Yang Sern Kang, 21, from Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, is a BSc (Hons) Podiatry student at QMU.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

“I think Scotland is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, along with its unique culture and traditions. Everyone knows about the famous kilts, bag-pipe players or ceilidh dances, and even the Loch Ness Monster legend, but there is more to Scotland than these iconic elements.

“Scotland is known for its friendly welcome, and that’s no myth. Scottish people are glad to help people from all over the world, giving a warm welcome, along with their distinct accent. They are full of banter, although I sometimes just laugh without understanding a word people are saying.”

“I would say the best experience I’ve had in Scotland so far was visiting the Highlands and Isle of Skye, where I was offered breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and experiencing thick snow for the first time. I’m only in year two, so I still have plenty of time to visit the wonders Scotland has to offer and I look forward to travelling on the iconic Hogwart’s Express.”

Why did you choose to study BSc (Hons) Podiatry at QMU?

“I chose podiatry because of its specialisation in the lower limb. This includes a range of clinical practices such as diabetes, sports injuries, biomechanics, nail surgery, wound care, paediatrics, biomechanics and orthotic manufacture. This will open up a spectrum of roles and a lifetime full of opportunity.

“I see podiatry as a profession on the rise, especially in Malaysia where one fifth of the population have or had diabetes due to our diet rich in carbohydrates. There are many opportunities and challenges in the realm of politics, public awareness, and education. This is because podiatrists are unable to register in the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) due to the limited amount of podiatrists and general lack of standardisation of using the title around the world.

“For somebody who not only wants to be a clinician but also a leader on a national level in the profession, it can be truly rewarding. What better honour is there than to help guide podiatry to its place in healthcare?

“I also chose to study Podiatry at QMU because it is approved and recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and this is strengthened by the excellent link QMU has with the NHS across Scotland. I stand by QMU’s approach to learning and teaching by believing that clinical practice and experience (placement) are of major importance. QMU appreciates that clinical practice is core to healthcare and therefore helps students prepare from year one, unlike the other Universities.”

What has been the highlight of the course for you so far?

“The most interesting part of the course is clinical placement. We get practical hands-on experience in preparation for practice by treating real patients and trying to diagnose their problems and complaints accurately.

“It’s enjoyable to have conversations with your patients and just share our experiences.”

What advice would you offer future QMU students who may be interested in studying BSc (Hons) Podiatry?

“If you’re unsure about this course, we are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

“We also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.”

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