25 October 2016
HKU's medical school has an interesting batch of new students, including an ethnic Indian and a twin-sister duo. Photo: HKEJ
HKU's medical school has an interesting batch of new students, including an ethnic Indian and a twin-sister duo. Photo: HKEJ

How an ethnic Indian made it to HKU’s latest MBBS batch

It’s a story of sheer perseverance and never giving up on your dreams.

Rohit Kumar Verma, an ethnic Indian born and brought up in Hong Kong, has made it to the MBBS degree program at the University of Hong Kong this year, fulfilling a long cherished ambition. 

Joining an elite batch of students, Verma is making news because he gained a seat in the medicine stream after trying for three years.

Verma took the last A-levels and GCE in 2012 and was accepted by the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou and five other universities in the United Kingdom.

Not satisfied with the results, he retook his exams and was accepted by Fudan University the next year.

However, the young student was still unhappy as his heart was really set on pursuing the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program at HKU, am730 reports.

Keeping the goal in mind, he enrolled for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health course at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, seeing it as a ladder into an MBBS program.

Since then he has been trying to make the switch, putting in efforts each successive year.

The efforts have finally paid off as Verma, in his third attempt, has finally been admitted to the MBBS program at HKU this year.

Verma says he always wanted to become a doctor as a family member had battled cancer. By being a medical professional, he hopes to save people’s lives and serve Hong Kong, he says.

Among others admitted to the MBBS course at HKU this year are two twin sisters, Chan Hui-yan and Chan Hui-yee, who scored full marks at the recent International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations.

The twins, whose parents are both doctors, said they have long witnessed how busy their parents were since a young age.

Hui-yee says they were inspired by the values and the work ethics of their father and mother, and have come to understand that it is more important to be a good person than a capable doctor.

As noted, many medical students have struggled through the pain of losing their loved ones, or felt the pain of helplessness while their family members struggled with illnesses.

Some say they were touched by how doctors were able to make an impact and protect others’ lives.

Whatever the reason, we can only wish the would-be-doctors all the best as they begin an arduous multi-year program.

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