International Medical University (IMU)

International Medical University (IMU)

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33
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Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)   APPLY

  Study Mode
FULL TIME
  Level
UNDER-GRADUATE
  Duration
5 Years
  Intake
February and August
  Tution Fees
N/A

ABOUT THE MEDICINE DEGREE

The path towards becoming a doctor is long and challenging but one that sees no shortage of takers. It is a selfless calling, dedicated to the service of others and yet, is one of the most personally fulfilling career options to embark on.

To take up medicine, you need good grades coupled with total commitment to stay on the course. Hence, it is important that the decision to be a doctor is yours, not your parents’ or anyone else’s.

The IMU Medical programme focuses on Medical Sciences for the first 2.5 years. Students then proceed to undertake Clinical Training either at IMU’s Clinical Campuses in the southern part of Malaysia or at a Partner Medical School (PMS) overseas.

IMU’s curriculum emphasizes clinical application of basic science from an early stage. IMU is the first to incorporate the USMLE Step 1 Preparatory Course into the IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to 5. This is to allow IMU medical graduates to begin early preparation to sit for USMLE Step 1 examination that opens the door towards United States residency opportunities.


Overseas Clinical Electives

Students will have the opportunity of doing their clinical electives in selected hospitals in the USA in order to enhance their learning experience in different healthcare systems.

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WHY STUDY MEDICINE AT IMU

An Established Private Medical and Healthcare University

An Established Private Medical and Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with 28 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved a Tier-6 rating in the SETARA ratings of Malaysian Universities and University-Colleges awarded by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields. This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.

Largest Private Medical School in Malaysia

Largest Private Medical School in Malaysia

IMU’s MBBS programme was established in 1999 and to date has the highest number of faculty members, registered students and successful graduates of any other private medical schools in Malaysia. The School has been re-accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Malaysia Medical Council (MMC) for a maximum duration of 5 years (2015 – 2020).

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s medical curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and is accepted by 21 international partner universities for credit transfer into their medical programmes. The medical curriculum is not only benchmarked to meet high international standards but now it also provides a pathway for our graduates to train and work in the United States with the incorporation of the USMLE Step 1 Preparatory Course into the IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to 5. This is to allow future medical graduates to begin early preparation and be competent to sit for USMLE Step 1 examination that carves a path towards United States residency opportunities.

Better Preparation for Housemanship and a Career as a Doctor

Better Preparation for Housemanship and a Career as a Doctor

With clinical exposure as early as Semester 1 and an intensive 6-month Senior Clerkship at Hospital Batu Pahat / Hospital Kluang in Semester 10 (unique in Malaysia), students are better prepared for patient care, housemanship training and to become better doctors.

 

ABOUT THE MEDICAL SCIENCES DEGREE

The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours) at IMU is a six-month programme which provides an opportunity for medical students to gain an understanding of research in a variety of areas.

The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours), BMedSC (Hons) programme was initiated in 2003 and is an accredited 3 years honours degree. The first 2.5 years focus on the Medical Sciences as part of the IMU Medical programme (MBBS) in Bukit Jalil campus.

On completion, the Phase 1 MBBS students are eligible to spend an additional two (2) semesters to undertake a research project and submit a dissertation. The student will be supervised on the preparation of research proposal, designing and executing of research methodology using various scientific tools, data analysis, presentation and preparation of the dissertation and manuscripts for publication. In addition, there is a coursework covering various aspects of research methodology.

At the end of this programme, the student will be equipped with new knowledge and practical experience such as in the areas of:

  • Scientific research methodology

  • Analytical skills during data analysis and evaluation of results

  • Statistical methods relevant to research

  • Application of information technology to research

  • Ethical issues pertinent to research

  • Scientific writing

  • Literature search and review process

  • Health and safety issues in laboratory and experimental practice

This degree is a prerequisite for those who intend to transfer to Graduate Partner Medical Schools (PMS). It is also offered to those who are transferring to undergraduate PMS and Seremban Clinical Campus. It is also an option for students who wish to exit the programme with an honours degree in Medical Sciences.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EXAMINATIONS

