Taiwan (China)
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Taiwan (China) FMS-Taiwan
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Mandarin (Mainly), Taiwanese, English
English
(GMT+08:00) Taipei
New Taiwan dollar
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Hualien, Tzu Chi University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung Medical University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung Medical University, Post Baccalaureate Medicine
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taichung, China Medical University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taichung, China Medical University, Chinese Dpt
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taichung, Chung Shan Medical University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Tainan, National Cheng Kung University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, Chang Gung University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, Chang Gung University, Chinese Dpt
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, Fu Jen University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, National Defense Medicine Center
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, National Taiwan University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, National Yang Ming University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, Taipei Medical University
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Taipei, Mackay Medical College
Taiwan (FMS-Taiwan) - Taichung, China Medical University, Post-Baccalaureat Chinese Medicine
Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) - Hualien, Tzu Chi University School of Post-Baccalaureate Chinese Medicine

150 SCOPE STUDENTS
50 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
http://fmstw.org/
NEOs
Alexander Hsieh
Chi Ya Yang
NOREs
Yu Hsin (Emily) Chen
Bo-Jyun Chang
WELCOME NOTE

Welcome to the SCORE & SCOPE ExPlore Page of FMS-Taiwan (Federation of Medical Students in Taiwan).

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question about exchanging in Taiwan.

SCORE: nore_out@fmstw.org / nore_in@fmstw.org

SCOPE: neo_in@fmstw.org / neo_out@fmstw.org

Looking forward to meeting you all in Taiwan for SCORE/SCOPE exchange!

Best wishes and blue hugs from Taiwan!

OVERVIEW
  • FMS-Taiwan SCOPE was founded in 1995, and is composed of 17 Local Committees all over Taiwan. We have approximately 120 contracts per year, send students mostly in summer, and accept students almost whole year. Almost all LCs provide all field for exchange programme, and half of them provide clerkship for Chinese Medicine. The clerkship will be take place in the Medical Centers called “Teaching Hospital” with experienced tutors.In addition, FMS-Taiwan SCOPE provides you much more than clerkship in the hospital: The 14 LCs, except Hualien, which is a famous sightseeing center in eastern Taiwan, are all located in big cities that have convenient transportation and fantastic for exploring: the colorful society which mix tradition, modern lifestyle and high-tech altogether. Further more, we have numerous well-trained contact persons who can provide any information you need. Our CPs are always ready to solve your problem and always the best guide for a local life tour!
  • FMS-Taiwan SCORE was founded late after SCOPE; however, we have 18 Local Committees for you to choose as your research exchange program offering. To ensure the academic quality, we have about  50 contracts per year. For each research program, we provide you not only the professional professors but also several teaching assistants to help you to deal with the laboratory studies. Due to Taiwan’s education system restriction, we send students mostly in summer vacation (July and August). Surprisingly, we accept students’ application almost whole year to promote the excellent academic research environment of Taiwan. More than research affairs, FMS-Taiwan SCORE provides you proficient contact persons who can assist you to adapt the lifestyle in Taiwan. Our CPs are equipped with abundant traveling information about Taiwan, so they will be the best guides taking you sightseeing this island.

We are here proudly presenting our lovely committee SCOPE and SCORE, and invite you to visit Taiwan sincerely. Ready to experience an extremely passionated culture? You’re always the most welcome in Taiwan!

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

The National Health Insurance program (NHI) was launched in March 1995 to look after the health of the entire population, creating the National Health Insurance Administration Ministry of Health and Welfare (NHIA) as the responsible agency for overall planning. The core value behind its founding two decades ago was to protect the public’s “health care equal rights” and “economic equal rights.” The emphasis on these two problem was to clarify and give a good solution to the  causality between disease and poverty.

* The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) was previously known as the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI). When the Department of Health was reinstituted to become the Ministry of Health and Welfare on July 23, 2013, the BNHI also had its name changed to the NHIA.

Equal Access to Medical Rights for All

The NHI system is a compulsory insurance whose primary guiding principle is universal coverage and the right of everyone to receive equal medical services. As of July 1, 2006, there were some 22,374,752 persons enrolled,approximately 100% insured. And also, the economically disadvantaged individuals have unobstructed access to medical services because of insurance premium subsidies.

Convenient Medical Care

Convenient medical care is the goal the National Health Insurance Administration Ministry of Health and Welfare (NHIA) has been working on.On July 1, 2006, some 91.23% of all medical institutions were under NHI contract and universal medical care institutional coverage had just about reached its goal of “one card in hand, treatment throughout the land.” Even in overseas, when a patient receives emergency medical treatment for injury or illness, he/she still enjoys the right of NHI medical expense reimbursement upon return to the country. In addition to the increase on quantity, the quality of medical services provided is constantly being upgraded in recent year.

Sources of Financing

Designed to be financially self-sufficient and responsible for its deficits, the NHI system primarily relies on“pay-as-you-go”financing to balance its accounts in the short-term. By law, the NHIA cannot be for-profit and is required to maintain a reserve fund equaling one month of medical expenditures at least. The system is primarily funded by the premiums paid collectively by the insured, employers, and central and local governments. Other revenues come from outside sources, such as fines on overdue premiums, public welfare lottery contributions, and the health surcharge on cigarettes, all of which supplement the system's income after meeting the mandated reserve fund's basic funding needs.

