From Canada to Taiwan
What is it like to study medicine in small, bustling Taiwan?
Taiwan is the birthplace of the director Ang Lee, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, and home to the laptop companies Acer and Asus. Although an island with an area of only about 35 000 km2,1 it has the second greatest population density in the world—668 people per km2—and the greatest density of scooters in the world, with 11 million for its 23 million residents.2 This is a very different place to Canada, where I grew up and where the population density is just 3.37 people per km2, and there are almost no scooters to be seen.23
My family moved to Vancouver when I was 8 years old, but my father continued his obstetrics and gynaecology practice in Taiwan. For most of my childhood and all of my teenage life I grew up away from my parents, which motivated me to pursue a medical career in Taiwan—closer to my roots. I