REQUIREMENTS

A-Levels

BBB or ABC in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics

STPM

BBB or ABC in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics

Australian Matriculation

80% aggregate or ATAR 80 including
~Biology; and
~Chemistry;and
~Physics or Mathematics

NCEA Level 3

Average of 80% in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics

Canadian Grade 12/13

80% aggregate in 6 subjects (with an average of 80% in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics)

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

B4 in 5 subjects
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics; and
~Mathematics; and
~Additional Mathematics

Australian University Foundation Programmes

80% aggregate or ATAR 80 (with an average of 80% in 3 subjects
~Biology; and
~Chemistry;and
~Physics or Mathematics)

Indian Pre-University

Average of 70% in all subjects (with an average of 70% in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics)

Ministry of Education Matriculation *

Overall cGPA 3.00

 

(with a cGPA of 2.00 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics) and attained

5Bs in Biology, Chemistry,Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM / O-level

International Baccalaureate (IB)

30 points with a minimum of 2 science subjects or Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and 1 science subject at Standard Level (SL) and attained a minimum score of 4 each in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics

American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP)

Not applicable

Foundation in Science #

Overall cGPA 3.00 (with a cGPA of 2.00 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics and attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM / O-level

 

*Foundation in Science from other institutions will be subjected to the Dean’s approval on a case by case basis.*

Degree

BSc in related field:
cGPA 3.30

Diploma

Diploma in Health Sciences – cGPA 3.50 and provided duration is not less than 5 semesters or 2.5 years in the same accredited institution and attained 2Bs each in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and 3Cs in English, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM / O-level

# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution and foundation in other disciplines are accepted.

FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE

  • Foundation in Science qualifications from other higher education institutions will be considered on a case by case basis for admission into the local IMU programmes.

  • Students with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into IMU programmes and programmes with selected credit transfer options, upon meeting the entry requirement eligibility. ** (Please refer to IMU Foundation in Science brochure for more details)

FOR ADMISSIONS INTO THE IMU FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE PROGRAMME, STUDENTS WILL NEED TO HAVE:

  • Pass SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects.
    Note: Specific SPM / O-Levels requirements may be needed for admissions into IMU programmes.

English Language Requirement

MUET

Overall band score of 4*

IELTS

Overall band score of 6.5*Those who opt for the overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0

Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE)

Overall score of 180* (for International students only)

Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)

Overall score of 200* (for International students only)

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Overall score of 58* (for International students only)

*  ONLY applicable for those who are completing the entire degree at IMU, Malaysia.

COURSE DURATION

DURATION OF MEDICALPROGRAMME

UNDERGRADUATE ENTRY
Full duration of study: 4½ to 5½ years (depending on the University)

 

Phase 1 (IMU)

Phase 2

Total

MALAYSIA

International Medical University

2½ years

2½ years

5 years

AUSTRALIA

University of Adelaide, Australia
University of Newcastle, Australia
University of Tasmania, Australia
Western Sydney University, Australia

2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years

3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years

5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years

NEW ZEALAND

University of Otago, New Zealand

2½ years

3 years

5½ years

CANADA

Dalhousie University, Canada

2½ years

2 years

4½ years

UNITED KINGDOM

University of Aberdeen, Scotland
University of Dundee, Scotland
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Glasgow, Scotland
University of Leeds, England
University of Liverpool, England
University of Manchester, England
University of Nottingham, England
Queen Mary University of London, England
Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
University of Southampton, England

2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years

3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
2½ years
3 years
3 years
3 years

5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5 years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years

IRELAND

National University of Ireland, Galway

2½ years

3 years

5½ years

DURATION OF MEDICALPROGRAMME

GRADUATE ENTRY
Full duration of study: 4½ to 6½ years (depending on the University)

Option A

Phase 1 (IMU)

Phase 2

Total

AUSTRALIA

Australian National University, Australia ###
University of New South Wales, Australia###

3 years
3 years

2 years
3 years

5 years
6 years

UNITED KINGDOM

University of Warwick, England

2½ or 3 years

3 years

5½ or 6 years

UNDERGRADUATE ENTRY

If you choose this route, you will compete for a place in every PMS, except ANU, UNSW and UW.

