Medical School

A dose of humanities for medical students

HKU medical students practise role play. Photo: Paul Yeung

Since enrolling in the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) medical school five years ago, Lydia Kwong Lee-ting has studied diligently to acquire the knowledge and technical skills to become a good doctor.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 10:32am

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

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

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

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

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

Hospitals will get say on recruits

Departments at public hospitals will have a say on whether they take on overseas doctors to address a shortage of manpower.

The new head of human resources at the Hospital Authority, Dr Derrick Au Kit-sing, gave the reassurances after opposition to the government's move to ease examination requirements for overseas doctors.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Restrictions hinder health care system

For the second time in recent years a court has overruled the Medical Council on a doctor's right to advertise qualifications and experience. As a result, Hong Kong cardiologist Dr Lau Yuk-kong can now list himself as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology after a six-year battle with the council. So can about 10 other local doctors who he says also hold the credential.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Foreign professors seek exemption from exams

Foreign doctors working at Hong Kong's two medical schools are calling for medical licensing rules to be relaxed so they can run their own private practices without having to sit for an examination first.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Doctors divided

Public hospitals have come up with an innovative remedy for the shortage of doctors: bringing in overseas doctors without asking them to sit for a Hong Kong licensing exam. But some doctor groups oppose the plan, cautioning that the quality of medical care may suffer.

But is their opposition merely driven by self-interest?

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Respected pioneer of medical school in HK dies

John Vallance-Owen, one of the founding professors of Chinese University's medical school and a world-renowned expert in diabetes, died last Saturday in Britain. He was 90.

Vallance-Owen, founding head of the Department of Medicine and later the school's associate dean, played a major role in leading the first batch of graduates to obtain international accreditation.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Doctors trying to scupper overseas hiring

A move by the Hospital Authority to hire overseas doctors to address a staffing crisis will face stiff resistance from a powerful group of local doctors on the Medical Council, which has the power to scupper the plan.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Overseas graduates must be employed in public hospitals

I graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Hong Kong 33 years ago.

I have been working in public hospitals ever since my graduation and am a consultant physician.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

More medical students needed

The government wants the city's two medical schools to train more doctors to overcome a severe staff shortage at public hospitals.

The plan calls for admissions to rise from 320 to about 420.

The intake of medical students has fluctuated over the past decade, from 340 in 2001 to 280 in 2003, then down to 250 in 2006 and up again to the present 320.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hospitals index to guide decisions on staff levels

A new index will be introduced by the Hospital Authority to measure the staffing needs of individual hospitals and departments, according to a package of emergency measures aimed at tackling the record high turnover in public doctors.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am