Studying Medicine in Malaysia involves the science and practice of the prevention of diseases.
Have you always pictured yourself helping people? Have you always dreamt of having a stethoscope swung around your neck, walking through the halls of a hospital like a boss? Are you dedicated and willing to put in hours upon hours of effort coupled with a lack of sleep to achieve your goals in life? Then perhaps you may want to consider a career in medicine. Read on as we treat any misconceptions on the study of Medicine in Malaysia.
What are the subjects you will study in a Medicine?
Normal Structure & Function of the Human Cell, Tissue & Body System
Normal Response & Process to Disease State. Upper & Lower Limbs Musculoskeletal Systems
Body Reaction to Physical, Chemical and Biological Agents
Clinical Methods and Introduction to Community Medicine
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Why should you study Medicine?
Medical Specialists was listed under the Critical Occupations List this year, especially in rural areas.
With so many degree options out there, here are some top reasons why you should study Medicine:
Good Communication Skills
Despite countless late nights of studying while your friends from other courses are busy hanging out with their friends, you’ll still be able to build good communication skills. You have to, because you’ll need to interact with various kinds of patients. Yes, even difficult ones.
A Great Listener
Hear ye! Hear ye! all you guys out there. Being a great listener is a trait many girls look for when finding a partner (and vice versa). Studying Medicine will train you to be a good listener as you will have to listen to your patients share about their illness.
Ample Job Demand
While there are many general practitioners in Malaysia, Medical Specialists are critically low especially in rural areas. Although it will take you a couple of extra years more to be a specialist, it will be worth it when you see the money coming in.
What are industry experts saying about Medicine?
“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
- William Osler
What are the entry requirements for an Medicine course?
Master in Medicine
Obtain a bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 and below 2.75 may also be admitted upon passing the internal assessment
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with less than CGPA 2.50 but with a minimum 5 years of relevant work experience
Other relevant qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government
Foreign Students :
Grades BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
30 points with a minimum of 2 science subjects or Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and 1 science subject at Standard Level and attained a minimum score of 4 each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics (or Mathematics).
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 or New Zealand Bursary
Average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
Indian Pre-University; average 70% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
PhD in Medicine
A related Master’s Degree recognised by the University Senate; OR
Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s Degree as recognised by the Malaysian Government; OR
Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s Degree as recognised by the University Senate; AND
Minimum TOEFL score of 500 or 80 (Internet) OR minimum IELTS score of Band 6.0 or equivalent
Important Note: Be prepared to burn the midnight oil as you’ll be required to undergo a gruesome 5 years in the Medical course. .
How does your education pathway look like?
You will need to take up a science stream pre-university programme to be able to enrol for a Degree in Medicine (MBBS). Upon completing a five-year degree, every student must undergo a compulsory housemanship (training) for two years before they can become a Medical Officer. Graduates can look for jobs after this stage but only as a general practitioner. To be a specialist, you must undergo a postgraduate programme in a particular field.
What skills do you need for a course in Medicine?
You always finish your homework on time when everyone else slacks off. You wake up early so that you’re never late to school. Medicine will require you to work harder than you ever have, with books thicker than encyclopaedias hours longer than the River Nile. You’ll need to be a hard worker to be able to cope.
Good time management
You know exactly what you’ll be doing at any point in a day because you have it all mapped out systematically. In medicine, you’ll have to manage to eke out any little sleep you can get, study, attend long lectures, complete assignments and cut up cadavers, sometimes all at the same time. So you better be good with managing your time.
While shows like House and Scrubs (Dr. Cox) popularised the cool doctor with no emotional attachment tag, in truth and reality, doctors need to care. As you’ll learn in medical school, your best teacher is your patient, so you better treat them well!
You have no issues conveying a complicated assignment to the rest of the class because you’ve mastered the art of simplifying complicated information into simple terms everyone can understand, without skimping on the details.
Good with Numbers
While everyone else dreaded the day the Additional Mathematics exam fell on, that was your easiest paper. You didn’t really have to study much either, because by just listening in class, you were able to pick up all the skills needed. While some may have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths, you were born with a calculator in yours.
Not easily grossed out
One big skill that many students fail to think about prior to enrolling in medicine is being grossed out. In medicine, you’ll deal with blood, sweat, tears (Some of them may be yours!), poop, pee, vomit, more blood among other things. So you’ll need a stomach made of iron to not feel queasy when time arrives.
What career options do you have with an Medicine degree?
General Practice Doctor
Where can you study Medicine in Malaysia?
Do note that all courses should be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Click here to check if the course you choose is accredited.
For a start, here are some of the most popular Medical schools in Malaysia.