GRADUATE ENTRY

For University of Warwick, student with a first degree on entry may transfer after 2½ years. Students without a first degree will have to spend another year to complete the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) to be eligible to transfer. The IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) is one year programme. Please click HERE  for more information on this programme.

The qualification should fulfil the following, with final approval from the University of Warwick:

  1. IMU Students can transfer to a graduate school to complete the Second Part provided that they have a First Degree in any field at the required standard. IMU will also consider matriculation/ pre-u qualifications when selecting students. IMU will also look at the maturity level of the students.

  2. The minimum entry requirement for IMU for the inception into the Medical Programme with an:  i)  Undergraduate level Degree at Second Upper class (2:1) and the Degree must be for an Honours-Level programme or equivalent.

  3. IMU students must have IELTS academic score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in two components and 6.5 in another two components of the test or equivalent qualifications as defined by UoW taken within the last two (2) years at the point of application to UoW, or if already achieved on entry to IMU, within two (2) years of commencing the first part of the programme.

# The Graduate School of Medicine is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) which means that graduates of the course are eligible for registration as a medical practitioner. The MBBS is an internationally recognised degree and students may undertake postgraduate training in a number of countries outside of Australia including Canada, UK and New Zealand.

### Australian National University, University of New South Wales will only accept IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) to be eligible to transfer.

Info for both undergraduate entry and graduate entry: Please note that some Partner Medical Schools have bridging courses upon transfer. The fees for this course are from RM2,145 to RM49,500.

Matching Process for Students Going to Partner Medical Schools (PMS) Abroad

The matching process is carried out early in the fourth semester. It is computerised and completely impartial. The students state their choice of PMS in strict order of preference. The PMS also rank the students based on their academic performance, student attributes and involvement in co-curricular activities. The computerised programme gives 5 times greater weighting to the students’ choice over the PMS ranking of students.


PATHWAY TO THE PARTNER MEDICAL SCHOOL (PMS) THROUGH A GRADUATE ENTRY

These graduate medical schools normally only admit candidates with a first degree eg BSc into their 4-year programme. Because of the unique nature of the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) degree, candidates with this degree are given credit for exemption to part of the 4-year course. This can result in considerable savings in tuition fees and living expenses overseas.

You will be matched to one of the three graduate-entry medical schools mentioned above.

1) Do not have a degree at the time of entry into IMU you will do Phase 1 (2½ years). You can qualify for entry into the BMedSci degree if you have not failed any major examination during Phase 1. To get the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMed Sci)(Hons) degree, you will have to remain for 6 months to complete a research-based degree, the BMed Sci at the IMU. You must achieve an upper second class degree. If you do not achieve an upper second class degree, or have failed a major examination in Phase 1, every effort will be made to offer you a place in an undergraduate PMS. In the unlikely event that there is no PMS place, there will be a place for you in the IMU Clinical School.

2) Have an UPPER SECOND CLASS degree when you enter IMU, you could transfer to UW upon successfully completing Phase 1 (2½ years) in IMU, provided you have not failed any major examination during the course. ANU will only accept the BMed Sci (IMU) as the first degree.

? Through a matching process, you will spend 2 years at ANU, or 2½ years at the UW.

? You will have 2 degrees (BMed Sci from IMU and the MBBS equivalent from the PMS).


PATHWAY TO THE PARTNER MEDICAL SCHOOL (PMS) THROUGH A UNDERGRADUATE ENTRY

This is the current PMS route that the majority of our medical students take. You will be matched to a Partner Medical School for another 2½ to 3 years upon successfully completing Phase 1.

 

POLICY ON RESTRICTIONS OF TRANSFER OF STUDENTS TO PARTNER MEDICAL SCHOOLS

Our Partner Medical School (PMS) are prepared to accept non-Malaysian students. However, students with citizenship in any countries of the PMS will not be eligible to transfer to:

1) The country where they hold citizenship.
2) or hold citizenship with the bloc of countries that shares the same Medical Council, e.g. Australia and New Zealand

Thus:

? Citizens or PR holders of Australia or New Zealand will not be matched to any of the PMS in Australia and New Zealand.

