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Preparing for Life at Medical School

Do you want to help other people feel better? Does your idea of a fashion statement involve a white coat and a stethoscope draped around your neck? With the growing number of medical graduates in our country, it is important to ensure that you acquire quality medical education that will help you fulfill your dream.

The most important step in applying to any medical school is to be well aware of the requirements. Here's an important note for all current SPM students who wish to pursue medicine: the minimum criteria to enter matriculation, foundation or pre-medical programmes in Malaysia as set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) are Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics, and another subject at SPM level. Not only that, competency in English is also an important criterion.

Selecting the right pre-university or pre-medical course is another significant step. Upon completing SPM, you can opt for A-levels, STPM or even IB diploma (if you're into independent learning), which will take about one to two years. Alternatively, you can also choose a Foundation in Science, Matriculation or Pre-Medical course.

Preparing for a medical school includes adopting good revision techniques to be able to digest those thick medical textbooks. It is, therefore, crucial to identify a study method that is most suitable for you. For example, you may prefer individual revision or group study. However, do not limit yourself to just a single technique. A combination of techniques may be the best way to go to ensure that you get the most out of your study sessions.

On a side note, medical school is not just about academic excellence. One should also place equal emphasis on extra-curricular activities; this is often a good platform for students to demonstrate their soft skills. From teamwork to leadership qualities, students will find a myriad of opportunities to discover and hone their best qualities. So, be ready to indulge in a fun-filled student lifestyle where you will not only memorise medical jargon but also be actively involved in a widespread of activities.

Volunteering in community service activities is one of the activities that future medical students can look forward to. This is a great opportunity for students as you will be able to explore and understand your surrounding community. For many, it is through volunteer work that they get to discover their hidden passion and potential. In fact, volunteering is seen as a major contribution towards self-growth and self-exploration, which are highly regarded qualities at medical schools.

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) is the first international branch campus of Newcastle University, one of the best institutions for medical education in the UK. A member of Russell Group, an association of prestigious research-intensive UK universities, Newcastle University is also ranked among the world’s top 200 universities according to the World University Rankings 2018 by Times Higher Education. Additionally, the university is one of only 18 universities in the world and two in the UK to achieve five plus stars from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

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published on: 27 February 2020