Scope of Coverage

The National Health Insurance system offers a comprehensive and uniform benefits package to all those covered by the program, including foreigners. With a valid health insurance IC card, the insured have access to more than 18,000 contracted health care facilities around the country offering inpatient and ambulatory care, dental services, traditional Chinese medicine therapies, child delivery services, physical rehabilitation, home care, and chronic mental illness care, among others. The system covers most forms of treatment, including surgeries, and related expenses such as examinations, laboratory tests, prescription medications, supplies, nursing care, hospital rooms, and certain OTC drugs. It also pays for certain preventive services, such as pediatric and adult health exams, prenatal checkups, pap smears, and preventive dental health checks. Copayments as User Fees The copayments for outpatient and emergency care were adjusted several times during the system's first 10 years. But in July 2005, the NHIA inaugurated a new copayment fee schedule and referral system to encourage patients to seek treatment for minor ailments at local clinics while leaving regional hospitals free to focus on secondary care and medical centers free to focus on tertiary care. Another system - Taiwan’s version of Diagnosis Related Groups (TwDRGs) - was launched in July 2010 to further increase efficiency and give patients more holistic care, and a capitation payment system was introduced on a trial basis in July 2011. By this way, average medical resources used per case also fell because of the elimination of unnecessary operations, medications and tests, resulting in lower health care costs.

MEDICAL EDUCATION

The Medical Education in Taiwan consists of 6 to 7 years (Most of the Universities) or 4 to 5 years if you study the Post Baccalaureate Medicine Program. Lectures are mostly taught in Chinese .

  • 1st & 2nd year are basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and etc), which is also called para-medical courses 
  • 3rd & 4th year are Pre-clinical medicine (BLOCK system that center on different organ system)
  • 5th, 6th year are Clinical medicine (clerkship)
  • 7th year is intern year
  • Post graduate Year (PGY) for 1 year is followed by graduation as a further training

As of 2013, our medical system has changed from 7th year program to a 6th year program.

  • 1st & 2nd year are basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and etc)
  • 3rd & 4th year are Pre-clinical medicine (BLOCK system that center on different organ systems)
  • 5th, 6th year are Clinical medicine (clerkship)
  • Post graduate Year (PGY) is increased to 2 years.
TRANSPORTATION

Airport

There are 3 international airports in Taiwan: Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport(TPE) in Taoyuan (about 40 KM from Taipei City), Kaohsiung Airport(KHH) in Kaohsiung and Taichung International airport(RMQ) in Taichung. Direct flights between Taiwan and other countries provide convenient services. Except for some flights to and from between Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as South East Asia land in Kaohsiung Airport and Taichung airport, most international flights land in Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport. You can find more information on their official website. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Kaohsiung International Airport and Taichung International Airport.

Railways

The island-wide railway network including western line, eastern line, north line and south line, provides a lot of convenience to the passengers, and there are several classes for choice---economic class, Fuxing class, Juguang class and Ziqiang class. Tourists can have their own choice according to their traveling time, consuming ability and the purpose of taking this vehicle; besides this, there are some small trains at slower speed for some routes, such as lines of Ali, Jiji, Pingxi, and Neiwan. Tourists who visit Taiwan for the first time, by taking these routes, are expected to enjoy a very interesting and impressive experience, since they have the chance to see all the beautiful sceneries during the whole journey. It is especially difficult to get the train tickets during continual holidays, and therefore, reserving tickets 14 days before departure by phone or through website service is strongly recommended. For the train schedule please click here.

High Speed Railway

The High Speed Railway prides itself on enabling people of Taiwan to live in an “one-day peripheral circle". With the opening of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)in 2005, visitors can now easily take a day trip between Kaohsiung and Taipei linking a total length of 345km with 90 minutes traveling time. Currently eight stations are operational on the THSR line along Taiwan's western corridor: Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Zuoying (Kaohsiung. If you have the budget and wish to save the time, THSR is your best option. Tickets can be purchased by phone or online. Click on the following links for THRS Timetable & Fare Search and Reservation. Taiwan High Speed Railway

MRT

The mass rapid transit system (MRT) in Taipei and Kaohsiung, together with the metropolitan area's dedicated bus route network, forms a convenient transportation system.These lines are dotted with a variety of attractions and scenic spots. As a result, visitors can take a leisurely journey through most of the attractive parts of Taipei by using the MRT service. Auto ticketing slots can be found in MRT stations, providing ticketing services (Coin changers are equipped in all stations.) "Single-journey Ticket" price ranging from NT$20 to NT$65 depending on travel distance. A 200-dollar "One-day pass" purchased from service booth will allow unlimited travels among all MRT lines within one day. Please take advantage of One-day pass if you are in desire of visiting spots along MRT lines. For the route map please click on the link: Taipei MetroTaoyuan metro



