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director1This September will mark the 11th batch of students entering this Faculty, insya Allah. Congratulations on those successful. Alhamdulillah, in the last 10 years, much has been achieved, but much more is aspired.

The rallying point is to achieve beyond expectation. With an eye for innovation, a nose for quality and excellence, a heart for passion, and a gut for determination, we set out to create and nurture a teaching-learning ambience which will make a difference to medical education, the doctors trained, and hopefully the health system itself. We embarked on a journey to develop innovative approaches to the training of doctors “ we create a hybrid Curriculum based on Solid scientific foundation imbued with humanistic values. That was when PBL-based curriculum was the call of the day, before hybrid curriculum becomes the fashion and before soft skills were mainstreamed. We pursued the Curriculum through ˜Education through guided exploration and discovery. It was before student-centred learning becomes a norm and a must. Our emphasis though was not so much student-centred learning but teacher-activated learning priming a student body so enthused by curiosity and wonderment of nature and study. Thus, as others, we have, apart from lectures, seminars and tutorials, student-directed learning (SDL) but also directed student learning (DSL). New modules were introduced into the core of learning “ Adolescent Health, Urban Health, Molecular Medicine, for instance “ and we went strong on Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence that this even becomes a prerequisite for the Finals. Even the Finals were constructed to not only composed of Short and Long Cases in the Clinicals, but also a Materia Medical Exam where students are tested on specimens of anatomy, pathology, microbiology / parasitology, radiography / ECG and surgical instruments.

In the formative years, we were fortunate to have a close rapport with the University of Melbourne where our Curriculum was formulated and our teachers trained. As a stimulus to embracing quality and excellence, we introduced the MBBS with Advanced Medical Science where top students were offered an intercalated year devoted to research. We are pleased that five of these students have been accepted to pursue this one year research at Harvard University. Our hope is that this experiential learning will stimulate the creation of the clinician-scientist. We have indeed been fortunate to formally establish the International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB) consisting of Professor Gordon Williams (Harvard University), Professor John Camm (St Georges Hospital of University College London), Professor James Angus (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences and Dentistry of the University of Melbourne), Professor Peter Trabert (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas) and Professor Sree Haran (then Senior Vice-President of Glaxo-Smith-Kline). The IAAB has consistently given much needed input and insight on the way forward, in consonance with the thinking and trend from around the world in medical education and training. We are also fortunate to have among the top clinicians in the country as our Adjunct Professors who have contributed immensely to the teaching as well as to the development of the Faculty.
Of course the intellectual component need be supported by an infrastructure and governance conducive to its aspirations. Our first batch of 20 students had to contend with the refurbished rooms and labs at Jalan Othman. Given the rather limited capacity there, they were transferred to a much enlarged and engaging purpose-built, albeit renovated, medical campus in Shah Alam. Much effort was put to create purposely designed medical campuses in Selayang, Sungai Buloh and Teluk Intan adjacent to the respective hospitals which were adopted as teaching hospitals for our students. This provides ample support for our student enrolment has now grown to over 1000. Our current focus now is on creating our own 400-bedded teaching hospital at Puncak Alam “ a general hospital with signature hotspots of Care for the Aged, Oncology, regenerative medicine, reparative medicine, minimally-invasive surgery and robotic surgery. This will be a nidus for the training of doctors for the future.
To further enrich the experience of our students, and to broaden their outlook, we have embarked on the Eminent Persons Lecture Series (EPLS) where highly accomplished Malaysians, not all are in the medical profession, are invited to speak and interact with our students. Thus far, this includes Royal Professor Ungku Aziz, Tan Sri Arshad Ayub, Tan Sri Mustafa Babjee, Tan Sri Jins Shamsudin, and Emeritus Professor Datuk CP Ramachandran. Our international linkages have grown stronger and stronger. We are now one of the centres for the MRCP Examinations in the country. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh adopts us as its centre for continuing education where its educational seminars are beamed direct on-line through web-streaming. Students from Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia come over for their electives, thus providing a rich environment for student-student exchange with our own students. Our research collaborations on major projects with a number of top universities and research centres around the world are on-going. A number of milestone papers have been published in top journals thus far.
How did our students respond to these stimuli By and large, well above board. Three of our final year students, for instance, received the Royal Gold Award in three consecutive years. Many have been able to present papers at international conferences. And a few had won awards. How did our teachers react to these stimuli By and large, well above board. Many of our lecturers received postgraduate training from the worlds top universities such as Oxford, Melbourne and Imperial College. A few received much sought after scholarships to pursue postgraduate trainin such as the Fullbright Scholarship and the Prime Minister of Australia Merit Award. Some are Visiting Professors of universities abroad, External Examiners of other institutions and Reviewers for international journals .
How did the fraternity and the regulatory authority accept us Well, with some trepidation, may be. Nonetheless, we achieved a full 5 years accreditation in our first accreditation exercise; we have just gone through our second recently.
Those were our first 10 years of existence “tentative at first, contemplative in our formative years, yet embolden with a zeal of not just being different, but wanting to make a difference. What would the next 10 years be Consolidation may be pertinent and prudent, but the momentum, enthusiasm and energy to innovate and create must live on. The Faculty should strive with it and thrive on it. And thank you everyone for being on-board, with engaged enthusiasm, great confidence and much good natureness.