LKS Medical Faculty MEHU
Dr Julie Y. Chen

Dr Julie Y. Chen

Dr Julie Y. Chen

Dr Julie Y. Chen


Director, Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, School of Clinical Medicine
Associate Professor (Teaching), Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care / Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education
Assistant Dean, LKS Faculty of Medicine



Julie is currently Associate Professor (Teaching) jointly appointed in the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, and the Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education. She also serves as Assistant Dean (Learner Wellbeing) in the LKS Faculty of Medicine. She studied medicine at Dalhousie University and completed her training in family medicine at the University of Toronto. Julie teaches medical students across all six years of the MBBS programme in her own discipline as well as in professionalism and medical humanities. She is concerned about the fragmentation of healthcare, the loss of community and the deterioration of medical student wellbeing and believes that the simple effort of ‘asking an unscripted question’ can start bringing individuals together in a meaningful way.

Key Research Areas

  • Medical education (particularly development, assessment and evaluation of curricula related to family medicine, medical humanities and professionalism)
  • Health and wellbeing of doctors and students
  • Evaluation of quality of care and health-related quality of life

Publications - Journal Articles

  1. Lee CY, Jenq CC, Chandratilake M, Chen J, Chen MM, Nishigori H, Wajid G, Yang PH, Yusoff MSB, Monrouxe L. A scoping review of clinical reasoning research with Asian healthcare professionals. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2021 Jul 12.
  2. Chen JY, Chin WY, Tiwari A, Wong J, Wong ICK, Worsley A, Feng Y, Sham MH, Tsang JPY, & Lau CS. Validation of the perceived stress scale (PSS-10) in medical and health sciences students in Hong Kong. The Asia Pacific Scholar 2021, 6(2), 31-37
  3. Ng APP, Chin WY, Wan EYF, Chen JY, Lau CS. Prevalence and severity of burnout in Hong Kong doctors up to 20 years post-graduation: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2020;10:e040178. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040178
  4. Shih, K.C., Chan, J.C.‐H., Chen, J.Y. and Lai, J.S.‐M. (2020), Ophthalmic clinical skills teaching in the time of COVID‐19: A crisis and opportunity. Med Educ, 54: 663-664.
  5. Steven W. H. Chau, Thomas Lewis, Roger Ng, Julie Y. Chen, Sarah Marie Farrell, Andrew Molodynski & Dinesh Bhugra (2019) Wellbeing and mental health amongst medical students from Hong Kong, International Review of Psychiatry, 31:7-8, 626-629, doi: 10.1080/09540261.2019.1679976
  6. Chen, J.Y., Chin, W.Y, Tsang, J.P.Y. How Clinician Examiners Compare with Simulated Patients in Assessing Medical Student Empathy in a Clinical Exam Setting. Med Teach. 2019; Sep 26:1-6.
  7. Wong, C. K., Chen, J. Y., Fung, S. K., Lo, W. K., Lui, S. L., Chan, T. M., Cheng, Y. L., Kong, I. , Wan, E. Y. and Lam, C. L. Health‐related quality of life and health utility of Chinese patients undergoing nocturnal home haemodialysis in comparison with other modes of dialysis. Nephrology. 2019; 24: 630-637.
  8. Henning, M. A., Chen, J. Y., Krägeloh, C. U., Hill, E. M., Booth, R., & Webster, C. A comparative, multi-national analysis of the quality of life and learning factors of medical and non-medical undergraduate students. Medical Science Educator 2019; 29: 475.
  9. Wu H, Chen J, Conundrum between internationalisation and interdisciplinarity: reflection on the development of medical humanities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, MedEdPublish, 7 (3), 46,
  10. Chen JY; Wan EYF; Choi EPH; Chan AKC; Chan KHY; Tsang JPY; Lam CLK. The health-related quality of life of Chinese patients on haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis Patient (2017) 10:799–808 .
  11. Chen JY; Wan EYF; Chan KHY; Chan AKC; Chan FWK; Lam CLK. Evaluation of the quality of care of a haemodialysis public-private partnership programme for patients with end-stage renal disease. BMC Nephrology 2016
  12. Chen JY, Wan EYF, Choi EPY, Wong CKH, Chan AKC, Chan KHY, Li PKT, Lam CLK. Clinical and patient-reported outcomes of Chinese patients undergoing haemodialysis in hospital or in the community: A 1-year longitudinal study. Nephrology 2016; 21:617-623.
  13. Potash JS, Chen JY, Tsang JPY. Medical Student Mandala Making for Holistic Well-Being. Med Humanities 2016;42:17-25 http://doi:10.1136/medhum-2015-010717
  14. Wan YF, Chen JY, Choi EPY, Wong CKH, Chan AKC, Chan KHY, Lam CLK. Patterns of health-related quality of life and associated factors in Chinese patients undergoing haemodialysis. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2015, 13:108 doi:10.1186/s12955-015-0308-3
  15. Chen JY, Chin WY, Fung CSC, Wong CKH, Tsang JPY. Assessing medical student empathy in a family medicine clinical test: validity of the CARE Measure. Medical Education Online [S.l.], v. 20 Jul. 2015.
  16. Potash JS, Chen JY, Chau V, Lam CLK. Art-making in a family medicine clerkship: how does it affect medical student empathy? BMC Medical Education 2014; 14:247.
  17. Chen JY.Why peer evaluation by students should be part of the medical school learning environment. Medical Teacher, 2012; 34 (8): 603-606
  18. Chen JY, Salter DJ, Chan LC. Pen, brush and camera: outcomes-based medical humanities.Medical Education 2010; 44:1139.

