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Hong Kong
or Hong Kong Special Adminsitrative Region (HKSAR)
NMO name
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Participating cities (LC's) Erm... Hong Kong IS a city =]
Languages Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) HKD
16.9HKD for a Bigmac
N.B.1USD = 7.8HKD
Time zone UTC/GMT +8 hours
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people ()
Member of IFMSA since... July 2005
Number of incoming students per year 10-15
Who are our NEO's (2011/12)Sam LI Wing Sum
(2012/13)Karen SHEK
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group www.amsahk.org
Hong Kong welcomes you!

Welcome Note

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Hong Kong is a must-come if you are a culture lover, connoisseur of fine delicacies, or simply a shopaholic.
This is the place where the West meets the Oriental. Combining traditional and modern culture, Hong Kong is now a world famous metropolis.

You’ll be surprised by how small Hong Kong is...
but you’ll be amazed when you learn how much she has for you.



Overview

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Landmass: 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi)
Population: 7 million
Electricity: 220V 50Hz (British three-pin rectangular blade plug)

Hong Kong is divided into 3 main areas:

the New Territories a mixture of new towns and rural areas
Hong Kong Island central business district
Lantau Island some tourist attractions

You might want to know why Hong Kong is divided in this way: History of Hong Kong



Climate

Hong Kong's climate is sub-tropical, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year.

Severe weather phenomena that can affect Hong Kong include tropical cyclones, strong winter monsoon winds, and thunderstorms with associated squalls that are most frequent from April to September. Waterspouts and hailstorms occur infrequently, while snow and tornadoes are very rare.


Politics

Under the principle of one country, two systems, Hong Kong has a different political system from mainland China.
Hong Kong's independent judiciary functions under the common law framework.

The Basic Law of Hong Kong, its constitutional document, which stipulates that Hong Kong shall have a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign relations and military defence, governs its political system.


Cultural characteristics

The culture of Hong Kong can best be described as a foundation that began with China, and became more influenced by British colonialism.
Years ago, immigrants from all regions in China found home in Hong Kong, contributing to the vast culture variety. Despite the 1997 transfer of sovereignty to the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong continues to hold an identity of its own.

Due to geological proximity, Hong Kong culture is also influenced by the Guangdong Province, China.

Language

Cantonese + English + Mandarin
Cantonese is the most widely spoken language in Hong Kong. Since the 1997 handover, the government has adopted the "biliterate and trilingual"policy. Under the principle, Chinese and English must both be acknowledged as official languages, with Cantonese being acknowledged as the de facto official Chinese language in Hong Kong, while also accepting the use of Mandarin.

Festivals

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Chinese New Year Mid-autumn Festival Dragon Boat Festival Jiao-festival of Cheung Chau

...and many more! Please Click Here

Arts

Cantonese Opera
One of the major categories in Chinese opera, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting.
Lion Dance
Brings good luck in celebrations such as opening of new shops.
Martial Art
Not everyone is expected to be Bruce Lee; but some forms such as Tai Chi is popular for all.

Our health care system

Here is a website in which you will find useful statistical data about our health care:
Health Statistics in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the healthiest places in the world.
Because of its early health education, professional health services, and well-developed health care and medication system,
Hongkongers enjoy a life expectancy of 85.9 for females and 80 for men, which are the second highest in the world, and 2.94 infant mortality rate, the fourth lowest in the world.

Hong Kong has high standards of medical practice. It has contributed to the development of liver transplantation, being the first in the world to carry out adult to adult live donor liver transplant in 1993.

Hong Kong's medical infrastructure consists of a mixed medical economy:

  • 12 private hospitals
  • >50 public hospitals
  • polyclinics that offer primary care services, including dentistry

Hong Kong citizens are known to rely heavily on Public Health, causing tremendous burden.
In here, you will learn how we maximize the use of limited resources while trying to maintain the high standard of medical care to public.

