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Visiting & Outreach

Visiting & Outreach

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Global Elective for Medical Students (CUHK GEMS) 
(For Training and Mentoring Future Medicos)  


GEMS (Global Elective for Medical Students) is a new education initiative aiming:

Overall goal: To enhance the training of the doctors of the future by providing outstanding medical electives in Hong Kong, Australia or other countries* that include both clinical skills training and clinical research or community engagement

  •  To provide excellent clinical elective attachment opportunities for senior medical students of the CUHK, Australia, and other medical schools across the globe, including the United States and Europe
  •  To combine clinical training with research and/or service by including a research project and/or community project during the clinical attachment. To provide role models, mentors and peer support for future medical doctors
  • To build ambassadors for their home University and country
  •  Students may also apply for an in-country elective


  • Generally 4 to 8 weeks attachment (which for outgoing CUHK students would be between April and June 2019)


  • The 1st GEMS program will be hosted by leading clinician researchers at The University of Sydney, Australia. Up to 2 positions are available

Sydney University


  • (The 2nd GEMS program in 2020 will likely include placements at The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Programme Format:

  • Clinical training including in-patients ward rounds and out-patient clinic attachments, with relevant tutorials and lectures
  • Students suggest a specific elective and clinical topic of interest and what they would intend to do for research or community engagements in their application letters. Board members will discuss and finalize the proposal with them and guide them through the clinical research and/or community projects


  • Medical students with at least one year of clinical training in their home medical school with satisfactory progress
  • Written and spoken language skills of an appropriate level to undertake the GEMS programme in the host institution (for Australia, this will be English)
  • Can provide at least 3 referees (preferably 2 from academia and 1 from non-academia) for the selection process
  • Agreement to provide short reports, preferably with photos, upon completion of the CUHK GEMS programme, which can be utilised in promotion of the initiative, such as being placed on the website
  • Able to self-fund expenses such as airfares, accommodation, living expenses and visa applications



  • Any placement fees, visa, travel and living expenses are to be met by the student. Students are eligible to apply for and hold any available travel grants
  • An AUD 500 scholarship is available from the GEMS Program (University of Sydney host)


How to apply:

Students interested in the GEMS programme should send the following documents to Dr. Alice Kong at email:


  • A letter of application (limited to 2 pages) specifying:
    - preferred field of medicine (preferrably in endocrinology & diabetes for the first year of GEMS; more fields will be open in the future) and;
    - preference for community engagement or clinical research project
  • A curriculum vitae
  • 3 reference letters (2 from academic referees and 1 from a non-academic referee) and referee contact details


Application Deadline:

  • Applications must be received on or before (mid-night HK time) 15 January 2019
  • Successful applicants will be informed by email on or before 31 January 2019
Alice Kwong


Dr. Alice Pik Shan Kong
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics,
CUHK, Hong Kong (Chief Investigator from CUHK)

Prof Alicia Jenkins


Prof. Alicia Jenkins
Professor, Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre,
University of Sydney, Australia (Chief investigator from The University of Sydney)

Board: in addition to the Directors:  

Prof Vincent Mok

Prof. Vincent Mok
Professor, Head of Division of Neurology,
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, CUHK, Hong Kong

Prof Simon NG

Prof. Simon Ng
Professor, Division of Colorectal surgery,
Department of Surgery, CUHK, Hong Kong

Dr Tiffany Yau

Dr. Tiffany Yau
Specialist in Endocrinology,
Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong


Prof Dean Chan

Prof. Francis Ka Leung Chan
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, Hong Kong

Special Considerations: 

  • For interested students with financial difficulties who aspire to join the GEMS program, please contact Ms. Sally Ngat email: for information related to Faculty Scholarship(s) to support medical students’ overseas elective attachment