Ful­fill­ing global de­mand for doc­tors

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Education Guide -

THERE have been many ad­verse reports re­cently about the num­ber of med­i­cal grad­u­ates in­un­dat­ing the Malaysian health sys­tem.

Yet the fact re­mains that the na­tion is still short of the 1:400 doc­tor-to-pop­u­la­tion tar­get by 2020 set by the Malaysian Govern­ment.

In ad­di­tion, the se­vere short­age of med­i­cal spe­cial­ists is felt all around the globe; some es­ti­mate it to be about 7,000 in Malaysia alone.

It has be­come im­per­a­tive for stu­dents who har­bour as­pi­ra­tions of pur­su­ing a ca­reer in heal­ing to choose the cor­rect med­i­cal school.

Among the highly rec­om­mended in­sti­tu­tions is Me­laka-Ma­ni­pal Med­i­cal Col­lege (MMMC).

Ed­u­ca­tion like no other

MMMC en­sures a thor­ough ground­ing in its Bach­e­lor of Medicine, Bach­e­lor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bach­e­lor of Den­tal Surgery (BDS) pro­grammes with the view that their stu­dents al­ready have an eye on post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions af­ter they grad­u­ate.

To this end, MMMC even pro­vides prepara­tory cour­ses for the PLAB and USMLE ex­am­i­na­tions at its cam­pus in Me­laka.

MMMC has al­ways been at the fore­front of med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion since its in­cep­tion in 1997.

Its twin­ning de­gree pro­grammes en­sure that stu­dents have the ben­e­fit of pre-clin­i­cal train­ing at its Ma­ni­pal, In­dia cam­pus, as well as clin­i­cal skills in Malaysia.

MBBS stu­dents per­fect their clin­i­cal skills in hos­pi­tals in Me­laka, Muar, Jasin and other govern­ment hos­pi­tals, while den­tistry stu­dents hone their clin­i­cal skills in MMMC’s own on-cam­pus den­tal clinic.

The MBBS is the flag­ship of MMMC, with its first co­hort in 1997.

Un­der the twin­ning pro­gramme, stu­dents com­plete two and a half years of pre-clin­i­cal ba­sic sci­ences stud­ies at the Ma­ni­pal cam­pus.

They then re­turn to Malaysia for an­other two and a half years of com­pre­hen­sive clin­i­cal train­ing in Malaysia.

MMMC has de­liv­ered qual­ity med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als with 3,700 doc­tors hav­ing grad­u­ated to date, many of whom now prac­tise all over the world.

With the full al­lo­ca­tion of RM150,000 PTPTN loans avail­able for MBBS ap­pli­cants, those who hes­i­tated to ap­ply for the MBBS pre­vi­ously can now look for­ward to ful­fill­ing their dreams.

PTPTN loans are also avail­able for BDS ap­pli­cants, though their terms and con­di­tions dif­fer from those of MBBS ap­pli­cants.

Both the med­i­cal and den­tal pro­grammes are con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the renowned Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity, In­dia.

Founded in 1953, Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity is recog­nised for im­part­ing high-qual­ity pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion and has been the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for stu­dents from over 57 coun­tries for the past 65 years.

The univer­sity has 20 con­stituent col­leges that of­fer over 195 cour­ses across 14 streams, in­clud­ing medicine, den­tistry, en­gi­neer­ing, nurs­ing, al­lied health, phar­macy, life sci­ences, ho­tel man­age­ment, re­gen­er­a­tive medicine, geopol­i­tics and cul­tural stud­ies.

World-class fa­cil­i­ties

The MMMC’s Foun­da­tion in Science (FiS) is a one-year pre-univer­sity pro­gramme fully con­ducted at the Me­laka cam­pus.

This pro­gramme is de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with a sound aca­demic foun­da­tion, es­pe­cially for those aim­ing for medicine and den­tistry stud­ies at MMMC and other health sci­ences pro­grammes.

Apart from the pure sci­ences and math­e­mat­ics of­fered in gen­eral foun­da­tion pro­grammes in Malaysia, MMMC’s FiS fea­tures pre­clin­i­cal in­tro­duc­tory sub­jects such as ba­sic anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy, ba­sic phar­ma­col­ogy, foren­sic science and oral bi­ol­ogy.

For the FiS pro­gramme, schol­ar­ships of up to 100% are now be­ing of­fered for stu­dents who scored straight As in the 2017 SPM and GCE O-Lev­els ex­am­i­na­tions. Even those with 7As are el­i­gi­ble for fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives.

The fa­cil­i­ties at both the Ma­ni­pal and Malaysian cam­puses are sec­ond to none. They in­clude var­i­ous teach­ing and learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties, au­di­to­ri­ums, lec­ture halls, class­rooms, multi-dis­ci­plinary labs, clin­i­cal skills learn­ing cen­tre and com­puter labs.

Other ameni­ties in­clude stu­dent hos­tels, cafe­te­rias, a gym­na­sium, a swim­ming pool, a sauna, squash courts, a foot­ball field, a bas­ket­ball court and sim­u­lated games.

Aca­demic fa­cil­i­ties in­clude lec­ture the­atres, tu­to­rial rooms, lab­o­ra­to­ries, clin­i­cal skills learn­ing cen­tre and fully equipped li­brary.

The In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Sys­tem and fa­cil­i­ties are reg­u­larly up­dated and made ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents.

■ Call 1800 226 662, 017-289 3055/ 017-219 3055/ 017-374 3055/ 017-691 3055/ 06-289 6662

(ext 1005/1020/1032/1035/1142), e-mail info@ma­ni­pal.edu.my or visit http://www.ma­ni­pal.edu.my for de­tails.

MMMC’s Muar cam­pus of­fers high­qual­ity teach­ing and learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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