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Six awarded scholarship to study in Ireland

GETTING into medical school is challenging on its own. Acquiring a scholarship is tough but when obtained, a huge help indeed.

DOCTORS IN THE MAKING

That said, Penang Medical College (PMC) recently awarded six students with full medical scholarships. These came up to approximately RM3.8 million and will assist the six students in pursuing their medical education in Ireland and Penang.

The awards were presented at a ceremony and pre-departure orientation in Kuala Lumpur.

The scholarship recipients are Jamie Tan from Malacca; Ayesha Khalidah Mohamed Khamir from Petaling Jaya; Ng Kuan Yee from Kuala Lumpur; Rachel Leong from Shah Alam; Shirley Lau from Sibu; and Talal Almas from Pakistan.

A total of 120 students attended the momentous event. The students on their way to begin their journey to become doctors, were briefed on their departure to Ireland. Other students reading medicine were also present; there to cheer their fellow course mates on their current and future achievements.

All 120 students will begin their pre-clinical studies at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) or University College of Dublin (USD). This will take two and a half years, after which they will return to PMC and its teaching hospitals for clinical training.

CONTINUING LEGACY

In his speech, PMC president and CEO Prof Stephen Doughty mentioned that the students will be following the footsteps of 1,500 PMC alumni who have gone on to practise medicine.

Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E Mr Eamon Hickey, who was also present at the ceremony, said that these students will be following the long tradition of Malaysian students who prepared themselves for their chosen profession by studying in Ireland.

“Over the years, tens of thousands of Malaysians have studied in Ireland, which gives us a proud legacy in Irish-Malaysian relations,” he added. PMC vice-president David Whitford shared with theSun’s Brian Chung, about the process of selecting the six recipients (out of 100 applicants).

“The process saw us spreading out the applications, those that met the requirements. Applicants were required to write an essay covering two areas (these change, year to year) and we had members of our faculty mark those essays to further shortlist candidates based on their application and interviews.

“As recipients will act as our ambassador of the two institutions, we look for people who can think differently and express themselves in unique and outstanding ways, both in writing and at the interview,” Whitford added.

PMC SCHOLARSHIPS

As studying medicine can be expensive, the scholarships were valuable to all six students.

With this, Doughty shared with Chung some important things to note when applying for them.

“The key thing when students are looking for a scholarship is to show all the aforementioned attributes, which include an impressive academic record and being positively active and a contributor to society. They should search as widely as possible to find available scholarships, identify the scholarships that are for fees only and those which have bursary components.

“When applying for the scholarship, know the conditions and criteria of the scholarship and impress the panel with both academic and curriculum achievements,” Doughty shared.

For more information, visit PMC’s website or Facebook page.

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