GEORGETOWN, 17 March – The Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Mr. Lim Guan Eng today officiated at the official opening ceremony of Penang Medical College’s new PMC Clinical Skills & Education Centre, next to Seberang Jaya General Hospital. As Penang MedicalCollege is jointly-owned bythe RoyalCollege of Surgeons in lreland (RCSI)and University College Dublin (UCD), the opening of a new PMC Clinica! Skills & Education Centre is testament to the continued commitment to Penang of these world-renowned medical institutions.
lt is also in line with the Penang State Government’s aim to achieve higher standards in education and healthcare to which PMC is contributing by evolving in response to changing needs. The new PMC Clinical Skills & Education Centre caters for the increased demand from international students interested in the PMC-lreland medicaldegree programme. “Over the years, PMC has been contributing to healthcare worldwide and in Malaysia in particular through their globally-recognised doctors who have graduated from its campus in Penang as well as RCSI and UCD campuses in Dublin. With this new facility, PMC is moving forward to position itself to play a bigger role as a leading medical degrees education provider in the region and beyond,” said President, CEO and Dean of PMC, Professor Amir Khir.
The new PMC Clinical Skills & Education Centre ensures that all students have access to state-of-the-art facilities that can support the intensive nature of the clinical training component of their medical programme. The new Centre will also enable enhanced hands-on experience of patient-care for PMC medical students doing their clinical training at the Seberang Jaya General Hospital across the road. Due to the proximity of the new Centre to the hospital, students of PMC will also benefit from greater doctor-to-student training and learning experiences.
At PMC Clinical Skills & Education Centre, PMC will be offering additional facilities for students such as two clinical skills laboratories, seminar rooms, a student area, Multimedia and Resource Centre. To further facilitate students’ on-call practical training, the new centre also provides student accommodation which will reduce travel and ensure optimal use of time. Overthe last 19 years, RCSI and UCD have invested millions into PMC. Since its inception in 1996. PMC has thus grown from strength to strength to become a leading medical college in Malaysia having produced over 1,300 doctors. This year, RCSI and UCD joint offered RM2.18 million in scholarships to deserving Malaysians applicants to PMC for the 2015 intake.
PMC graduates with internationally renowned Medical Degrees from National University Of Ireland (NUl) bring skills admired among the medical fraternity. Students of PMC spend their first two and a half years in the prestigious and world-leading medical schools RCSI and UCD, where they undergo intensive pre-clinical training. ln these locations PMC students have access to the best-equipped laboratories and libraries in Europe and they are also taught by experienced scientists and leading medical doctors in their respective fields.
PMC students then return to Penang for clinical training for 2% years at PMC. “l understand that PMC students are exclusively attached to Hospital Seberang Jaya as well as Hospital Pulau Pinang”, said YAB Mr Lim. He further added, “As an added bonus, I know that many of PMC’s graduate doctors return to work in Malaysian hospitals and this can only mean the eventual improvement of our healthcare system. This can only further the State’s and Country’s reputation for quality healthcare and advance medicaltourism industry. The globally recognised PMC medical programme is an lrish education involving invaluable experiences across continents. PMC graduates receive three highly sought medical degrees; MB BCh BAO (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics) from the NUI as well as the Licentiates of the RCSI (LRCSI) and Royal College of Physicians of lreland (LRCPI).
RCSI and UCD have over 230 years and 140 years of medical education history respectively and offer stimulating, diverse and vibrant experiences. The fact that PMC is their first joint venture outside lreland is a powerful statement of the cultural collaboration between two nations which are half a world apart. The expertise and latest state-of-the-art medical technologies help nurture PMC students to become globally recognised doctors in the international medical fraternity.
YAB Mr Lim acknowledged PMC success by saying “lt is a great honour for us that PMC students graduate with lrish medical degrees and that PMC is the only medical school outside the EU whose graduates can apply for internship in lreland. Also, students who have undergone housemanship or internship at any one of our Malaysian Government Hospitals will also be recognised by the lrish Medical Council. lt is our pride to have a private medical college in Penang that is so esteemed and recognised internationally.”