Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Hualien, Tzu Chi University School of Post-Baccalaureate Chinese Medicine
General Internal Medicine, Chest medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Chinese Medicine (limits: Only the ones who speaks fluent Mandarin can choose), Family medicine
All months can be accepted except the period of Jan. and Feb.
Hospital dormitory/School dormitory
When you get the opportunity to have a one-month clerkship in our hospital, you should have an physical examination including HIV Test, HBS Antigen, HBS Antibody, TPHA, HCV, VZV IgG, and Chest X-ray Examination.
Tzu Chi University was established in 1994 by the Tzu Chi Foundation. It sits in the heart of Hualien, a beautiful metropolitan city. Its goal is to raise the level of local health care and education. With a spacious campus filled with green areas, Tzu Chi University provides well-equipped teaching facilities and a comfortable, graceful living environment. With the motto of "Kindness, compassion, joy and unselfish giving", Tzu Chi University strives to follow those codes of conduct and integrate them into the student's university curriculum and teaching.
The Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital is established in 1986, and is officially inaugurated as a Medical Center in 1999. Currently hosting a total of 982 beds including ICUs, it is the largest hospital in eastern Taiwan. Upholding the virtues of gratitude, respect and love, TCGH is not founded for profits nor fame. It is dedicated to serving the needy in far-flung places of the island and devoted to providing wholesome community health services. Boasting the world's largest bone marrow bank, TCGH continues to expand to cover all regions of the island with 6 hospitals nationwide. In addition, TCGH is is also well known for its Traditional Chinese Medicine. It develops various departments including traditional Chinese internal medicine, acupuncture, traditional Chinese orthopedics, pediatrics and gynecology. Hospital volunteers is a TCGH specialty – be sure to greet those wearing blue Chinese QiPao when you see them. Besides, our TIMA (Tzu Chi Internatioal Medical Association) members serve disaster areas worldwide, notable incidents including the South-East Asia Tsunami, Jakarta earthquake, Fujian drought, Iran, Pakistan, Haiti, Sichuan earthquakes,and the more recent Japan earthquake.
We're not SCORE active, so we don't have research projects now.
No Pocket money.

Accommodation: In dormitory of campus. four people/ per room, washing machine available, hot bath water are also only available from 6:00pm to 1:00am, dorm lights are shut off at 12:00am, with only the desk plugs and washroom lights still working, 10 minutes walk to hospital.

Regulations of dorms: 11:00pm curfew, female dorm and male dorm are separated, alcohol drinking and smoking are strictly forbidden.

Where to eat: Cafeteria in campus or in hospital/vendors or restaurants outside the campus.

Cafeteria in campus: only five minutes walk from hospital, only vegetarian foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner,15NTD for breakfast, 25NTD for lunch and 45NTD for dinner.

Cafeteria in hospital: locates the 2F of the Unity Building in hospital, only offering vegetarian foods, the price is higher than the cafeteria in campus.

*Remember to bring your tableware with you to the cafeterias!!!

Vendors or restaurants outside the campus: offering plenty of non-vegetarian food, such as noodles, rice foods, pasta dishes.

By train from Taipei: The two fastest and newest trains, named Taroko and Puyuma only takes about 2 hours to get to Hualien from Taipei. You will have to book it 14 days ago from Internet or 12 days ago from the train station. You had better take the train in day time or you will miss the beautiful scene of the eastern Taiwan! http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/

By plane from Taipei, Taichung, or Kaohsiung: There are only a few flights to get to Hualien. It takes 35 minutes from Taipei to Hualien, 60 minutes from Taichung and 55 minutes from Kaohsiung, and about 7 flights, 1 flight, and 1 flight a day,respectively. http://www.hulairport.gov.tw/e_content/about/about01.aspx

How to get to TCU from train station or airport: By cab.

Address of TCU: No.701, Sec. 3, Zhongyang Rd. Hualien 97004, Taiwan(花蓮市中央路三段701號)

For more information, please contact your CPs!!!
  • Taroko National Park Two-day Trip

Day1: TCU→ Qingshui Cliffs→ Taroko National Park Headquarters (lunch)→ Shakadang Trail→ Tiangxiang(stay for the night) Day2:Tianxiang→ Baiyang Waterfall Trail→ Lushui Trail---Swallow Grotto Trail→ Buluowan (lunch)→ Eternal Spring Shrine Trail→ TCU

  • Qixingtan-Liyu Lake Bicycle Trail One-day Trip

TCU→ Qixingtan Scenic Area→ Liyu(Carp) Lake→ Chinan National Forest Recreation Area→ Mukumugi→TCU

Hualien City One-day Trip