To a medical student, studying Biochemistry in the preclinical years is just like an infant's first footstep.
But this small footstep actually is a leap into an explicit learning of contemporary MBBS curriculum, and a more successful medical practice in the future!
Biochemistry is important for the clinical practice
In contemporary medical practice, most clinical diagnoses are stemmed from an understanding of the pathological causes. To interpret these pathophysiological processes, it is inevitable to make use of the fundamental principles of biochemistry that govern their functions within the molecular pathways of human body. A thorough learning of the biochemical concepts not only helps address the key problems in human health and disease, but also provides clues for the prevention, medical intervention, treatment and management of disease.
The advances in human genomics and proteomics have made very extensive contributions to the fields of medical sciences. The necessity for learning these essentials of modern biochemistry and molecular biology is now becoming a fundamental part of the medical education.
Our roles in the medical education
Since 1965, our department is the center of teaching and learning biochemistry in The University of Hong Kong and also is the lead in Hong Kong that offers biochemistry lectures and practicals for the dynamic medical curriculum.
Our mission for the medical education is to ensure students: (1) learn the essentials of biochemistry and molecular biology and relate to other medical disciplines; (2) apply the biochemical concepts comprehensively for solving health-related problems in their clinical practices.
The ways to learn Biochemistry
Through lectures, tutorials and practical classes, we offer excellent opportunities for students to learn the basics of biochemistry and molecular biology which are the ultimate level of explanation for the derangements of biochemical processes in diseases.
Lectures: Topics are specially selected for medical students so that contemporary biochemical concepts are learnt with the relevance to human health and disease.
Practicals: The experiments designed in each of the practical classes are not only to illustrate and complement the lectures, but are also aimed to provide an extensive experience of contemporary biomedical and molecular techniques to the medical students.