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Participating cities (LC's)

Taipei(and Taoyuan) / Taichung / Tainan / Kaohsiung / Hualien

Languages Mandarin(mostly), Taiwanese, English
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) 2 euros
Time zone UTC+8
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 2.3 doctors per 1,000 population (2006)
Member of IFMSA since... 1995
Number of incoming students per year around 120
Who are our NEO Tsai, Chu Wei(Joy) -
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group , Facebook:Ifmsa-tw scope
Come for exchange!

Welcome Note

Welcome to the SCOPE wiki page of FMS-Taiwan(Federation of Medical Students in Taiwan).
Please don't hesitate to contact us ( if you have any question about exchanging in Taiwan.


FMS-Taiwan SCOPE was founded in 1995, and is composed of 14 Local Committees all over Taiwan. We have approximately 100 contracts per year, send students mostly in summer, and accept students almost whole year. Almost all LCs provide all field for exchange programme, and half of them provide clerkship for Chinese Medicine. The clerkship will be take place in the Medical Centers called “Teaching Hospital” with experienced tutors.

In addition, FMS-Taiwan SCOPE provides you much more than clerkship in the hospital: The 14 LCs, except Hualien, which is a famous sightseeing center in eastern Taiwan, are all located in big cities that have convenient transportation and fantastic for exploring: the colorful society which mix tradition, modern lifestyle and high-tech altogether. Further more, we have numerous well-trained contact persons who can provide any information you need. Our CPs are always ready to solve your problem and always the best guide for a local life tour!

We are here proudly presenting our lovely committee SCOPE, and invite you to visit Taiwan sincerely. Ready to experience an extremely passionated culture? You’re always the most welcome in Taiwan!

Exchange conditions

City Period Unavailable Borading money Lodging
Tzu Chi University(TCU) Hualien(East Coast) Mar.-Jun. None 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

10 min. walk to hospital

Kaohsiung Medical University(KMU) Kaohsiung

(Southern Taiwan)

Mar.-Aug. None 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

Kaohsiung Medical University, Post Baccalaureate Medicine Kaohsiung

(Southern Taiwan)

Sep.-Jan. Hepatic-biliary-pancreatic medicine,


2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

China Medical University(CMU)) Taichung

(Central Taiwan)

July only None 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

China Medical University, Chinese Medicine Department(CMUC)) Taichung

(Central Taiwan)

July only None 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

Chung Shan Medical University(CSMU)) Taichung

(Central Taiwan)

Jul.-Aug. None 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

National Chung Kung University(NCKU)) Tainan

(Southern Taiwan)

Sep.-Jan. & Mar.-Aug. Chinese medicine(accupuncture) 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

Fu Jen Catholic University(FJU) Taipei (Northern Taiwan) Jul.-Aug. None 2000NTD/Month Hospital staff dorm, in the hospital
Chang Gung University:Non-Chinese Medicine department(CGU) Taoyuan

(Northern Taiwan)

Jul.-Aug. Chinese medicine(accupuncture) 2000NTD/Month Hospital staff dorm, in the hospital
Chang Gung University:Chinese Medicine department(CGUC) Taoyuan

(Northern Taiwan)

Jul.-Aug. None 2000NTD/Month Hospital staff dorm, in the hospital
National Taiwan University(NTU) Taipei (Northern Taiwan) Whole Year except Feb Chinese medicine(accupuncture),

internal medicine only

2000NTD/Month Presently undetermined,

but likely the NTU student dorm

National Yang-Ming University(NYMU) Taipei (Northern Taiwan) Jul.-Aug. None 2000NTD/Month Hospital staff dorm,

10 min. walk to hospital

Taipei Medical University(TMU) Taipei (Northern Taiwan) August only None 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

National Defense Medical Center(NDMC) Taipei

(Northern Taiwan)

August only Don't provice traditional chinese medicine, emergency medicine(include intensive care unit), psychiatric department. 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min. walk to hospital

Mackay Medical College(MMC) Taipei

(Northern Taiwan)

January, February and July are unavailable. Some stuffs are required, such as stethoscope, physician gowns and shoes for surgery. Incomings can only stay at one department for one exchange program. 2000NTD/Month Student dormitory,

5 min walk to Tamshui branch MMH, and 50 min to Taipei branch MMH by MRT.

