PENANG Medical College (PMC) has gone beyond the 1,500th graduate in its latest conferring ceremony.
Almost 150 students graduated in the ceremony early this month, bringing the total number of PMC graduates to 1,558 since its founding in 1996. It was the largest batch of medical graduates and postgraduates from the college.
They received their degrees from National University of Ireland chancellor Dr Maurice Manning, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) president Prof John Hyland and Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI) president Prof Frank Murray.
Also present was University College Dublin (UCD) pro-president Prof Patrick Murray.
In a statement, PMC announced that its growth in graduates was due to the master’s in health research programme.
This year’s valedictorian is Dr Lee Wei Wen who is a multiple-award winner, including the Malaysian Medical Association Penang prize for first place in medicine and Penang Medical Practitioner’s Society Book’s first place in family medicine and public health examinations.
Health Ministry medical officer Dr Kurubaran Ganasegeran is first-in-class for PMC’s master’s in health research programme.
Dr V. Maya Sakthi earned the Penang Medical Practitioners Society Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Book Prize for best all-round student.
As president of the PMC Community Outreach Society, she spearheaded a free tuition programme for Rohingya refugee children, health camps for orang asli villages and assisted The Lighthouse Penang, a social welfare body.
Students at PMC spend their first 2.5 years in Ireland for intensive pre-clinical training under scientists and medical doctors, followed by another 2.5 years in Penang of exceptional clinical training.
PMC is wholly owned by RCSI and UCD.