A transnational journey to medicine


Dr Por Chia Yin receiving her award for First Place in Surgery, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Forensic and Legal Medicine from RUMC president and CEO Prof David Whitford at the conferring ceremony.Dr Por Chia Yin receiving her award for First Place in Surgery, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Forensic and Legal Medicine from RUMC president and CEO Prof David Whitford at the conferring ceremony.

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC), which is the foreign branch campus of leading universities in Ireland, aims to maintain the international reputation and quality of its graduates especially in a field like medicine where life-long learning with healthcare professionals is constantly expected to remain relevant and provide safe and effective patient care.

Dr Por Chia Yin, who recently graduated at the 22nd Conferring Ceremony, echoes the university’s aim as the valedictorian was attracted to the transnational delivery of medicine offered at RUMC.

“While being named the valedictorian is a humbling honour, personally I do not need or want to be remembered as just that.

“Instead, it would make all the difference if a patient requests for me to be the attending physician because of the trust placed in me as a doctor who would always try her very best to make a difference in her patients’ lives,” she said.

She bagged the RUMC Award for First Place in Surgery, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Meanwhile, Dr Sarah Amira who aspired to be a doctor since young, chose RUMC because she preferred to do her clinical years in Malaysia to be well-versed with the local healthcare system.

“But I get the best of both worlds at RUMC, as Ireland is a renowned destination to study medicine,” she enthused, adding that anyone can score in exams but professionalism and good behaviour are the keys to being a successful medical student and doctor.

She was awarded the Dean’s list and RUMC Award for First Place in Public Health and Otolaryngology at the conferring ceremony.

Dr Sarah Amira receiving her award for First Place in Public Health and Otolaryngology from Prof Whitford at the conferring ceremony.Dr Sarah Amira receiving her award for First Place in Public Health and Otolaryngology from Prof Whitford at the conferring ceremony.

Unrivalled access to training hospitals in Malaysia

RUMC students have a wide exposure to patients as they have access to training hospitals such as Penang General Hospital and Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Affordable healthcare and the various subspecialties in the hospitals allow for this experience and the exclusive access creates a high ratio of patient beds to student numbers, unlocking the opportunity to establish an effective doctor-patient communication.

Students are also nurtured to become professional and patient-centred doctors who will then establish a successful doctor-patient relationship in their medical career.

This distinctive structure in the programme gives local students a smooth transition to their housemanship in Malaysia and a well-rounded clinical exposure for international students who will be doing internships in their home countries.

Excellence in medical education

RUMC has been the epitome of excellence in delivering high quality medical education for over 25 years and is renowned for providing internationally-recognised yet cost-effective Irish medical education with an invaluable experience from the best of both worlds.

Students are conferred medical degrees from the National University of Ireland (NUI) and are industry-ready healthcare professionals because of the immersive clinical years in the later part of the programme.

They will receive comprehensive pre-clinical training in Ireland and extensive knowledge of the Malaysian healthcare system during clinical training in Penang. These doctors are well-equipped with the necessary skill set to take on their housemanship years.

RUMC houses a vast network of high-performing alumni, currently serving healthcare fields in many countries around the world, with alumni numbers having grown to over 2,000 doctors.

Intake is in progress for the Undergraduate Medicine programme in September.

For more information, visit www.rcsiucd.edu.my or call 04-2171888. For general enquiries, call 04-2171999 or email enquiry@rcsiucd.edu.my.

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