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    Welcome to the first Medicine supplement from i-studentglobal. This issue is packed with information about studying medicine as an international student. You will also find articles about studying psychology and the practical applications of this incredibly popular area of study.



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    Have you ever considered a career in medicine, but never know what important questions to ask? The Association of American Medical Colleges tells you everything you could need to know about becoming a doctor.

    How do I get started?

    Just thinking about becoming a doctor is an important first step on a rewarding career path.

    Many resources are available to help guide your decision making and planning.

    Here are a few suggestions to get you started:


    You might already know a practising physician or a medical researcher. See if you can contact him or her to learn more about a career in medicine.

    Maybe a doctor who has treated you or someone in


    your family would be willing to spend some time talking with you about a career in medicine.

    Another idea is to volunteer in a medical setting where you can meet someone who will be helpful, and also have the benefit of learning even more about medicine first hand.


    You should begin to develop a game plan that includes establishing a solid academic record.

    You can do this by taking honours or advanced classes, getting good grades and involving yourself in extracurricular

    activities. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned about your progress. Also, make it a point to consult regularly with a school advisor, professor or mentor.


    Put your game plan on the calendar. There are a lot of moving parts to consider when preparing for and applying to medical school, so an organised plan that lists important deadlines is necessary.


    Take advantage of the many resources available to help your planning.

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    We prepare our students for professional roles as scientists and practitioners who make a real difference to the communities in which they work and live.

    We have courses in

    • Biological Sciences
    • Biomedical Science
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Healthcare Science (Audiology)
    • Human Biology
    • Microbiology and Immunobiology
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Psychology
    • Psychology and Business
    • Psychology and English Language
    • Psychology and Sociology

    All of our programmes provide you with an opportunity to choose a placement year or gain work experience, making our students attractive to employers.

    “89% Graduate

    Employability - A higher proportion than Oxford”

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    Life & Health Sciences

    Global Destination:

    A medical education in the UK offers top-quality schools, an international community and a wide choice. The UK offers tremendous opportunities to study medicine. The language of instruction is English, but you will be part of a truly international community, meeting staff, students and patients from all over the world.

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    You will also learn how medicine is practised not only in hospitals, but also in community settings.

    Studying medicine

    Studying medicine is exciting, fascinating, challenging and ultimately rewarding.

    You will, of course, need to learn about the complex way in which bodies work, and people behave.

    Crucially, you will also learn to recognise when things are going wrong, and how to put things right.

    But there’s more to being a doctor than knowing a large number of facts. It’s much more about developing the

    way that you think, and learning how to listen and understand people so that you can help them to the best of your ability.

    You will learn how to behave and respond in a way that will inspire them to trust you, and you will learn to recognise when things are too difficult for you to deal with alone.

    Because there is so much at stake, it is really important that you do your research. If it is at all possible, talk to someone who is a doctor and find out what they can tell you about medical school.

    Find out about the different sorts of medical schools

    and think about what might suit you.

    You might also like to see if there is any possibility of doing some voluntary work in the caring sector. This will help you decide if a life in the caring professions really is for you.

    If it is, and you can see yourself studying medicine, then the UK would be a good place to study and train.

    UK medical schools

    There are 31 medical schools in the UK and they all offer primary medical qualifications that are recognised by the General Medical Council.

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    New Zealand offers a choice of two top-quality medical schools and countless opportunities for experience and further study. New Zealand is a country in the South Pacific, of approximately 4.4 million people, renowned for its natural landscape and beauty.

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    As a medical professional working in New Zealand, opportunities are spread throughout the country, in both rural and urban settings, across twenty district health boards.

    The medical professional in New Zealand enjoys the perfect mix of a balanced, healthy lifestyle and the opportunity for professional development across a broad range of specialities.

    There are two medical schools in New Zealand, at the University of Auckland and the University of Otago.

    The University of Auckland’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor

    of Surgery (MBChB) is a six-year programme, starting with a one year pre-medical course which is highly competitive. Then there are two pre-clinical theory-based years in Auckland and three clinical years where students can enjoy clinical attachments in Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Rotorua and Whangarei.

    While studying, medical students at Auckland cover the major clinical attachments (general medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, general practice and others) as well as having the opportunity to complete

    a four-week selective and an eight-week elective in the fifth and sixth years respectively.

    The cost of basic living in Auckland is approximately NZ$250 per week, including food and accommodation. University-affiliated accommodation is available close to the campus.

    Fees for international students for the MBChB course at the University of Auckland for 2011 were NZ$60,720 per year.

    The University of Auckland may provide free accommodation and additional financial support to a student who...

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    Top 6...

    Essential traits of a good medic

    Study tips

    Medical milestones

    Top 6...

    If you're considering studying medicine, you need to know that you are going to be the best doctor you can. Here are some essentials to get you started; medical milestones, hallmarks of a good doctor, and study tips.

