With an estimated 20 million people in China, there is a large demand for medical professionals.
The country is renowned for its herbal medicine, and doctors are required to have a degree in medicine.
However, some medical students are finding it difficult to find a job in China and may not be able to make the money they need to buy the necessary medicine, according to the BBC.
“The biggest problem is that in China they are not allowed to work outside of their own country,” said Chen Yiyun, a 20-year-old medical student.
“We had to go and study abroad for medical school, but we could not find a decent job and that was really difficult.”
Chen said he was desperate to find work, and applied for jobs at various hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai.
He ended up applying for a job at a hospital in Beijing, where he had to pass a physical examination.
“I took a lot of tests and everything was fine,” Chen said.
“I got my medical license in the next two weeks and was supposed to be working there in six months, but unfortunately it’s just a year and a half later.”
But Chen’s luck ran out when he had a heart attack in February.
“My heart attack happened so suddenly, it was scary.
It’s very scary,” he said.
He was sent to a hospital, where doctors told him they could not do any more tests because he had already had a coronary artery bypass operation.
“It was really bad.
I just couldn’t sleep and couldn’t even eat,” he recalled.
Chen’s heart attack has affected his life, but he is determined to find some work to support himself and his family.
“If I had a job, I would do everything I could to help my family,” he told the BBC, “I would have a job that helps my family, and that’s the way I’m living now.”
But it’s not easy for medical students to find jobs, especially if they are studying in China.
“There are so many medical schools in China that are not allowing medical students.
I was working in the Beijing Medical School when I had the heart attack,” said Zhu Jie, a medical student at Shenzhen’s Wuhan Medical College.
“They do not allow any foreign medical students, even foreign doctors who have completed their residency in the country.
There is no one willing to hire them, and if they do, they only want foreigners.”
Wuhan has one of the highest medical school enrollment rates in China – up to 40 per cent – and is one of five hospitals in the city with a medical education program.
But many medical students in Wuhang are not being given enough support to get by, and are left with nothing to fall back on.
“If I get a heart condition and have to stop working, I just don’t have enough money to buy medicine,” said Zhou Yu, a 30-year old medical student who has been studying at Wuhans hospital since 2012.
“It’s hard to pay for my medicines and pay my rent, which is really expensive.”
Zhou said he would struggle to pay rent if he had not worked.
“My medical license only covers my tuition fees, so I need to borrow money to pay my tuition fee.
So I’m really worried about that,” he added.
“There is a shortage of medical staff, so there is no other option for me.”
The Chinese Medical Association said there were around 3,500 medical students enrolled in Wühans medical school and more than 2,000 of them were registered to practise medicine.
But a spokesman said that more than 100 foreign medical doctors were currently working in Wufans hospital, but could not say how many were foreign.
Zhou Yu said he did not want to become another statistic, saying that “if you do not have a medical license, there are so few opportunities to earn money.”