A win for Monash

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Vin­cent Wong Yan Wei, a Year Four Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy stu­dent, won a cash prize of RM5,000 and a cov­eted one-month in­tern­ship op­por­tu­nity at phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Ab­bVie Sdn Bhd when he emerged as the win­ner of the Ab­bVie Young Lead­ers Schol­ar­ship 2013: Stu­dent Pre­sen­ta­tion com­pe­ti­tion re­cently.

Wong im­pressed the judges with a good use of di­a­grams and an equal bal­ance of con­tent dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion on “Bios­mi­lars pose a huge chal­lenge to reg­u­la­tory agen­cies – How would you as a phar­ma­cist and reg­u­la­tor bal­ance cost, safety and ef­fi­cacy”.

He was one of the three Year Four stu­dents with ex­cel­lent aca­demic re­sults in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion. He beat the other two con­tes­tants – run­ner-up cheah Jue Lee, who also re­ceived a cov­eted one-month in­tern­ship with Ab­bVie and Phang earn Loo.

“i am very happy and i re­ally look for­ward to the in­tern­ship at Ab­bvie. nor­mally, we only get to do in­tern­ship at phar­ma­cies in hos­pi­tals or re­tail phar­ma­cies. Very rarely do we get the op­por­tu­nity to work as an in­tern at a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany so i hope this will cre­ate more op­tions for my fu­ture ca­reer,” said Wong.

Four other stu­dents also re­ceived schol­ar­ships from Ab­bVie: caro­line chng and neo Ming Shin (RM12,500 each)and ng Wei Ling and Lui Mei Yi (RM5,000 each).

Ab­bVie’s Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr Mo­gana Sivalingam was im­pressed with the pre­sen­ters as they dis­played a good un­der­stand­ing of the topic and delved into var­i­ous as­pects of this new reg­u­la­tory chal­lenge.

the most strik­ing ob­ser­va­tion was how th­ese bud­ding “reg­u­la­tors” kept the pa­tients as the fo­cal point to jus­tify their de­ci­sion.

“the Ab­bVie Young Lead­ers Schol­ar­ship cer­e­mony saw many win­ners that day and Ab­bvie too ‘won’ two promis­ing phar­ma­cists to join us as in­terns,” said Dr Mo­gana.

“At Ab­bVie, our life’s work is to im­prove lives and i hope our soon to be in­terns will en­joy work­ing with a com­pany that shares their pas­sion for pa­tients.”

Monash Univer­sity Malaysia pro vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor He­len Bartlett con­grat­u­lated all stu­dents who were re­ceiv­ing the Ab­bVie awards and ac­knowl­edged their hard work and achieve­ment.

“the awards are not just about aca­demic ex­cel­lence, but also about demon­strat­ing good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and lead­er­ship po­ten­tial. the three Year Four fi­nal­ists did a fan­tas­tic job in re­search­ing a com­plex topic and mak­ing their pre­sen­ta­tions un­der­stand­able to a di­verse au­di­ence,” she said.

She also thanked Ab­bvie for choos­ing to work with the Dis­ci­pline of Phar­macy at Monash Univer­sity Malaysia.

“their part­ner­ship in such ini­tia­tives is greatly val­ued and their sup­port for young lead­ers through th­ese schol­ar­ship helps iden­tify ca­reer path­ways in phar­macy and build a cadre of ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als and lead­ers for the fu­ture,” she said.

Prof Bartlett also recog­nised the sup­port and lead­er­ship of Prof Ken­neth Lee in fos­ter­ing in­dus­try col­lab­o­ra­tion and pro­vid­ing an in­spi­ra­tion to the Phar­macy staff and stu­dents.

For more in­for­ma­tion on aca­demic op­por­tu­ni­ties at Monash Univer­sity Malaysia, go to www. monash.edu.my/.

Wong (cen­tre), to­gether with Cheah (sec­ond from right) and Phang (sec­ond from left), pos­ing for a pho­to­graph with Ab­bVie Sdn Bhd Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr Mo­gana Sivalingam (ex­treme left) and Head of the Dis­ci­pline of Phar­macy Pro­fes­sor Ken­neth Lee (right).

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