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8 Insider Tips from Medical Professor On Acing Medical School Interview

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Studying medicine in one of the world’s top universities, RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus is the most rewarding pathway you can ever embark on.

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (Formerly known as Penang Medical College (PMC)) is a private medical university in Penang, Malaysia in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).

Programme

The 5-Years Undergraduate Programme is delivered transnationally – beginning with comprehensive pre-clinical training in Dublin followed by extensive clinical training in Penang.

Why RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus?

  • Internationally-Recognised Irish Medical Education Delivered 
  • Highly Cost-Effective Tuition and Return on Investment
  • High-Quality Clinical Training

Intake 

Every September

Duration

5 Years

  • 2.5 years of Pre-Clinicals in Dublin
  • 2.5 years of Clinicals in Penang

Fees (2021)

Malaysian: RM620,000

International: RM740,000

For more information about the Undergraduate programme, entry requirements and scholarships, visit here or contact Excel Education

First off, Congratulations on receiving your interview invitation! It’s time for some good preparation.

The Medical School interview can be one of the most nerve-racking questions for every candidate. And the best way to help reduce anxiety is to be well prepared. Before jumping straight into what questions will be asked and how you should answer them, take a step back and question yourself.

“What is the purpose of this medical interview?”

After all, medical schools can learn so much from your application materials. Well the answer is straightforward. Medical school wants to learn about you.

Other than your excellent grades, how passionate and highly motivated are you towards medicine? Is the school’s programme a good fit for you or perhaps you would fit better in other medical schools? Do you have any significant interpersonal difficulties like major social awkwardness? Do you have a diverse outlook in life to deal with people from different areas of life?

Now that you understand the purpose of a medical interview, let’s dive into the 8 tips that would ultimately help you ace your interview! 

Tip #1: Which Type of Interview and Who are your Interviewers?

Understand clearly the type of interview that would take place for you. Will it be a Face-to-Face or Online Session?
If possible, get to know who will be interviewing you. You will be mentally prepared and less panicky during the day.

There are usually three different types of interviews – the Conventional Discussion Based, Oxbridge Style Interviews and Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI). However, a vast majority of candidates will be invited to attend the Conventional Discussion Based.

Types of interview
Conventional discussion based
(a) Why do you want to study medicine?
(b) Why are you a strong candidate?
(c) Face-to-face or online

Oxbridge style interviews
-Designed to identify candidates with critical thinking/out of the box thinking.

Multiple mini-interviews (MMI)
-Exam stations looking for different ‘traits’. For example empathy; ethical thinking
-Structured scoring system

Who are your interviewers?
Faculty members (usually doctors or scientists) / Admissions officers / Student affairs / Medical students

What type of interview will it be?
Individual / Panel / Several individuals / Group

Tip #2: Questions you should prepare

Other than academic background, candidates will be determined through other essential questions such as:

(a) Why do you want to become a doctor? Dig into yourself and find your motivation towards medicine.
What are the characteristics that make a good doctor?

(b) Extracurricular and leisure activities: What do you do in and out of school, as an all-rounder?
This tells your interviewer how suitable you are other than academic pursuits.

(c) Employment and research experience: Have you spent some time shadowing a doctor? Have you seen what a doctor does? If you have, be ready to discuss your experience on how you have involved yourself in any research.

(d) Views on medical problems or relevant ethical issues
You should be able to have views on medical problems.
For example, knowing the worldwide pandemic. If you are in Malaysia, you should know what the Director-General of Health has done to actually control Covid-19 in Malaysia. What are the testings and tracings? Why does social distancing reduce the spread of Covid-19?

 

Side note: You are expected to think ethically. In an interview, you are not expected to know the answers.
Interviewers are expecting you to be able to discuss it and debate with them. Will you be able to think during the interview?


(e) Read lists of medical school interview questions online and prepare answers
Do not just note down answers you get online, instead write down your own answers – what you would actually say. Read a few medical topics in Malaysia as well as other locations relevant to your medical school.

(f) Research the medical school you are applying to. How would it be a good fit for you?
For example, if you are applying to RUMC, RCSI or UCD, understand the course; learning style and curriculum and know about Malaysia and Ireland. This will ensure interviewers that you understand the programme and how well it fits you.   

Tip #3: Practice,video tape yourself and critique your performances

(a) Prepare and practice interview answers to yourself.

(b) Do mock interviews with your family, teachers or friends. Ask for their advice. If you have friends who attend medical school as well, ask them for advice. They may share other beneficial tips.

(c) If your interview is conducted online, make sure to check your device, the kind of software you will be using to connect with your interviewers as well as your internet connection.

Tip #4: First Impressions are important even if it is online

It is so important to recognize that applying to a medical school is a professional activity and after all the hard work and preparation, you surely do not want to leave an impression that decreases your chance of admission and a dress code that interviewers can clearly remember after your session.

(a) Be on time (or early!)

(b) Do not wear casual clothings and jeans. Dress smartly and conservatively. Be clean, neat, have your hair cut or done well. Look like a doctor!

