Un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence

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FI­NAL year stu­dents of the Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence pro­gramme are re­quired to com­plete their at­tach­ment in hos­pi­tals or re­search cen­tres of their choice as part of the re­quire­ments of their pro­gramme.

Stu­dents Ong Teik Hwa and Soon Yuen spent eight weeks un­der­go­ing prac­ti­cal at­tach­ment in the Cancer Sci­ence In­sti­tute (CSI), Sin­ga­pore.

“From this at­tach­ment, we learnt how to per­form im­muno­his­to­chem­i­cal and im­munoflu­o­res­cence stain­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion of re­search as­sis­tants. Apart from that, we also learnt to present the re­search find­ings to our su­per­vi­sor ev­ery week. The ex­per­tise gained through this train­ing had been greatly ben­e­fi­cial to us,” said Ong.

“Over­all, work­ing in Cancer Sci­ence In­sti­tute was a joy­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we have no re­grets choos­ing CSI for our prac­ti­cal at­tach­ment. There are no words to de­scribe our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Stu­dent Mo­bil­ity Pro­gramme, which gave us a chance to pol­ish our skills in Sin­ga­pore,” said Soon Yuen.

An­other stu­dent, Rusheni Mu­nis­varadass, took this op­por­tu­nity to do her re­search in­tern­ship at Duke­NUS Grad­u­ate Med­i­cal School in Sin­ga­pore.

“Dur­ing my at­tach­ment in Sin­ga­pore, I was given a sub­pro­ject to work on un­der the ban­ner of a main re­search project done by a se­nior re­search fel­low, Dr Wil­fried Saron, in our prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Dr Ash­ley St John’s lab­o­ra­tory.

“I worked on the avid­ity of cross re­ac­tive fla­vivirus an­ti­bod­ies in­volv­ing the Dengue virus, Ja­panese en­cephali­tis virus and Yel­low Fever virus.

“It was a fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject to work on and I am glad to have been a part of it.

“Fur­ther­more, all my lab­o­ra­tory mem­bers in Duke­NUS and I also reg­u­larly at­tend sem­i­nars and re­search pre­sen­ta­tions con­ducted at the cam­pus to in­crease our knowl­edge about cur­rent re­search ar­eas.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence al­lowed me to mas­ter key lab­o­ra­tory skills and gain knowl­edge about cur­rent bio­med­i­cal re­search. It was a truly re­ward­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that deep­ened my in­ter­est in re­search.”

The IMU Stu­dent Mo­bil­ity Pro­gramme gives IMU stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to visit over­seas uni­ver­si­ties or part­ner in­sti­tu­tions to ob­serve or un­der­take any form of aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties such as study tours, ob­ser­va­tion, elec­tives, re­search, clin­i­cal, com­mu­nity or any other prac­ti­cal at­tach­ments.

At IMU, the cur­ricu­lum of the bio­med­i­cal sci­ence pro­gramme is de­vel­oped to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and is ac­cepted by renowned in­ter­na­tional part­ner uni­ver­si­ties (Univer­sity of New­cas­tle, Aus­tralia; Univer­sity of Otago, New Zealand; Univer­sity of Strath­clyde, Scot­land and St Ge­orge’s Univer­sity of Lon­don, Eng­land) for credit trans­fer into rel­e­vant pro­grammes.

Grad­u­ates of these de­grees can un­der­take post­grad­u­ate de­grees in any re­lated dis­ci­plines. Bio­med­i­cal sci­ence stu­dents will have many hours of hands­on prac­ti­cal ses­sions.

The Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence pro­gramme in IMU will also ex­pose stu­dents to in­dus­trial at­tach­ments, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to gain valu­able in­dus­trial ex­pe­ri­ence.

The next com­mence­ment dates for this pro­gramme are in July and Septem­ber.

If you have pre­univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions and have an in­ter­est in Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence, ap­ply on­line now.

If you have just com­pleted your SPM and do not have a pre­univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion, con­sider en­rolling in the one­year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the univer­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

The next in­take for this pro­gramme will be in Septem­ber.

For more de­tails, visit www. imu.edu.my, e­mail start@imu. edu.my or call 03­2731 7272.

(Seated, from left) Soon Yuen and Ong spent eight weeks un­der­go­ing prac­ti­cal at­tach­ment in the Cancer Sci­ence In­sti­tute, Sin­ga­pore.

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