A cut above the rest

MUCM’s MBBS Class of 2022, the Jubilee Year graduates.

MANIPAL University College Malaysia (MUCM) turns 25 in September. Formerly known as Melaka-Manipal Medical College, MUCM is the alma mater of over 5,000 doctors and close to 600 dentists from Malaysia, as well as all over the globe. Based in Melaka, MUCM continues to offer the following options to healthcare-industry aspirants:

Foundation in Science (FIS): A solid stepping stone

MUCM’s one-year FIS is geared toward helping students get a head start in their chosen field of Health Sciences. Offering a blend of subjects, FIS is the academic bridge specially designed to equip students with fundamental knowledge to ensure a smooth transition to undergraduate studies.

What makes the programme unique is the inclusion of subjects from pre-clinical studies of a health science degree - Basic Human Anatomy and Basic Human Physiology.

Another unique feature is the POSMED competition - students create a poster featuring their research on medical devices from the aspects of Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Clinical Correlation. They are also required to produce a prototype to complement their posters using scrap materials. This assessment in Semester 1 integrates the learning at foundation level with medical and dental technologies.

Future MBBS and BDS graduates of MUCM.Future MBBS and BDS graduates of MUCM.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): From India to Malaysia

The name Manipal has resonated with the Malaysian healthcare system for the past 68 years with thousands of medical doctors graduating from Manipal in India. MUCM continues this fine tradition of quality medical education through its MBBS, which has been a fully-in-Malaysia degree since 2021.

The MBBS curriculum is a blend of traditional and contemporary teaching and learning modalities like cadaveric dissection to virtual 3D dissections in Anatomy. The shadow housemanship embedded within the curriculum in the final semester immerses medical students in a world of almost real-life working conditions. It paves the way for graduates to blend with ease into the clinical working life at hospitals.

These days, medical graduates have multiple pathways upon qualifying as a doctor. They can choose to remain in practice, advance into research, join corporate organisations by becoming a hospital manager or administrator, or become an occupational health specialist, or choose to serve the community by being in public health.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS): Nurturing oral physicians MUCM’s BDS programme nurtures a well-rounded dental surgeon who is clinically strong, being trained by experienced specialists from each field of dental specialty. The classrooms and clinic floors are always abuzz with case-based learning (CBL) activities, where professors and lecturers shared their many years of clinical experiences and cases seen to train critical and analytical skills in diagnosing and planning for the patient’s treatment.

With an on-site clinic popular with Melaka folks, students are given a rounded grounding in their clinical skills. This ensures MUCM BDS graduates are not just work-ready but also extremely knowledgeable in many areas vis-à-vis the mouth. This greatly eases the way when they go on to decide on the area, as well as field of dentistry in which to practice.

Throwback to 1997 with the first batch of students at their hostels in Manipal, India.Throwback to 1997 with the first batch of students at their hostels in Manipal, India.

The future to come

As MUCM continues to nurture doctors and dentists, it will expand its offerings of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees related to healthcare. Strongly supporting this expansion is MUCM’s establishment of its research arms via the MUCM Research Management Centre as well as Centre of Dental Excellence.

The world continues to revolve; what we see today, we have seen 100 years ago in a different form. What is in store for the future healthcare professional will be different from today. For that reason, backed by its lineage of being from the House of Manipal, MUCM is a cut above the rest when it comes to nurturing the best in the profession.

For more information on programmes, call 1700 811 662 or visit www.manipal.edu.my

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