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Future Doctors @ Newcastle

Puteri Maz Safura Binti Mohd Khalili, Adina Yasmin Binti Mohd Jafri & Deena Darshini, our 4th year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students, had the greatest time of their life doing medical elective posting abroad at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

During their four weeks of elective placement, they were assigned to the Departments of Hepatopancreatobiliary & Sarcoma as well as Respiratory. They got the opportunity to see and shadow various clinical activities, as well as make ward rounds and meet patients in clinics, under the supervision of clinical consultants specialists.

One of their most memorable experiences was witnessing robotic surgery procedures, as well as organ retrieval and transplant procedures. They were given the opportunity to contribute their opinions and ideas as members of the team in any instances that were discussed in the department. Such a window of opportunity provides them with a challenge while also growing their confidence and interpersonal character, which they would not have gained through their academic routine.

Studying outside of the classroom helps students extend their perspectives and become more engaged with the outside world, as well as make new friends and acquaintances with colleagues from countries such as Germany, Australia, Pakistan, Jordan, and many more.

With these priceless experiences, they highly recommend future medical students to seize the opportunity, broaden their horizons, and enrol in clinical placements overseas. It is not every day that an opportunity knocks. But when it does, seize them while you still can.