? Citizens or PR holders of United Kingdom, Ireland, or members of the European Union will not be matched to any of the PMS in the UK and Ireland.

? Citizens or PR holders of Canada will not be matched to any of the PMS in Canada.
Effectively all UK, Irish and Australian Schools are prepared to accept international students.

Students who are matched to Canadian partner school will not be allowed to remain in Canada following completion of the medical training for any purpose, including postgraduate medical training in Canada.

Students with citizenship and permanent resident status in Europe, Australia and Canada are advised to check with the Admission Department on their eligibility to apply. Students with Permanent Residence Status in the following countries cannot be matched for admission into the following Partner Medical Schools:

PR STATUS

CANNOT BE MATCHED TO

Australia

- Australian National University
– University of Adelaide
– University of New South Wales
– University of Newcastle
– University of Tasmania
–Western Sydney University, Australia

Ireland

- National University of Ireland, Galway

United Kingdom

- University of Aberdeen
– University of Dundee
– University of Edinburgh
– University of Exeter
– University of Glasgow
– University of Leeds
– University of Liverpool
– University of Manchester
– University of Nottingham
– Queen’s University of Belfast
– Queen Mary University of London, England
– University of Southampton
– University of Warwick

Canada

- Dalhousie University, Canada

 

* The list of Partner Medical Schools is subject to change from time to time.

The IMU is not responsible for housemanship training.

APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

 

Malaysian Student (RM)

International Student (RM)

Application Fees

300

950

Registration Fee

1,300

3,400

Refundable Caution Deposit

2,000

2,000

Tuition Fees

494,900

543,500

  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.

  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.

  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students will have to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM1,000 and Medical Health Check fee of RM250 and Visa endorsement fee (depending on nationality) upon registration. International students will also be required to pay Student Visa Renewal Administrative fee of RM140/year.

  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.

  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

 

TOTAL DURATION (YEARS)

YEARS

TOTAL FEE

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

At International Medical University

Phase 1 & Phase 2

5

5

494,900

  • The tuition fee for Bachelor in Medical Sciences Degree is RM38,080.

 

DEGREE FROM PARTNER UNIVERSITY

PHASE 1 AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY(IMU)

 

TOTAL DURATION (YEARS)

YEARS

TOTAL FEE

Malaysia

269,450

PHASE 2 AT PARTNER MEDICAL SCHOOL (PMS)

COUNTRY

AVERAGE TOTAL DURATION** (YEARS)

AVERAGE YEARS / SEM

GRAND TOTAL (RM)**

Australia

3

963,061

Canada

2

773,115

Ireland

3

846,728

New Zealand

3

1,032,645

United Kingdom

3

1,082,620

  • Overseas fees are subject to annual increase and currency exchange rate, and exclusive of levy and bridging fee.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

 

TOTAL DURATION (YEARS)

YEARS

TOTAL FEE

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

At International Medical University

Phase 1 & Phase 2

5

5

543,500

  • The tuition fee for Bachelor in Medical Sciences Degree is RM42,000.

 

DEGREE FROM PARTNER UNIVERSITY

PHASE 1 AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY(IMU)

 

TOTAL DURATION (YEARS)

YEARS

TOTAL FEE

Malaysia

293,750

PHASE 2 AT PARTNER MEDICAL SCHOOL (PMS)

COUNTRY

AVERAGE TOTAL DURATION** (YEARS)

AVERAGE YEARS / SEM

GRAND TOTAL (RM)**

Australia

3

987,361

Canada

2

797,415

Ireland

3

871,028

New Zealand

3

1,056,945

United Kingdom

3

1,106,920

  • Overseas fees are subject to annual increase and currency exchange rate, and exclusive of levy and bridging fee.

  • Students who are transferring to partner universities will be required to pay transfer fee of RM4,400 per semester.

  • * Current estimates only.

