(from left) Samini Ravi, Nurul Adilah Md Yusof, Nurul Azwani Abu Bakar

Samini Ravi’s dream to be part of the medical field started from young.

The third-year Diploma in Medical Assistant student at Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College was a Red Crescent Society member throughout her schooldays and is still one today.

From the various activities she carried out such as health screenings, she knew she wanted to be in the medical line.

“Learning to become a medical assistant is like becoming a mini doctor.

We have hands-on skills in areas such as the emergency department; operation theatre; mother and childcare health; and orthopaedic, ear, nose and throat, and psychiatric departments,” she said.

Medical assistants have abundant opportunities for progress, she added.

“I want to pursue a medical degree course as I want to be a surgeon andacardiologist. Be coming a medical assistant is another pathway to my goal.”

Fellow collegemate Nurul Azwani Abu Bakar, a second-year Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology student, harbours ambitions to become a researcher and scientist.

“Growing up I was surrounded by cousins who are in the medical field. My mother is a retired pharmacist. While I studied electrical engineering in upper secondary school, working in a medical lab suits me most,” she said.

Medical Laboratory Technology encompasses many areas such as haematology, histology and sitology.

“My favourite subject is sitology. I want to first gain experience in a medical lab before furthering my degree studies in research,” she said.

Nurul Adilah Md Yusof, a final-year Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours) student at KPJ University College, said she was inspired to take up the course when she followed her parents for their biannual medical check-up as a child.

“I had the opportunity to watch my parents prepare for chest x-rays at check-ups and was eager to know more. I did some reading online and was inspired to be a radiographer who plays a vital role in diagnosis,” she added.

Nurul Adilah is trained to use cutting-edge equipment. “A radiographer works closely with doctors and patients. Radiographers are trained in diagnostic imaging such as x-ray, fluoroscopy, MRI and CT scans.”

She hopes to work in a hospital to gain experience before going overseas to widen her “medical horizon and travel the world”.

“In eight years’ time, I hope to pursue a master’s degree and eventually become a lecturer, then settle down.”

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