The Foundation in Science that’s right for you


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.


Medical university that ticks all the boxes


If you are looking for options to study medicine overseas, an affordable and reliable option is Kursk State Medical University.

Kursk State Medical University, 500km outside Moscow, has a strong tradition of academic excellence, with nearly eight decades of creating medical graduates. The university offers a medical degree recognised internationally. Using English as a medium of instruction, the university is a top ten facility among the 48 medical varsities in the country.

Kursk’s strong leadership role means that it is in the cutting-edge of medical science. Among the awards it has received includes the ‘Star Award’ from the Russian government for its contribution in training medical doctors. Kursk has been named ‘The Best 100 European universities’ and has received the ‘Best Rector Award’.

The facilities in Kursk are top-notch. It has eight research institutes headed by scientists from the Russian Federation. The laboratories and research centres have the best equipment and are up-to-date with the latest technologies, including digital resources and libraries boasting more than 87,000 periodicals. Most importantly, there are more than 20 specialist hospitals for students to carry out their clinical practise.

More information can be found here.


Rural training mandatory for medical students

medical-563427_1280According to the newspaper The Hindu, the Indian government has decided to make a one-year rural posting compulsory for medical students graduating from government medical colleges or those in private colleges, but under government quota.

The decision comes due to the fact that rural areas in India continue to suffer from a shortage of doctors despite more than 6,000 medical graduates a year in the country. The lack of doctors and other healthcare personnel in rural areas is not unique to India, with countries like Australia facing a similar situation.

This is certainly an interesting development for India and it would be good to watch this space to see which other countries adopt a similar ruling.

Social media linked to depression, say researchers

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The journal Depression and Anxiety published research from the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine in Pennsylvania, US, linking the use of social media to depression. A total of 1,787 adults in the US aged 19-32 were surveyed about their social media usage on sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn.

Of the participants, more than 25% had high indicators of depression, with those who checked their social media more often being more likely to be depressed than those who checked it less.

Now there’s food for thought! Question is, should you share this on your Facebook?

More on this 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.

Kickstart a career in Medicine

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All good things must start somewhere, and so must your career in Medicine. KSMU Edu Services recommends the Foundation in Science programme (MQA/PA0466). The programme is designed to give prospective undergraduates a thorough grounding in the fields of science, engineering, technology and computing.

Getting students off to the right start in what will eventually be an extremely hands-on career is a Godsend. Highlights of this pre-university programme include being exposed to issues in community health and living, exposure to clinical skills, and a hybrid curriculum that puts equal weightage on both coursework and testing.

The entry requirements for this course is 5 credits in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) or an equivalent qualification. The best part about this university entry programme is the fact that intakes are all-year long. Because of the modular nature of the curriculum, students can join the class at the start of any month and finish their foundation 12-months later.

More information can be found at the KSMU Edu Services courses page.