Medical Education

German convert to Chinese medicine joins fight for traditional healing hospital

Marcus Gadau's treatment for back pain as a teenager prompted him to study Chinese healing in Beijing for five years. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A decade ago, Marcus Gadau was bedridden with chronic back pain due to a hole in his lung. The 16-year-old could never have imagined his agony would see him leave his home in Germany to study a degree in traditional Chinese medicine for five years in Beijing, become fluent in Putonghua and start a doctorate at Baptist University's Chinese medicine department.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 6:27am

Free scattering of ashes offer helps ease shortage of cadavers for students

Hong Kongn medical schools have long struggled with a shortage of donated corpses, which students need for their anatomy studies. Photo: Sam Tsang

A shortage of human cadavers for the city's medical schools has been eased by an unusual offer - free scattering of your ashes when you die if you agree to donate your body for study.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am

Teaching hospital could have fixed ills of Hong Kong's Chinese medicine

Chinese and Western medicine practices are integrated at Chinese medicine hospitals on the mainland. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese medicine is gaining worldwide acceptance. In fact, in Hong Kong, there are over 50 modernised Chinese medicine clinics employing registered practitioners, and the Hospital Authority's 16 clinics alone have almost one million patient visits every year.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 1 comment

University urges public to donate bodies for research and teaching

The university desperately needs the public to donate bodies because computer images and models such as these are no substitute for the real thing. Photo: David Wong

The medical faculty receives only three to five donated corpses each year. Many of the 20 corpses needed for research and autopsy training come from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department which collects unclaimed bodies of homeless people.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am

Better pay, faster promotions for doctors to remain in public hospitals

Doctors at public hospitals are being offered fast-track promotions and extra cash for emergency ward duty to stop their exodus to the private sector.

13 Aug 2012 - 10:24am

Doctors feeling the pain

A family tragedy led Zhang Jing, 30, into medicine. Her grandfather in Shandong died of a heart attack and could have been saved if someone in the family had recognised the symptoms.

Having spent eight hard years studying medicine - attending classes 51/2 days a week, plus internships and residency - Zhang is about to become a junior doctor at a top Beijing hospital.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Interns must become the architects of their own destiny

Each year I receive several requests for reference letters in support of students' applications for internships and summer jobs. A summer internship allows students to check out a career path that interests them.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Medical Council can be more open on licensing HK doctors who trained abroad

The discussion on limited registration for Hong Kong citizens who have trained in respected medical schools abroad has gone quiet but it has not and must not be allowed to go away.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A dying profession

Young doctors are increasingly turning away from the more important fields of medical science to embrace the easier and more lucrative areas of plastic surgery and anaesthesiology.

Their senior colleagues find the trend disturbing.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors can't just look after their own

A scheme by private doctors to alleviate a shortage of 200 medics in public hospitals and head off the employment of foreign-trained doctors has been a disappointment. Medical Association president Dr Choi Kin blames the Hospital Authority for a lack of flexibility.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Foreign doctors are a cure, not a curse

When a young Hong Kong-born neurosurgeon from a pre-eminent medical school in Britain cannot practise in Hong Kong, you know something is rotten in the state of the medical profession here.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Don't be fooled by local doctors' gripes

Many local doctors who spent half their life in school to qualify for their licence to practise medicine think they have the God-given right to milk the system for the rest of their lives. Under the guise of protecting local standards, doctors in private and public sectors have fought the Hospital Authority's moderate scheme to import overseas doctors to counter a severe shortage.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Entry bar for doctors must be seen to be fair

When I was in the US for specialist training in the 1970s, my competency in the practice of medicine was always suspect because I graduated from a medical school in the East. Such prejudice was widespread but understandable, given that I went to a country with rightful claims to be the most advanced in science, technology and medicine, while Hong Kong was then a third-world city.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Surgeon sees cure to doctor shortage

A leading surgeon from the University of Hong Kong has supported a plan to bring in overseas doctors without requiring them to sit a licensing exam, saying it will help solve the 'serious' manpower shortage in public hospitals.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

New task force will pre-screen overseas doctors for eligibility for limited practice

I refer to the letter ('Overseas doctors should be put to tried and true test of medical standards', October 11).

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am