ALEX Leow’s desire to pursue medicine never wavered, even after he’d spent four years obtaining a degree in biomedical science at a local public university.
He got to fulfil his dream in 1999 by spending two-and-a-half years at University College Dublin for his pre-clinical studies, before completing his degree at the Penang Medical College.
Leow was very impressed with the teaching style of his professors in Dublin.
“They taught in such a way that it stimulated curiosity and interest, and made you want to know more about a subject,” says Leow, who is now a medical officer with the Institute of Respiratory Medicine in Kuala Lumpur.
For example, he adds, Physiology seemed to be very boring when he was studying it for his degree locally.
However, his professors in Dublin were able to make the same subject fun and interesting.
“They also taught me how to produce good papers for international journals.”
Leow says he enjoyed the interaction with his professors.
“There wasn’t a barrier between the professors and students. They even asked me to join them for tea.”
Leow worked at a fast food joint and as a research assistant at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin to gain working experience during his studies.
“I liked the environment very much. Some students found the weather too cold, but I enjoyed admiring the flowers in the gardens on my way to classes,” he says.
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