OVER 2,000 graduates have now passed through the RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) in Penang after the latest batch of 111 recited the Graduate’s Declaration in a virtual conferring ceremony.
No physical ceremony was possible this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant SOP, so graduates were awarded their MB BCh BAO (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics) in a livestream.
Proceedings opened with an address from RUMC president, CEO and registrar Prof David Whitford, who described this year’s ceremony as a ‘double landmark’.
“This is our 21st year of conferring medical degrees, and it is also the Silver Anniversary or 25th year since RUMC was first established as Penang Medical College.
“This is an amazing achievement for the university. In addition, you are all part of the class in which our 2000th graduate was conferred, ” Prof Whitford told graduates.
Established as the first accredited private medical institution in Malaysia, RUMC has since become a leading medical education provider.
Its vast network of alumni practise medicine in various countries around the world.
Besides virtual conferment of the medical degrees, the ceremony last Sunday also honoured prize winners for first places in the final examination.
Top of the pack in Psychiatry as well as Obstetrics and Gynaecology was Melissa Mae Gabriel. The Kuala Lumpur native was also the Student Valedictorian for the Class of 2021.
Melissa professed a love for reading biographies of missionaries and surgeons from a young age. This developed her interest in medicine, which she said fuses both science and art.
“I find dealing with people of different walks of life very interesting. I also wanted to serve the community, especially those who are less fortunate or more vulnerable, ” she said about her chosen career path.
Wan Muhammad Izhar Wan Ismail, a MARA-sponsored student, took first place in Medicine and was overjoyed to have also made it into this year’s Dean’s List.
“This is such a huge honour and a strong motivation for me to always believe in myself, to move further forward and to keep learning, ” he shared.
Two other MARA-sponsored students, Nur Syahirah Abd Rahim and Syamimi Amirah Mohamad Amin, also won first prizes in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology respectively.
Chan Chet Ying, who got first in both Surgery and Paediatrics, was drawn to the unique medical education offered, which comprises stints in Ireland and Penang.
“I put in a lot of effort into my studies but being one of the prize winners was totally unexpected. I am eternally grateful to God, my family and all my lecturers for their guidance and support throughout my years in medical school, ” Chan said.
Gershon Joses Ventour, an international student from Trinidad & Tobago, finished as the Best All-Round Student this year.
He revealed that discipline is the most important quality one needs to be a successful medical student and eventually a doctor.
Other prize winners included Melvin Hoo Chuin Shen, Eunice Lim Yuying, Raveena Kaur Dhadli and Sidi Muhammad Yusoff Azli Shah.
A collection of congratulatory messages to the Class of 2021 was also shared from the academics of RUMC, RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), UCD (University College Dublin) and NUI (National University of Ireland), throughout the ceremony.
They included NUI chancellor Dr Maurice Manning; RCSI University of Medicine & Health Sciences president Prof Ronan O’Connell; RCSI University of Medicine & Health Sciences chief executive and registrar Prof Cathal Kelly and RCSI dean of the Medicine and Health Sciences faculty Prof Hannah McGee.
Also offering words of congratulations and encouragement were UCD dean and head of School of Medicine Prof Michael Keane and RUMC dean Prof Dr Premnath Nagalingam.
The September intake for RUMC’s Undergraduate programme in Medicine is now open for enquiries.
Visit www.rcsiucd.edu.my or call 04-2171888 for more information.
For general enquiries, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04-2171999.