Medicine is concerned with the training of knowledgeable, caring, competent and skilful professionals, who understand health and disease. Our curriculum is designed to provide a general medical education and a foundation for your later career specialization.
A practical approach
The Newcastle MB BS course is an integrated programme which is hands-on. We develop your clinical skills from the outset, and you meet real patients early in the course.
The programme features supervised study projects. These introduce you to clinical research methods and allow you to study topics of your own choice in depth. You will also develop the key skills of:
- information handling
- reflective practice
- decision making
- attitudes required for professional practice as a doctor
Year 1 and 2
During Years 1 and 2, you learn about all aspects of medicine, with a particular focus on normal and abnormal structure, function, and behaviour.
You will cover:
- cardiovascular system
- cell and molecular biology
- clinical examination skills
- gastrointestinal System
- human anatomy
- human physiology
- infectious diseases
- renal system
- research principles
- respiratory system
- social medicine
Practical experiential learning
You will gain clinical experience through regular clinical skills teaching in the laboratory and through hospital and community visits. Patients play an active role in Years 1 and 2, and you come into contact with them from the very beginning through links with community-based medical practitioners.
In Year 1 you will oversee the development of a pregnant woman and her family for the Family Study project.
In Year 2 you undertake an in-depth study of a patient with a chronic illness.
In Semester 1 of Year 3, you will undertake a clinical rotation that focuses on an introduction to clinical practice. This leads to a period of assistantships in medicine, surgery, and primary care where you will be embedded as part of a clinical team.
In Semester 2, you will undertake a series of clinical placements in mental health, child and adolescent health, and women’s health. Year 3 will conclude with a four week Student Selected Component (SSC), where you will undertake a supervised clinical placement covering a topic of your choice.
In Semester 1 of Year 4, you will undertake a 14-week block of study on clinical decision making. The subjects covered in Semester 1 will cover all of the clinical sciences with a particular focus on investigative medicine. You will also undertake your second SSC of the curriculum.
In Semester 2 you will undertake a number of core clinical rotations – these will take place in a variety of clinical and community settings.
Year 4 finishes with the eight-week elective. The elective is an opportunity for you to experience medicine almost anywhere in the world. For many students, this is the highlight of their medical studies. The elective also provides an opportunity to undertake a period of study with our colleagues.
In Semester 1 of Year 5, you will revisit and enhance your skills and knowledge with clinical rotations in mental health, child and adolescent health, women’s health, and primary care.
You will also undertake a course that prepares you for practice as House Officer – this focuses on regulatory issues, advanced communication, prescribing, and working under pressure. The course concludes with ‘finishing school’ rotation in acute care and further assistantships in medicine, surgery, and primary care.
Throughout Years 3, 4, and 5, you undertake your clinical learning in the government hospitals and community clinics of the state of Johor. These will include:
- Hospital Sultan Ismail
- Hospital Sultanah Aminah
- Hospital Permai
- Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail (Batu Pahat)
- Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Kalsom (Kluang)
- Klinik Kesihatan Gelang Patah
- Klinik Kesihatan Taman Universiti
- Klinik Kesihatan Sultan Ismail.
Highly motivated and able students enrolled in the five-year MBBS programme have the opportunity to step aside from their mainstream medical studies to intercalate an additional one-year period of study which will take place in the UK. This opportunity may be particularly attractive if you wish to explore an area in greater depth and gain experience in research. The options include (but are not limited to):
- joining the third year of any of our BSc degrees in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (normally after successful completion of Year 2 of MBBS); or
- undertaking a Master of Research or MPhil qualification (normally after the successful completion of either Year 3 or Year 4 of MBBS).
Following successful completion of the intercalated year of study, you will be awarded either a BSc Honours degree or a Master’s degree, as appropriate, and return to the Malaysia campus to conclude the remainder of your MBBS programme.