Prac­ti­cal learn­ing of chi­ro­prac­tic

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O you want to earn a chi­ro­prac­tic de­gree with hands-on prac­ti­cal ses­sions and clin­i­cal train­ing? If so, con­sider a de­gree in chi­ro­prac­tic at the In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity (IMU), Malaysia’s first and most es­tab­lished pri­vate med­i­cal and health­care univer­sity with 22 years of ded­i­cated fo­cus in health care ed­u­ca­tion.

From the very first se­mes­ter, you will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence many hours of hands-on prac­ti­cal ses­sions in the Clin­i­cal Skills and Sim­u­la­tion Cen­tre and in IMU’s Health­care Clin­ics, pre­par­ing you for an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer.

As a fi­nal year stu­dent, you will be see­ing pa­tients in the IMU Health­care Clin­ics un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a clin­i­cian.

Ex­plain­ing how the clin­i­cal train­ing is con­ducted, Tan Boo Kuo, a Se­mes­ter 8 stu­dent who is un­der­go­ing clin­i­cal train­ing at the IMU Chi­ro­prac­tic Cen­tre in Se­ti­awalk, Pu­chong, says, “We were di­vided into groups and su­per­vised by dif­fer­ent clin­i­cians re­spec­tively.

“We are trained in his­tory tak­ing, phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and ther­a­peu­tic care. Three times each week, we will have a two-hour clin­i­cal con­fer­ence to dis­cuss our cases and learn chi­ro­prac­tic tech­niques. Be­sides this, the clin­i­cian will come to help us if we re­ceive rare com­pli­cated cases.”

Another stu­dent in the same co­hort, Teh Hui Boon, who is un­der­go­ing clin­i­cal train­ing at the IMU Chi­ro­prac­tic Cen­tre in Bukit Jalil, adds, “Ev­ery group of in­terns has one su­per­vis­ing clin­i­cian. Upon han­dling a new pa­tient’s case, we will dis­cuss the find­ings with the clin­i­cian be­fore com­ing out with a di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment plan. Dif­fer­ent clin­i­cians have dif­fer­ent styles in guid­ing the clin­i­cal train­ing.

“We are as­sessed and trained in per­form­ing his­tory tak­ing and ex­am­i­na­tion, gen­er­at­ing a di­ag­no­sis, pro­vid­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment (ad­just­ment be­ing the most im­por­tant) and com­ple­tion of pa­per­work.”

Tan adds: “It has been an ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing how to ap­proach the pub­lic as a pri­mary health care provider. I find it very in­ter­est­ing.

“I also feel very com­fort­able learn­ing from our su­per­vi­sors who are pas­sion­ate and car­ing.

“Right now I can han­dle cases such as neck pain, low back pain well.”

Teh chips in: “The clin­i­cal train­ing gives me the op­por­tu­nity to meet all kinds of pa­tients. Th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences have taught us how to deal with pa­tients with real con­di­tions and gave us a taste of how our fu­ture prac­tice might be, for ex­am­ple how to ex­plain to pa­tients about chi­ro­prac­tic since it is so new and not known by most of the Malaysia pop­u­la­tion.”

Teh is look­ing for­ward to be­ing in con­tact with peo­ple from the com­mu­nity and be­ing able to help them upon grad­u­a­tion.

The four-year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) Chi­ro­prac­tic pro­gramme at IMU has been awarded full ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the Coun­cil on Chi­ro­prac­tic Ed­u­ca­tion, Aus­tralia (CCEA) for a pe­riod of 3+1 years – the long­est pe­riod awarded for first-time ac­cred­i­ta­tions by the CCEA, an in­de­pen­dent and na­tion­ally recog­nised body re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing com­pe­tency and high ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards in chi­ro­prac­tic for the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity.

It is also the first and only com­plete Chi­ro­prac­tic ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme in Malaysia as well as in South-East Asia.

In­take for this pro­gramme is in Jan­uary each year.

If you have pre-univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions and de­sire to be a health care pro­fes­sional, ap­ply now at www.imu.edu.my for an ex­cel­lent start to an ex­cit­ing and highly re­ward­ing ca­reer.

If you have just com­pleted the SPM and do not have pre-univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion, con­sider the one-year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the univer­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

The first in­take for this pro­gramme will be in Jan­uary 2014. You can find out more about this pro­gramme at http://info.imu.edu. my/foun­da­tion

For de­tails, re­fer to www.imu.edu.my, e-mail start@imu.edu.my or call IMU at 03-2731 7272.

The Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) Chi­ro­prac­tic pro­gramme at In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity has been awarded full ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the Coun­cil on Chi­ro­prac­tic Ed­u­ca­tion, Aus­tralia.

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