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Throughout the six-year curriculum, training in bioethics, communication skills and professionalism are offered. These are all important attributes of CUHK graduates before they are ready to serve the community as junior doctors.
The foundation year of preclinical studies, Year 1 prepares students academically, intellectually and mentally as they embark on their medical education journey. The curriculum is designed to equip students with a common core of biomedical science knowledge in public health, physiology, anatomy and histology to ensure all students possess the basic knowledge essential to pursue their pre-clinical and clinical endeavours. Students also follow our bioethics course, a key feature of the Faculty’s SMART curriculum. Organised in association with the University of Columbia, the course uses real-life scenarios enacted with peers in order to stimulate students’ critical thinking and evaluation skills and help them understand how their preconceptions can impact ethical decision-making.
The University’s college system ensures students have the opportunity to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds while its General Education Foundation Programme invites students to think critically and intellectually with professors by developing the analytical and evaluative skills necessary to challenge their pre-existing notions and prejudices. The rich diversity of experiences - both medicine and non-medicine related - is essential for students to succeed in their academic and intellectual pursuits.
Year 2 and Year 3 offer mainly pre-clinical science training. Students receive a solid, comprehensive and continually updated grounding in biomedical sciences and also some community exposure.
Clinical skills training is introduced in the pre-clinical years. Bridging courses are offered before students are promoted to clinical years to further equip them with the essential knowledge of pathology and clinical skills.
In Year 4, students acquire the skills and knowledge of handling basic clinical problems through attachment to the Prince of Wales Hospital, our primary teaching hospital, and other partner hospitals. Subjects such as anatomical pathology and clinical haematology, chemical pathology, clinical microbiology, medicine and surgery are covered.
In Year 5, students rotate among four clinical disciplines: community and family medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and psychiatry. At the end of Year 5, students will have broadened their learning, research and clinical horizons through attachments to other healthcare institutes in Hong Kong or overseas during their 6-week clinical elective.
In Year 6, students go through rotations for further clinical teaching in medicine, surgery and other clinical disciplines, including anaesthesia and intensive care, clinical oncology, diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopaedics and traumatology.