Clinical opportunities are a vital component in a medical student’s journey. Cognisant of this, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) ensures that its students are provided with opportunities to hone their clinical skills to become competent, compassionate, and well-rounded healthcare professionals. 

NUMed alumnus Lim Jun Jie, who underwent a nine-week-long clinical elective in plastic surgery at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in the UK,  found it to be a challenging yet insightful experience with plenty of hands-on opportunities in a wide range of subspecialities. These included assisting with skin cancer excisions, craniofacial surgeries, upper and lower limb hand reconstructions, and breast and flap reconstruction.

“I would highly recommend participating in an elective abroad, especially in countries like the UK. The opportunity to immerse oneself in academic pursuits such as research projects, evaluation, quality improvements, and audit projects alongside clinical duties is incredibly valuable. Moreover, clinician academics are often more accessible there, providing students with valuable mentorship and opportunities for professional growth,” he shared. 

By prioritising clinical opportunities and hands-on learning experiences, NUMed ensures that its graduates are well-prepared to meet the demands of today’s ever-evolving healthcare ecosystem. Armed with a solid foundation of medical knowledge as well as essential clinical skills and professional values, they will be able to make their mark across the global healthcare landscape.

To learn more, logon to or visit the university during its Open Day on 16 March. 

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