  • Exchange Rate
    A$1 = RM 3.0290
    NZ$1 = RM 2.7990
    UK £1 = RM 5.4320
    C$ = RM 3.1650
    RMB 1 = RM 0.6316
    EURO 1 = RM 4.9340

  • The average total study duration varies with each Partner University

  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.

Introducing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Preparatory Course at IMU

The International Medical University (IMU) is proud to announce the offering of the USMLE Step 1 (United States Medical Licensing Examinations) Preparatory Course. This will not only further benchmark the IMU medical course globally but provides a pathway for our graduates to train and work in the United States.

The Preparatory Course is blended into our IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to 5 (August 2017 Intake onwards). Medical students joining from the August 2017 Intake won’t be paying additional fees for the USMLE Step 1 preparatory course. This initiative will also be available for our current students (before the August 2017 Intake) and alumni at a discounted price. USMLE Step 1 preparatory course for IMU medical students and graduates is launched in partnership with Becker Professional Education. Becker is a US-based company promoting quality education and training for health professionals.

The programme provides USMLE Step 1 preparatory materials which includes recorded USMLE review lectures, ebooks, review books, question bank, live virtual interactive sessions and other learning materials. Such comprehensive materials are very useful for our students in preparing for the USMLE Steps.

Passing the USMLE Steps allows students to be eligible for US residency options and opens up additional pathways to obtain post-graduate qualifications. The USMLE is one of the tougher exams to pass and the challenge is to attain good scores to get a residency of choice.

 

Introducing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Preparatory Course at IMU

The International Medical University (IMU) is proud to announce the offering of the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examinations) Preparatory Course. This will not only further benchmark IMU medical course globally but provides a pathway for our graduates to train and work in the United States.

 

The Preparatory Course is blended into our IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to 10. All current and future intake Medical students won’t be paying additional fees for the USMLE preparatory course. USMLE (All steps) preparatory course for IMU medical students and graduates is launched in partnership with AMBOSS GmBH. AMBOSS is a global company based in Berlin, Germany promoting quality education and training for health professionals.

 

The preparatory course provides USMLE learning materials which include comprehensive breadth of content of all pre-clinically and clinically-relevant subjects, covering all basic science and clinical subjects tested by the following exams: USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK & CS, NBME Subject Board (Shelf) Exams. Also included are learning materials in online library format, embedded multimedia resources, recent updates, question bank, performance analysis and tracking personal progress etc.

 

These comprehensive materials are very useful for our students in preparing for the USMLE Steps.

 

Passing the USMLE Steps allows students to be eligible for US residency options and opens up additional pathways to obtain post-graduate qualifications. The USMLE is one of the tougher exams to pass and the challenge is to attain good scores to get a residency of choice.

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“We are proud to partner with IMU,” says Manuel Höller-Fam, Regional Manager for the Asia-Pacific Region at AMBOSS. “This is our first institutional partnership in Malaysia and we are very pleased to be working with a university so committed to taking a holistic approach to medical education. Our new partnership will allow faculty to integrate our digital study and teaching resources into the curriculum for students at every level of their medical studies. We are confident that having access to AMBOSS from day one will help students develop a much deeper understanding of medical concepts and, ultimately, to become better doctors in the long term.”

 

AMBOSS is a breakthrough digital platform that has revolutionized the way medical professionals acquire their knowledge. Founded in 2010, the company’s team today consists of more than 400 professionals in the fields of medicine, didactics, digital learning, medical illustration, and software engineering.

 

Students use the interactive library and question bank for general study and exam preparation, while doctors rely on AMBOSS for evidence-based recommendations to guide their clinical decisions. The platform has contributed significantly to improving the everyday lives of current and prospective physicians. More than 500,000 doctors and students already rely on AMBOSS during their studies and on the ward — a number that is growing daily.

What is USMLE?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

 

The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.

Additional details on USMLE and AMBOSS can be found at:

Why Choose IMU-AMBOSS for USMLE Preparatory Course

Materials

 

  • Students will have rich experience with knowledge in the competence oriented library structure provided within AMBOSS.

  • The Search through 17,000+ medical terms and click-through 200,000+ cross-references are very conducive for active learning.

