I wanna be a doctor
What qualifications do you need?
In Hong Kong, you need to complete at least Form Six and get a distinguished academic result to enter medical school at Hong Kong University or City University.
What sort of person does the job suit?
Anyone can be a doctor because there are many job possibilities for people with different personalities. If you are interested in human behaviour, you can be psychiatrist. If you like to fix things, you can be a surgeon. Generally, you must have a cool head, an analytical mind and good problem-solving skills.
What's the best way into the industry?
You must complete medical school, finish your training and obtain a license before you can practise as a doctor, a process which takes about 10 years.
Is there a clear career path?
This depends on your interests and aspirations. The majority of doctors choose to care and treat patients. But some become health administrators and work in the community. You can also work in an academic institution to do scientific research and teaching. You can even become a medical or health journalist, a career option that is more common overseas.
What work hours do you keep?
You have to be prepared to work long hours, especially during your training when you may have to work up to 36 hours without a break. You also have to sacrifice leisure time or time with your family for your job. This profession is very time-demanding.
What's the best part of your job?
As a family doctor, it makes me happy when a child who I helped to be born comes to me for a consultation as a grown-up. It is also very satisfactory to be able to help and take care of people.
What's the worst part of your job?
It is very sad when you look after a patient for many years and see him pass away. As a community doctor sometimes you witness the journey of a person from cradle to grave.
A doctor is a relatively well-paid job compared with many professions. But money shouldn't be your main motive.
My motto is to care for all, to cure a few, but to comfort always.