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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 which he practices for many years in the UK. He believes successful medical students need to be able to assimilate, understand and apply a wide knowledge base, and being apply it in the clinical setting. “They need to be compassionate, have good communication and organisational skills as well,” Dr Ong 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).

published on: 23 February 2021