All medical graduates who wish to register as medical practitioners with the Medical Council of Hong Kong ("the Council"), with the exception of graduates of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong, are required to pass the Council's Licensing Examination and successfully complete a period of assessment in approved hospitals or institutions.
The Licensing Examination is held twice annually and comprises the following 3 parts :
Part I : Examination in Professional Knowledge
This consists of two papers, each of which comprises 120 multiple-choice questions. It is designed to test candidates’ professional knowledge in Basic Sciences, Medical Ethics/ Community Medicine, Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Questions are in both English and Chinese.
Part II : Proficiency Test in Medical English
This is a written English paper designed to test whether candidates’ command of English is adequate for professional purposes. Questions are in English.
Part III : Clinical Examination
This is designed to test candidates’ ability to apply professional knowledge to clinical problems in Medicine, Surgery (including cases of Orthopaedic Surgery), Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. Candidates can answer in English, Cantonese or Putonghua (choice to be made in application form).
Each candidate must pass Part I and Part II Examinations before applying to sit for Part III.
Having passed the Licensing Examination, candidates will be required to undergo 12 months of training and assessment in approved hospitals as interns. During this period, interns will receive clinical instructions to enable them to become familiar with the local medical system and commonly-found diseases. Upon successful completion of the period of assessment, interns may apply to the Council for full registration.