The Faculty of Medicine of Macau University of Science & Technology (MUST) offers a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program similar to MBBS courses offered in U.K. and other countries. The curriculum is competency based consisting of five years of formal course followed by one year of internship. The main objective of the course is to create ‘tomorrow’s doctors’ in Macao who would be compassionate, caring and competent in delivery of effective and efficient patient care. Course begins with foundation module and progresses through various basic sciences and clinical clerkships.
Phase I : Introduction to Medical Education & Training
Phase I of the course begins with three months of orientation program emphasizing course structure, importance of appropriate communication skills, language proficiencies, ethical and moral values, humanity and duties of the doctor. It also introduces students to the application of basic sciences in clinical context along with concepts of active learning and evidence basic practice. Block is followed by a period of formative assessment to familiarize students with examination requirements and practice.
Phase I : Biomedical Science in Clinical context course
Phase I continues with system (organ) blocks of five weeks each. Teaching in these blocks will be organized with integration of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, microbiology based on clinical scenarios. There will written and practical summative examinations at the end of Years 1 and 2, followed by six weeks of elective period before students progress to third year of Phase II program.
Phase II : Clinical Foundation Clerkships
Third year of clinical foundation course with three rotations is held at hospital, family medicine and community health clinics to learn basic clinical examination skills with real patients across various specialties. Students will have opportunity to acquire abilities to make diagnosis based on comprehensive history taking and physical examinations prior to any routine and supportive investigation are undertaken. Course will end with third summative written and clinical examination again followed by four weeks of elective.
Phase III : Clinical Advanced Clerkships
Advanced clerkship of six months duration will be an extension of clinical foundation course to consolidate clinical diagnostic skills with interpretation of investigation and management of patients from paediatrics to geriatrics and mental health. These clerkship will be offered at network of hospitals and clinics beyond the University teaching hospital (UH). Formative evaluation of students’ logbooks and clinical competence will be undertaken as a part of continuous assessment.
Phase IV : Clinical Specialty Clerkship & Assistant Internship
Specialty clerkship is a year long program related to Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Family Medicine, Community Medicine and other specialties. Emphasis in this clerkship will be on management issues. After progressing through Phase I, II and part of Phase III modules, it is expected that students have acquired sufficient skills to participate in active management of patients as an Assistant Interns as a part of interprofessional team. After completion of specialty clerkships and a period of revision students will appear for final examination to obtain degree certificate of MBBS.
Students will be offered six weeks of electives in Macau and beyond at the end of first, second, third and final years to broaden their learning and participating experience in health care projects, volunteerism, international health. Students will work with nominated supervisor to guide and certify their active involvement.
After successful accomplishment at the MBBS exam, medical students will undertake 12 months of compulsory and supervised internship at recognized training units in Macao and beyond. Macao University of Science and Technology will monitor internship program to ensure interns have obtained good clinical experience; and supervisors have signed their logbooks to document satisfactory completion of internship.