IP Medicine student, Class Leader of the 2nd IP class, UHS
With a deep and genuine interest of health issues, why people become ill and how to prevent or treat them, studying medicine was just a natural choice for me. While it can be demanding and intensive, saving lives remains the best incentive.
I aspire to specialize in gynecology-obstetrics. I feel concerned by the health of Cambodian women. Unfortunately, some of them have not yet received the basic knowledge on hygiene, which makes them still much vulnerable. I aim to help reducing the female mortality rate in my country by preventing it, educating women, and providing effective care too.
I wanted to be part of the IP even if it bring extra courses to the regular curriculum. I believe the listed courses are remarkably valuable and will help achieve my goal. This program is more interactive than our usual lectures. Besides real-life applications provided by the case study sessions, simulation session teach us safe reflexes and good behavioral habits in front of patients as well as lifesaving techniques.
We reflect on the symptoms and apply ourselves to find proper diagnostics. Apart from this theoretical knowledge, we learn how to perform specific procedures. For example, thanks to the seminar a Stanford University team led this year, I have better knowledge of emergency medicine therapeutic actions.
Next year, I will enter the 5th grade and will be able to follow the introduction to research course. The IP gave us a glimpse of it as we already had the opportunity to work present on common diseases worldwide and explain how the scientific world address them. I admit I would rather work in a hospital. However, I must confess I am keen on the idea of doing research on innovative technologies in the medical field.
The IP also includes foreign language courses, which usually close after the 3rd grade in the regular curriculum. I can keep learning French, traditionally used in the Cambodian medical field. Yet, English is necessary in the global context, especially in the ASEAN region. Thanks to the IP, I will continue to learn this language. I am hoping I can progress enough in both languages to be awarded a scholarship abroad and perfect my medical knowledge and work experience.
I wish to see large numbers of qualified and active doctors in Cambodia and to be one of them. I might then consider to share my knowledge with future generations.