Intercity Bus

Taiwan's long distant highway transportation services are provided by private transportation companies: Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp., UBus, Free Go Bus Corp. and Aloha Bus. They are carrying passengers and shuttling on significant provincial highways and the freeways.Owing to a more intensive service schedule, some bus companies provide even 24 hours service, plus cheaper ticket fares than HSR and trains. The private transportation companies have become one of the most popular transportation service providers between cities. During weekends, passengers are suggested to take trains in order to prevent serious traffic jam on the freeways. But reserving tickets as early as possible is also an option. Stops for the long distant highway transportation are scattering in different cities, but Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung are the main transferring stops.There are six bus companies now providing daily transportation service between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and major cities around Taiwan. They are: Kuo-Kuang Bus, Free Go Bus, Air Bus, UBus, Evergreen, Taoyuan Bus. Bus routes information can be found by visiting the Website of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Taxi

Major cities have an abundance of taxis. Charges are NT$75 for the first 1.25 km and NT$5 for each additional 250 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Charges may be raised during Chinese New Year holidays. Basically, taxi fares in all major cities are set by local city government itself and are in a minor discrepancy. Out-of-town or long-distance travels may not apply to meter charge; travelers are suggested to confirm charging method before getting on taxi. 50% additional to meter charge needed for cab traveling to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It costs around NT$1,200 to travel from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City, and NT$300 for traveling between Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung Airport. Island wide travel service is available in fixed fares upon passengers' needs. Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a good idea to have hotel personnel write both your destination and your hotel's name and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of each one-way trip. For further inquiries you can see the website of Taiwan Taxi. Taxi service hotline 405-88888 or 55688 by cell phone

 

SOCIAL PROGRAM

Here in SCOPE and SCORE-Taiwan we do our best to provide you with one of a kind united social program(USP). The USP is not only a great chance for you to discover the beauty of Taiwan but also to meet all the other exchange students in Taiwan. Normally, there will be two USPs in July and also two in August. The Chinese Medicine Camp is one you definitely don't want to miss. For the most up-to-date information about the USP, please keep an close eye to the e-mails that your LEOs, LOREs and contact person wrote you.

MUST SEE

Visiting all cities around Taiwan is highly recommended!
Each unique city has its own natural beauty, nightlife, and authentic delicacies. 
Here are some instances of the main places visitors planing to go:  Taipei 101, Feng Jia Night Market, Fort  Zeelandia, Cijin port, Kenting, and Taroko National Park. (However there are way more!)
For more information, please visit 
Taiwan website for more details, read our incoming leaflet, or ask your contact person directly.

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

The cultures of Taiwan are a hybrid blend of various sources, incorporating elements of traditional Chinese culture, attributable to the historical and ancestry origin of the majority of its current residents, Japanese culture, traditional Confucianist beliefs, and increasingly Western values. As a result, the prevalent form of religious belief in Taiwan is composed of Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese folk religion, including ancestor worship. Besides, the Taiwanese aborigines, comprised of over 16 different tribes, are known for their various festivals celebrating harvest and coming-of-age ceremony.


There are some special culture in Taiwan being introduced as following:

  • Night Market
As one of the most well-known features, almost every town in Taiwan has its own night markets. At food stands, you can have a taste of our authentic snacks or exotic cuisines from nearby countries. There are also games like goldfish scooping and claw vending machines for visitors to relieve themselves. If you want to buy low-price clothes and sourvenirs, going to night markets is also a good choice.

  • Cram School Culture

Taiwan, like its neighbors in East Asia, is well known for its buxiban, often translated as cram school, and literally meaning "make-up class" or "catch-up class" or to learn more advanced classes. Nearly all students attend some sort of buxiban, whether for mathematics, computer skills, English, other foreign languages, or exam preparation (college, graduate school, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, etc.).

  • Taiwanese Tea Culture

Being a subtropical island, Taiwan is suitable for tea planting. Therefore, tea arts and tea ceremony are a very common way of enjoying tea in Taiwan, especially in Taipei Maokong and Chiayi Alishan. The most common teas in Taiwan are oolongs such as Iron Goddess and Alpine Oolong. Due to the multiculturalism in Taiwan, tea culture also can be seen associated with many of the classical arts, for examples, calligraphy, flower arts, incense arts, etc. The most famous drink in Taiwan chosen by the foreigners is pearl milk tea (also known as bubble tea or boba), which is also originated from tea culture. It is so popular in Taiwan that you can find bubble tea shops almost everywhere in Taiwan.

  • Popular culture

Cell phones are very popular in Taiwan. Mobile penetration rate stands at just over 100%. Nowadays, it is easy to contact each other in Tawian. In addition to cell phone using, Internet cafes are also accessible. Often, the internet cafes offer food and drink. Talking about the music, Hip-hop culture from the United States also flourishes in Taiwan. Since 1949, Taiwan had managed to develop itself into the center of Chinese pop culture (also known as "C-pop"). Today, the commercial Chinese music industry in the world is still largely dominated by Taiwanese pop artists.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

From now on, to avoid improper behavior and raise the awareness of SCOPE regulation during the exchanging periods, we will ask incomings to sign their signature on the document of SCOPE Terms and Condition if any LC/hospitals requires to do so. 

Here is the link of SCOPE Terms and Condition