Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Programme Aims and Themes
Our MBBS curriculum aims to produce doctors who are forward-thinking, well-informed and capable of delivering eﬀective, humane and ethical medical care. We will also prepare you to engage in lifelong learning so to acquire the skills necessary for postgraduate training.
These goals are delivered across each of our four themes covering areas pertinent to doctoring:
• Human Biology in Health and Disease
• Professional Skills: Diagnostic, Problem Solving, Eﬀective Communication and Clinical Management
• Population Health, Health Services, Economics and Policy
• Medical Ethics, Professional Attitudes and Behaviour
Take a glimpse into the life of a medical student at HKUMed.
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. It is not without good reasons that many of the leaders in our field are HKUMed graduates!
Active and Student-centred Learning
Problem-based, small-group tutorials enable every student to participate and be active in managing their learning, and to examine and understand 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.
Students will be able to learn through a blended innovative approach in addition to conventional classes and small-group tutorials. Students will be given access to a range of e-learning resources which are supplemented by interactive forums where they will have plenty of opportunities to discuss clinical cases to strengthen their learning for application in clinical practice.
Early Clinical Exposure and Structured Acquisition of Clinical Interpersonal Skills
From as early as the first semester of Year 1, you will start learning the interpersonal and clinical skills necessary for effective and compassionate patient care. 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.
Comprehensive Hospital-based and Community-based and Primary Care Experience
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 judicious use of health care resources and effective integration between primary and secondary care.
Focus on Medical Ethics and Humanities
Ethical principles and humanitarian values are absolutely essential for 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.
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 (see more here). Similarly, in Year 6, after the final examination, the four-week-week MBBS Elective lets you delve into a medical area of your choice.
Practicing Scientific Research
Research is indispensable to the development of intellectual and analytical skills, essential for modern medical practice. We actively encourage you to undertake research that interests and excites you. You will participate in Health Research Projects that may lead to output in the format of a scientific journal. Your research can be clinical in orientation or laboratory-based, be part of a project led by Faculty staﬀ members or initiated entirely by you, conducted always close supervision 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 Public Health, with the support of scholarships.
Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow
The curriculum is being constantly renewed in light of emerging knowledge and societal needs to ensure you training is fit-for-purpose and forward-looking.
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:
Years 1-2: Biomedical Sciences Curriculum
• Introduction to the Art and Science of Medicine
• System-based Blocks
Year 3: Enrichment Year
Years 4-6: Clinical Curriculum
• Clinical Foundation Block
• Clinical Clerkships
• MBBS Elective
^ Students who have achieved Level 5 or above in English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, or equivalent, are exempted from CAES1000 Core University English.
* Students are expected to take at least one Common Core (CC) course in the first year, at least one CC course in the second year and the remaining CC courses in the third year of study.
This is a truly revolutionary and inspired offering at HKUMed, where students take charge of their learning activities before they enter the clinical years. You can pursue any area of study, research and/or service that is dear to your heart.
Your entire third year will be in your hands. The Enrichment Year gives each student the means to take charge of their learning and tailor activities to their interests and desires. You may want to take courses oﬀered by the Faculty and other Faculties at HKU, go on an exchange overseas, or do a research internship locally or internationally at world renowned laboratories. You may desire to pursue an intercalated programme for an additional degree, or take part in humanitarian relief missions. These and other options are all available to you provided they offer a learning and enriching experience and are approved by the Faculty.
Our Enrichment Year is aligned with HKU’s overall goal to promote internationalization, innovation and interdisciplinarity. Examples of enriching activities that our students have undertaken include:
Internationalisation• Overseas exchange studies• Humanitarian work overseas• Voluntary servicing programmes outside Hong Kong, etc.
Innovation• Research internship locally or internationally• Self-initiate attachment to world renowned laboratories and clinical facilities to partake in research activities
Interdisciplinarity• Common Core courses offered by the University• Inter-faculty electives offered by other Faculties of HKU• Intra-faculty electives from the programmes of BPharm, BBiomedSc, BChinMed, BNurs and/or BASc (GHD)• “Medical Scholars Programme” to read for an intercalated Master programme
"It is a truly humbling experience, but I am also able to see how every single role on the ship is important. The community on board is extremely close. Even though we are from different cultural backgrounds, everyone is supportive to each other".
Phoebe Fung Sze-nga spent a year on board the Logos Hope, a floating book fair that sails round the world to bring books and knowledge to people in different ports.
"Medicine has never been just about the science for me and I hope to experience the best of both world by studying a humanities-based subject which is closed related to the sciences".
Hayley Ip Hoi-ning spent her Enrichment Year as a visiting student at Oxford University.
"This year is to explore my interests - that's it. I have always been passionate about public health and service".
Max Lim Ying-hao interned at the WHO Regional Office in Manila.
"I am very interested in doing research in both immunology and DNA repair and I will be able to focus on both aspects".
Cyrus Yeung Chun-wing spent his Enrichment Year at Yale University doing research.
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