Cities offered for exchange

Taipei(and Taoyuan) / Taichung / Tainan / Kaohsiung / Hualien

Our health care system

The National Health Insurance program (NHI) was launched in March 1995 to look after the health of the entire population, creating the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) as the responsible agency for overall planning.

Equal Access to Medical Rights for All
The NHI system is a compulsory insurance whose primary guiding principle is universal coverage and the right of everyone to receive equal medical services. As of July 1, 2006, there were some 22,374,752 persons enrolled,approximately 100% insured.

Convenient Medical Care
Convenient medical care is the goal the Bureau of National Health Insurance(BNHI) has been working on.On July 1, 2006, some 91.23% of all medical institutions were under NHI contract and universal medical care institutional coverage had just about reached its goal of “one card in hand, treatment throughout the land.” Even in overseas, when a patient receives emergency medical treatment for injury or illness, he/she still enjoys the right of NHI medical expense reimbursement upon return to the country.

Sources of Financing
Designed to be financially self-sufficient and responsible for its deficits, the NHI system primarily relies on“pay-as-you-go”financing to balance its accounts in the short-term. By law, the Bureau of National Health Insurance cannot be for-profit and is required to maintain a reserve fund equaling one month of medical expenditures at least.
The system is primarily funded by the premiums paid collectively by the insured, employers, and central and local governments. Other revenues come from outside sources, such as fines on overdue premiums, public welfare lottery contributions, and the health surcharge on cigarettes, all of which supplement the system's income after meeting the mandated reserve fund's basic funding needs.

Scope of Coverage
The National Health Insurance system offers a comprehensive and uniform benefits package to all those covered by the program, including foreigners. With a valid health insurance IC card, the insured have access to more than 18,000 contracted health care facilities around the country offering inpatient and ambulatory care, dental services, traditional Chinese medicine therapies, child delivery services, physical rehabilitation, home care, and chronic mental illness care, among others.
The system covers most forms of treatment, including surgeries, and related expenses such as examinations, laboratory tests, prescription medications, supplies, nursing care, hospital rooms, and certain OTC drugs. It also pays for certain preventive services, such as pediatric and adult health exams, prenatal checkups, pap smears, and preventive dental health checks. Copayments as User Fees The copayments for outpatient and emergency care were adjusted several times during the system's first 10 years. But in July 2005, the Bureau of National Health Insurance inaugurated a new copayment fee schedule and referral system to encourage patients to seek treatment for minor ailments at local clinics while leaving regional hospitals free to focus on secondary care and medical centers free to focus on tertiary care.

The hospitals

National Taiwan University The National Taiwan University was founded in 1897. The school was the first institue offering medical education and conferring medical degree in Taiwan. It has 10 graduate institute and 28 departments.

Taipei Veterans General Hospital Taipei Veterans General Hospital was founded in 1958 as a hospital specialized to care for retired officers and soldiers.

Taipei Medical University Hospital Taipei Medical University Hospital was established in 1976 to provide medical care to the community. The quality of service provided was further acknowledged by receiving ISO-9002 certification in January, 1989 and was recognized as the Class I Teaching Hospital under the category of regional hospital by the Department of Health in the following year.

Wang Fan Hospital Wan Fang Hospital is an academic medical center with 758 beds, employing 320 physicians and surgeons. Doctors in training at Taipei Medical University do their clerkships and internships at Wan Fang Hospital.

Shuang Ho Hospital Officially opened on July 1st, 2008, Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital is the first Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project (construction / operation / management) commissioned by the Department of Health, Executive Yuan. It has 1,580 beds and is the largest hospital in Taipei County.

