Top medical student’s life lessons during her RUMC journey

“I will never forget the very first day, standing in the hallways of the hospital, overwhelmed, maybe even terrified at the magnitude and gravity of being a student doctor. As medical students, we have collected stories talking to patients more than we have before. As doctors, I hope that we will never forget to see the human within. 

I remember this one gentleman who, after having his double prosthetic heart valve examined by us medical students shared quietly, “Uncle (I) don’t have much to give for the education of young doctors. But I have my heart condition; this is all I can give.” 

I hope that on hard, tough days our hearts will beat for patients like him; that in the face of void and doubt you will choose joy and meaning; that when people are mean to you, you will choose not to recycle and rehearse the insults but to look beyond the brokenness. When you are called to guide those after you, as our teachers have, you will choose to share your stories, not with reckless arrogance but with humble confidence. 

We have moved about inwards, amongst life, death, and those in between. I think we know now more than ever that life does not last forever. It’s short, precious, and it ends. Let’s not waste this life living others. Let not the noise of the expectations of others drown out your own. Stand for what you believe in, make yours count. And as far as you go around saving lives, take care and ownership of your own. 

Where we are today are consequences of our choices, and what happens tomorrow will be the amplification of our decisions. I hope for all of us that we will choose as far as we can, to lean in the direction of kindness; and that you will choose to persevere, but not without faith or hope.” 

An excerpt of a graduation speech by Dr. Esther Hor Shan Lin, one of RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)’s top students. She was awarded Best All Round Student in 2018 and won the Penang Medical Practitioner’s Society’s Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu book prize. With the transnational delivery of its renowned medical degree programme, RUMC has graduated high performing doctors for over 20 years and continues to provide high quality pre-clinical and clinical training for its students.

About RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school, owned and established by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD), two world-renowned medical universities in Ireland. Established as Penang Medical College (PMC) in 1996, RUMC was awarded University status by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) as a Foreign University Branch Campus in 2018, one of the highest levels for a foreign-owned institution in Malaysia. RUMC remains the only Irish University in the region. The University is recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and Irish Medical Council (IMC) as graduating high performing doctors. Students are recognized for practice in the USA, Canada, and others by the ECFMG and FAIRMER with the institution listed as an Irish medical school in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS).

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