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At Pivot, we find it very unfortunate that there is often a lack of clarity amongst parents and students with regards to the effective pathways that facilitate your applications to medical schools in the UK and Hong Kong, and concerns regarding the transferability of qualifying with Medicine (MBBS) in the UK and then working as a doctor in Hong Kong. Students often overlook or even avoid applying to the UK to study medicine and transferring back to HK due to not being fully informed about their options or for fear of not being able to return to practice medicine in Hong Kong (and becoming trapped in the UK system). The Pivot Medical Programme, which consists of the Pivot Medical Mentorship, the Pivot Interview Programme and the Pivot BMAT/ UKCAT Training Programme, is put in place to help suitable candidates achieve their aspirations of becoming a doctor.



 

The Mentors

Dr Billy Leung


Dr Leung is dually-qualified as a doctor (2011) and dentist (2019), and is currently working as a clinical fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Queens Hospital, London. He has a strong passion for medical education. His special interests are medical ethics, personal statements, interview training, and UCAT training. Dr Leung has mentored many students through the process and has a motto of 'never give up'.

Dr Alex Man


Dr Man qualified as a doctor in 2010, and is currently working as General Practitioner in London. He is passionate about encouraging and helping students in attaining their places in medical and dental school and had been successful for many years. His special interests are personal statements, interview training, NHS hot topic, and importantly, verbal reasoning in the UCAT examination.



Training in the UK


Once you have been admitted as a medical student in the UK, the study is expected to last for 5-6 years, depending on whether you take 1 year out to obtain an intercalated science degree (BSc) alongside your MBBS, which is becoming a popular trend. After graduating, you shall embark on two years of foundation (FY) training, rotating around different specialties as a foundation doctor in FY1 and FY2 posts. Almost all international students will secure a place in foundation training and obtain their full GMC (General Medical Council) registration upon completion of FY1.


After completing both years of FY training, you will need to decide on what specialty you would like to apply for. As an international student, one disadvantage is that you must at this point secure a training post, as any gaps in your training may devoid your Working Visa. Conversely speaking, there is often minimal need for alarm as most international students would secure a training post if all the necessary boxes are ticked, for example, having a well-prepared resume and sufficient training in interview techniques for specialty interviews. Specialty training duration depends on the specialty selected. General practice (GP) requires 3 years, whereas medical or surgical specialties may take up to 6-7 years. The end goal is to obtain the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) [Pathway A].


HKMLE & transfer to Hong Kong to practice


There are various stages during the doctor’s training pathway in which you can complete the 3-part Hong Kong Medical Licensing Examination (HKMLE) examination. All UK medical graduates would have completed a minimum of 5 years of medical school training, which fulfils the eligibility criteria to take the HKMLE. UK graduates can apply to the 3-part HKMLE at any point after graduation, and on passing the final part of the exam, candidates can commence the Pre-Registration House Officer (PRHO) post in Hong Kong, for 6-12 months [Pathway B]. This will then be followed by their selected specialty training in Hong Kong, e.g. family medicine or general surgery, until Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). For UK graduates that have already completed their specialty training (CCT) in the UK, passing the HKMLE would at present also require completion of the PRHO post, before they can work as a specialist in Hong Kong [Pathway C]. This may change in the future, where UK specialists (CCT) may be exempt from completing the PRHO post.


The pathways to transfer from the UK to HK medical system may seem complicated at first, but with some careful consideration together with comprehensive assistance from Pivot Academics, things become simpler and we are confident that our Pivot Medical Programme would provide you with extra options to achieve your ambitions to become a professionally qualified doctor in Hong Kong

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We facilitate your application to medical schools in the UK and Hong Kong. The Pivot Medical Programme, which consists of the Medical Mentorship, Interview Programme and BMAT/ UKCAT Training Programme, is put in place to help suitable candidates achieve their aspirations of becoming a doctor.

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    Sunny's classes were really helpful. He managed to identify and improve my weakness. The tedious concepts were delivered in a comprehensive way. I was able to be clearer about the content after every class and eventually achieved an ideal grade. Now I'm studying at my dream university, and I would not have done that without his help.
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    When I decided to go to the UK, most of the schools have passed the deadline, and there are certain restrictions on where I can go to study, but after the Pivot Academics counsellor took over my case, they still tried their best to get me into the region and the top school. And finally, I was successfully admitted. My family and I were ecstatic. The counsellor would still pay attention to my study journey in the UK and maintain close contact. This kind of thorough care, It's hard to find elsewhere.
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    Most unique to Pivot is the wide network of mentors and students, meaning that for virtually any query, there is likely someone who has had a recent experience with the issue at hand. Pivot also holds frequent sessions spanning various aspects of the application process and provides a well-rounded approach to medical applications. Arrangement of work experience is also of great help to students, who may otherwise struggle to find the tailor-made work experience opportunities that Pivot offers.
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    Over the past two years, Billy (Dr Leung) and Alex (Dr Man) have been excellent mentors for me and a tremendous inspiration to me. There is no doubt to say that their guidance has brought me further in life. I couldn’t recommend anyone better to have both as a guide and mentor.
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