  • Students can explore more than 5,000 embedded multimedia resources.

  • There is an excellent opportunity to use online and offline modes for iOS and Android apps.

  • Students will receive constant content updates by a team of dedicated physicians

  • There are almost 4,900 clinical case-based multiple-choice questions and new questions and study sessions are added regularly.

  • Study sessions are organized as per subject, organ system, or symptoms

  • Supportive features (highlighting, attending physician commentary, overlays on visuals, multiple-choice elimination) for training clinical reasoning skills are exemplary.

  • Side-by-side explanations of solutions within the Knowledge Library with embedded links, pop-overs, and highlighting gives learning a great experience.

  • Students will have the opportunity to track personal progress and analyze performance within a subject or set of subjects for self-directed learning and self-assessment

  • Students can receive personalized statistics and recommendations based on strengths and weaknesses

Multimedia learning to support individual learning preferences

 

  • There are anatomical illustrations and pathological structural overlays in illustrations

  • There are How-to videos for practical skills and research methods

  • There are Image quizzes and digital chalkboard style lectures

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the structure of the IMU medical programme?

The IMU medical programme is structured in two phases: Phase 1, Medical Sciences and Phase 2, Clinical Training.

Phase 1 (Medical Sciences)
This phase of 5 semesters (2½ years) focuses on the Medical Sciences and is undertaken at the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil. Completion of Phase 1 in Malaysia enables all students to become familiar with local health conditions and facilities in rural and urban settings. From the second Semester, students gain early clinical exposure at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital and other government health centres and private clinics in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

Phase 2 (Clinical Training)
On completion of Phase 1, students proceed to Phase 2 which focuses on clinical training. Students may choose to undertake this training either at the IMU Clinical Campus in Seremban or at a Partner Medical Schools (PMS) overseas. The overseas duration varies from 2 to 3 years. Note: Students are to choose where to take their Phase 2 option at the time of application and this option is indicated on the letter offering a place.

What are the aims and key features of the local MBBS (IMU) degree?

What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

The IMU has an integrated systems-based curriculum for its medical programme and uses a variety of approaches to its teaching and learning activities. These include lectures, problem-based learning (PBL), practical classes, independent learning, clinical skills sessions and clinical training with patient contact at the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban and other health clinics in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

The early exposure of students to clinical experiences emphasises the importance of the basic sciences to its clinical application and serves to stimulate students’ interest in medicine.

Note: Students are to choose where to take their Phase 2 option at the time of application and this option is indicated on the letter offering a place.

What is the duration of the IMU medical programme?

Please refer to Partner Medical School (PMS) Enrolment.

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What are the semester contents for Phase 2 (Clinical Training) in the IMU Clinical Campus?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

When do students get clinical exposure?

Clinical exposure to real-life patients starts as early as the first year. Students will have patient contact one day a week at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, Port Dickson Hospital, Kuala Kubu Bharu Hospital and various community health centres in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor. These hospitals are approved by the Ministry of Health for the clinical teaching of the IMU students.

What is the aim of the clinical exposure?

The aim of the clinical exposure is to ensure that students gain sufficient interviewing and examining skills before transferring to the clinical course provided by the IMU Clinical Campus or the Partner Medical Schools (PMS). In addition, they will obtain experience in the common presentation of diseases in Malaysian patients. This is important for their practice of medicine in Malaysia.

Where are the IMU Clinical Campuses?

IMU has four clinical campuses, one in Seremban, one in Batu Pahat, one  in Kluang and the other in Kuala Pilah. The IMU Clinical Campus in Seremban is a purpose-built 5-storey teaching block located next to Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban. This building with a built-up area of about 62,000 sq ft is linked to the Hospital via a walkway.

Hospital Batu Pahat became an additional teaching facility for IMU in 2003 and currently Semester 10 students undergo their 6 months of Senior Clerkship at Hospital Batu Pahat. During this semester, students work in wards as junior house officers under the supervision of senior clinicians, in order to prepare them for their house officer posting. This is important for the students as they will be provided the opportunity of incremental responsibility for independent patient management.

