This specifies whether the school offers an MD or a DO. Both are qualified to prescribe medication and perform surgery, but DOs take a holistic approach to medicine. As undergraduates, students must complete a series of prerequisites, consisting of biology , physics , and chemistry (general chemistry and organic ). Many medical schools have additional requirements including calculus , genetics , statistics , biochemistry , English , and/or humanities classes.
The competition of entering the medical undergraduate programs is cut-throat as the number of intake each year is very limited with a quota of 210 from each school (420 in total) and candidates need to attain an excellent examination result and good performance in interview.
Choose Wisely Although it may be tempting to solely apply to the top-rated medical schools, don’t let the name or prestige of certain institutions deter you from considering smaller, lesser-known schools that specialize in the area you want to study.
The medical program consists of 5 years for those who take the traditional Hong Kong’s Advanced Level Examination ( HKALE ) for admission, or 6 years for those who take the new syllabus Hong Kong’s Diploma of Secondary School Education Examination ( HKDSE ). International students who take examinations other the two mentioned will be assessed by the schools to decide if they will take the 5-year program or the 6-year one.
Candidates graduating from high school must attain high scores on the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) Senior School Certificate Exam (SSCE/GCE) and high scores in four subjects (Physics, English, Chemistry, and Biology) in the University Matriculation Examination (UME).