IMU’s info day gave prospective students a glimpse of future in medicine
MALAYSIANS OUGHT TO BE very proud of the healthcare system in the country; besides being easily accessible especially for those living in rural areas, good treatment and services have always been a top priority, said Vice President of International Medical University (IMU) Professor Peter C K Pook during the university Info Day on August 24.
“I am very proud of the Malaysian healthcare system. I hope that more healthcare professionals can join and work with government or private healthcare organisations to always give the best service to people,” he added when interviewed by The Borneo Post SEEDS.
In their continuous efforts to seek for more potential healthcare professionals in the country, IMU organised the Info Day where about 100 students and parents came to get to know more about the university and what it has to offer to them in pursuing their passion in their preferred healthcare fields.
IMU occasionally do similar programmes here in Kuching at least two or three times a year.
During the programme which was held at Riverside Majestic Hotel this time around, participants were given one-to-one counseling and sharing sessions with IMU counselors and lecturers, Dr Arun Kumar, Dr Kok Yih Yih and Dr Chong Chun Wee who briefed them on the programmes offered by IMU that would probably suit the best of their interest and characteristics.
“Becoming a doctor, nurse, dentist, or pharmacist is not an easy job, it requires a different kind of character, and these professionals are what we call front-line healthcare professionals that deal directly with the patients,” Prof Pook added.
According to Prof Pook, there are two different characteristics of healthcare professionals, one are those who enjoy meeting and helping people, and the other one is those who don’t like to meet people directly but still part of the healthcare system.
For these two characteristics, IMU offer several programmes that best suit each and every one, and the top three most popular programmes taken here are medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.
For undergraduate studies IMU’s programmes includes Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nursing, Dietetics with Nutrition, Nutrition, Biomedical Science, Medical Biotechnology, Psychology, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine and Nursing Science.
Meanwhile, Public Health, Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Molecular Medicine, Formulation Science, and Medical and Health Sciences are for postgraduate students.
Apart from that, students who have just completed their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) can also choose to do a one-year Foundation in Science before advancing to the undergraduate then postgraduate programmes.
According to Prof Pook, besides Western Medicine programmes, IMU also offers Complementary Medicine, which is Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine.
“It is very unusual in Malaysia to have these two complementary medicine programmes under the same roof as Western Medicine. IMU is the first university to do it and now other universities are beginning to follow in our steps,” he remarked.
The reason behind the combination of both medicines in IMU is the fact that Malaysia is a multicultural country, and some people don’t really favor going to a Western medical doctor or health professional, preferring more traditional medical alternatives. By bringing these two together, IMU hopes to become one big team that can deliver better healthcare services to people in Malaysia.
Another distinctive programme, which only IMU offers in Malaysia, is Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Graduates of this programme go on to become scientists, working in laboratories conducting tests, reengineering old medicine to become more effective and invent new medicines in various dosage forms for the convenience of patients.
The university pioneered the partner university model. It has established a strong global network of more than 30 partner institutions of higher learning.
This reflects its historic commitment to opening doors to education and training opportunities outside Malaysia via credit transfers, and it’s diverse partner universities include universities from the UK, Australia, US, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and China.
According to Prof Pook, at the moment approximately 3,500 students are on campus. According to statistics from 2009 to 2013, about 250 from Sarawak pursued their studies at IMU with some graduating locally and overseas.
“Our programmes have two options, one is that students complete the programme entirely at IMU and receive the certs from IMU, and the other option is doing half here at IMU and the other half by credit transfer programme where students can continue their studies overseas in any of our 30 affiliated universities worldwide and receive their certs from their selected university.”
After the completion of the programme, students will be able to do their practical training in various government and private health organisations to gain hands-on experience outside in real life environment that will further enhance their professionalism in the healthcare industry.
“At IMU, we train our students to always emphasize on the first essence for any health professionals, that are to provide a highly professional and ethical service as to continuously serve the community better,” Prof ended the interview.
IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 22 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education and it has a Tier-5 rating in the SETARA 2011 ratings of Malaysian Universities and University-Colleges awarded by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Its main campus is located in a small suburb, Bukit Jalil of Kuala Lumpur and the branch has currently expanded to Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
The programmes offered at IMU have two intakes per year depending on the programmes that students wish to pursue and apart from that, IMU also provide scholarships that will either cover 50% or 100% of the tuition fee after interviewing prospective scholars.
For more information on the university, programmes offered, scholarships provided as well as other possible inquiries, log on to their official website at www.imu.edu.my. They can also be contacted through +60327317272, email [email protected] or their Facebook page InternationalMedicalUniversity.