Get a head start in med­i­cal school

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FOR as­pir­ing med­i­cal doc­tors, the next stage of their ed­u­ca­tion af­ter A-Lev­els may be a daunt­ing step to con­sider, es­pe­cially since the tran­si­tion can be over­whelm­ing.

One of the many ben­e­fits of New­cas­tle Univer­sity Medicine Malaysia’s (NUMed) Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate in Bi­o­log­i­cal and Bio­med­i­cal Science is that the tran­si­tion is made easy.

NUMed pro­vides stu­dents with am­ple prepa­ra­tion through hands-on classes such as An In­tro­duc­tion to Anatomy and a fo­cused syl­labus such as Foun­da­tion of Med­i­cal Stud­ies.

As an al­ter­na­tive to A-Lev­els, NUMed’s 12-month foun­da­tion course of­fers a more ef­fi­cient route to med­i­cal school.

Stu­dents who un­der­take the course in New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK’s fully owned med­i­cal cam­pus in Iskan­dar Pu­teri, Jo­hor, are taught physics, chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy, maths, English, science, en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal stud­ies as th­ese sub­jects are vi­tal in the field of medicine.

Smooth tran­si­tion

NUMed un­der­grad­u­ate Noor Fari­dah com­mented on the tran­si­tion from the foun­da­tion cer­tifi­cate to med­i­cal school:

“It was smooth. The ad­mis­sions team and the foun­da­tion pro­gramme di­rec­tor were fan­tas­tic in help­ing us ap­ply for the med­i­cal pro­gramme, par­tic­u­larly by pre­par­ing us for the med­i­cal school in­ter­views.”

As such, stu­dents have full aca­demic sup­port through­out the du­ra­tion of their univer­sity stud­ies as they are as­signed a per­sonal tu­tor.

The foun­da­tion year also of­fers study skills, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and well-be­ing sup­port.

“The study skills mod­ule was a par­tic­u­lar favourite of mine. I find this mod­ule unique as I have not seen any other in­sti­tu­tion teach­ing th­ese types of lessons,” Noor Fari­dah said.

“As un­der­grad­u­ates, we are not given a crash course on how to study or do ref­er­enc­ing, so I have ben­e­fit­ted a lot from this.”

On cam­pus, foun­da­tion stu­dents are in­te­grated with un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents, which gives them a head start in ad­just­ing to univer­sity life and hav­ing tailored mo­d­ules.

“Even my English teacher from NUMed no­ticed that the foun­da­tion stu­dents were dif­fer­ent from the other stu­dents in the sense that we al­ready knew what to do in our first week of med­i­cal school,” Noor Fari­dah said.

Valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Med­i­cal stu­dent Pang Yeo Si suc­cess­fully com­pleted the foun­da­tion course and se­cured a place at NUMed.

“There are some im­por­tant skills that I learnt from the foun­da­tion course that could be ap­plied to my un­der­grad­u­ate course,” Pang said.

“I would like to high­light one of the skills that has helped me a lot, which is the skill of sci­en­tific writ­ing.

“I was ex­posed to sci­en­tific writ­ing in my foun­da­tion year and it is in­cred­i­bly use­ful to me now.

“My friends who stud­ied other pre-univer­sity cour­ses some­times en­counter dif­fi­cul­ties when it comes to sci­en­tific writ­ing.

“I chose to en­rol in the foun­da­tion course so that I could be ex­posed to both clin­i­cal and lab skills be­fore the un­der­grad­u­ate course.

“I was able to get a clearer idea of the un­der­grad­u­ate course I wanted to take. The foun­da­tion cer­tifi­cate has pre­pared me for the BMS course,” Pang added.

Pang and Fari­dah are just two of many stu­dents who have ex­pe­ri­enced a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion from the foun­da­tion course to med­i­cal school.

UK study op­por­tu­ni­ties

New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK’s in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus in Iskan­dar Pu­teri pro­vides un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in medicine (MBBS) and the bio­med­i­cal sci­ences (BSc).

Both pro­grammes of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for pe­ri­ods of study in the UK.

A one-year foun­da­tion cer­tifi­cate in bi­o­log­i­cal and bio­med­i­cal sci­ences is also avail­able, the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of which will lead to pro­gres­sion to the MBBS or BSc (Hons) bio­med­i­cal sci­ences pro­gramme.

All 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 cost sig­nif­i­cantly less than that of study­ing in the UK.

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

As an al­ter­na­tive to A-Lev­els, NUMed’s 12-month foun­da­tion course of­fers a more ef­fi­cient route to med­i­cal school.

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