Cardinal Tien Hospital Based on our core value of :"Love God, Love People & Respect Life", we serve everyone with the purpose of spreading God's love though excellence in medical service, health promotion & holistic total care. It was established in the 1960's.

Tri-Service General Hospital The Tri-Service General Hospital, originally the 801 Army General Hospital, was established in 1946, and evolved from the Taiwan Army Hospital, Fifth Logistics General Hospital, First Army, Navy, and Air Force General Hospital, and First Army General Hospital respectively.

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital The Chang Gung Memorial Hospital was established in 1976. CGMH has 6800 beds and serves 27000out-patients a day island-wide,it is still constantly striving to improve ourselves in services, teaching and research.

Chung Shan Medical University Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU) Hospital was founded on August 17, 1966.It provides medical students and interns with extensive clinical training in a high tech therapeutic and diagnostic setting.

China Medical University China Medical University (CMU) was established as China Medical College on June 6, 1958 and transformed itself into China Medical University in 2003. It is the first academic institution in Taiwan where Chinese medicine and pharmacy programs are provided.

National Cheng Kung University Hospital The NCKU Hospital was constructed in 1985.he NCKU Hospital is the largest health care centre in Southern Taiwan, with approximately 1212 beds and providing health care services for more than 90000 monthly patient visits.

Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital The college hospital was founded in June 1957. It has the establishment of Occupation Health Committee to serve as the southern occupational disease prevention center.And,it is the first hospital to set up the internet system, also the southern Taiwan's largest medical center.

Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-kang Hospital In 1998, Kaohsiung Medical University(KMU) in order to provide a medical center with standard medical service for Kaohsiung citizen, also to expand the serve area,becoming the first privatization hospital and administration by the medical center of Taiwan.We take community health management as diligent goal, union community qualifications characteristic acting as health operator.

Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital The Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital is established in 1986, and is officially inaugurated as a Medical Center in 1999.Currently hosting a total of 982 beds including ICUs, it is the largest hospital in eastern Taiwan.

Mackay Memorial hospital Mackay Memorial Hospital was established in memory of Dr. George Leslie Mackay who came to Taiwan with the message of salvation for all men. The hospital at present consists of five medical institutions in Taipei, Danshui, Taitung, and Hsinchu with 7300 employees as well as affiliated academic institutions , Mackay Medicine, Nursing, and Management College and Mackay Medical College, that are devoted to the education of health care professionals and medical missionaries.

Our medical education

•1st & 2nd year pre-med

•3rd & 4th year basic sciences

•5th, 6th & 7th year clinical medicine (including clerkship and internship)

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Cultural differences

Accommodation & Boarding

Please refer to the information page of each LC for further information.

Social program

Here in SCOPE-Taiwan we do our best to provide you with one of a kind united social program(USP). The USP is not only a great chance for you to discover the beauty of Taiwan but also to meet all the other exchange students in Taiwan. (usually it is hosted together with SCORE). Normally, there will be a USP in July and another one in August. The Chinese medicine USP is one you definately don't want to miss. For the most up-to-date information about the USP, please join the "I will be exchanging in Taiwan 2009" facebook group and keep an close eye to the e-mails that your LEOs and contact person wrote you.

Local & National transportation

There are 2 international airports in Taiwan: Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport in Taoyuan (about 40 KM from Taipei City), and Kaohsiung Airport in Kaohsiung. Direct flights between Taiwan and other countries provide convenient services. Except for some flights to and from between Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as South East Asia land in Kaohsiung Airport, most international flights all land in Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport.You can find more information on the official website. Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport Kaohsiung Airport



The island-wide railway network including western line, eastern line, north line and south line, provides a lot of convenience to the passengers, and there are several classes for choice---economic class, Fuxing class, Juguang class and Ziqiang class. Tourists can have their own choice according to their traveling time, consuming ability and the purpose of taking this vehicle; besides this, there are some small trains at slower speed for some routes, such as lines of Ali, Jiji, Pingxi, and Neiwan. Tourists who visit Taiwan for the first time, by taking these routes, are expected to enjoy a very interesting and impressive experience, since they have the chance to see all the beautiful sceneries during the whole journey. It is especially difficult to get the train tickets during continual holidays, and therefore, reserving tickets 14 days before departure by phone or through website service is strongly recommended. For the train schedule please click the link.

