Ming Te Lee
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
I was born in Kaohsiung city in Southern Taiwan and grew up in Taoyuan County in Northern Taiwan. After that, I spent a few years in Singapore and sat for the A levels in Singapore in 2008. I came to Sheffield in 2009 to study for a BSc in Biomedical Science and graduated in the summer of 2012.In September 2012, I embarked on another degree, this time in Medicine, at the Medical School here at the University of Sheffield. I am currently in the second year of my studies.
The medical school at the University of Sheffield has a good reputation and real strength both nationally and internationally in its teaching and research. In both the QS and THE (Time’s Higher Education) world university subject ranking for medicine/preclinical/clinical health, Sheffield is ranked in the top 100 in the world. Specifically, the course’s patient - centred approach greatly appeals to me as it ensures that there will always be an emphasis on the human element in our clinical teaching and this will ensure that students view patients not just as carriers of diseases but also individuals with different personalities.
The most enjoyable thing so far at the Medical School will be that we get early clinical exposures in the first two years of our course. In my first year, we had two weeks of clinical placement called “Intensive Clinical Experience” during which we spent two weeks shadowing nurses and doctors in hospitals in or around Sheffield. While we were not allowed to carry out any clinical procedures, the experience was deeply engaging and enriching, as it allowed students to appreciate work that doctors and nurses do in hospitals and at the same time gain first-hand experience interacting with patients and other healthcare professionals. The experience also served as a motivation to students to work hard in their studies.
The medical course at the University of Sheffield is integrated in nature in that it combines traditional didactic teaching through lectures with self-directed, problem-based learning sessions. This ensures that students will get a solid foundation in various aspects of the basic medical sciences and at the same time acquire key skills such as communication skills, team working skills and problem-solving abilities.
Teaching is top notch at the University of Sheffield. At the Medical School, lecturers make use of different methods such as short video clips, interesting songs and also actors to act as patients to deliver the lecture contents. This really adds a dynamic vibe to the lectures and serves well to stimulate students’ interest and capture our attention. With regards to study methods, it is important for new students to appreciate the importance of independent learning as contrary to school, information will not be spoon fed to students at University. Personally, I had to make sure that I understood the learning objectives for different lectures and cater my efforts to achieving the learning objectives. In this way, I was able to study more efficiently and with clear targets in mind.
An education from the University of Sheffield offers many benefits academically, professionally and personally. As a university with a global reputation in teaching and research, students at the university will be taught by the best academics and researchers in their field of study and thus the lecture standards will be of the highest calibre. In addition, being a research-led university will mean ample opportunities for students to gain research experience throughout their times at the university. Professionally, the university does really well at equipping students with a good set of transferable skills that greatly increase their employability. The university also has excellent links with industry, with organizations like Boeing, Rolls Royce and the Wellcome Trust, having invested considerably in the university. The university itself also greatly encourages students to gain industry experience through going on placement or taking up internships. Finally, the experience of studying at the university will enable one to become an independent learner, thinker and most importantly, a human being that is curious to find out more about the world and at the same time, caring to other people. The multicultural nature of the student population will allow students to develop a global-perspective and be appreciative of the different cultures in the world. All in all, the University of Sheffield offers a holistic approach to education.
The best thing about the university is the Students’ Union. The students’ Union is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country and it is not difficult to see why. There is a wide range of societies, sports clubs and volunteering events for students to choose from, and participate in. This ensures that students have a well-rounded life outside of lectures. Besides, for students who cannot find what they like, they are always welcomed and encouraged to set up a new society.
Career options for medical graduates are broad as we can choose to go into public health, medicine, surgery or train to become a GP. After graduating from the Medical School, I hope to undergo foundation training and subsequently, speciality training in the UK. Somewhere along the speciality training path, I hope to be able to pursue a PhD on a part-time basis as well.
The one piece of advice I would give to prospective students coming to Sheffield will be to keep an open mind. There will be so many different personalities, cultures and activities that will be foreign/new to prospective students. Only by always keeping an open mind will the students be truly integrated into the Sheffield University community.