MEDICINE is still a career of choice for young Malaysians leaving high school, but does pursuing an MBBS necessarily mean you would need to become a practicing doctor?
Students actually have multiple pathways - they can choose to remain in practice, advance into research, go into corporate organisations by becoming a hospital manager or administrator, become an occupational health specialist or choose to serve the community by being in public health.
Qualifying with an MBBS is merely the first step as it is no longer a fixed road to being a practicing clinician.
With the growing population, the doctor practitioner is still much needed in all sectors of society. While the hours may seem long and un-family friendly, it comes back to the individual. As the saying goes, “do what you love, and you would never feel as if you’ve worked a day!”
In a future where technology dictates, those skills that are distinctly human will be among the most valuable and it is these skills that are enriched through postgraduate study. Considering how vital this is, Manipal University College Malaysia organises workshops for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) and various Royal College Fellowship/Membership exam prep courses at its campus in Melaka, so students can prepare for them before graduation with minimal travel involved from their on-going routine.
For the doctor who is constantly intrigued by how things start and how things can be resolved or diseases cured, becoming a researcher would be a good choice. As the world shrinks with ease of travel, so looms larger the threat of infectious diseases. Research work is also more structured today, 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.
The community advisor
If it has always been your dream to treat communities, the role of a doctor as a community advisor by way of being in public health would then be the right path. Strong love of medicine coupled with mathematics and statistics are the core ingredients to excel 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.
The right place to do your MBBS
With over three dozen medical schools in Malaysia to choose from, Manipal University College Malaysia (MUCM), 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 from Manipal University College Malaysia (formerly known Melaka-Manipal Medical College) 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, UK and Australia.
Students are guided to find their true paths before graduation, being 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 dream with Manipal
The pursuit of medicine is a marathon, not a sprint. As such, parents and students are invited to visit Manipal University College Malaysia and experience for themselves life as a future Manipalite.
*For more details on the programme, call 1700 811 662 or visit www.manipal.edu.my