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    1. Professionalism

    It is of the utmost importance that you behave professionally in all your conduct.

    2. Empathy

    If a patient feels they are being cared for by the right doctor they will experience a faster recovery.

    3. Patience

    A good doctor will ask a few more questions than they need to and spend longer with their patients.

    4. Up to date

    5. Not squeamish

    6. Hard working

    1. Take good notes

    In the run up to exams and essays, your notes will be your most useful resource. Make sure they're good!

    2. Enforce structure

    If you establish a good working routine, you will find everything easier and more rewarding. It's up to you to organise your time.

    3. Memory aids

    You might want to try memory cards, colour coding or acronyms to remember facts.

    4. Further research

    5. Use your tutors

    6. Take breaks

    1. Sanitation

    Managing the distribution of water around highly populated areas had an impact on the spread of diseases.

    2. DNA

    The discovery of DNA has meant that children can be screened for genetic diseases before they are even born.

    3. Anaesthesia

    Its introduction is regarded as a key example of healthcare's efforts to alleviate human suffering.

    4. Germ theory

    3. Unconscious mental


    6. Created memories

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    Medical science can lead to careers as a medical scientist or technician. With its quality of life and friendly people, Australia is a great place to study medical science.

    Many international students are enrolling in medical science courses provided by Australian universities.

    In response to this, and also to workforce requirements, more and more universities are offering bachelor degrees in medical science.

    Wherever in Australia a student would like to study, they are likely to find a medical science degree. A prospective student can choose where they would like to study based on the type of lifestyle they are interested in.

    Courses are generally between three and four years in length. They

    include a large practical component and promote analytical thinking skills. The more highly regarded courses include a clinical placement.

    Selected master’s degrees in medical science are also accredited by the Australian Institution Medical Scientists (AIMS).

    Entry to these courses require the successful completion of a Year 12 course of study in Australia, or the equivalent for overseas students.

    The prerequisites vary from state to state, but generally would include English, science and maths.

    Applicants should consult the handbook of their tertiary institution of choice to determine their particular requirements.

    Medical scientists perform medical laboratory tests on blood, other bodily fluids and tissues to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

    Medical scientists get results!

    They work in hospital laboratories, private pathology, microbiology, virology and transfusion science.

    Medical technicians also work in laboratories. The training for this category...

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    Awarded five stars for teaching quality and graduate satisfaction by the 2013 Good Universities Guide.

    Located 90 kilometres north of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city.

    • Many lifestyle benefits
    • Beautiful beaches
    • Stunning hinterland
    • A warm climate
    • A relaxed and friendly community

    – it’s the place where learning meets lifestyle



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    When you're studying a practical profession, the best way to learn is by doing. Teaching hospitals around the world provide students with a hands-on experience in a learning environment.

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    Not only do those students have the opportunity to put their studies into practice, they also work alongside leading medical researchers and have access to high-end technology.

    For instance, on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, an AUS$2 billion development is underway to create a new educational health precinct, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH); Australia’s largest hospital project.

    SCUH is the central component of the new health precinct which will include a private hospital, health innovation park and research centre.

    Employment opportunities

    A project like this creates considerable employment opportunities.

    When the first stage opens in 2016, SCUH will need more than 3,500 staff, growing to around 6,000 when completed in 2021.

    To operate effectively, a facility of that size needs more than just healthcare professionals.

    The hospital will also employ administrative and support staff from a range of disciplines including business administration, financial services, information technology, human resources and communications.

    The private hospital, scheduled for completion in December 2013, will need more than 600 staff.

    The research centre will expand current health training, education and research facilities for the region.

    It will drive the development of new knowledge, through research, to contribute to national and international improvements in patient care, while educating the next generations of staff.

    The opportunity to learn in a working environment provides practical pathways to potential employment for students.

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    I have wanted to be a pharmacist since grade 11 and even on the busy days I know I still made the right choice. I think it is a profession that I fit well in and I love what I do. My name is Robin McGuire and I am a pharmacy graduate from the University of Toronto, Ontario.

    I am currently a staff pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Owen Sound. It is a small town of 22,000 people, 50% seniors. I have been a pharmacist in this store for four years this September, and time sure has flown. I have learned the names of most of the regular customers, and I am often the pharmacist they ask for. It is a proud feeling to be asked for by name, or description for that matter.

    What educational path did you take to become a pharmacist?

    By grade 11, I had decided that a pharmacist would be my career path...

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    The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association report on the innovative research and developments in the pharmaceutical industry which have helped improve the quality of life for patients in Ireland.

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    Today people in Ireland live longer, healthier and more active lives, in part, due to medical progress and pharmaceutical research and development.

    The timely use of innovative medicines has helped to improve life expectancy in Ireland by over a third in the last seventy years, from 57 in 1925 to 79 today.

