It was indeed a proud day for Quest International University Perak (QIUP) as the pioneer batch of 47 MBBS students (2012 – 2017) completed their final Clinical Professional Exams (CPE) at Hospital Taiping where all 47 students passed and qualified as Doctors.
Students were examined by groups of internal and external examiners from reputable institutions. External examiners comprised of Prof. Dr. Kua Ee Heok, Tan Geok Yin Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, National University of Singapore (NUS), Dato’ Dr. P. Kandasami, Professor of Surgery, International Medical University (IMU), Dr Mohammed Fauzi Abdul Rani, Professor of Medicine, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Dr. Syed Rahim Bin Syed Hamid, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UNIKL) and Dr. Razia Latif, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perdana University.
Prof. Dr Kua Ee Heok from the National University of Singapore commented that QIUP students definitely met the mark and exceeded expectations and were very well prepared. He was confident they will make excellent physicians in future. He also said that he has never seen such good collaboration between University and Hospital such as shown between QIUP and Hospital Taiping.
Speaking at the celebratory dinner for the young doctors, QIUP Chief Operating Officer Mr. Nicholas Goh congratulated the doctors and reminded them to always work hard and become a part of the country’s dedicated health-care force.
“I am sure the journey was not easy but you have proved yourself to be worthy and have overcome all the challenges that were thrown your way. You worked long, hard hours for this goal. This achievement shows your determination, commitment, and strength as an individual. We are so proud of you and you should be proud of yourself.
“I am confident that all of you will be good ambassadors of the University and good role models for the society. And most importantly, live up to and uphold a sense of high integrity and moral values. You will serve as the beacon of light of QIUP for of future graduates, therefore you must stamp your mark in the society and I know you will” added Mr. Goh
Professor Dr. Alam Sher Malik, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine pointed out that eight out of the 47 doctors scored distinction in their CPE exams making QIUP one of the best in terms of CPE results.
“Having almost 17 percent of students passing with distinction speaks very highly of the quality of our programme. I can safely say that the QIUP pioneer MBBS batch is among the best scoring batches in the country.”
“We have trained you to be compassionate doctors to be successful in your career. The soft skills in doctor patient relationship is just as important as your theoretical knowledge. Therefore, always respect your patients and continue to learn from them”, reminded Prof. Malik.
Class representative, Dr. Rakesh Rampal attributed the success of him and his batch mates to the dedicated lecturers of the Faculty of Medicine of QIUP and the management of the University.
“Normally, it is the students who will ask the lecturers for extra classes in subjects they need help in. But in QIUP, it is the other way around. The lecturers on their own initiative will call us up and say your batch needs extra coaching in certain areas and arrange for classes.”
“The Faculty has always taken great interest in our welfare and have always been our pillar of support in ensuring we do well in our studies. Our heartfelt thanks goes to not only the academic staff but also to the administrative staff who are always there to encourage us all the way” added Dr. Rakesh.
The young doctors will receive their scrolls from University Council Chairman, Dato’ Sri Dr. Vijay Eswaran at the convocation ceremony scheduled in November, 2017.
QIUP’s medical curriculum emphasizes on teaching students the soft skills and how to be compassionate. This is evident in activities carried out as part of its curriculum such as early clinical exposure and visits to Hospitals in the Phase I (first two years) itself.
Among the unique feature in QIUP’s curricula includes the ‘theme based’ laboratory visits to hospitals in Year 1. Facilities visited include Biochemistry Lab, Microbiology Lab, Pathology Lab and also to the hospital Pharmacy. These visits corresponds with the various modules that students study at the time. In Year 2, during each system module (such as cardio-vascular system, respiratory system etc.) the students visit the patients in different hospitals and take clinical history of patients under direct guidance of hospital specialists.
Other activities include visits to underprivileged communities to perform medical check-ups to put into practice what students learn in class and learn how to be compassionate at the same time.
The duration to complete the MBBS course is 5 years, done fully at QIUP. This includes a Phase I – pre-clinical curriculum of 2 years and Phase II – clinical curriculum of 3 years.