1. What was included in the application process to IMU?
Apply online thru www.imu.edu.my. No personal statement is required although we need to sit for the IELTS.
2. What are some of the activities that you participated that you think helped your application?
I was a member of the Pre-Medical Society in Taylor’s College Subang Jaya. Participating in activities organized by the society gave me a chance to be exposed to people who are less fortunate. I was also a member of the St John Ambulance of Malaysia. I learned a lot on handling emergency cases, and had the chance to talk to medical personnels.
3. How was the interview session?
The interview session was quite tense and awkward because the interviewers kept on looking at each other when I answered their questions. Be prepared to be bombarded with a lot of questions on why you want to be a doctor. The last question is usually on your critical thinking.
The question I got was:
“Will you accept gifts (eg: BMW car) from your patient’s family member as a token of gratitude?” Don’t be surprised when your interviewers ask you, “what about a small card or a fruit basket? ”I nearly fainted trying to tell them my points.
4. What do you think contributed to the success of your application?
ECAs should be able to help you a lot on answering the questions. Do well academically (at least AAB for A Levels) if you’re planning to apply for the PMS (Partner Medical School) programme.
5. What advice would you give to future applicants?
Good luck and have fun! You may find examples of the critical thinking questions online. My friend who is a final year Medical student told me that IMU seldom change their critical thinking questions. All the best!
Melanie Hew is a joyful girl who enjoys bringing happiness to people. She will be pursuing Bachelor of Biomedicine in the University of Melbourne. She hopes to be a paediatric cardiologist in the future.