The School of Chinese Medicine was established in 1998 under the Faculty of Science. It is committed to producing new generations of Chinese medicine practitioners, who are not only qualified to practice Chinese medicine but also able to liaise with their counterparts (e.g. general practitioners and family doctors of orthodox medicine) to decide on the best treatment for patients. To this end, the School of Chinese Medicine has the full support of the Faculty of Medicine, which participates in designing the curriculum as well as teaching medical courses to the students.
The programme was launched in September 1999. Its curriculum consists of three-and-a-half years of coursework, and one-and-a-half years of clinical study. Through this curriculum, we expect the students to learn the basic elements of Chinese medicine and to receive sufficient training that allows them to start a professional career. Graduates from the programme will have a sound biomedical background to communicate with their colleagues in modern medicine, and they are encouraged to move towards a creative interaction between the Chinese and orthodox medical systems.