ALLIANZE University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) is committed to nurturing aspiring doctors by offering medical students a wide array of courses on par with international benchmark.
Its president, Datuk Dr Zainuddin Wazir, said Malaysia is an ideal place to complete a medical degree, judging from the various tie-ups with reputable universities through partnerships.
He said AUCMS encouraged students who had passion in looking after the health of individuals and the community to enrol at its main campus in Kepala Batas.
With the flexibility of its medical courses, AUCMS has given Malaysians the best of both worlds to excel in their medical careers.
“AUCMS offers opportunities to those with less than satisfactory academic results, but keen to become doctors, flexibility to complete their basic medical degree.
In stressing that Malaysia is an ideal place to study, Dr Zainuddin explained that the medical courses were tightly controlled and regulated by the Malaysian Medical Council and the Higher Education Ministry.
“The end results and quality from the local medical institutions adhere to international benchmark so they are in fact better than a lot of overseas institutions. The students will only need to go abroad if they choose to specialise in a particular medical field.
“Otherwise, Malaysia is the best place to have a medical career if they choose to practise in the country.”
Dr Zainuddin said the undergraduate students were able to adapt to their working environment easily during the housemanship was attributed to constant exposure to the local culture and environment.
“AUCMS has a good mix of visiting lecturers from all over the world. We are certainly giving the students the international exposure and the beauty here is they can broaden their horizon without having to leave Malaysia,” he said, adding that doctors trained in Malaysia tend to forge a closer bond with patients.
Regarding himself as a patriot, Dr Zainuddin said he completed his basic medical degree in Malaysia prior to going Australia for further specialisation.
He said Malaysia was the best place to do medicine because of the wide clinical exposure gained by students in treating patients. At the same time, the programme also offers the opportunity for students to interact with the community even in their first year.
He said AUCMS programme inculcates responsibility in carrying out community work.
On the adequacy of medical courses in Malaysia, Dr Zainuddin said there were enough places for every one and appealed to Malaysians to pursue their medical aspiration in the country.
He said the medical courses in Malaysia would cost sightly higher than certain countries in the region but the quality is virtually guaranteed by the authorities.
“Be mindful of the pitfalls of certain overseas medical courses which attract students by charging them lower tuition fees.
“Many medical programmes abroad with low tuition fees are questionable because the courses may not qualify students to examine patients upon graduation,” he warned.
Dr Zainuddin said AUCMS had approved loans and scholarships for those eligible when it introduced its five-year medical programme (MD AUCMS) last year.
The MD AUCMS programme shows the stature of the university college’s maturity as a premier medical and applied sciences institution since its establishment a decade ago.
It must be noted that MD AUCMS is not just any conventional medical degree programme offered in the market. The programme is set to change the way medical degree training is conducted in years to come.
The ultimate objective of MD AUCMS is to produce highly professional doctors.
The programme was meticulously formulated based on years of study and input from experts comprising medical practitioners and lecturers from various regions of the world.
MD AUCMS programme is the result of an amalgamation of renowned medical training methods from various parts of the world such as the United States and Europe.
He said the programmes allowed students to obtain pre-clinical and clinical training by virtue of AUCMS’ superior range of networking with local associates.
The uniqueness of the programme lies in its flexibility, which allows the students to remain in Malaysia for the entire duration or obtain transfer credits with affiliated universities abroad.
New Straits Times