- Kun Huang, final year MD candidate
- Beijing Children’s Hospital, Capital Medical University, 100045 Beijing, China
Due to the large population, thousands of students in China enrol to study medicine every year.1 Yet their paths through medicine will not all be the same. Each school offers several programmes ranging in length from five years (bachelor’s degree) to seven (master’s degree) or eight years (doctoral degree). There are also postgraduate courses to obtain a master’s or doctorate after a bachelor’s degree.
Just as I have, most students will complete five years of training and obtain a bachelor’s degree before applying for senior degrees. Bachelor degrees involve four years of basic clinical courses followed by a final year of hospital based practice. After that, several years of clinical rotations and research posts are required to obtain a senior degree.
Medical school life
During my first five years, we took basic courses in the classroom and carried out experiments in labs. Some were accompanied by practical exercises, such as anatomical dissection. Because of limited resources, some students …