    It has enabled Irish hospitals to treat patients on a day case basis, from 85,000 cases in 1987 to an estimated 590,000 in 2007.

    Thousands of Irish patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ulcers, cancer,

    diabetes and mental illness now lead better and more normal lives, easing the burden on care-givers and delaying or avoiding costly long-term nursing care.

    Deaths from heart disease and stroke - the number one cause of death in Ireland - have nearly halved in the last century.

    Improvements in the quality and application of pharmaceuticals has reduced the rate of death for heart attack patients in hospitals by nearly 45%, and the rate of subsequent heart attacks in a period of six months following initial treatment by 60% in just six years.

    Previously leading causes of death such as pneumonia, TB, polio and measles can now be successfully treated.

    The pharmaceutical industry also plays a critical and substantial role in the Irish economy.

    The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland:

    • Currently generates nearly 50% of the country’s exports, making Ireland the largest net exporter of medicines in the world.

    • Maintains substantial operations belonging to 13 of the top 15 companies in the world.
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    Come and be part of the future


    Why study with us?

    • World renowned academics who specialise in Psychology and Neuroscience
    • Superb research-dedicated facilites for studying the brain in action
    • A variety for Psychology undergraduate courses
    • 91% student satisfaction in teaching
    • A top 1% university in world rankings
    • A beautiful campus
    • Only 25 minutes from London
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    What makes psychology and neuroscience an exciting combination for study? Psychology is a relatively young discipline which has made a dramatic contribution to society in the century since it was defined as a science.

    In this time, psychologists have developed theories about human behaviour that have provided the underpinnings of economic theory (behavioural economics), interventions for children with developmental disorders such as dyslexia (reading schemes based on phonological awareness), greater understanding of clinical disorders

    such as anxiety and depression (Beck’s theory of depression), and have even made us think more about what it is to be happy (positive psychology).

    As such, the effect of psychology on society is pervasive. It is an exciting time to be a psychologist.

    Much of our understanding of the human brain has

    been acquired in an even shorter period. Over the last few decades there have been an exponentially increasing number of research papers using brain imaging.

    New information about our brain processes is coming to light every day. As we...

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    • Our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
    • Ranked in the UK’s top five psychology departments by both the Times and Complete Good University guides 2012.
    • The department received an “excellent” rating in the government’s last review of teaching.
    • Ranked 6th in the UK in terms of research power (quality x quantity of research activity).
    • You’ll be in demand! Within six months of graduating, 96.3% of our 2010 graduates were in employment or further study.

    Why come to our department?

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    Global Destination:

    Studying psychology in the UK will benefit you and the local students. Research has shown that learning in a multi-cultural environment can quite literally broaden your mind.

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    Richard Crisp, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Sheffield, has shown that multi-cultural experiences:

    • Enhance creativity, innovation and original thinking

    • Promote more effective negotiation strategies

    • Reduce susceptibility to biased thinking, which can hamper judgment and decision-making

    Professor Crisp’s research demonstrates that studying in a multi-cultural environment is beneficial to your education and the experience of the people you will be studying with.

    And this is the sort of thing you might be researching if you study psychology in the UK.

    More students are choosing psychology in the UK

    Applications from overseas students grew by 31% between 2004 and 2009 and the number of overseas students on psychology courses at undergraduate level also grew by 25%.

    Overall, there are over
    3000 overseas students studying psychology in the UK, from around 100 different countries, and that number is growing year on year.

    Clearly, the UK is a popular

    destination for students seeking a psychology education.

    Psychology is a degree that is widely perceived as likely to lead to employment, with over 90% of graduates finding employment within six months of graduating.

    Psychology is a very popular subject in UK universities

    The number of students studying psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK has steadily increased over the years and numbers have doubled in the past decade.

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    Dr James Intriligator at Bangor University examines some of the ways in which researchers in the relatively new field of consumer psychology are helping businesses better understand the people they are trying to sell to.

    To be successful in business, it doesn’t hurt to know a fair bit about how your potential consumers make decisions, and what can negatively or positively affect this process.

    You’ve probably seen the advert. It was filmed in black and white. A man standson a beach looking at very large waves. A voiceover starts: “He waits; that’s what he does…” and a backing track with a heavy baseline kicks in. The man and his companions run into the surf and, when they start surfing, white horses appear behind them. They surf the waves and then collapse on the beach happy. Only then is the product revealed.

    It’s a different kind of advert, but has it sufficiently ‘hooked’ you for you to remember the drink involved, or to change your opinion of that brand? Or does it...

    Why we buy: consumer psychology

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    A guide to the opportunities presented by a psychology degree from the Canadian Psychological Association.

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    The study of psychology

    Psychology courses and majors are among the most popular undergraduate courses and are available at all Canadian universities.

