(8 November 2011 – Hong Kong) In view of aging population and prolonged medical front-line staff shortage, demand for health professionals in Hong Kong has been increasing in recent years. Trainings for some health professions, however, rely on overseas support. In view of this, Tung Wah College (TWC), determined to become a leading private university providing health education, decided to set up Department of Medical Science to help train health professionals for the society.
TWC has announced in the press conference today about the establishment of the Medical Science Department. The President of TWC, Prof. Thomas Wong, said that demand for health services is increasingly complex and acute with aging population. TWC, through the establishment of its Medical Science Department, will launch a number of health professional programmes that have never been launched before in Hong Kong nor in Asia to meet public needs. “We no longer need to introduce individual health professionals from overseas in the future, we have local professionals, born, raised and trained in Hong Kong to support the health professional services, that is less costly to the society. “, proclaimed by Prof. Wong.
Prof. Kenneth Tsang, Honorary Professor and Co-Chair of Medical Science Programme Planning Committee of TWC, supplemented that programmes under planning include specific major in radiotherapy, pre-chiropractic studies, pre-medicine, biomedical laboratory science, and forensic science. After completion of the two years foundation studies, students are encouraged to consider their abilities and their interests and goals to pursue a major. The programme, plans to admit 100 students, is expected to be officially launched in January 2013.
To help relieve the tension in the shortage of medical doctors, TWC is going to introduce pre-medicine major, a prevalence of education structures in the United States. Students would have other alternatives upon further education. Prof. Tsang further explained, “Students are required to study a variety of medical care related subjects such as anatomy, toxicology, pathology, etc. With this strong foundation in science and medicine, students will be able to master the science and art of medicine without under stress in their post-graduate medical training in universities, be it local or overseas. Tuition fees required will be much less than that of getting the qualifications from the United States.”
Prof. Wong said the Department will further develop medical-related programmes with an aim to playing an important part in Hong Kong. The Department will strive for research funding for the self-financing institutions. TWC is in the process of recruiting medical science professor to lead the development of the Department.
Medical Science Department, when established, has received support from the health professional industries. TWC formed partnership with Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HK San) and China Hong Kong Macao Chiropractic Association of which Memorandum of Understanding were signed between TWC and the two organizations today. Administration Manager of HK San, Mr. Wyman Li said, HK San is looking forward to cooperating with TWC to educate and train young radiotherapists with the latest technology of the industry to tally with the future development of HK San. “HK San will focus on the development of oncology services; demand for radiation therapists and related professionals are in need. If the courses run smoothly, we will engage most of the graduates from TWC and offer cooperative education job opprtunities to the students during the study period.” Li said.
The Chairman of the China Hong Kong Macao Chiropractic Association, Dr Sammy Lui said that existing chiropractors fall short of the demand in the society, yet Hong Kong has no chiropractic programme. The Association wants to take this opportunity to cooperate with TWC, to provide training to young people and those interested in chiropractic. The Association will liaise with overseas universities to provide bridging courses to chiropractic programme. This would enable students to shorten the training period to 6 years to obtain the professional Chiropractic qualifications. Tuition fee will be less when compared with the same courses taken overseas.
To help students better understand TWC, a two-day TWC InfoDays will be held from the 19th to the 20th of November 2011. In addition to the existing course profile, we will arrange a number of medical and health care experts to explain to students the development of medical and health professionals, including details of the courses, promotion ladder, demand in the health professional industry, which will cover areas in radiotherapy, chiropractic medicine, nursing, applied gerontology, medical laboratory science and forensic science and health service management. The first 1,000 students, who have registered online before the InfoDays and who are interested in applying for Business Administration (Hons) Degree Programme and the Higher Diploma Programme in Nursing, will be entitled to priority admission. They will be offered interviews on the Info days. Conditional admission will also be offered to the suitable candidates. Students, parents and teachers are all welcome to the Info Days.
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