Department of Surgery, CUHK


1   Medical Year 1 to 3

Early clinical contact allows better exposure to achieve better training in clinical skills communication and simple physical examination skills. Surgeons are involved in this clinical end to enhance the learning process of medical students.

2   Junior Surgical Dressership (Medical Year 4)

A 12-week block of teaching in the third years. Students are assigned to 3 surgical modules and rotated every 4 weeks for clinical teaching. Not only at the Department of Surgery in the Prince of Wales Hospital, students also rotate through other hospitals. These hospitals included Caritas Medical Centre, Kwong Wah Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Yan Chai Hospital, United Christian Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital.

With a mixture of lectures, group tutorials in a classroom setting, group tutorials at the bed-side, teaching sessions during ward rounds and during operating sessions, students are taught the basic knowledge of history taking, clinical examination, and surgical sciences. Students are also encouraged to attend various academic activities in the department including X-ray meetings, clinical-pathological conferences and surgical grand rounds. Active participation from students is encouraged as "spoon-feeding" has not been the tradition of surgical teaching in the department.

3   Senior Surgical Dressership (Medical Year 6)

The final year programme consists of a 20-week block of teaching in surgical stream divided into 2 modules. Each student rotates through general surgery teaching, subspecialty teaching in Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and other subspecialty surgical teaching in Urology, Paediatric Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic surgery and Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Students would also have exposed in departments like Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Accident & Emergency Academic Unit, Clinical Oncology and Medicine and Therapeutics.

In addition to the teaching programme, students learn more advance surgical knowledge through a closer involvement in ward activities. The skill of logical thinking, deductions and application of knowledge in patient care are cultivated. Acquisition of practical skills, under the supervision of interns and medical officers, is also encouraged.


Medical students with basic medical science knowledge from countries outside Hong Kong can attach to general surgical or subspecialties teams on their preference. A different spectrum of surgical diseases, clinical settings and culture will widen the horizons of foreign medical students. They will be assigned into local medical student groups in the respective rotations. Teaching follows the same principles and methods of the dressership modules.


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