2018 Mainland Healthcare Field Study and Poverty Alleviation Programme [FULL]

2018 Mainland Healthcare Field Study and Poverty Alleviation Programme [FULL]

Host Institution

National Health Commission (國家衛生健康委員會)

Partner Institution

Peking Union Medical College (北京協和醫學院)


July 21 - 30, 2018


Beijing and Yonghe County, Shanxi Province


5 [FULL]

Application Period

June 1 - 13, 2018

About the Programme

The University, in collaboration with National Health Commission, will organize this programme scheduled for July 21 - 30, 2018.


Students from HKU and PUMC will spend 3 days in Beijing first to understand Mainland medical and healthcare system by visiting PUMC and its affiliate hospitals and laboratories. PUMC is widely considered to be the best medical school in China. City sightseeing and culture immersion programmes will also be arranged in Beijing. Later, the students will spend 7 days in Yonghe County to provide basic health check/ screenings and health promotion education to elderly residents, patients and left-behind children in the impoverished areas, with a view to enhance their awareness of the importance of public health and the quality of life. The students will also conduct field study and research projects with the focus on local residents’ healthcare status.


At its heart, medicine is a service profession, and the proposed poverty alleviation programme will contribute tremendously to instilling the essential qualities of altruism, service and humility in students. Service/ humanitarian work is an integral option within the Faculty of Medicine for students during their course of learning, and will have the most lasting impact on their personal and professional development, and hopefully on the people they will encounter.


Please click here for more information. The proposed itinerary is subject to amendment and final decision of the host institution.


  1. All full-time HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
  2. Applicants should be keen to serve elderly residents and left-behind children in the impoverished areas. Applicants are strongly recommended to state the reason/interest of joining this programme in the field of “Personal Statement” on the application form.
  3. Applicants should possess valid travelling document and/or entry permit for entering Mainland China.
  4. Applicants should be able to communicate in Putonghua as the programme activities will be conducted exclusively in Putonghua.


Participants should guarantee full participation in the Programme, and are required to submit the following documents to Faculty of Medicine within one month after the completion of the programme:

  • An individual programme report to share his/her own insights in this field study and service learning trip (At least 1,000 words both in English and Chinese). 
  • 5 photographs taken during the participation of the programme
    (*Creative sharing and photos will be used in the University publication or website for promotion).

Programme Fee

  1. The programme fee, local accommodation, and local transportation expenses are covered and to be provided by the Mainland host institution (NHC).
  2. Participants are responsible for other expenses, including but not limited to the transportation to the Mainland host institution, travel insurance, souvenirs, and meals.
  3. Given the approval by Education Bureau, participants can apply for reimbursement under the Mainland Experience Scheme (MES). The Scheme will subsidize successful applicants up to HKD 3,000 or 50% of the cost per capita (whichever is lower) for participating in the programme. For details, please check MES page.
  4. HKU will provide basic overseas travel insurance to participants who are successfully nominated by the Faculty of Medicine. Participants are strongly recommended to make extra travel insurance arrangement according to individual needs, especially for those who wish to advance or extend their stay in the destination(s). For the university coverage, please refer to the policy for undergraduates and postgraduates provided by Finance and Enterprise Office for reference.


Please follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have read through the details and meet all of the programme requirements.
  2. Complete online registration and upload all the required documents, then click “Submit”.
    (Please note that no information/document(s) uploaded can be changed once the application is submitted.)
  1. Shortlisted candidates generally receive an invitation of interview/ result of application within 10 working days after the application deadline.


For any enquiries, please contact Ms Sally Wei at sallywql@hku.hk.


(last updated on 4/7/2018)


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