'I want to become a doctor', maybe among the most common responses we receive from a young student when asked about their ambitions. This is to be expected as the medical doctor is one of the most distinguished and revered personalities everyone of us will come across during our lifetime. The University College Shahputra (UCSA) MBBS program aims to realise this childhood dream to fruition in the best manner and environment.
The UCSA MBBS program has been specifically designed to bring out the best from 'the best' students and to mould them into dedicated, compassionate and holistic physicians who are continuous learners and hold mankind and society close at heart. To this end the UCSA MBBS curricullum has been specially developed and regularly monitored so as to ensure that the specific program outcomes are achieved by the time the student graduates.
The UCSA MBBS program is a 5 year program which consists of 2 phases. Phase 1, is done in Year 1 and 2 while Phase 2 consists of Year 3, 4 and 5. Phase 1 covers the Foundation Medical Sciences subjects which includes Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology/Immunology, Pathology, Psychology and Public Health/ Medical Epidemiology. Phase 2 comprises the Clinical Clerkship years wherein the students are exposed to major clinical subjects such as Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Community Medicine, Family Medicine and others while they are required to be in clinical placements in hospitals and health centres.
Teaching and learning activities will comprise of various modalities including lectures, tutorials, seminars, Student-Centred Collaborative Learning (SCCL) sessions, practicals/clinical instructions and practice, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) sessions, report writing and presentations, clinical teaching in hospital wards and clinics, community health postings, community health projects, E-learning using an in-house Learning Management System (LMS) and also use of an E- mentoring system.
Students' progress will be monitored closely and regularly by various Continuous Assessment (CA) methods (class attendance, biweekly quizzes, assignments, presentations, PBL sessions) while Summative Assessments will be done periodically in the form of End of Semester (E-o-S) Exams/End of Posting (E-o-P) Exams and 2 Professional Exams, one in Year 2 and another in Year 5, ie. at the end of Phase 1 and Phase 2 respectively.
On graduation, UCSA Medical graduates will hold the MBBS certificate which will allow them to be provisionally registered with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and begin their 'housemanship' or 'internship' (presently 2 years) in government hospitals. Once fully registered and usually after 2-3 years of experience as a Medical Officer they can then either open their own practice (GP) or proceed to any higher qualification in Medicine ie. clinical specialisations or an academic pathway leading to MSc and ultimately a PhD in a particular area of interest.