WHEN embarking on an expansive career such as Medicine, it is important to have passion as well as a solid foundation so that you can go the extra mile.
As RCSI and UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)’s Foundation in Science (FIS) is designed to provide students with a clear insight into medicine as a career choice, the programme also exposes and prepares them for their first year in medical school.
Those with the desire to further their academic journey by specialising in the medical field — and have just completed their IGCSE O-Levels SPM or its equivalent — may consider the comprehensive pre-university pathway to RUMC’s five-year medical studies.
The three semesters of the programme will equip students with the right exposure to clinical and medical fields in a hospital setting, alongside invaluable opportunities to interact with seniors and lecturers, who are mostly clinicians.
Besides that, students would also develop a range of fundamental study and communication skills, basic laboratory skills and techniques, as well as comprehend clinical and caregiving aspects in medical and healthcare professions.
Those who complete the one-year FIS programme with a CGPA of 3.5 and above can directly progress into the medicine degree programme.
Meanwhile, those with a CGPA below 3.5 would be required to first take on the Pre-Medical Foundation Year.
“Studying FIS at RUMC has helped me explore my passion for medicine. The course was delivered efficiently by the lecturers and it kept us looking forward to learning new things every day,” said current medical student Nishaanie Velayutham.
Best of both worlds
As the branch campus of leading Irish universities, RUMC in Penang has been providing top-notch medical education to students from all over the world.
Students get an immersive Irish experience for the first two-and-a-half years during their pre-clinical studies in Dublin, Ireland, at either Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) or University College Dublin (UCD).
“The opportunity to experience my university life abroad is both exhilarating and unforgettable. Choosing RUMC’s FIS programme has prepared me for their medical degree programme, giving me exposure to extensive pre-clinical training in Dublin,” said third-year medical student Allyna Loo.
Students then continue their clinical training for the remaining two-and-a-half years in the Penang campus with exclusive access to training hospitals in the city.
Upon graduation, students will receive the internationally-recognised Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO) degree conferred by the National University of Ireland, making them competent and clinically-distinguished graduates.
For the past 25 years, RUMC has facilitated some 2,000 medical doctors who are currently practising in various countries such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Ireland and Australia.
The institution is listed as an Irish medical school in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
Intake is in progress for the Foundation in Science programme in June and Undergraduate Medicine programme in September.