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I personally find looking for info on the web regarding clinical electives to Taiwan quite a hassle. As of December 2012, the official websites of the universities and hospitals that I have looked up provide inadequate info which may vary from minor details to major must-do points, so you will need to approach and contact them by email to get the complete set of information. Not to mention, it will be easier if you can read Mandarin to gleam and search for the info you want from the website. Hence, my decision to put up this blog post. Although I’m pretty unsure whether anybody reads blogs anymore haha!

By and large, you will need to submit: application form, photocopy of your student ID, academic transcript, CV, recommendation letter by your dean, photocopy of your passport.

Some will require a learning proposal, chest xray, and medical insurance.

These documents can be emailed (easiest way), faxed or posted to the respective institutions.

For contacts/emails of the PIC of the institutions I applied to:

1. Taipei Medical University –> Miss Jewel Chu –>

2. National Cheng Kung University –> Miss Jui Chen –>

3. Kaoshiung Medical University –> Dept of clinical education and training –> Miss Lee I-Ping –>

4. Tzu Chi Hospital, Taipei –>

For Tzu chi application documents

You will need:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Learning program, including objectives, duration, and specialties of interest
3. Proof of current status, which can include either certificate of employment, letter of recommendation from university, or report card.
4. Passport page which shows personal information
5. Medical license if available
Hospital accomodation is available at NTD 3000/month (Twin Room), and internet fee NTD 500/month.

Veterans Hospital’s form is here


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As a medical student at AIMST, of course we are buried with heaps and heaps of reading material that are recommended by the faculty, seniors etc.

Don’t get me wrong. I love reading – if its stuff from Rick Riordan, Rowling and the like. But academically?? I’ve never been the consistent, hardworking (or smart working) medico that I should be. That said, here are the books that I, or others have been using, and i’ll elaborate slightly on what the layout is like.

Check out google books and your uni library first to see if you FALL IN LOVE with your textbooks first though, if you’re like me, and prefer the original over photocopied versions. There’s just something magical about holding a nice solid book instead of photocopies and e-books  ^^

But of course I do have some other photocopied books that I’m not in love with, or is a small component/posting.

Anatomy Please get the original books!!!

1. Choose 1 textbook among Gray’s Anatomy for students; Snell’s; Keith L Moore. Some might get Maheswari although I’m not really a fan of it.

A nice book for Neuroanatomy is by Inderbir Singh published by Jaypee. Nice drawable diagrams and easy-to-understand English.

2. Get Netter’s atlas so when u read, ur texbook and atlas is side by side, and you DRAW!! DRAW AND DRAW MORE! how i regret not reading my anatomy you will never know T.T


Not really necessary to get a book, but if you do, get this Elsevier orange coloured one by an Indian author. Forgot the name of the book though, sowie!


2 great textbooks are Guyton’s textbook of physiology; Ganong. Choose either. Both have their own merits. my batch’s preferences are quite equally divided between this 2.


i hate u i hate u!!! my dislike for biochem is so intense that i don’t touch my biochem textbook at all and read entirely from the lecture slides.

Nonetheless, EVERYBODY uses the lippincott textbook


Mim’s microbiology was recommended. But I also dislike this subject hence my over-reliance on lecture notes, especially dear Dr. PKR’s haha! Don’t think I would sit down and listen in the lectures if it wasn’t for his humor keeping all that excitement going on.


REALLY REALLY REALLY important to score this for your future clinical years. Another regret for over-relying on lecture notes XO

EVERYBODY uses Katzung by the way.

Community Medicine 

1. Lecture notes

2. The epidemiology book / lecture notes authored by our lecturers – must buy


*psst, let me know if i’ve missed out any subjects okay??*

me is introvert. me is like hermit crab.

what the heck, me IS hermit crab.

me no problem go up stage and talk crap.

but me got problem talking in the typical daily life.

like within your social circle

among friends

cos me not talkative, not funny, not smart, no exciting life

so me look like not friendly, snobbish, n don’t care abt anything in the world.

me very sad n disappointed in me

me wonders what happened to kid time resolution to be bold, brave, talkative

basically being an extrovert

but me really introvert, cannot change.

but really, me yearns n cherish ppl around me

me may not speak much, but me enjoy being with YOU.

me thinks me pushing myself more n more deeper inside the cave.