Publications - Book Chapters

  1. Chen JY, Wu HW. Medical Humanities. In: Dent J et al (ed) A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers 6th Edition. London: Elsevier 2021
  2. Chen JY, Ho J. A medical humanities curriculum in medical school: unexpected partnerships and unintended consequences. In: Cook-Sather A and Wilson C (Eds.) Building Courage, Confidence, and Capacity in Learning and Teaching through Student-Faculty Partnership. Lanham: Lexington Books; 2020
  3. Chen JY, Leung GKK. Relationship with colleagues. In: Chiu JSP, Lee A, Tong KW (eds) Practical Law and Ethics in Healthcare (in press)
  4. Wong V, Chen JY, Chan LC. Chapter 8. Meditation and Mindful Practice. In: Henning M et al (eds) Well-being in higher education. Routledge March 2018
  5. Chen JY, Wu HW. Medical Humanities. In: Dent J et al (ed) A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers. London: Elsevier; 2017
  6. Kwan J, Chen JY. Medical Professionalism. In: Tan K (ed) Problem-based Medical Case Management, 2nd edition. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press; 2017
  7. Chen JY, Yau L, Loo N, Wong A, Chan LC. Fostering Reflection-in-Action through a Performance Arts Workshop In: Peterkin A and Brett-MacLean P (eds) Keeping Reflection Fresh: A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators. Kent University Press 2016.
  8. Chan LK, Chen JY, Chung E (eds) Dissecting the Meaning of Life: An Anthology of Essays on Body Donation. Hong Kong: Wheatear Publishing; 2015.
  9. Doherty I, Chen JY. Mental Health and Perceived Self-Efficacy of Medical Students: Research Findings and Implications for eLearning Support. In: Henning M (ed) Student Motivation and Quality of Life in Higher Education. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge; 2015. p 158-166.
  10. Chen JY, Chin WY. Using student feedback to enhance teaching and learning in an undergraduate medical curriculum: The University of Hong Kong experience. In: Nair CS and Mertova P (eds) Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Student Feedback in Medical and Health Sciences Oxford: Elsevier/Chandos; 2014. p 21-41.

Research Funding - Principal Investigator

2021-2022 Teaching Development Grant ($298,631) The Impact of a Student-driven Near-peer Teaching Initiative for Medical Students: an Exploratory Study (P.I. Dr Julie Chen)
2019-2021 HKCFP Foundation Fund Commissioned Study ($400,000) HKCFP-HKU Primary Care Morbidity Survey in Hong Kong (co P.I. Prof Cindy Lam/ Dr Julie Chen)
2018-2019 Teaching Development Grant ($264,532). Student in Medical Education
2017-2020 UGC Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals (5,699,225). Beyond the e-portfolio: connectivity and communities of learning in a virtual environment
2015-2016 Teaching Development Grant ($187,784). Assessing student support needs to inform the teaching and learning of undergraduate medicine and health sciences
2015-2016 Development Fund for Medical Humanities ($96,900). Towards altruism and social responsibility in Hong Kong: piloting and exploring the feasibility of a service learning programme
2013-2015 Teaching Development Grant ($185,306). Evaluating the impact and feasibility of a cross-disciplinary, library-based mindful practice programme for healthcare and human service students
2012-2014 Teaching Development Grant ($173,296) Development, Implementation and Preliminary Evaluation of a Longitudinal Programme for Early Student Experiential Learning of Professionalism

Research Funding - Co-Investigator

2019-2024 Health and Health Services Research Fund Commissioned Research to Support Local Cohorts and Follow-up Studies (CFS-HKU4, HK$5,999,020). Cohort study to investigate the outcomes of patients with hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of structured multi-disciplinary intervention programmes. (P.I. Prof Cindy Lam, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care)
2021-2022 Teaching Development Grant ($296,020) A living library of patient-educators for virtual teaching, learning and assessment of clinical consultation skills for medical students (P.I. Dr Esther Yu, FMPC)
2021-2022 Teaching Development Grant ($283,799) Interprofessional interactive learning module on inhaler devices for the management of respiratory disorders- a student partnership approach (P.I. Dr Esther Chan, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy
2019-2020 Teaching Development Grant ($100,000). Identifying and articulating the student learning experience in the MBBS 130 curriculum Enrichment Year (P.I. Dr Eric Wan, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, HKU)
2017-2018 Teaching Development Grant ($250,000). Scaling Up Learning Experience in Medical Humanities Using E-Platform (P.I. Dr Harry Wu, Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, HKU)
2017-2018 Teaching Development Grant ($250,000). Enhancement of the quality of experiential learning in community health settings through a structured evaluation and training programme for community-based teachers (P.I. Dr Weng Chin, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, HKU)
2016-2018 Health and Medical Research Fund ($526,952). Cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of renal replacement therapy modalities for patients with end-stage renal disease in Hong Kong: comparison between peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis strategies (P.I. Dr Carlos Wong, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care)
2014-2017 UGC Special Funding for Teaching and Learning ($5,069,256). Interprofessional team-based learning for health professional students (P.I. Dr Lap Ki Chan, School of Biomedical Sciences, HKU)
2012-2014 AIDS Trust Fund ($344,478). Identifying sexual health behaviours and HIV risk amongst African refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong (P.I. Dr William Wong, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, HKU)
2011-2016 Health and Health Services Research Fund Commissioned Study on Enhanced Primary Care, EPC-HKU-2 (HK$5,685,000). Extended evaluation of quality of care of chronic disease management and public-private partnership programmes of the Hospital Authority (P.I. Prof Cindy Lam, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, HKU)