Get an introduction to orthopaedic surgery and treatments through this course designed for students of Secondary 4-5/ Year 11-12/ Grade 10-11. You will “shadow” clinicians and participate in hands-on learning during the summer component. You will also be offered mentoring throughout the year by our clinical staff who will be happy to share their experiences.
【Detailed course components】
1. Observing live surgical demonstrations and outpatient clinic sessions to learn about the daily routine of orthopaedic doctors.
2. Participating in orthopaedic workshops to observe the application of plaster casts and the fixation of fractures using implants and power tools.
3. Learning about 3D printing and artificial intelligence, both cutting-edge research tools impacting patient care in the field of orthopaedics.
4. Attending Departmental and Team Meetings to understand how teamwork is essential in clinical medicine.
5. Receiving mentorship from assigned doctors to prepare for university life.
The programme is designed as a hybrid combining online and in-person sessions held at the LKS Faculty of Medicine and Queen Mary Hospital. Owing to COVID-19 conditions, clinical duties and medical research will be conducted via telemedicine. More course details will be confirmed following acceptance due to evolving pandemic conditions.
This programme is organised by the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (https://www.ortho.hku.hk/).
【Assessment / Pre-requisite(s)】
This course is highly competitive. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of between 350 and 1,000 words. From these submissions, a selected group may be invited for an interview in June 2021. Your statement should address the following:
• Why you would like to join the Teenage OrthoPod Scheme (TOPS);
• What distinguishes you from other applicants;
• What you expect to gain / achieve from the TOPS;
• Any other information that shows your interest and suitability for joining the TOPS.
【Let’s hear what our TOPS alumni say!】
“It heavily influenced my decision to study medicine in Hong Kong; it allowed me to network with students who shared similar interests and doctors who would become my teachers later on in medical school; and it provided me with many valuable experiences (e.g. watching orthopaedic operations and helping out with research in the department) that I would not have otherwise been able to have at the current stage of my education.”
– Elaine Tian
“Heightened my interests in medicine and given much valuable insight into the field of O&T! To this day I still remember my interactions with the patients there. It really was an invaluable and precious experience, and I wish to become an empathetic and excellent doctor like the ones I have encountered at TOPS.”
– Audrey Chung
“It was a lovely experience to learn about what orthopaedic surgeons (or more generally physicians) actually do – both clinical and research aspects of a doctor. It has enhanced my interest in studying medicine and helped me learn about whether medicine is a career that I would enjoy.”
– Angela Lee
“I grew my interest in the medical field after joining TOPS. I co-founded WeCareBill Foundation in 2018 to help cancer patients with better access to affordable medical services. I wish to further my legal studies and pursue a career path in the legal and entrepreneurial field.”
– Gracia Tsui
Programme contents are subject to change without prior notice.