En route to becoming doctors

Some of RUMC’s Class of 2023 students wearing their white coats at the virtual ceremony.

EIGHTY medical students of the RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus’ (RUMC) from the Class of 2023 are all set to begin their clinical training in Penang.

The doctors-in-training completed their 30-month pre-clinical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).

They will now move on to the next phase which is the Clinical Year for 30 months.

In celebration of this memorable event, the university organised a white coat ceremony to commemorate the beginning of the students’ clinical journey.

Swaying away from the usual practice, this year’s ceremony took place on a virtual platform in compliance with the standard operating procedures outlined by the Malaysian government.

Students were virtually presented with their white coats in the presence of the university’s president and chief executive officer Prof David Whitford, dean Prof Premnath Nagalingam, Penang deputy health director Dr Elizabeth Anthony, Penang Hospital director Datuk Dr Teo Gim Sian and the academic members.

In the journey of medicine, the white coat ceremony symbolises the rite of passage to becoming a doctor and this celebration by RUMC signifies the transition from being medical students to doctors-in-training.

These students will be progressing into their clinical years for the next 30 months at the Penang campus with on-site training taking place at the Penang Hospital, Seberang Jaya Hospital and Taiping Hospital.

The ceremony began with Prof Premnath acknowledging the attendees of the day and welcoming the new clinical students to RUMC.

“We are fortunate enough to have seven teaching hospitals under our wings where RUMC students can do their clinical training.

“To the class of 2023, I believe your clinical experience in our teaching hospitals will enrich you tremendously, ” he said.

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (formerly known as Penang Medical College) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and was the first accredited private medical school in Malaysia.

Prof Whitford, in his welcome address, said in the tradition of the campus owners RCSI & UCD, the school continued to deliver high-quality clinical training to the students and nearly 2,000 doctors have graduated from these hospital corridors.

“As you begin your clinical training, you are following in their footsteps. You are carrying the name and reputation that they have built up.

“Carry it well and uphold the good name of this institution.”

The ceremony continued with Dr Anthony sharing her congratulatory message to the Class of 2023 as they take the first step towards their clinical journey.

“As medical students, you are bound by the same professional commitments that bind all physicians, and therefore the white coat itself symbolises clinical service and patient care.

“By accepting the white coat, you are making a commitment to becoming a healthcare professional with integrity, a professional in whom patients place their trust, ” she added.

Once the clinical training is completed, students will graduate as doctors and receive the internationally-recognised Irish medical degree — MB BCh BAO (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics) from the National University of Ireland.

They will then continue with a two-year housemanship in public practice for local students and internship in the home countries of the international students.

RUMC is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school, owned and established by the RCSI and UCD, two world-renowned medical universities in Ireland.

Established as Penang Medical College (PMC) in 1996, RUMC was awarded university status by the Higher Education Ministry as a foreign university branch campus in 2018, one of the highest levels for a foreign-owned institution in Malaysia.

RUMC remains as the only Irish university in the region. The university is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and Irish Medical Council (IMC) as graduating high performing doctors.

RUMC’s Undergraduate Medicine for September 2021 intake is now open for application.

Visit www.rcsiucd.edu.my or call 04-217 1888 for more information about the programme. Email enquiry@rcsiucd.edu.my for general enquiries.

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