Suit and tie
Men, put on your suit and tie. The attire for a medical school interview is conservative, hence you may go for colours that associate with professionalism like navy blue, grey and black. Be sure to match your suit, tie and shoes well. A simple choice of black or brown shoes are both conservative and professional.

Suit Blazer or Dress
Ladies, you can wear a suit blazer with pants or a knee-length skirt. Remember to keep things simple. Avoid bright colours and patterns; go for black, grey and navy blue as they always do the trick.

‘’Is it appropriate to wear a dress to a medical school interview?’’ The answer is yes.
Just like a suit blazer with pants or skirt, make sure your dress is conservative, not too revealing and dark-coloured. 

Make-up and accessories

A little touch up would always do good. You may apply a light concealer, eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow and lipstick. Once again, keep things simple. Necklaces, watches and earrings are nice touches but they are not necessary. If you like to add these touches, a pair of earring studs look professional and well.

(c) Have your documents ordered in a portfolio or well organized online

(d) Good eye contact, smile and firm handshake

(e) Introduce yourself. Make a good introduction.
Do not just introduce yourself with your first name “Good afternoon, I’m Jonathan”.
Instead say Good afternoon, I’m Jonathan Lee…..

(f) Try not to fidget

Tip #5: Take your time

Take your time when it comes to providing your interviewers a good response, They are not looking for speed but a quality response. If you require a little more time to think of the right answer, don’t be afraid to inform your interviewers. You may say

“Oh, that is not a question I’ve necessarily thought I’d be asked. Do you mind if I think about that for a second?”

This is not a bad thing. In fact, it shows your interviewer that you are actually processing your thoughts to provide a good answer.

For example, “Why Medicine?”
Provide a structured answer by sticking to a rule of three. Make three clear, decisive points and conclude your statement.

Tip #6: Use personal examples

Use personal examples to demonstrate your skills and experience. Instead of telling the interviewers about your unique qualities such as leadership and empathy, prove to them through your stories and impress them. 

For example, “What qualities do you have that you feel are important for a doctor?”
Firstly, I recognise that a doctor has a position of considerable responsibility, and good leadership skills are essential. I demonstrate this in my work for my church, as a leader for a youth club and helping at a summer holiday club for primary school children near where I live. My youth work has taught me patience and understanding, especially towards those with learning difficulties. I was also pleased to be made Deputy Head of House and Senior Prefect at school, taking on various organizational roles,…

For example, “What do you understand by empathy?”
I first really understood empathy during my hospital work experience. When I saw the doctors talking to lymphoma patients, it left me with admiration and respect for the sensitivity and understanding with which the doctors communicated with the patients and their families and made me see that there was nothing I wanted more than to also take on the responsibility of caring for and treating patients.

Tip #7: Answer the question

It is surprising that many students fail to answer even a simple question “Why this Medical School?”. So be sure to do your research on the school and the programme. Carefully listen to each question then incorporate the question into your answer. By doing this, you show that you have listened and remind yourself to address the question. Again, stick to the rule of three clear and decisive points.

For example “Why this medical school?”
I have long wanted to attend RUMC for several reasons: it gives me the opportunity to attend two different medical schools in two countries, Ireland and Malaysia, and I feel that will broaden my experience and my thinking. I am also keen on research and RUMC offers me the opportunity to engage in summer research with experienced researchers in Dublin. I have heard from friends that the teaching in RUMC in the Dublin universities and in Penang in the hospitals is of the highest quality and is designed to make you the best possible doctor and succeed in your internship. 

Tip #8: Follow Up

Send a ‘thank you’ email after the interview to impress and make yourself notice again. More importantly make some notes for yourself and go through the whole process by questioning yourself on what you did well, what you could improve and again is this the right medical school for you.

(a) Who interviewed you?
(b) What questions did they ask?
(c) What were your answers?
(d) What did you do well?
(e) What could you have done better?

Finally, you put in a lot of effort. Take a good break and relax!

Curious about the Undergraduate Medicine Programme at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus?
For more details, visit their website or contact +604 – 217 1888. 

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Top 5 Universities to Study Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) in Malaysia 2020

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What is Dentist?

Medicine & Surgery is commonly known as MBBS, the study of MBBS is about using healthcare practice to diagnosing, treating and preventing sickness, disease or injury. Doctors are obligated to keep society well and healthy by performing examination and diagnosis in order to search for the source of sickness and cure it either through procedure or/and medication.

The whole course of MBBS is divided into two phases, pre-clinical training (2-years) and clinical training (3-years). Pre-clinical training is purely academic and theoretical basics of medical science, you will mostly spend 2-years staying in university for theoretical study and exams. The 2nd phase, clinical training, is about training learn practical experience in selected hospital. 

If you decided to become a doctor, you should have a genuine compassion towards patients and having good communication skills. The hospital is known as a stressful workplace, therefore, being able to withstand high pressure and stress is crucial as you will be needed to work for long hours. Think strategically and critically helps you solve daily problems more easily.

