DNT China correspondent, Dr. Micheal Amponsah is one of the two Ghanaians to have completed internship and have graduated after a six-year program from September 2014 till December 2020 at the Hainan Medical University in China.
Out of a total of 96 graduates, 30 Chinese Nationals, and 66 International students mainly from Arica and Asia, Dr. Michael Amponsah and Dr. Nana Owuraku Amoa -Ampong were successful in sailing through their internships in China. Unfortunately, most qualified interns are still locked up in their various countries of internships during this pandemic.
Throughout the studies, International students encountered a myriad of challenges. It became a prerequisite to passing the HSK Chinese examinations by the end of the second year. The examinations entailed, reading, writing, and speaking of the Chinese language even though the program was taught in English.
The living conditions in China are initially not favorable, however, the quick spread of Covid-19 resulted in a more abrasive economic situation. Unlike other countries, China does not permit work and study in most provinces. This served as a detriment to the economic wellbeing.
Furthermore, the pandemic drastically delayed their internships thus affecting the period for graduation. Currently, there are about 33 colleagues across the globe who have not completed their internships, hence, could not graduate.
Moreover, the degree award of MBBS Bachelor in medicine/ Bachelor in surgery gives the opportunity to practice medicine anywhere in the world once certification is issued by the respective medical boards of those countries.
Dr. Michael Amponsah
DNT Correspondent, China