Eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

YIP Lin Fong has al­ways wanted to pur­sue a ca­reer in the health care sec­tor. She started her jour­ney to be a phar­ma­cist in July 2009 when she be­gan study­ing for her de­gree at the In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity (IMU).

She then trans­ferred to Univer­sity of Otago in Fe­bru­ary 2012 to com­plete her de­gree in phar­macy, the first stu­dent to en­ter this path­way.

In Novem­ber last year, she grad­u­ated with a dis­tinc­tion (equiv­a­lent to First Class) in her phar­macy de­gree from Univer­sity of Otago.

De­scrib­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence at the Univer­sity of Otago, Yip said, “It is def­i­nitely an eye­open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to en­counter the Western learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and life­style.

“The teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment in Otago is more ca­sual. Un­like Asian so­ci­eties, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween lec­tur­ers and stu­dents is less hi­er­ar­chi­cal.

“The cam­pus and the whole of Dunedin are very stu­dent-friendly, which en­abled me to set­tle down quite well in a short pe­riod of time. An added bonus is that I am study­ing in one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful uni­ver­si­ties.”

Yip be­lieves that the first two years of her de­gree in IMU has given her the op­por­tu­nity to learn and de­velop a num­ber of soft skills. She en­joyed the case stud­ies in Prob­lemBased Learn­ing (PBL) ses­sions and tu­to­ri­als as they al­lowed her to think deep and wide, cor­re­spond­ing to the Western style of learn­ing.

The clin­i­cal ses­sions in the Clin­i­cal Skills Unit (CSU) (now known as the Clin­i­cal Skills and Sim­u­la­tion Cen­tre) en­abled her to de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills not only with pa­tients but also with other health care pro­fes­sion­als.

She also learnt the im­por­tant skills to over­come chal­lenges in a lim­ited time frame, a cru­cial com­po­nent when solv­ing prob­lems in real life sit­u­a­tions.

“I was in­volved in a re­search about ex­pe­ri­ences of in­ter­na­tional phar­macy stu­dents study­ing in Otago as a full year pa­per in Year Four.

It was very in­ter­est­ing to in­ter­view in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and ex­plore how they feel about their iden­tity and life in Otago. I have learnt a lot from it,” added Yip, who in­tends to learn as much as pos­si­ble all as­pects of clin­i­cal and com­mu­nity phar­macy prac­tice. In the fu­ture, she hopes to take part in mis­sions with Phar­ma­cists With­out Bor­ders (PSF) or be part of a team with Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders (MSF).

At IMU, a pri­vate univer­sity with the high­est num­ber of fac­ulty mem­bers and reg­is­tered stu­dents of any other pri­vate phar­macy school in Malaysia and over 1,000 phar­macy grad­u­ates, stu­dents have the op­tion to com­plete the en­tire four-year phar­macy pro­gramme lo­cally at IMU or do a credit trans­fer to phar­macy pro­grammes at the Univer­sity of Otago, New Zealand, or Univer­sity of Queens­land, Aus­tralia.

Th­ese in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships are a clear tes­ta­ment of the align­ment of IMU’s in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion to global stan­dards.

Taught by an ex­pe­ri­enced and prac­tis­ing fac­ulty, stu­dents get rel­e­vant prac­tice ex­po­sure as part of the phar­macy course.

This is to bet­ter pre­pare them for pa­tient care, pupi­lage train­ing and em­ploy­ment, mak­ing grad­u­ates highly em­ploy­able.

The Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy (Hons) pro­gramme com­mences in July and Septem­ber. Stu­dents who opt to com­plete the en­tire de­gree in IMU also have the op­por­tu­nity to go over­seas for their elec­tive place­ment or re­search project. Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the July com­mence­ment.

If you are in­spired by a di­verse ca­reer that is in­volved with the safe and ef­fec­tive use of medicines, make an online ap­pli­ca­tion to­day to study the phar­macy pro­gramme.

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

Yap be­lieves that the first two years of her de­gree in IMU en­abled her to learn and de­velop a num­ber of soft skills.

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