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Exploring the Effects of Social Demographic Factors in Pursuing a Medical Degree in Malaysia and the Impact of the Medical Student Ambassadorial Role By Hannah Nazri, 4th Year Medical Student 2012, University of Bristol Email: Hannah.MohamedNazri.07@bristol.ac.uk

Introduction  UK studies have been conducted to understand students’ perceptions towards pursuing a medical career.  No such studies have been done in Malaysia.  Due to its multi-ethnic society, Malaysia presents a unique case.

Methodology  Semi-structured interviews.  During Projek Kalsom 17 from 11th-

15th July 2011, Malacca, Malaysia.  4 medical students and 10 16year-old students.

Aims are to explore:  Social demographic factors & barriers to choosing and pursuing a medical degree.  Impact of medical students as role models from the viewpoints of medical students and 16-year-old students.

Conclusion  Need for a better distribution of correct information regarding the medical degree.  As academic results are the main criteria in Malaysia for pursuing a medical degree, a ‘Widening

participation’

programme

would be beneficial.

 Medical students are important role models and being role models has a positive effect on their professional and personal development.

An annual motivational camp organised by Malaysian university students from around the world for academically talented 16-year-old students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Why Medicine? Impact as Role Models on Professional Development  More ‘human’ and patient-oriented approach.  Assumed hospital

hierarchies detrimental.

are

 Once qualified, aim to be

encouraging inspiring to medics.

& future

Medical students as role models?

Great idea!

Respect, filial piety, religion! “A good profession,

Despite socioeconomi c status, none of the 16year-olds cited financial difficulties as a barrier, due to academic scholarships.

helping others. I think it’s better than other professions. I don’t think it’s so easy to become a doctor. Doctors have a higher position in society, they can save many lives.”

“The doctor’s profession is connected to God.”

Main Barrier & Criteria:


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