High Speed Railway

The High Speed Railway prides itself on enabling people of Taiwan to live in an “one-day peripheral circle". With the opening of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)in 2005, visitors can now easily take a day trip between Kaohsiung and Taipei linking a total length of 345km with 90 minutes traveling time. Currently eight stations are operational on the THSR line along Taiwan's western corridor: Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Zuoying (Kaohsiung. If you have the budget and wish to save the time, THSR is your best option. Tickets can be purchased by phone or online. Click on the following links for THRS Timetable & Fare Search and Reservation.



The mass rapid transit system (MRT) in Taipei and Kaohsiung, together with the metropolitan area's dedicated bus route network, forms a convenient transportation system.These lines are dotted with a variety of attractions and scenic spots. As a result, visitors can take a leisurely journey through most of the attractive parts of Taipei by using the MRT service. Auto ticketing slots can be found in MRT stations, providing ticketing services (Coin changers are equipped in all stations.) "Single-journey Ticket" price ranging from NT$20 to NT$65 depending on travel distance. A 200-dollar "One-day pass" purchased from service booth will allow unlimited travels among all MRT lines within one day. Please take advantage of One-day pass if you are in desire of visiting spots along MRT lines. For the route map please click on the link: Taipei Metro Transit System


Intercity Bus

Taiwan's long distant highway transportation services are provided by private transportation companies: Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp., UBus, Free Go Bus Corp. and Aloha Bus. They are carrying passengers and shuttling on significant provincial highways and the freeways.Owing to a more intensive service schedule, some bus companies provide even 24 hours service, plus cheaper ticket fares than HSR and trains. The private transportation companies have become one of the most popular transportation service providers between cities. During weekends, passengers are suggested to take trains in order to prevent serious traffic jam on the freeways. But reserving tickets as early as possible is also an option. Stops for the long distant highway transportation are scattering in different cities, but Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung are the main transferring stops.There are six bus companies now providing daily transportation service between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and major cities around Taiwan. They are: Kuo-Kuang Bus, Free Go Bus, Air Bus, UBus, Evergreen, Taoyuan Bus. Bus routes information can be found by visiting the Website of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.



Major cities have an abundance of taxis. Charges are NT$70 for the first 1.25 km and NT$5 for each additional 250 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Charges may be raised during Chinese New Year holidays. Basically, taxi fares in all major cities are set by local city government itself and are in a minor discrepancy. Out-of-town or long-distance travels may not apply to meter charge; travelers are suggested to confirm charging method before getting on taxi. 50% additional to meter charge needed for cab traveling to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It costs around NT$1,200 to travel from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City, and NT$300 for traveling between Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung Airport. Island wide travel service is available in fixed fares upon passengers' needs. Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a good idea to have hotel personnel write both your destination and your hotel's name and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of each one-way trip. For further inquiries you can call the "English Taxi Association" : +886-2-2799-7997



Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Winter(November to February) temperatures is about 17°C-20°C with lowest temperatures ranging from 12°C to 17°C when cold fronts spordially come. Summer(June to August) temperatures can get up to 30°C - 39°C, with rainfall also during the summer months.Typhoons sometimes reach the island in the summer.

Social life

There are in total 3 united social programs in summer, including one workshop in chinese medicine. This year (2013) we plan to visit the Northern Cape, CiJing Island, and Kenting(beachside).

Who are our NEOs

Victoria (Neo-in) [] Sophie (Neo-out) [] Please contact us if you have any question!