Assuring The Best Doctors For The Future

The medical profession emphasises integrity and caring for people when they  are most vulnerable. “The science of medicine is fascinating. As a doctor, I’m able to  advocate evidence based intervention and impact my patients positively, which  really inspires me,” shared Dr. Edmund LC Ong, Honorary Professor of Medicine at  Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed).

Dr. Ong has vast experience in Infectious Diseases and General Internal  Medicine, a field in which he has garnered many years of practice in the UK. He  believes that successful medical students need to be able to assimilate, understand  and apply a wide knowledge base within a clinical setting. “They should be  compassionate, and have good communication and organisational skills as well,” he added.

In its commitment to delivering high-quality medical education, NUMed plays  an essential role in shaping doctors of the future and preparing them for the world of  medicine. “For one, NUMed’s academics consist of skilled and trained lecturers from  diverse backgrounds, with a number of them seconded from the UK campus.  Secondly, the university uses an integrated case-led teaching approach that focuses  on looking at patients holistically,” said Dr. Ong.

The first two years of the university’s five-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of  Surgery (MBBS) programme are focused on key areas such as clinical skills and  medical sciences as well as ethics and professionalism. While the teaching mainly  happens on campus, students are already provided with opportunities for patient  contact in hospitals and community centres. In fact, they can expect a mixture of  online and in-person on and off-campus teaching, including laboratories, tutorials,  and workshops.

From Year 3 onwards, students attend various placements across the state of  Johor. “Rotations include small-group clinical bedside teaching. Furthermore, to  develop the students’ specialist knowledge and skills, they are placed in hospitals  and community-based clinics (such as the government clinics),” Dr. Ong elaborated.

“A career in medicine is a lifelong commitment of keeping up to date with  relevant knowledge and skills, and professionalism. You need to be open and honest,  and act with integrity so that patients and colleagues are able to maintain trust in  you,” said Dr. Ong.

As a founding member of the Russell Group, Newcastle University, UK, is  recognised as a world-class research-intensive university. As its wholly owned  international campus, NUMed provides its students with top-notch British-style  education, with the same UK curricula and qualifications as what is offered at its  parent university. NUMed offers a pre-undergraduate programme – Foundation in  Biological and Biomedical Sciences – and two undergraduate programmes: Bachelor  of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (BMS).

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