The power of science

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Disease is part and parcel of life. Every now and again an epidemic breaks and hundreds of thousands are effected across numerous countries. Zika was the latest epidemic to effect pregnant women across South and Central America. Closer to home, we are well-versed with the Aedes mosquito and the deathly devastation it can bring.

Research by scientists in the US and UK has estimated that up to 1.65 million childbearing women in Central and South America could become infected by the Zika virus by the end of the first wave of the epidemic. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, this could mean more than 90 million infections as a result of the initial stages of the spread of Zika.

Scientists are working around the clock to put an end to the spread of the disease as well as find answers through the work being carried out in dengue research. Breakthroughs can come from anywhere, so as scientists continue to work to bring answers to the table, organisations like the WHO are concentrating on issuing health guidelines and travel advisories.

Everyone has a role to play, and as a person of science you could be one of those people that brings relief and cure to thousands affected across the world. Take that step. Become a person of science!

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Best paying jobs in Malaysia

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.jpgDid you know the best paying jobs in the country include those in the fields of science and medicine? Surveys have shown that some of the top paying jobs in Malaysia are those with a technical aspect. A couple of years ago, Jobstreet carried out a survey that concluded that the top paying jobs for fresh graduates included pharmacy and medicine in the top 4. Geophysics and actuarial science made the top 1o!

Yes, science is said to be one of the tougher options in terms of the subjects you have to study, but the opportunities in the real world are numerous. There are opportunities to go into research and you could be pivotal to the next breakthroughs in science and medicine.

With the right foundation programme, your years in university could be highly rewarding and your job prospects healthy. The decision you make right now could set you on the right path towards an exciting and fulfilling career. Talk to us about our foundation programme. We have scholarships and bursaries that could aid you in getting your foot into the doors of science and medicine. Take that step today!

Preparing to enter university

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It’s human nature to shy away from the difficult, from things that don’t necessarily have a straight route. Any task or issue is surmountable one step at a time. As a student in secondary school, university may seem like something to think about years down the road. If going to university is something you are considering, it isn’t too early to think about the steps that will gain you entry into the course you desire.

Is it the science field that you are interested in? Maybe you dream of becoming a dentist or a veterinarian. Working out which subjects you need to excel in and what the pre-university requirements are, will aid tremendously in getting you closer to your goal. Yes, it does require additional work and focus right now, but come your SPM exams, you will be a step or two closer to your goal, setting you apart from your peers.

Speak to consultants and experts who can advise you about the steps you can take to prepare yourself early. Consultants like those at KSMU are always willing to help with the advise that would suit you best. Talking to school leavers who are doing their pre-university studies or are in university courses that you are interested in would also help you paint a picture about what life would be like in these programmes and the prerequisites you should be aware of. Whatever the scenario, there is much to gain from taking proactive steps early on.

 

5 things pre-med students should know

University libraryMedical school is going to be an experience like no other, an adventure from the moment you step through the car to the day you graduate. But before you even consider the life of a doctor, you should consider the life of a medical student. Here are some points to consider:

  1. It’s going to be hard work. There will be lectures, practicals and exams. The materials will be more intense, and you will be expected to cram a great amount of information. You will also be expected to work in groups during study sessions and tutorials. So be prepared to be flexible with how you study!
  2. Be prepared to get your hands dirty. You will be dealing with dissections and not just of rodents if you’re lucky enough to go to a medical school that offers human cadavers for hands-on practise.
  3. It is a marathon not a sprint. A medical degree is going to be longer than any other degree, so be prepared to pace yourself so you don’t burnout. At the same time, your friends from school will be graduating long before you and getting on with their lives — gaining employment, getting married and having children. Expect to feel like you are a perpetual student.
  4. Biology is cool. There is so much to discover and the marvels of the human body will have you thrilled to the bone. Expect to want to share your knowledge with friends and family. Expect them to not be as excited.
  5. Organisation is key. With the juggling of subjects, classes, exams, tutorials, assignments, practicals, friends and family, you need to get your life in order. It’s great preparation for when you graduate and are a houseman in a local government hospital.

Check out blogs by medical students. That will give you a great idea about how things really are, as medical student bloggers rarely mince words or sugarcoat their experience. Another option is to meet with our consultants at KSMU Edu Services. The consultants would be able to paint a pretty accurate picture about life in universities in Russia, India and Indonesia.

Doctors make an impact on public health, policy

Public Health Blood donationGaining an education in medicine doesn’t just have to be about dealing and treating patients directly. There are many areas that you can go into once you earn a degree in medicine – including that of public health.

Public health is a wide and exciting field that includes the likes of dealing with epidemics, environment, community health as well as policy and implementation. Furthermore, with a degree in medicine you can choose to do a master’s in public health and get into policy work where you will be part of teams that make recommendations to governments about public health policies.

There is much to gain with a degree in medicine apart from being a doctor – the options are actually limitless. The first step is of course to gain a place in university – which can be done with KSMU Edu Services. Get in touch with them for a free consultation!

The Foundation in Science that’s right for you

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Now that your SPM results are out, this is the perfect time to make some decisions. What’s the next for you? Should you do the STPM? What about a pre-university programme like matriculation or foundation?

Do consider the Geomatika Foundation in Science as an option for you pre-university needs.

The Geomatika Foundation in Science is simply unique!

Why? Because intakes are not fixed to just two months a year, but are carried out all year long! Isn’t that just brilliant?

The Foundation in Science could lead to majors in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and piloting. The Foundation programme requires 5 SPM credits in Mathematics, and either Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Additional Mathematics, and any other three subjects.

The advantages of the Geomatika Foundation in Science is threefold. Apart from the certification from the Foundation Programme, all students will receive a certificate from University of Cambridge ESOL examination. There will also be exposure on clinical training at a government hospital. O-levels is available for those who have not met the requirements.

More information can be found here.

5 reasons to study Medicine

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Maybe your dad’s a doctor as was his father before him. Maybe you’ve always known this is the path for you as well, but of late you’ve had some doubts. Will there be enough jobs by the time you graduate? Will you be paid enough? Will being a doctor be depressing having to deal with sickness all the time?

Here are some points to consider before embarking on a medical journey:

  1. IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE – Life as a doctor will be an exciting challenge. There are bound to be days where you wish you hadn’t chosen this path because of the challenges that come your way. However, overcoming these challenges will make you stronger and a better human being, not to mention a better doctor. Who wants a dull and predictable life anyway? You are a doctor, push yourself to the limit and then see how high you soar.
  2. AT THE CUTTING-EDGE OF INNOVATION – Medicine is a fast evolving field. Scientists and doctors are creating breakthroughs in all sorts of areas, from anaesthesiology to orthopaedic surgery. You will be contributing to this field of work, and one day could even lead this field.
  3. OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE BEST – Medical professionals who are the best in the field are coveted. There is nothing to stop you from reaching the pinnacle and being in demand wherever you go.
  4. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION – Managing disease and dealing with the human body can be extremely fulfilling. You will be dealing firsthand with patients, helping them create a best practise that will suit them and their lifestyle. You will be part of solution to a difficult situation.
  5. BRING HOPE – You will be a beacon of hope to hundreds of patients and their families. From providing answers and medical care, you will be the voice of reason, the shoulder to lean on and most importantly, you will be the face of assurance and hope. What a marvellous way to bring meaning to your own life.