News: Class of 2021 Return from Dublin for Clinical Years

It goes without saying that the road to becoming a doctor is paved with ambition, discipline, and dedicationĀ from the get-go. But perhaps above all, it begins with the right drive. That is what makes RCSI & UCD MalaysiaĀ Campus (RUMC) students stand out from the rest. On top of having students of academic excellence, theĀ cornerstone of RUMC being a successful medical school lies not only in the quality of the education it providesĀ but also in its studentsā€™ motivation in pursuing a career in medicine.

RUMCā€™s class of 2021 has entered the next phase of their journey as medical students. 124 aspiring doctorsĀ have returned from Dublin, Ireland where they undertook their pre-clinical studies at the Royal College ofĀ Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) for two-and-a-half years. The clinical years inĀ Malaysia will mainly comprise of the students receiving on-site training where they will interact with patientsĀ at Penang General Hospital, Seberang Jaya Hospital, and Taiping Hospital.

To commemorate this significant milestone, RUMC presented the students with White Coats in a ceremony atĀ the Penang General Hospital. While the White Coat Ceremony is usually held at the beginning of a medicalĀ studentā€™s life, RUMC believes that this would serve as a reminder to its aspiring doctors to begin seeingĀ themselves as doctors-in-training rather than as students. As doctors-in-training, students are expected toĀ demonstrate the highest level of professionalism as they are now responsible for patient care.

As the demand for doctors continues to grow, there is a greater need to ensure that medicine graduates areĀ industry-ready. RUMCā€™s unique relationship with the Malaysian Ministry of Health allows exclusive use of theĀ Penang General Hospital for the studentsā€™ clinical training. As such, RUMC doctors-in-training would haveĀ better access to patients, allowing them to focus and nurture their patient-care and medical skills to its fullĀ potential. Today, RUMC is amongst the top medical schools in the country in preparing students for
Housemanship.

ā€œAs you begin your clinical training, you are following in the footsteps of nearly 1,700 RUMC doctors, yourĀ seniors have gone on to senior positions and RUMC graduates are well sought after. You are carrying the name and reputation that they have built up. Carry it well and uphold the good name of RUMC. That is yourĀ responsibility as you enter these hospital corridors, wards, clinics and theatres,ā€ advised Prof StephenĀ Doughty, President and CEO of RUMC.

Upon concluding their clinical training, students will graduate as doctors, receiving an internationallyĀ recognised medical degree, namely the MB BCh BAO (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics) from the National University Ireland (NUI). A two-year placement as House Officers will followĀ suit.