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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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