    If you want some career direction or advice about what in psychology to study at graduate or undergraduate level, you should contact the psychology department at the university where you are considering studying.

    Not all university psychology departments offer the same courses or engage in the same kinds of research - both are factors that might influence your choices of where to study.

    Psychology departments usually have a faculty member or other staff person who acts as a counsellor or advisor to help students with course and programme selection.

    At graduate level, there are several specialities and subspecialities of psychology.

    Common ones are:

    • industrial-organisational psychology
    • experimental psychology
    • clinical psychology
    • counselling psychology
    • neuropsychology
    • forensic or correctional psychology
    • developmental or child psychology

    The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) maintains a Graduate Guide which lists and describes graduate programmes in psychology in Canada.

    It typically takes four years to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology, two years to complete a master’s degree and up to another four years to complete a doctoral degree.

    Doctoral degrees in any of the professional areas of psychology (for example clinical psychology, counselling psychology clinical neuropsychology) have practicum and internship requirements in addition to coursework and research requirements.

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    When people think of studying psychology, the most common image that comes to mind is of a one-to-one therapy session involving a psychologist and an individual seeking some guidance or help.

    In the UK, professionals in those types of role are usually clinical and counselling psychologists.

    These are professions one can enter after completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, followed by a doctorate in counselling or clinical psychology.

    Importantly, the undergraduate degree must be approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) if you wish to continue on to postgraduate study and/or register with the BPS. 

    Both clinical and counselling psychology are important and significant destinations for students who successfully complete

    undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychology. But there are many more careers open to those with a bachelor degree in psychology.

    For example, those who graduated from City University London with a psychology degree in 2010 are now either employed (55%), working while pursuing further study (11%), or have elected to continue with graduate training (20%) or other activities (14%).

    Graduates work in a wide variety of organisations, including the communications industry, banking, health and education (including the NHS), and various charities.

    Roles include trainee counselling psychologist, teaching assistant, student learning advisor, mental health worker, psychology research assistant, and human resource administrator.


    Like clinical and counselling psychology, other careers in psychology require some graduate training.

    Among the avenues selected by our graduates we find: organisational and occupational psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience...

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    Global Destination:

    Australia has been a very popular place for students to study across a diverse range of areas, with a higher education system that is of the best in quality.

    An increasing number of academic courses now include units of psychology, but Australia also provides many opportunities to specialise in this rewarding, diverse and fast-growing field.

    Psychology students graduate with not only an unrivalled understanding of human behaviour and its drivers, but also a range of personal skills and attributes - from teamwork

    The popularity of psychology has fuelled the wide choice of courses on offer in Australia. Psychology is one of the most popular disciplines in the Australian higher education system, and is taught as a science with a strong evidence-based approach.

    to critical thinking - that are highly valued by employers throughout the world.

    Like medicine and law, psychology is a regulated profession in Australia, and so students need to consider registration requirements here and in their home country to ensure that, if they want to practice as a psychologist in future, they are able to do so.

    Before any degree can be approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a qualification suitable for registration to practice, it must be accredited by

    the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council - which is the government-appointed national accreditation authority for the psychology discipline.

    At the time of writing, 40 institutions around Australia offer accredited psychology degrees, which means students can select from a huge range of institutions, in different settings around this vast country.

    Psychologists in Australia are required to complete six years of education and training before being eligible for registration to practice.

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    • We prepare students for careers in the mental and physical health sectors.
    • We offer a range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Sports Science.
    • We place great importance in looking at the social and cultural context in which psychology is studied.
    • Well-established programs of research in cognitive, developmental, physiological, clinical, organisational and social aspects of psychology.




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    Never underestimate the power of social media. Bernie Zak of Massachusetts certainly didn’t. Not content with merely applying to UCLA, he also launched a Twitter campaign which eventually secured him a place.

    Using the hashtag #AcceptBernieUCLA, he tweeted every day with new reasons why he’s a prime candidate for the University of California, Los Angeles.

    This lovely personal account from Anne Herbert talks us through a difficult situation with a ‘vampire student’. This student required a lot of guidance, but didn’t take any of it on board.

    Eventually, she had to wonder if she was wasting her time. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? Have a read of Anne’s account and see if you can relate.

    Texas has passed a motion allowing guns on campuses.

    Arms legislation is back on the agenda after another school shooting earlier this year.

    For many, this incident suggested we should make weapons less available. For the bill’s author, the prime concern was that teachers could defend themselves and their students in an emergency.

    More than half of students have cheated, even if only in some quite small way,” says Bernard Bull from Concordia University, Wisconsin.

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    We’ve got a piece from Lee Bierer on the importance of visiting an institution. John Carpenter talks us through finding a college’s ethos.

    And we’ve got a double bill of David Allen; first of all, we’ve dug up a piece he wrote about how counsellors should go about doing campus visits. And he recently joined us for coffee and a chat.

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