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Student Support

Assessing Student Support Needs to Inform the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences


This project examined the health and wellbeing of students in all five undergraduate degree programmes (MBBS, BNurs, BChinMed, BPharm and BBiomedSci) at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the impact on academic outcomes and the stressors identified by students. The 2014-15 first year students collectively, had higher stress levels than the Hong Kong general population and worse quality of life than the world general population in the psychological and physical domains. BPharm students were the most stressed and had the worst physical QOL scores. BChinMed students had the worst psychological QOL scores. Twelve months later, the MBBS cohort became significantly more stressed while the other programme cohorts remained unchanged. Stress did not have a quantitative impact on academic outcomes but was associated with decreased self-efficacy which is an important component of motivation to learn. The main causes of stress were structural (timetabling, shuttle bus schedule, catering etc) but also learning-related (exams, disconnect between what was taught and what was examined, insufficient feedback etc) and support-related (distrustful of confidentiality, hard to access etc). Documenting the state of student wellbeing and the issues contributing to it will help identify areas in need of intervention.

Principal Investigator

Dr. J.Y. Chen, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

May 2017


  1. A set of guiding recommendations for developing student-centred support within the Faculty of Medicine
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  3. Conference presentation at a local, regional and international academic meeting
    1. What does medical student stress look like? Download
      Chang Gung Medical Education Research Center
      Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
      Taoyuan City, Taiwan
      August 15, 2016
    2. Medical student stress: just how bad is it? Download
      Australasian Doctors Health Conference
      Sydney, Australia
      September 17-20, 2017
    3. Stress and its impact on learning: a snapshot of first year health sciences students Download
      Asian Medical Education Association Conference
      The University of Hong Kong
      Dec 14-16, 2017
    4. The wellbeing, learning attitudes and academic attainment of undergraduate nursing students at The University of Hong Kong Download
      Hong Kong Nursing Forum
      The University of Hong Kong
      Dec 17-18, 2017
  4. Academic publication in a peer-reviewed journal