What is your name and where are you studying?
My name is Evelyn Aun and I have just graduated from RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus.
How has your experience been since you have come back from Ireland?
I have found my experience here the last two and half years has been very colourful. I’ve experienced many things that I did not think possible, even though I’m a Malaysian. My friends here are now my new family. I have found life here
What is the quality of the academic teaching here at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus?
I have found the quality of the teaching here of the highest standard. Many of the teachers are from RCSI and UCD so our curriculum would be about the same. I really appreciate how much effort they have put into the lectures and how they have taught us. They have used a lot of evidence based medicine to teach us. I think this is the highest standard of medicine that they could teach us together with their experience.
Can you tell me a bit about your clinical training here in Penang Medical Hospital?
It prepares us for future work here as we go on in our career. We are very well versed in how the system works here with the local diseases help us to understand and be better doctors when we go out into the world. Our clinical training takes place here in Penang Medical Hospital. We do a lot of bedside teaching. The lecturers are very approachable and the patients are fantastic.
Can you tell me a little bit about your experience in RCSI?
I was in RCSI for two and half years. I have so many good memories. We did mostly class and lecture lessons. We were prepared for clinical work from day one. We were taught how to take histories and perform examinations so coming back here was a very easy transition.
Were the lecturers and tutors helpful?
There were a lot of small groups which was helpful for learning. They are very easy to meet with individually as well.
Was it easy to meet in a multi-cultural environment?
Yes, we all come from different backgrounds so naturally we have different perspectives and views. This is what healthcare is all about. No one is absolutely right and no one is absolutely wrong. All of this contributes to the holistic care of the patient. Having people from different backgrounds and cultures helps us to think outside the box and to not be so fixed on what we have been taught for the last 25 years of our lives.
Have you made many lifelong friends at RCSI?
Yes, I have friends from Kenya, Yemen and Ireland. We still keep in touch on facebook and will be friends for life.
Can you tell me about the electives you did in Ireland?
I went back to do my electives as I missed my time there. I appreciated how I was made to be part of the team even though I was a foreign student. They made me feel like one of their own. I got a chance to do procedures and got a chance to take histories from the patients.
What was the social life like in Dublin?
It was my first time out of Malaysia and I was drawn to the Asian societies as we had a shared culture. The Irish societies had a lot of events on and we attended all of them.
How did you relax and unwind?
I did a lot of travelling. Europe is small and it is easy to get around. I visited Turkey, Greece, Rome and London. These are places that I would not have got to visit.
Are you satisfied that your qualifications have put you on the right track for a good career?
Yes, this is an internationally recognised qualification that has opened up a lot of doors for us. I feel it has put us ahead of other colleges. I feel that we have a lot of hope for the future.
What would you say to other students that are thinking about studying here at RCSI?
I would say don’t hesitate, just come. The care and love that you experience is unbeatable. You cannot go wrong.