Fields of Specialization

Fields Descriptions
Emergency Medicine Helps to prevent death and disability for patients that need immediate medical attention
Orthopaedics Related to curing illness of the body’s musculoskeletal system
Paediatrics Related to the medical care of infants and children
Internal Medicine Provide diagnosis and treatment to patients with illnesses such as cancer, disease and infections.
Surgery Carry out surgery that cure injuries and disorders
Anaesthesiology Focus on providing pain relief substance to patient, it helps ease their discomfort and pain.
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Involved in the medical care that related to women such as childbirth

Subjects for Medicine & Surgery

  • Molecular Basis of Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Block
  • Endocrine & Reproductive System Block
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Paediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Anaesthesia & Intensive Care
  • Orthopaedics

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) courses, you will generally need:

ProgrammeRequirements
Bachelor’s Degree (5-Years)
    • STPM/A-Level: Grades BBB/ABC/ AAC in 3 subjects (Biology & Chemistry & Physics/Mathematics)
    • Austalian Matriculation: Minimum of 80 ATAR including Biology, Mathematics, and Chemistry/Physics; or
  • UEC: B4 each in 5 subjects (Biology & Chemistry & Physics & Mathematics & Add Mathematics); or
  • Foundation in Science: Minimum CGPA of 3.00 including Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; or
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 3.50

Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Medicine & Surgery

  • Consultant
  • Professor / Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • International Aid / Development Worker
  • Medical Officer
  • House Officer
  • Specialist
  • Administrator

1. Taylor’s University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
General Intake: March & August
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM395,100

2. Masha University

Campus: Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM369,900

3. Segi University

Campus: Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
General Intake: March & September
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM344,850

4. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)

Campus: Cyberjaya, Selangor

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
General Intake: August
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM325,000

5. UCSI University

Campus: Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

Doctor Of Medicine (MD)
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM259,325

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Top Universities to Study Dental Surgery in Malaysia 2020

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What is Dentist?

A dentist is expected to diagnose and treat a patient’s oral condition, patients must be regularly examined and checked for any sign of symptoms, cranial, or other health related issues. Dentists also perform numerous number of medical procedures that involve oral such as teeth, jaw, and gum. 

All dentists need to learn the basics and complete the additional schooling from dental school before proceeding to specialization. Each specialization targets a different area where they are excelling in performing tasks in that particular area. The fields of specialization for dentists are listed below.

What skills do you need to be a Dentist?

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Performing surgery is difficult as you will need the determination and problem-solving skills to make decisions in quick succession. You will often have to deal with complex issues and in some cases, unexpected situations will emerge while performing the surgery. Having the knowledge and experience to deal with it is vital as a dentist.

Manual Dexterity Skills

Being a dentist, manual dexterity is crucial to operate a safe, productive and profitable practice. The individual must have good hand-eye coordination to perform dental surgery as it will be extremely difficult without it. You must be able to perform surgery with high precision and accuracy in a small and limited area, and patient safety is of the utmost concern.

Diligence in Research

In the field of dentistry, diligence in research is an essential skill for the dentist to carry out research that is very time-consuming and difficult. Random situations will generally pop up in the practice, you will need to do further research in order to better understand the issues and generate solutions for it.

Fields of Specialization

FieldsDescriptions
Paediatric DentistryRelates to oral healthcare of infants, children and adolescents
Dental Public HealthRelates to oral healthcare for the community
OrthodonticsCure the irregularities of the jaws, teeth and bite
Restorative DentistryEnsures healthy and pain-free teeth development, especially for patients with complex problems
PeriodontologyTreat supporting structure of the teeth
Oral Medicine and Oral PathologyExamine oral diseases through lab experiments to study the cause and effects
Oral SurgeryPerform reconstructive operation and implant surgeries for facial injuries

Subjects for Dental Surgery

  • Oral Biology
  • Dental Materials & Equipment
  • Dental Radiology
  • Oral Pathology & Oral Medicine
  • Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Dental Surgery courses, you will generally need:

ProgrammesRequirements
Diploma (3-Years)
  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum 5Cs including Bahasa Malaysia, Mathematics & Sciences; or
  • Other Equivalent Qualification recognized by the Malaysia Government 
Bachelor’s Degree (5-Years)
    • STPM/A-Level: Grades BBB/ABC/ AAC in 3 subjects (Biology & Chemistry & Physics/Mathematics)
    • Austalian Matriculation: Minimum of 80 ATAR including Biology, Mathematics, and Chemistry/Physics; or
  • UEC: B4 each in 5 subjects (Biology & Chemistry & Physics & Mathematics & Add Mathematics); or
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 3.50

Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Dental Surgery

  • Dental Public Health Professional
  • Orthodontists
  • Oral Surgery Professionals
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Oral Medicine Professionals
  • Oral Pathologists
  • Forensic Odontologists
  • Endodontics and Special Needs Dentists

1. Segi University

Campus: Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Bachelor of Dental Surgery
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM351,100

2. Mahsa University

Campus: Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor

Diploma in Dental Technology
General Intake: January
Indicative fee of 3-years (Full-time) (2019): RM56,100

Doctor in Dental Surgery (DDS)
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM381,600

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