Highly rep­utable place to study

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MELAKA-Ma­ni­pal Med­i­cal Col­lege is highly re­garded as a med­i­cal school of out­stand­ing re­pute in Malaysia. This home­grown in­sti­tu­tion is a branch cam­pus of renowned Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity, In­dia, the lat­ter by it­self be­ing an icon of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and health­care in In­dia over the last 64 years.

MMMC has al­ways placed em­pha­sis on the qual­ity, with a cap­i­tal “Q” in its de­liv­ery of ed­u­ca­tion. This per­sis­tent and con­tin­u­ously driven mind­set in con­tin­ual up­grad­ing the qual­ity of its ser­vices has led to MMMC earn­ing its well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion as a premier med­i­cal school.

Hav­ing es­tab­lished the MBBS and BDS cour­ses, MMMC has com­menced the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence (FIS) pro­gramme in Jan­uary 2012 with the ob­jec­tive of de­liv­er­ing bet­ter pre­pared stu­dents into medicine and den­tal stud­ies. With this in mind, the one-year pro­gramme was de­vel­oped in-house with the aim of stream­ing stu­dents into Melaka-Ma­ni­pal’s own de­grees.

What dif­fer­en­ti­ates the FIS and gives it the prover­bial “oomph” is a foray into sub­jects such as Anatomy, Phys­i­ol­ogy, Phar­ma­col­ogy, Foren­sic Sci­ence and Oral Bi­ol­ogy in ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional sub­jects such as Bi­ol­ogy and Chem­istry. When stu­dents get into their even­tual MBBS and BDS stud­ies, the learn­ing curve doesn’t seem that steep.

MMMC pro­vides a blended learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents right from the foun­da­tion level. POSMED – a com­pul­sory as­sign­ment/com­pe­ti­tion, is a bril­liant learn­ing and as­sess­ment tool, which is show­cased through a poster fea­tur­ing the stu­dents’ re­search on med­i­cal de­vices from the as­pects of Bi­ol­ogy, Physics, Math­e­mat­ics and Clin­i­cal Cor­re­la­tion.

Since its maiden de­but in 2012, POSMED has been a high-qual­ity learn­ing plat­form for knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence ex­change be­tween fac­ulty and stu­dents.

MMMC chief ex­ec­u­tive Prof Dr Jas­pal Singh Sa­hota con­stantly pro­vides the ap­pro­pri­ate amount of di­rec­tion and feed­back to en­sure high-level team per­for­mance in the FIS pro­gramme.

Based on the minute-to-minute guid­ance of FIS Pro­gramme head Dr Rash­mirekha Sa­hoo as well as the ded­i­ca­tion of the highly mo­ti­vated and self­less or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, POSMED has un­der­taken pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tion and ma­jor facelifts.

From the in­cor­po­ra­tion of Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tions to role-plays and step-by-step demon­stra­tion, POSMED has been con­sis­tently and con­tin­u­ously play­ing its part as an all-rounded learn­ing op­por­tu­nity provider.

The most re­cent POSMED with the 14th batch of FIS stu­dents is ev­i­dently one-of-akind, as it was the in­au­gu­ral at­tempt for stu­dents to pro­duce a pro­to­type to com­ple­ment their posters. Cre­ativ­ity was key as a bud­get was set. How­ever, the tight bud­get did not limit the stu­dents’ imag­i­na­tion as they clev­erly sal­vaged scrap ma­te­ri­als to build their pro­to­type from scratch. This new and in­no­va­tive for­mat has in­deed el­e­vated POSMED to a whole new level of in­tel­lec­tual ex­pe­ri­ence.

The at­mos­phere of POSMED is al­ways a mix­ture of thrill and anx­i­ety. Apart from en­sur­ing a flaw­less pre­sen­ta­tion of their poster con­tent and role-play via Pow­erPoint or pro­to­type, stu­dents also have to en­gage in an in­tense bat­tle of the wits dur­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion. Know­ing best that ef­fort al­ways trumps luck and tal­ent, the FIS fac­ulty, es­pe­cially the Se­mes­ter One lec­tur­ers are ever ready to men­tor the stu­dents in their POSMED en­deav­our and share their wealth of knowl­edge to bet­ter equip the stu­dents to meet head-to-head with the jury panel.

On top of that, stu­dents put forth their best and are ea­ger to emerge vic­to­ri­ous as win­ners of the Best Poster and Best Pro­to­type cat­e­gories and be hand­somely re­warded with prizes.

As a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the FIS Batch 14 stu­dents’ ef­fort and cre­ativ­ity, as well as to of­fer the cam­pus com­mu­nity a glimpse of POSMED, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee took the ini­tia­tive to set up a POSMED 14 Posters and Pro­to­type Ex­hi­bi­tion at the cam­pus. This ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides snip­pets and high­lights of POSMED 14 to those who were un­able to wit­ness the ac­tual event day.

POSMED proved to be so much fun as it in­stilled soft skills and per­se­ver­ance to suc­ceed and was a good plat­form to pre­pare young minds for holis­tic ex­cel­lence through ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

Those who wish their chil­dren to have a head start as a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional would do very well to put them on the right path by sign­ing up for the FIS at Melaka-Ma­ni­pal.

A visit to MMMC is highly rec­om­mended – its staff is ever-will­ing to show off the cam­pus to any­one will­ing to take their time to drive to Melaka.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can now be sub­mit­ted on­line at www.ma­ni­pal.edu/melaka for the FIS (July in­take) and MBBS (Oc­to­ber in­take).

■ Those un­able to drive to Melaka may call 06-289 6662 or di­rectly e-mail queries to info@ma­ni­pal.edu.my.

POSMED 14 In­te­grated Poster Pre­sen­ta­tion Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence: Batch 14.

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