19-year-old set to be Malaysia’s youngest doctor

PETALING JAYA: Chan Hao Shan, 19, will be Malaysia's youngest doctor when she graduates with her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Taylor's University next year.

She found her calling when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just eight years old.

That motivated Chan to read more about the human body and the functions of its organs.

"I was curious with the functions of a human body. For instance, I was curious about what really happens in the throat when humans swallow something," she said.

In an interview with Sin Chew, Chan said she developed a passion for reading at a young age and would select her books when her parents took her to the book store.

Her father is an engineer, while her mother is an accountant.

Since Chan was academically ahead of children her age, her parents transferred her to an international school after just three years at a Chinese primary school in Kuala Lumpur.

She spent two months completing her Forms 1 and 2 syllabus, and another two months completing her Form 3 and O Level syllabus. She completed her entire secondary school in just a year.

"I love to challenge myself, which enabled me to skip years in school. I felt bored in class as the progress was too slow, and the teachers kept repeating the same thing. In just a few days, I've finished studying the whole textbook," Chan said.

At 14, Chan enrolled in the Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) programme at a private college and finished her studies within a year.

After graduating with her MBBS, she plans on continuing her studies to become a specialist.