The hospitals
List of Hospital in Hong Kong



Our medical education

2 years of foundation courses + 3 years of clinical clerkship + 1 year medical intern
medium of teaching: English
but local citizens use mainly Cantonese and little Mandarin

There are 2 universities that provides quality medical curriculum. Both are available for exchange programs.
Intake ratio is approx. 1:1
Please refer to later part for details.



Exchange conditions

Please make sure that you have given us all the necessary documents. =]

A NEW MESSAGE FROM NEO HONG KONG:
Please kindly note that clinical placements in Hong Kong is limited. Applying to Hong Kong is more difficult than you think.
Competition is intense and the final decision of whether the student is accepted lies on the hand of the hospital department.
From our previous experience, about 1 out of 5 SCOPE applicants each year has unsuccessful application.

The key to successful application is effective COMMUNICATION between our NMOs.
Before you go for Hong Kong, please ask the following questions to yourself:
- Am I able to provide original letter of recommendation from my Dean's office (required for both CUHK and HKU);
and original official transcript of academic records (this is only required for CUHK)
and a letter certifying the completion of infection control training issued by the applicant’s medical school (this is only required for HKU)

- Am I with adequate clinical experience (i.e. at least 1-2 years of clinical years attended at the time of application)
- Am I able to email ALL the application documents via email ASAP
- Am I able to submit ALL the application documents via POSTMAIL at least 6-12 MONTHS before desired exchange period

While it might be harsh to apply for Hong Kong, our team would like assure you of a truly amazing cultural and medical experience.
[July2012]



Q: Can my outgoings apply for both faculties in Hong Kong?
A: YES. We actually encourage this.
Please send ALL the necessary documents in one mail to one of the above adresses.
Note that some of the documents must be ORIGINAL. e.g. You have to provide TWO original letter of recommendation from the Dean (one directed to CUHK, one directed to HKU)
HOWEVER, only ONE of the LCs will provide an offer.

IMPORTANT
Detailed guidelines will be issued to our partner NMO before mid Sep2012
Please do not hesitate to contact us via email for any enquiry.


Social program

the world-famous Lan Kwai Fong, home to over 100 restaurants and bars

Our Local Exchange Managers will try their best to make special arrangements e.g.local tours for you.
We welcome any special requests.

Check out more on our Tourism Board website: Discover Hong Kong

Bars and Clubs
Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps.
After a tiring day in hospital, why not go for some fun at night and spend lovely time with your friends?



Local & National transportation

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the extensive network of MTR
Cost (Euro) Description
MTR 0.3-2 Covers most part in Hong Kong
Buses and Mini-buses 0.3-1.5 A good alternative to the MTR
Tram 0.25 Tourists' favourite; On HK Island ONLY
Taxi 2-20 24hour on call


Getting around Hong Kong is really convenient.




Accommodation & Boarding

Normally, a place will be provided in the medical students’ hostel near the hospital. Single room or twin room are available.

There are canteens in the hospitals. Many restaurants providing different kinds of food are also minutes away.


Cities offered for exchange

Here is some useful information about the two medical schools.
The two locations are only 1.5 hour driving distance away.
In previous years, the exchange intake ratio is approximately 1:1


University of Hong Kong (HKU) Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Medical Faculty Website :::Click Here :::Click Here
Location Hong Kong Island the New Territories
Founded in 1911, HKU is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong.


HKU emphasizes on a student-centered, small-group, problem-based approach to learning. The goal of the new curriculum is to produce doctors with demonstrated competence in the understanding and delivery of effective, humane and economic medicine are together with a commitment to life-long learning. The course encourages active, student-orientated learning, and integration between different fields of knowledge through its system-based approach.

Through a system-based medical curriculum with a student-centered approach supported with advanced facilities, CUHK delicates itself to serving the community through quality education, caring practice and advancement of health sciences.


Emphasis is being placed upon skills training in the areas of clinical practice, communication, modern medical information technology as well as self-directed learning. The reliance on didactic and tutorials are encouraged.

Teaching hospital Queen Mary Hospital Prince of Wales Hospital
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Feedback

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neoamsahk@gmail.com