Day in the Life – Chinese Medical Student
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Day in the Life – Chinese Medical Student

[Music] Alright, hey guys, my name is Sinthu,
I’m from Thailand. I’m studying medicine in China. I go to Tongji University which is in Shanghai. I did my undergrad in Biochemistry at Imperial
College London and the next thing you know, I’m doing medical degree here. Many people have asked me what I want to study
and I think the specialty that suits me most, I think is orthopedic surgery. So, I’m currently in my fifth year out of
a six year MBBS program. For those of you don’t know what the MBBS
program is, it’s short for Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. So, this is a six year degree that is comprised
of three different parts. So, in the first two years, we would have
our basic sciences. And third and fourth year, we’ll have our
clinical subjects… which is mostly being taught in the classroom and an electro setting. And in a final fifth and sixth year, we have
our clinical internships which is pretty much equivalent to the third and fourth year close
ships that you have in the MD program in America. I came to China for four reasons. So, the first reason is, because of language. So, Chinese is an increasingly more commonly
spoken language around the world. It’s really useful to have Chinese in your
pocket when, you know, like whenever you travel, whenever you go to another country, there’s
always someone who can speak Chinese. Second reason is affordability. A year or two in the MB program in America
could easily cover the whole six-year program here including accommodation cost and self
allowance. The third reason is, since I’m an international
student here, I often get homesick. And if I were to fly back to Thailand, that
will only take me around four hours. So, I could easily make an easy, a weekend
getaway back to Thailand and spend time with my family. And the last reason would be patient diversity. Since China is one of the most populated countries
in the world, there are a lot of patients which translates to a lot of cases. I’ve seen a lot of cases that I think would
be quite rare to find in other countries around the world. This means that it’s good for our patient
exposure because as medical students, we want to get exposed to as many patients – like
different patient cases as much as possible to help us with our learning. [Music] So, what my day looks like is, I get up at
6:00 and I’m already in the Metro by 6:30. And it usually takes me around 50 minutes
to arrive to the hospital ’cause it’s quite far, and we start our morning handoffs at
around 7:30. Actually not around, like at exactly 7:30
because we’ll get told if we’ve come late. We have a pre ward rounds for around ten minutes
and then our ward rounds which lasts for around 15 to 30 minutes depending on how many patients
we have. So, by then it’s already around 8:30 which
we are already in OR and ready to start our incision. So, that’s for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
because our groups prioritize to have the first knife in at 8:30. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I mostly read patient
case files and then I just do some self-study. I’d only get off work around four to five
depending on how busy I am, depending on how my attending needs me. And occasionally, I need to be on call at
least once every two weeks. One of the big differences between the medical
system in China and other parts of the world is the disconnect between patients and doctors. A lot of patients they don’t understand what
doctors go through on a daily basis as well as, you know, the events that lead up to becoming
an actual doctor. Doctors have to work a lot of hours and see
a lot of patients. On a daily basis, a doctor would see an average
of 60 to 70 patients just in the morning. And when you combine that with what they see
in the afternoon, that’s at least a hundred patients a day. In my opinion, that’s way too many patients
for one doctor to see. So, because of that, it’s no surprise to see
that becoming a doctor is not the most popular choice for a lot of Chinese students when
they get to the age of 18. So, for every Chinese citizen when they get
to the age of 18, they all have to take a Chinese exam called the gaokao. So, the gaokao is what determines which university
you go to and what specialty you can apply for. A lot of other degrees such as economics and
finance degrees that they have a higher requirement than medical degrees. It’s quite common to see that a lot of students
the choose taking a medical degree as one of their second choices. So, because this is too much work and the
reward is not as high as other disciplines. [Music] Thanks guys. Thanks for watching. This is one of my typical days at of work. It’s tiring but in the end, it’s worth it
and I hope you guys learn a lot. So, I’ll see you next time. Bye. [Music]

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