Heart in di­etet­ics

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IMU alum­nus Mon­isha Mo­hanan Nair found her in­ter­est in di­etet­ics dur­ing her school days when she came across the word Di­eti­tian. This has prompted her to re­search fur­ther about the pro­fes­sion as well as uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia that were of­fer­ing this pro­gramme.

Upon com­ple­tion of her Aus­tralian Ma­tric­u­la­tion, she started her de­gree in Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics at IMU in July 2009. Four years later, she grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence ( Hon) Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics de­gree.

Upon grad­u­a­tion, she joined a pri­vate health­care fa­cil­ity and worked as a di­eti­tian for one year where she gained some ex­pe­ri­ence in set­ting up a di­etetic depart­ment. She cur­rently heads the Depart­ment of the Di­etetic Unit of Negeri Sem­bi­lan Chi­nese Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal ( NSCMH Med­i­cal Cen­tre), a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary hos­pi­tal cur­rently cater­ing to a wide range of pa­tients – a unit she set up on her own.

As the di­eti­tian in the hos­pi­tal, she takes on the role of a clin­i­cal and food ser­vice di­eti­tian.

“I set up the unit here from scratch – Form­ing Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures and cre­at­ing all the di­etetic forms and ma­te­ri­als to be used dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions,” she said. “I also work closely with the mar­ket­ing team to pro­mote the di­etetic ser­vices of the hos­pi­tal while in­creas­ing aware­ness of the role of a di­eti­tian to the pub­lic. I also give talks and cook­ing demon­stra­tions dur­ing var­i­ous pro­grammes that are held by the hos­pi­tal such as an­te­na­tal talks, healthy heart pro­grammes, and more. It has been two years now and meet­ing pa­tients and be­ing a part of im­prov­ing their health has be­come a part of me now.”

Mon­isha be­lieves that IMU pre­pared her well to face the work­ing life as she found her­self able to han­dle many ar­eas such as man­age­ment, ac­counts, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills as the mod­ules in IMU in­cluded all these as­pects. “The many ac­tiv­i­ties that we were taught to con­duct dur­ing univer­sity days had given me a step­ping stone to­wards the big­ger pic­ture I faced upon en­ter­ing the work­ing life. I am grate­ful of the choice that I made to ob­tain my de­gree from IMU.”

The Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics pro­gramme at IMU has since been re­named Di­etet­ics with Nu­tri­tion pro­gramme. Stu­dents of this pro­gramme can opt to com­plete their en­tire four- year de­gree lo­cally at IMU or trans­fer to the Univer­sity of Otago, New Zealand or Univer­sity of New­cas­tle, Aus­tralia, af­ter two years of study at IMU.

These in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships are a clear tes­ta­ment to the fact that IMU’s cur­ricu­lum is aligned to global stan­dards.

In order to bet­ter pre­pare them for work at the var­i­ous in­dus­tries, stu­dents will un­dergo pro­fes­sional train­ing in their fourth year. Stu­dents will be placed to work in clin­i­cal, food ser­vice and com­mu­nity set­tings, thus pro­vid­ing them with real life ex­pe­ri­ence and greater job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The com­mence­ment dates for the Di­etet­ics with Nu­tri­tion pro­gramme are in Au­gust and Septem­ber. If you have a pre- univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion and pos­sess a strong back­ground in sci­ence, have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and have a car­ing per­sonal at­ti­tude, ap­ply now for our Di­etet­ics with Nu­tri­tion pro­gramme for a ca­reer that helps to en­sure your pa­tients’ di­ets are on track. If you have just com­pleted your SPM and do not have pre- univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion, con­sider en­rolling in the one- year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the di­rect route for en­try into any of the univer­sity’s de­gree pro­grammes.

The next in­take for the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence is in April.

For de­tails, visit www. imu. edu. my or e- mail start@ imu. edu. my or call 03– 2731 7272.

seri stam­ford col­lege has been in the ed­u­ca­tion in­dus­try in Malaysia for over six decades.

IMu alum­nus Mon­isha Mo­hanan Nair heads the depart­ment of the di­etetic unit of Negeri sem­bi­lan chi­nese Ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal ( NscMh Med­i­cal cen­tre).

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