Bringing current healthcare matters to the discussion table

(From left) RUMC’s Prof Andrew Law, Prof David Whitford and Datuk Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Khan B. MD Jagar Din will be the first speakers in the GoBeyond: Keynote Speaker Series.

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC), a stepping stone for many of today’s leading medical professionals, celebrates its silver jubilee this year.

RUMC is the only Irish foreign branch campus in the country – a partnership between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).

The university offers an internationally-recognised Irish medical degree that is of high quality and its graduates have the opportunity to practise medicine in many countries around the world.

To commemorate RUMC’s 25th year, the university is hosting the GoBeyond: Keynote Speaker Series with a lineup of insightful virtual sessions highlighting pressing health issues in Malaysia and beyond.

Scheduled to be held every month until December this year, the keynote series will see healthcare experts sharing knowledge and insights into topics relating to their discipline.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in in-depth discussion on current healthcare matters across the globe, and explore preventive approaches towards some of the most common diseases and complications.

The series is open to the public as part of RUMC’s mission to support the health and wellbeing of local communities. Medical graduates or students, aspiring doctors and their parents, as well as medical practitioners and academicians, are encouraged to attend.

Diabetes (July)

The first session on July 29 (Thursday) features RUMC president and CEO Prof David Whitford who will speak on Preventing Diabetes: What You Need to Know About Your Risk of Diabetes and What to Do About It.

As this chronic disease is a major contributor to blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke, it is an issue not to be taken lightly.

So arm yourself with invaluable knowledge about diabetes and preventive measures you can take to avoid the disease.

Dementia (August)

In August, RUMC’s head of Psychiatry Department, Prof Andrew Law, will conduct a session on Understanding Dementia: Ageing and Memory Loss.

With the increasingly ageing population, especially in Malaysia, and a lack of effective treatment available, age-related memory loss has become a major health issue.

Prof Law will share the different causes of dementia and its disturbing symptoms, as well as how to live with memory loss and possible preventive measures.

Vaccination (September)

RUMC’s head of Public Health Department, Datuk Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Khan Md Jagar Din will cover a topic that is currently on everyone’s mind: Covid-19: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate in September.

There are undoubtedly many reasons for vaccine hesitancy, ranging from genuine concerns to conspiracy theories. Even countries with rapid inoculation rates in the beginning are now facing slower uptakes.

Prof Dr Abdul Rashid aspires to educate attendees on the vaccines that are currently used to combat Covid-19 and address the common concerns that people have on different vaccines.

Those interested in attending these sessions can register here.

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