A win for Monash
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).