Heart set to be med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

IT’S that time of the year when par­ents with teenage charges, freshly out of school af­ter SPM, are con­tem­plat­ing the what, where, when and how of their chil­dren’s next step in education.

A very anx­ious and stress­ful time in­deed, cer­tainly not helped by the re­cent spate of neg­a­tive fear- arous­ing ad­ver­tise­ments.

There is a be­wil­der­ing amount of cour­ses of study now avail­able, which adds to the stress.

How­ever, for a few peo­ple, choos­ing a course is sim­ple – they have al­ways had a pas­sion for ge­og­ra­phy, moun­tains and glaciers; oth­ers have al­ways wanted to be a sur­geon or a pae­di­a­tri­cian ever since they were in di­a­pers.

For th­ese lat­ter as­pi­rants it is never al­most about the money but the awe of the hu­man body, pride of be­ing trusted to give ad­vice and grat­i­fi­ca­tion of help­ing some­one through an ill­ness – the noble healer.

For th­ese as­pi­rants noth­ing but the best med­i­cal school in the coun­try will do and where else but Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal Med­i­cal Col­lege ( Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity).

Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal is an icon of high- qual­ity med­i­cal education in Malaysia, hav­ing been awarded many hon­ours from all quar­ters.

It was also recog­nised as a Su­per­brand in Med­i­cal Education by the BrandLau­re­ateIn­sti­tute of Su­per­brands, South East Asia in 2011.

Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal of­fers three pro­grammes of high stand­ing in Malaysia – the MBBS, the Bach­e­lor of Den­tal Surgery ( BDS) and Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence ( FiS).

The Foun­da­tion is a one- year pre­uni­ver­sity pro­gramme ideal for those who wish to pur­sue the MBBS and BDS of Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal. It is con­ducted in Malacca at the branch cam­pus of the renowned Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity of In­dia and of­fers ex­cep­tional education with a young and dy­namic team of ded­i­cated lec­tur­ers.

This in­ten­sive course fa­cil­i­tates stu­dents’ progress in their de­gree stud­ies as the Foun­da­tion in­cludes medicine and den­tistry sub­jects in its cur­ricu­lum.

Stu­dents have ac­cess to out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties and are en­cour­aged to un­der­take both aca­demic and ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

For those who wish for their chil­dren to have a head­start as med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, they would do very well by sign­ing up for the FiS.

The MBBS is well es­tab­lished, hav­ing en­rolled its first batch of stu­dents in 1997 and since then up to Oc­to­ber 2015, 27 batches com­pris­ing 3,000 med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als have been de­liv­ered to the health sys­tems in Malaysia and right across the globe stretch­ing from the US through the UK, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore and to Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The BDS is also an­other ex­cel­lent pro­gramme of study, which is surely mak­ing a ster­ling rep­u­ta­tion of its own.

In­deed, this pro­gramme is so much in de­mand that the stu­dent in­take is closed nearly 18 months ahead.

While Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal wel­comes stu­dents with all Med­i­cal Coun­cil and Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ap­proved pre­uni­ver­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions for its de­gree cour­ses, it seems the only way into the BDS is via its Foun­da­tion.

The Malaysian Den­tal Coun­cil- ap­proved 75 seats, which are mostly taken up by the Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal Foun­da­tion stu­dents who are given first pref­er­ence.

So den­tist- as­pi­rants are well ad­vised to go through the Foun­da­tion at Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal.

Both the de­gree pro­grammes are twin­ning cour­ses, which re­quire stu­dents to com­plete the first phase of pre- clin­i­cal stud­ies in the Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal, Ma­ni­pal, In­dia Cam­pus be­fore and then re­turn­ing to Malaysia to com­plete clin­i­cal train­ing in the se­cond phase – the best of both worlds.

It is cer­tainly worth the time and ef­fort to visit the serene cam­pus of Me­laka- Ma­ni­pal Med­i­cal Col­lege in Bukit Baru, Malacca, and see the fa­cil­i­ties your­self.

If short­age of time is a con­cern, call 1800 226 662 / 06- 289 6662 or visit its web­site at www. ma­ni­pal. edu/ me­laka.

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