July 7, 2008

MSU Helps Close Healthcare Gap

INTERNATIONAL Medical School (IMS) is the Management and Science University's (MSU) first international offshore branch campus and the seventh school under the MSU flagship of faculties, schools and centres of learning.

The IMS is a unique regional collaborative effort between MSU and M.S. Ramaiah Medical College.

The setting-up of IMS in Bangalore, India is an illustration of MSU's commitment to offering critical and relevant programmes of study, especially in health and medical sciences.

IMS focuses solely on the Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS). The school serves to complement the government's effort to provide more opportunities to those interested in studying medicine.

Housed in a 26.5ha campus, the IMS is adjacent to the M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, a teaching hospital. It is a multi- specialty world-class hospital with dedicated staff and excellent healthcare facilities.

The hospital offers the commitment of ace doctors, medical experts and competent paramedics working towards delivering quality healthcare.

"Bangalore is an excellent setting for MSU to establish its medical school. The wealth of experience and development in medical field that India has to offer is unique and exceeds the expectations of many medical authorities," says IMS dean Datuk Dr Abdul Ghani Mohammed Din.

"Other than studying under the supervision of experienced experts, students will gain hands-on experience at the M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Teaching Hospital and Baptist Hospital."

Through the setting up of IMS, MSU believes that it will complement the government's effort of meeting the doctor-patient ratio of 1:600 by 2020.

According to the Health Ministry's statistics for2006, the doctor- patient ratio in the country stood at 1:1,214 with 21,937 doctors.

The duration of the IMS MBBS programme is 5 1/2 years, including one-year rotatory programme in Bangalore. Upon completion, students have to register with Public Service Department and complete two years housemanship at selected public hospitals under the supervision of the ministry.

The academic terms begins in September and students are required to sit for the Medical Entrance Test to determine their aptitude for the MBBS programme. Intake for the new students is limited to 150.

Students pursuing the MBBS programme at IMS are housed in a three- storey fully furnished apartment complex. Students commute the 10- minute distance from hostel to campus via buses.

Abdul Ghani says: "We are confident that IMS will be able to assist the nation to produce more experts in the medical profession and to contribute to the country's human capital needs."

For information, ocall 03-5510 6868, fax 03-5510 8668, email [email protected], SMS MBBSnameemail to 019-341 9152/ 016-356 8251/ 012-249 6551 or visit www.msu.edu.my.

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