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Dr Julie Yun CHEN

Associate Professor (Teaching)
Assistant Dean (Learner Wellbeing)
Chief, Undergraduate Education (Family Medicine)
The University of Hong Kong



Julie Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) degree in chemistry. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto (Mount Sinai Hospital site). She was selected for membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society on the basis of her scholastic achievement, professionalism, leadership capabilities and record of service. After relocating to Hong Kong, she began on her academic path in 2005 as Honorary Assistant Professor. She 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 and also serves as Assistant Dean (Learner Wellbeing) in the LKS Faculty of Medicine. Julie teaches medical students across all six years of the MBBS programme in her own discipline as well as in professionalism and medical humanities. Her research interests derive from her teaching and lie in curriculum development, professionalism, and doctor and student wellbeing. In recognition of her work in medical education, she was the recipient of a Faculty Teaching Medal (2012), and two University Outstanding Teaching Awards (Team, 2013) (Individual, 2016) from The University of Hong Kong.


HKU Scholars Hub: Chen, Julie Yun

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


Key Publications

Journal Articles

  • 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. Medical Teacher (in press)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Chen JY, Salter DJ, Chan LC. Pen, brush and camera: outcomes-based medical humanities. Medical Education 2010; 44:1139.

Book Chapters

  • Chen JY, Leung GKK. Relationship with colleagues. In: Chiu JSP, Lee A, Tong KW (eds) Practical Law and Ethics in Healthcare (under review)

  • 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

  • Chen JY, Wu HW. Medical Humanities. In: Dent J et al (ed) A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers. London: Elsevier; 2017

  • Kwan J, Chen JY. Medical Professionalism. In: Tan K (ed) Problem-based Medical Case Management, 2nd edition. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press; 2017

  • 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.

  • Chan LK, Chen JY, Chung E (eds) Dissecting the Meaning of Life: An Anthology of Essays on Body Donation. Hong Kong: Wheatear Publishing; 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • Teaching Development Grant ($264,532) Student in Medical Education


  • 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


  • Teaching Development Grant ($187,784) Assessing student support needs to inform the teaching and learning of undergraduate medicine and health sciences
  • 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


  • 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


  • Teaching Development Grant ($173,296) Development, Implementation and Preliminary Evaluation of a Longitudinal Programme for Early Student Experiential Learning of Professionalism



  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)
  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)



Professional Services


  • Member, Faculty Development Special Interest Group: Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
  • Member: Gleneagles Hospital, Clinical Ethics Review Board


  • Editorial Board Member (Medical Education): Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
  • Editorial Board Member: Korean Journal of Medical Education


  • Associate Editor: BMC Family Practice
  • Member, Working Party on Education: World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Standards for Basic Medical Education (medical school)


  • Member: HKU/HA HKWC Institutional Review Board


  • Review Editor: Frontiers in Medicine and Public Health: Family Medicine and Primary Care


  • Member, Working Party on Ethics: World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)


Other Information


  • Director: BIMHSE Research and Scholarship Programme


  • Coordinator: Faculty Enrichment Year Service and Humanitarian Work sub-group


  • Co-Director: Faculty MBBS Year IV Programme Coordinating sub-committee
  • Co-Chair: Faculty Medical Ethics, Law and Humanities sub-committee


  • Leader: HKU Humanities AoI Working Group (Common Core Curriculum)


  • Chair/ Deputy Chair: Faculty Medical Humanities Planning Group