Transition in Medical Education: Student Support Matters

  • Zarrin Zarrin Adjunct professor Taylor University, Malaysia
Keywords: Higher education, Medical education


Transition to higher education is a well-researched topic with a focus on first years’ experience. In medical education, every year brings an entirely new experience, and transition never ceases. Additionally, medical education in Pakistan is an undergraduate degree and the entrants are young high school leavers. The learning environment is different to what they have experienced earlier irrespective of which high school they have attended. This is a huge learning curve and requires adaptation at personal level. The changes that incoming students go through are called transitions and require consistent support. Hussey and Smith (2010) have identified the process of transition in terms of various domains.


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How to Cite
Zarrin, Z. (2024). Transition in Medical Education: Student Support Matters. Annals of Jinnah Sindh Medical University, 10(1), 1-2.