Studying medicine in China
British medical student Huza Zhang discovered some surprising similarities on a recent visit
Like everything else these days in China, the health care and medical education systems in the world's most populous country are undergoing massive change. Gone are the relatively carefree days, when graduation from medical school meant a post for life at a government assigned hospital or surgery. In its place is a rather unplanned system where the market economy is king.
As a UK medical student with Chinese origins, I have always been curious to know the work, life, and prospects of my counterparts in China. Last year I was delighted to have the opportunity to spend a few days at a Chinese medical school. This was organised through family contacts, with the help of my university.
When I arrived I arranged interviews with about 10 medical students with the help of a lecturer, who was not present during the interviews. I had the opportunity to attend lectures as well