departments of the Medical Faculty.
Early clinical training is provided through clinical attachments under the supervision of teachers at the eight Chinese Medicine Clinical Centres for Teaching and Research which are directly under of affiliated to the School. With the support of state-of-the-art facilities in the Clinical Skills Training Centre, students receive comprehensive clinical skills training before practicing on real patients. In Year 4, students will undergo a 4-week junior clerkship at the HKU-SZ Hospital to integrate and practise what they have learnt in junior years. In Year 6, students are required to undertake a 40-week clinical clerkship in the teaching hospitals of top Traditional Chinese Medicine universities in Guangzhou, Shanghai or other cities in Mainland China under the arrangement of the School.
Students are required to take Common Core Courses during their first and second years of study. These courses help students to develop broader perspective and build up critical thinking on issues that they encounter in their everyday lives.
Students are given the opportunity to undertake laboratory experiments in several Chinese Medicine and biomedical sciences courses. The School has also set up different research interest groups for students to participate during their studies.
English is the medium of instruction for most of the Common Core Courses and all biomedical sciences courses. Putonghua and Cantonese will be used in dispensary practicum, clinical attachments, junior clerkship and clinical clerkship, etc.
An outcome-based approach to students’ learning and multi-disciplinary teaching approaches, such as problem-based learning and clinical case discussion, are adopted.
The Programme emphasises the integration of theories and practical skills. Experiential learning is encouraged through participation in clinical attachments, junior clerkship and clinical clerkship in which students wil have the opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired in practical settings.
Through the Chinese Medicine Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme, students can widen their horizons and enrich their learning experience. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to study in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for one summer semester.
Students will also be arranged to participate in a field trip which they can learn more about eh indigenous traditional Chinese medicine herbs in the natural environment in Mainland China. The Chinese Medicine dispensary practicum will, on the other hand, allow them to obtain practical experience at Chinese Medicine dispensary.
The BChinMed curriculum is 6-year programme, including the clinical clerkship in Year 6 undertaken in Mainland China. The curriculum is made up of the following components:
Graduates of the Bachelor of Chinese Medicine programme are eligible to apply for the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination in Hong Kong. Those who have passed the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination are qualified for registration as registered Chinese Medicine practitioners with the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong.
Registered Chinese Medicine practitioners can seek employment in Chinese Medicine clinics in both public and private sectors or to engage in private practice. They are also qualified to take up research and development posts in Chinese Medicine pharmaceutical trading and manufacturing companies, and biotechnology companies, or to work in managerial, marketing, sales, insurance or advertising positions in Chinese Medicine related businesses. Some may opt to pursue postgraduate studies or become academics in tertiary institutes.