Many of us have always dreamt of studying overseas when we were young. For some, this dream is made possible with the existence of university programmes that allow students to study part of their degree in their home country before or after going overseas. This was exactly what happened to Wong Kit Yeng. She started her studies in medicine at the International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia in 2011 and then transferred to University of Dundee, Scotland three years later for the completion of her degree. Kit Yeng believes that IMU prepared the students well for transition to UK. “The pre-clinical phase equipped us with vast amount of knowledge particularly in basic sciences. I was fortunate to be in one of the pioneer batches whereby communication skills and early clinical exposure were given more emphasis in the curriculum.”
She was also fortunate to have a number of friends transferring together with her to University of Dundee. “I knew some of my batchmates prior to going to Dundee. We organised gatherings from time to time on various occasions including birthdays, Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrations while we were at Dundee. We always try to support and be there for each other. I am grateful to be able to maintain and develop friendship with all of them.”
“We also received great support from our IMU seniors in Dundee. Hence, we tried our very best to continue the tradition in supporting our juniors transferring from IMU each year.” Initially, when she first arrived at University of Dundee, Kit Yeng faced many challenges understanding the Scottish accent and adapting to the local culture. “Communication skills are greatly emphasised in the UK curriculum. The bridging course organised by University of Dundee was very useful in helping us during the transition period.” “Being away from home, I have learned to be more independent. I had invaluable experience studying in Dundee, be it in terms of personal or professional development. I gained exposure to new culture and environment. Along the way, I met some amazing people too. Throughout the 3 years in Dundee, I have been very fortunate to have the opportunities to travel to many places.” Kit Yeng has since graduated with her degree with commendation, received an award for being the most deserving overseas student and scoring the highest marks in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O & G).
|“I am honoured to be awarded Famuyiwa Prize and Margaret Fairlie Prize for my achievement in Dundee. I always try my best in everything I do. I have been very fortunate to be trained under great supervisors and received great support from the medical staff throughout my studies. I am grateful to be given the opportunities to participate in projects and present at regional and international conferences.”|
“I would like to thank IMU, University of Dundee, medical staff, supervisors, family and friends who have been very supportive throughout my journey to becoming a doctor,” added Kit Yeng who hopes to commence her housemanship soon. In the near future, she hopes to get into specialty training in a field of interest. Along with that, she hopes to be able to spend quality time with her family and friends.
Advising her juniors in the study of medicine, Kit Yeng said, “Medicine is a long journey but it is definitely worth it. Keep chasing after your dreams and make them real. Stay strong, keep going, never give up. 😎 ”. Definitely, this is in line with her favourite quote “Keep going, it’s worth it 😎 “.