Undergraduate Focus: Medical graduates enjoy student-centred learning
Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities, better known as TGC, is an initiative in line with a worldwide drive to revamp university-level education to bridge a growing gap in graduates’ transition from academic institution into the industry. It provides student-centred curricula that prepares and produces globally competitive graduates that are able to excel at the international level. Thus, the integration of TGC within the teaching and learning philosophy of Taylor’s University, as well as into all tertiary-level curricula, contributes significantly towards firmly establishing its academic programmes as being among the very best.
The School of Medicine (SOM) offers the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) to aspiring medical professionals. Students will be exposed to experiential learning approach where they are given the opportunity to deal with cadavers and actual patients in the early phase of their education.
Effective communication and team work are emphasised at all times. The TGC incorporates behavioural science, professional development and communication skills, which are also embedded in the projects and activities carried out by the medical students. They learn about the physical, social and psychological aspects of human behaviour to deal effectively with patients, family members, society and community to prepare them for their future profession.
According to the Ministry of Health, Malaysia continues to face a shortage of doctors.
“Taylor’s University sees the need to produce more well-trained medical professionals in the country to reach the targeted ratio by the Ministry of Health. Thus SOM aims to be a centre of excellence in medical education, and eventually provide a complete medical education programme that is second to none, ensuring that our graduates will be highly-skilled to serve the community,” says Taylor’s University Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Datuk Dr Hassan Said.
Understanding the importance in cultivating empathy among its medical graduates, the MBBS programme requires its students to take on three major out-of-classroom projects, including educational field trips to rural villages to conduct free health screenings as well as informative health talks and activities for the communities.
To further expose students to the different fields in the medical profession, they are required to complete an extensive research project on an agreed topic of their choice. They will be introduced to a Student Selected Model (SSM), which aims to instil students with professional responsibility and comprehensive understanding on specific medical areas of their choice including Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and even air pollution and its effect on human lungs.
The school also offers a medical excellence scholarship for those with excellent academic results, and require financial aid.
For more information, visit www.taylors.edu.my