How a foreign doctor came to work in a Chinese public hospital
Graduating from Harvard Medical School, Abraham Morse is a professional in the field of urogynecology experiences both in clinical care and directing research teams. He first visited China more than thirty years ago in 1986, and he always hoped that he could find a way to return.
“I like China and think we have something in common. I like people’s attitude here. They are hardworking and value education so much that they want their children to have the best that they can.” As his children were growing up, Morse wanted to give them the experience of living somewhere else and seeing that the world is much larger than Boston, Massachusetts.
Doctor Morse said he goes to work by bus everyday in Guangzhou.[Photo\Shi Lei]
It was in 2016 that Morse discovered that the Guangzhou Women and Children Hospital was looking for a western trained physician to lead their urogynecology department. “It was not a very common kind of opportunity. Foreign doctors might have short-term training in public hospitals, but usually end up working in private hospitals. So I felt very intrigued.”
In recent years, Guangzhou has been focusing on the development of its IT, AI and bio-tech industries, formulating a series of advantageous policies for enterprises to hire overseas professionals like Abraham Morse and for these experts to live and work in the city.
According the latest report released by the Center for China and Globalization in 2017, there are 200,000 overseas experts working in Guangdong each year, accounting for 20.8 percent of the national total; Guangzhou being the top destination with one third of the provincial total.