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Grooming Doctors of the Future

Being a doctor is not an easy task. In addition to being knowledgeable about medicine in general as well as their area of expertise, doctors also need to possess a sense of responsibility, dedication, compassion, empathy, professionalism, humility and, most importantly, good communication skills. But that’s just a part of it.

The advancement of technology in the current century has also brought about many developments, which are rapidly changing the mix of skills and knowledge required by a doctor. As such, it is imperative that our future doctors are capable in addressing new issues that may arise from these developments.

Joining the mission of shaping future generations of doctors is Newcastle University, UK. A leading public research university with over 184 years of history, the university expanded its expertise in medical education to Malaysia with the establishment of an international branch campus in Johor. With state-of-the-art facilities and a highly experienced faculty, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) is all set to groom future doctors who are able to fulfil the needs of patients in the era of digital health and beyond.

At NUMed, projects are being developed in close collaboration with Newcastle University, UK. This collaboration allows expert researchers to work in partnership to deliver high quality studies that are beneficial for the educational needs of NUMed students as well as healthcare requirement of patients in Southeast Asia.

Through its active involvement in pioneering research such as dementia and cancer, NUMed provides ample opportunities for students to be at the frontline of medical breakthroughs. Students are exposed to various cutting-edge technologies in the medical field. This is also in line with the need for digital literacy among doctors of the future to enable them to embrace the advent of a digital health era that utilises digital technologies to enhance the healthcare industry.

As future doctors, medical students have to be sensitive to the ever-changing needs and demands of communities. In addressing this need, NUMed organises events that bring its students closer to the local communities. Among them is its annual Health Camp, which aims to promote health awareness.

Effective communication skills are also essential in the making of a good doctor. After all, a good doctor does more than just treat patients. They need to build a bridge of trust and hope with their patients in order to establish a strong and synergistic doctor-patient dynamic. Subsequently, the Health Camp is also alatform for clinical students to work on their communication skills with patients. Activities such as health screening booths and counselling sessions give them the opportunity to delve into the patients’ health condition as well as learning how to establish a great doctor-patient relationship.

“Being a doctor is not just about prescribing medicine. At NUMed, we aim to nurture doctors who are not only well-versed in digital health, but are also able to understand their patients’ needs and act accordingly as the patients’ advocate and navigator,” explained Prof. Chris Baldwin, CEO and Provost of NUMed.

NUMed offers a range of Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in the field of Medicine and Biomedical Science. Visit https://www.ncl.ac.uk/numed/ to find out more.

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