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Quality medical and dental studies
ANY educational institution would be proud of its alumni members when they excel in their chosen vocations.
For Melaka-Manipal Medical College (Melaka-Manipal), history repeated itself recently when its graduates took the first step towards postgraduate qualification.
Although these graduates were fresh off their MBBS studies and awaiting the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) call to commence their housemanship, they planned to make full use of their time before delving deep into an internship at a hospital.
Hence, they signed up for the UK’s Royal College Membership Programme and successfully completed the first part of the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists professional exams.
A few other graduates had similar success with the Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board, UK exams.
These success stories come as no surprise to Melaka-Manipal for they reflect the ethos of its alma mater.
Melaka-Manipal ensures that the quality of its education and standards are the best in the industry.
With its tenet of continuous improvement, adjustments are made to the curriculum and training, but the underlying commitment to creating medical professional never wavers.
An institution embedded in Malaysia since 1997, MelakaManipal celebrated 20 exceptional years in 2017.
Nearly 4,000 MBBS graduates have since joined the medical field, while over 200 graduates have gone on to become skilled dental surgeons since the inception of Melaka-Manipal’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme in 1998.
Melaka-Manipal has been at the forefront of medical education, as evidenced by the honours it has received over the last two decades, including the BrandLaureate Branding in medical education in 2011.
In addition to the MBBS and BDS, Melaka-Manipal offers a Foundation in Science programme for SPM school-leavers keen on starting their medical and dentistry studies.
Those interested in enrolling in allied health science programmes such as physiotherapy and pharmacy in other institutions have also found MelakaManipal’s foundation programme useful, as the curriculum includes basic medical and dental subjects.
Melaka-Manipal’s twinning degree programmes are designed for students to complete their pre-clinical training at the Manipal, India, campus in two and a half years before returning to Malaysia to hone their clinical skills.
The MOH hospitals in Melaka, Muar, Jasin, Segamat and government polyclinics provide the settings for clinical skills training.
Dentistry students perfect their clinical skills at MelakaManipal’s on-campus dental clinic, which offers training in all disciplines within dentistry.
Their training has paid off, as people have come all the way from Johor Baru to seek dentistry treatment at the Melaka clinic.
Students have access to facilities at all the campuses, which are second to none. The teaching and learning facilities include lecture halls, classrooms and labs for multi-disciplines, clinical skills and computers.
Other amenities are student hostels and cafeterias, a gymnasium, swimming pools, a sauna, squash courts, a football field, a basketball court and simulated games for recreation.
Melaka-Manipal’s MBBS and BDS programmes have upcoming intakes in October.
Those keen on taking up either disciplines are advised to submit their applications by visiting www.manipal.edu.my
They can also drop by the campus in Melaka and see the top-notch facilities for themselves.