Mak­ing dreams a re­al­ity

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MO­HAM­MAD Asif has al­ways dreamt of sav­ing lives, he has wanted to be a doc­tor since he was 10 years old. A bright, hard­work­ing stu­dent with a nat­u­ral flair for the sciences, he was on track from an early age.

While his top grades would get him into med­i­cal school, his fam­ily was not able to fund his stud­ies.

He ap­plied to Ma­jlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps gifted stu­dents study at world-class higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Pro­fes­sional, Ex­per­tise and Busi­ness Man­age­ment.

Mo­ham­mad Asif was of­fered a full schol­ar­ship to study medicine at New­cas­tle Univer­sity Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), one of the coun­try’s lead­ing med­i­cal schools.

He shares his jour­ney to­wards be­com­ing one of the doc­tors for the fu­ture.

What was life at the med­i­cal school like?

I have been study­ing at NUMed for three years and it’s great.

The Bach­e­lor of Medicine, Bach­e­lor of Surgery (MBBS) is an in­ten­sive de­gree pro­gramme that re­quires com­mit­ment and hard work but it’s a very in­ter­est­ing course that is de­liv­ered in state-of-the-art lab­o­ra­to­ries and lec­ture the­atres.

What do you like most about study­ing at NUMed?

NUMed is ac­tu­ally a branch cam­pus of New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK and we en­joy iden­ti­cal train­ing, stan­dards and cur­ricu­lum, which has sim­ply been con­tex­tu­alised to Malaysian cir­cum­stances and cul­tural dif­fer­ences.

I like its all-rounded learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and holis­tic ap­proach to­wards medicine.

We are ex­posed to the clin­i­cal set­ting very early in the course and are taught the prac­ti­cal, so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal el­e­ments of pa­tient care to help us reach the top of the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion.

What do you do when you are not study­ing?

There are lots of stu­dent so­ci­eties to take part in. The univer­sity has a wide range of sports clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions, cul­tural so­ci­eties and med­i­cally re­lated as­so­ci­a­tions so there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

One of the other ad­van­tages of be­ing at NUMed is that we are based in the multi-var­sity EduCity cam­pus.

This means it houses sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties and all the stu­dents so­cialise to­gether. The shared fa­cil­i­ties such as the in­door sports sta­dium are also well-equipped.

What do you have planned as the next step?

I hope that I will have the chance to spend a pe­riod of study in the United King­dom this year.

Ev­ery stu­dent at NUMed is of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to study for a short pe­riod of time at New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK and be­cause we fol­low the same cur­ricu­lum and use the same learn­ing re­sources in Malaysia, it is easy to move be­tween the cam­puses.

What will you do once you grad­u­ate?

When I grad­u­ate, I will spend two years as a house of­fi­cer in a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, and then two years as a med­i­cal of­fi­cer.

Af­ter this, I plan to spe­cialise be­cause even­tu­ally I would like to be­come a gen­eral sur- geon. I’ve been given a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to fol­low my dreams and the sky is the limit.

About NUMed

New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK has es­tab­lished an in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus in Jo­hor to pro­vide its un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Bio­med­i­cal Sciences (BSc) as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties for post­grad­u­ate study.

The pro­grammes of study are equiv­a­lent to those of New­cas­tle’s UK-based pro­vi­sion and lead to the award of the same de­grees.

By choos­ing to study at NUMed Malaysia, stu­dents will ob­tain a rep­utable UK qual­i­fi­ca­tion from an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised univer­sity at a sig­nif­i­cantly lower cost than study­ing in the United King­dom.

The un­der­grad­u­ate Bach­e­lor of Medicine/ Bach­e­lor of Surgery (MBBS) de­grees were launched in 2009 with BSc de­grees in the Bio­med­i­cal Sciences ear­lier this year with the first in­take be­ing Septem­ber last year.

Both pro­grammes of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for pe­ri­ods of study in the United King­dom.

For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the New­cas­tle Univer­sity Medicine Malaysia ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Muhamad Asif (right) and his col­lege mate pos­ing for a photo in front of the Sir Christo­pher Ed­wards build­ing at NUMed.

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