Redefining Healthcare at UCSI University

The healthcare service is one sector that cannot be neglected nor do without anywhere. It is an essential service that every economy and human being needs.

The need for quality medical healthcare providers has become a priority to many these days following the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Malaysia, at present, the doctor to population ratio stands at about 1:454 while the accepted ratio as that by World Health Organisation should be at 1:225.

Globally, healthcare systems are grappling with poverty, disproportionate access to medical services, unequal results, and rising demand from growing populations with longer life spans.

According to a finding by McKinsey’s, the future of healthcare is changing rather rapidly and new technologies are needed to provide greater efficiency appropriately and comfortably in a near-normal setting. 

While structural and transformational changes are needed, in terms of policies and governance, healthcare education needs to already incorporate these elements to ensure quality healthcare providers are produced to ensure a sustainable future.

At UCSI’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, patient care and the pursuit of knowledge go hand in hand. From community healthcare events to research at Harvard, the faculty empowers students to make a difference in the lives of their patients, now and in the future.

Instead of mere rote learning, students are groomed to think and base their actions on practices backed by scientific research. Medical and nursing students spend many hours attached to hospitals where they are given the opportunity to serve patients of various ages and experience specialisation in different clinical settings.

A campus with hospital-linkage

Earlier this year, the faculty moved its Doctor of Medicine and Nursing programmes to its Springhill (Port Dickson) campus.

Built on a 40 acres’ site, the campus is located adjacent with UCSI Hospital. The campus is designed to be a leading praxis centre of education, especially in the field of medicine and health sciences.

The campus aims to educate and nurture future doctors and nurses to be the best in what they do by allowing them access to the specialist-led medical institution – UCSI Hospital, that advocates clinical practice and the patient-centred model of care.

Housing two blocks, the Campus includes seminar rooms, lecture halls, a library and faculty offices that take up over 50,000 sqft in space.

The campus is part of the UCSI Health Metropolis – a mega project that is designed to turn Springhill into a hub of medical tourism, education and innovation. Its strategic location allows students accessibility to the Seremban business centre and Port Dickson – a tourism attraction spot.  With this, and more the campus is set to give you an experience that is not to be missed.

Medicine students from the faculty were exposed to various researchers and tests, including to high-end equipment from the hospital like the Tesla advanced magnetic resonance imaging.

Prof. Dr. Hoh Boon Peng said students from as early as Year 1 were taken to UCSI’s Covid test lab to understand the process and how research was done.

“This is important an element to ensure our students receive the right exposure during their study at UCSI.

“Presently, we have our students trained in Kuala Terengganu general hospital (HSNZ) during their final year, which is the largest hospital in east coast, allowing our students the exposure to various types of experience that they won’t find it in the metropolitan hospital.

“We have good experienced teachers who are also well renown scientists, that can share their experience and knowledge with their students, and equip the students with both the classical as well as the up-to-date scientific knowledge,” he said.

The Harvard Connection

On the international front, the faculty sends top medical students for intercalated research programmes at Harvard University after their first professional exam in year two. Opportunities abound on the home ground as well. Students enjoy monthly live training sessions from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Since 2014, the faculty has sent nine students to Harvard to advance high impact research. The exposure they received under the tutelage of Dr Gordon H. Williams, a senior professor from the Harvard Medical School gives seismic effect to future doctors.

Alumna Tay Chee Sin, who went to Harvard in 2017, said the programme made her realise the importance of evidence-based medicine.

“In short, this Harvard programme had given me the most fruitful and insightful experience, not only on how to be a competent medical student but also train me to be a future physician scientist,” she said.

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