Ex­cel­lent path

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

GREEK physi­cian and fa­ther of mod­ern medicine Hip­pocrates fa­mously said:

“Wher­ever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of hu­man­ity.”

That is what first year med­i­cal stu­dents from New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) Jerry Tan and Izham Halid dis­cov­ered in their jour­ney study­ing medicine.

Like most stu­dents en­ter­ing uni­ver­sity, Tan and Izham were un­sure of what to ex­pect. How­ever, NUMed’s struc­ture or course and the so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties have eased both into a set­tled and en­joy­able first step to­wards be­com­ing a doc­tor.

“There is a lot of work but I ex­pected this as be­com­ing a doc­tor re­quires com­mit­ment,” said Tan. “The course struc­ture keeps the work in­ter­est­ing and I find it ex­tremely re­ward­ing.”

All of NUMed’s cour­ses of­fer a care­fully struc­tured com­bi­na­tion of hands-on prac­ti­cal skills and lab­o­ra­tory ses­sions, lec­tures and demon­stra­tions in state-of-theart lec­ture the­atres, and small group work in sem­i­nar-friendly class­rooms. The fo­cus is on de­liv­er­ing a rounded ed­u­ca­tion, by de­vel­op­ing key tech­ni­cal, prac­ti­cal and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills that stu­dents re­quire to get to the top in their fu­ture ca­reers. They also ac­quire es­sen­tial sci­en­tific knowl­edge that un­der­pins medicine.

“The hands-on ap­proach is help­ful; for ex­am­ple, re­cently in our Pa­tient Doc­tor So­ci­ety elec­tive we were learn­ing about preg­nancy and so went and vis­ited a preg­nant woman to talk to her,” added Tan.

He said this form of integrated ac­tive learn­ing is ben­e­fi­cial.

“We have a res­i­dent sim­u­lated pa­tient called Sven who al­lows stu­dents to prac­tise tech­niques that in­clude clear­ing a pa­tient’s air­way or in­sert­ing an in­tra­venous drip line into a vein, as well as treat emer­gen­cies such as heart at­tack or sep­tic shock.”

Ac­tive learn­ing and sim­u­lated pa­tients, like Sven, are a cen­tral part of the Medicine (MBBS) course at NUMed and at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity, UK.

NUMed stu­dents en­joy iden­ti­cal train­ing stan­dards and cur­ricu­lum to those at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity, UK and lead to the award of the same de­grees.

This has the ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of al­low­ing stu­dents to adapt quickly should they choose to spend a pe­riod of study in the UK, an op­tion open for ev­ery­one.

Sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the UK and Malaysia cam­puses are also use­ful for med­i­cal stu­dents – NUMed be­came the first uni­ver­sity out­side of the UK to re­ceive recog­ni­tion by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil (GMC); the statu­tory body that reg­is­ters and reg­u­lates doc­tors in the UK.

This was an im­por­tant mile­stone for NUMed as that means Malaysians who study medicine at NUMed and carry out their post­grad­u­ate clin­i­cal train­ing pro­gramme in se­lected Malaysian hospi­tals can now apply for full reg­is­tra­tion as doc­tors with the GMC as well as the Malaysian Med­i­cal Coun­cil (MMC).

“Away from my stud­ies, I have had a fan­tas­tic first year at NUMed,” said Izham Halid.

“This is down to the friends I have made in my first year (who) come from all walks of campus life; my cour­ses, study groups, halls and the many events that the Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion or­gan­ises.

Izham said the high­light of the year was the NUMed ball that was held at the Dou­bleTree by Hilton. The ball was open to NUMed stu­dents and is one of nu­mer­ous events run by 20 stu­dent so­ci­eties, clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions at the uni­ver­sity.

NUMed is well known for its di­verse stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, which is re­flected by the wide range of eth­nic and so­cial so­ci­eties avail­able.

Event high­lights in­clude the NUMed Games, the Win­ter Ball, a Deep­avali night and a Tal­ent night. All of these ac­tiv­i­ties have pro­vided the stu­dents with ex­po­sure to a mix of cul­tures as well as the op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise across dif­fer­ent co­horts.

“My favourite so­ci­ety is the fut­sal so­ci­ety, we play every Thurs­day and even some of the lec­tur­ers join in,” added Izham.

The Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tively en­cour­ages stu­dents to form friend­ships, and as such a “peer-par­ent­ing” sys­tem is op­er­ated at NUMed whereby every new stu­dent is at­tached to a “fam­ily” of se­nior stu­dents who pro­vide an in­stant so­cial net­work.

They are also avail­able to of­fer ad­vice and guid­ance as an al­ter­na­tive to the pas­toral sup­port pro­vided by the stu­dent’s per­sonal tu­tor, al­low­ing all stu­dents the best start on their jour­ney to be­com­ing doc­tors.

New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity UK’s es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional branch campus in Jo­hor, Malaysia pro­vides un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomed­i­cal Sciences (BSc).

A one-year Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate in Bi­o­log­i­cal and Biomed­i­cal Sciences is also avail­able, the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of which will lead to pro­gres­sion to the MB BS or BSc (Hons) Biomed­i­cal Sciences pro­gramme.

Study­ing at NUMed Malaysia al­lows stu­dents to ob­tain a rep­utable UK qual­i­fi­ca­tion from an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised uni­ver­sity at a cost much less than study­ing in the UK.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Jerry Tan

Izham Halid

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