Deciding on a degree in Medicine
‘Do your homework’ is a phrase that most students are very familiar with. But when it comes to choosing a university, education experts all agree it is probably the most important thing you can do for your future. Deciding on a degree in medicine is no different and in fact five years of intensive practical and theoretical study at Medicine School means choosing the right university is paramount. However with more choice and more information than ever at our finger tips, it’s hard to know where to start.
Look Beyond the Brochure:
Many people grow up wanting be a doctor, but when it’s time to turn your dreams into reality there are lots of decisions to be made. Glossy university prospectuses are a good place to start, they are full of useful information but make sure you look further. There are other resources that are very informative and getting online is a straightforward way of tapping them. University websites, Facebook pages and even blogs will give you a more rounded view and help you start shortlisting. At this stage it’s important not to make your shortlist too short. Keep your options open.
Look Even Further:
Armed with a shortlist it’s time to hit the road and visit the universities you like the look of. Most reputable universities have Open Days to help you get a feel for the place. NUMed have two per year when potential students can have a look around and see what becoming one of Tomorrow’s Doctors is really about. But don’t stop there. A bit of digging around and talking to faculty members or current students is also a wise move. Often you can do this at Open Days, but universities such as NUMed actually have a dedicated team who will answer any queries you have within 24 hours. Once your University tours are done you can probably rule a few out that didn’t meet your expectations. Think of it like a process of elimination but don’t limit yourself too much because there are still many factors that will help you narrow it down.
Consider the Cost:
Everything comes at a price but your university career is one of the most important investments you will ever make. However it’s not just about tuition fees. Remember to factor things like food, accommodation, and study materials into your budget. However, don’t rule anything out on the basis of money, find a solution instead. For example if you have your heart set on studying medicine at a western University but can’t stomach the costs involved, all is not lost. A few, like Newcastle University, have branch campuses in Malaysia. In fact studying at NUMed will save you on travel expenses and the tuition fees also cost significantly less than studying for the same degrees in the UK. Those needing an extra helping hand should have a look at scholarships from organisations like JPA and MARA as well as loans from the PTPTN loan system.
Rate the Reputation
Becoming one of Tomorrow’s Doctors means aiming for the best making sure the institution is credible is a must. Check out where it is placed in the league tables and have a look at its graduate employability rates. With medicine it’s also particularly important to double check accreditations from the MQA and the MOHE.
Learn about the Lessons
Don’t learn by your mistakes when you choose a University. Find one where the course structure and content is going to suit you. If you don’t enjoy learning by the book find a course which involves lots of hands on experience. For example at NUMed the MBBS programme is split into two phases. The first is spread over two years and is involves quite a bit of theory however it isn’t just about sitting in a lecture theatre; the students are introduced to the clinical environment as early as week two! Of course they aren’t expected to practice at this early stage, it’s more about being in the right learning environment. Phase two continues this hands-on learning experience and provides clinical training in a range of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Students at NUMed even get the chance to study in the UK for short periods. If this is appealing, add it to your wish list.
Evaluate the Experience
We all know that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So make sure the university you choose has the leisure activities and facilities that you enjoy. Universities like NUMed have sports complexes and games centres as well as lots of student clubs and societies to ensure you have a truly rounded university experience and lots of opportunities to have fun with your friends.
The Choice is Yours
At the end of the day, your choice should come down to your own individual goals and how you want to achieve them. But remember to understand your options properly and make an informed decision so that you can make the most of your journey to becoming one of Tomorrow’s Doctors.
Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc), and opportunities for postgraduate study. The programmes of study are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees. By choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students will obtain a reputable UK qualification, from an internationally recognized university, at a cost significantly less than that of studying in the UK. The undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) degrees were launched in 2009 and BSc degrees in the Biomedical Sciences were launched earlier this year with the first intake being September 2013. Both programmes offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK.