1997: Graduated in medicine in Australia 1998: Came back Hong Kong to do a one-year internship 1999: Recruited by the Prince of Wales Hospital to be medical officer and received pathology speciality training; later invited by the Chinese University of Hong Kong to be an assistant professor 2004: Finished PhD studies in pathology and was promoted to associate professor How to get there Programme: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery School: The University of Hong Kong Duration: Five years Enquiries: www.hku.hk/facmed or 2819 9214 Programme: The Medicine Programme School: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Duration: Five years Enquiries: www.med.cuhk.edu.hk or 2609 6891 The path In Hong Kong, scientific researchers usually work in the universities. They may start as a research assistant in the laboratory and be promoted to assistant professor, associate professor and then professor later according to their experience and research performance. Some researchers work in commercial corporations too, especially in the drug companies. Since Hong Kong is a small city, there may not be a very wide range of research to meet the fresh graduates' research interests. They may go overseas to develop their research.