AT one point or another we have made a trip to the doctor’s office. As a familiar character in our lives, it comes as no surprise why many young Malaysians have chosen the medical field as their career of choice after leaving high school.
However, would delving into the long process of an MBBS programme only lead to a career as a practising doctor?
Students might be surprised to learn that there are multiple pathways these days upon qualifying as a doctor.
This could include advancing into research, going into corporate organisations to become a hospital manager, administrator or occupational health specialist, or even choosing to serve the community by being in public health.
That said, qualifying with an MBBS is merely the first step as it is no longer a fixed road to being a practising clinician.
The world will never have too many physicians. With a growing population, a practising doctor is still much needed in all sectors of society.
Moreover, should you embark on this noble journey, it is important to sharpen skills that will be among the most valuable in a future where technology dictates.
This is for the doctors who are constantly intrigued by how things start and how things can be resolved, or diseases cured.
Research work is also more structured today as compared to before, whereby evidence collected is based on a cross-section of causes.
With the advent of the systematic review, the physician research is now part of a larger multidisciplinary team as the study must incorporate a complete, exhaustive summary of current evidence relevant to the subject matter.
The community adviser
Have you ever dreamed of assisting groups of people at a time? If so, then a career as a community adviser in public health would be the right path for you.
You would also need a passion for medicine coupled with mathematics and statistics as your core ingredients in excelling in this pathway.
By being able to read into trends and form analytical solutions, a public health physician would be better able to formulate strategic preventive measures.
Excel in an MBBS programme
With over three dozen medical schools in Malaysia to choose from, MUCM which was formerly known as Melaka-Manipal Medical College, is miles ahead as a top medical school.
The name Manipal has resonated with the Malaysian healthcare system for the past 68 years with thousands of medical doctors graduating from Manipal in India and over the last 25 years in Melaka.
The contribution from the graduates to the healthcare services is time-tested within the country with many others creating a mark in the US, the UK and in Australia.
Students are guided to find their true paths before graduation as they are continuously exposed to the real lives of doctors, researchers, and public health individuals through the college’s annual Postgraduate Fair and monthly seminars and exhibitions.
Fulfil your dreams with MUCM
The pursuit of medicine is a marathon, not a sprint. As such, parents and students are invited to visit MUCM and experience for themselves life as a future Manipalite.
For more information on MUCM’s programme, visit www.manipal.edu.my or call 1700 811 662.