Doctor, doctor: Identical twins graduate together with medical degrees

SERDANG: A pair of identical twins have achieved their dream of becoming doctors after they both graduated with medical degrees at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Nurnadhirah Zulkifli and Nurnadhrah Zulkifli, 25, said they had dreamt of becoming medical doctors since finishing secondary school and were inspired by their mother, who is a nurse.

Nurnadhirah said they were happy to make their parents' proud after successfully graduating in a field that is regarded as very difficult.

"We went through every bittersweet experience together and are able to share this happiness with our parents," she told reporters after the second session of UPM's 46th Convocation ceremony at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Centre for Culture and Arts here on Saturday (Nov 26).

She said young people, especially women, should not be afraid to pursue their dream of becoming doctors.

"If you have the passion and interest in medicine, don't be afraid to pursue your dreams, especially now as we are short of female specialist doctors," she said.

Meanwhile, her sister Nurnadhrah said she wanted to give back to the community using the knowledge she had gained.

"I want to serve the community, especially those who have imparted knowledge to us," she said.

Nurnadhrah said she would now focus on completing her two-year housemanship before furthering her studies to become an ophthalmologist, which specialises in the study of the eye and related diseases.

Nurnadhirah said she wanted to become an expert in internal medicine, specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of various acute and chronic diseases.

The twins were among the 5,688 graduates who received their respective degrees and diplomas at the convocation ceremony which started on Friday (Nov 25) until Dec 2. – Bernama

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