In 2008, Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Najihah (HTAN) in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan was sanctioned by the Ministry of Health as an additional teaching hospital for the IMU. An IMU teaching resource was set-up at a building near the hospital.

What are the teaching facilities in the Clinical Campus?

The teaching facilities include:

  • Airway Research Laboratory

  • Library

  • On-call Rooms and Rooms Doctors’ On-call

  • Clinical Skills Unit

  • Navigator Research Unit

  • Problem-based Learning Rooms(PBL)

  • Conference Room

What teaching hospitals/clinics are used by the IMU?

Besides Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, the other teaching hospitals used are Hospital Port Dickson, Hospital Batu Pahat, Hospital Kuala Pilah, Hospital Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hospital Gombak and Hospital Kluang. Students are also taught at district hospitals as well as community health clinics, government health clinics and family practice clinics in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

Who are the teaching staff?

Most of the academic staff (which include local and overseas trained lecturers) are full-time. Through arrangements with our Partner Medical Schools (PMS), experienced academic staff come as visiting lecturers to teach specialised subjects on a rotational basis at IMU. In addition, experienced academicians and clinicians from Malaysian medical schools and research institutes, as well as consultants in private practice are also invited to teach the students.

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students who come from a system of education in which the medium of instruction is not English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English by making their own arrangements to attend additional English Language classes before entering the IMU.

It is compulsory for students to attend a course in Bahasa Malaysia as the national language is used in both community health work and the practice of medicine in Malaysia.

What happens after I graduate as a doctor?

All medical graduates have to complete an internship or housemanship after graduation. This can be done in Malaysia or in some overseas countries. Presently, international students are not able to do their housemanship in Malaysia.

The IMU student who graduates from any of the Partner Medical Schools (PMS) can apply to the Ministry of Health for a housemanship position in Malaysia. In Malaysia, the internship is for 2 years.

Those who graduate from the UK can apply for a house officer position there. Graduates from Ireland can apply for housemanship positions in Ireland or take the Proficiency & Language Assessment Board (PLAB) examination and apply to workin the UK.

Graduates from Canada can apply for internship positions in the United States after they have passed the USMLE Step 1. However, they must also pass USMLE Step 2 before taking up the position. IMU Canadian graduates cannot undertake their internship in Canada.

How can I do postgraduate training overseas?

Doctors who have completed their house officer positions in the UK may apply to work as Senior House Officers (SHO) in the UK and sit specialist examinations e.g. membership/fellowship of the various medical professional colleges in the UK or Ireland.

In the United States, when you apply for an internship position, you are also applying for a residency (postgraduate) position.

How can I undertake postgraduate training in Malaysia?

The present programme for postgraduate specialist training for doctors has been on-going for nearly 20 years. The Malaysian Universities which run this professional Masters programme are UM, USM and UKM. It is a four-year training programme. Many Malaysian doctors who attend the local course also sit the membership examinations of the UK colleges and thus end up with postgraduate qualifications from the UK as well.

Do I have to serve the Malaysian Government?

It is compulsory for all Malaysian doctors who want to practise in Malaysia to serve the Government for two (2) years.

How do I register to work as a doctor?

The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) is the professional body in Malaysia which regulates and issues the “Annual Practicing Certificate” (APC) to all doctors.

All applications for registration and for renewal of APC are made to the MMC. The MMC is also responsible for gazetting doctors as specialists.

When should I apply?

You can apply using your forecast or actual exam results.

Who will award the medical degree?

The IMU will award the medical degree of MBBS (IMU) to students in their Clinical School. This degree is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) formerly known as National Accreditation Board (Lembaga Akreditasi Negara or LAN). The degree is listed in the World Health Organisation (WHO) directory of medical schools.

The Partner Medical Schools (PMS) will award degrees to students in their respective training programmes. Degrees from these schools are recognised internationally and locally by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for full registration.

When do I attend a student interview?

All applicants who have pre-university qualifications that meet IMU’s minimum requirements have to attend an interview. The interview is to gauge the students’ aptitude and motivation for pursuing a career in Medicine as well as communication skills in English. Students will be informed of the date and time of interview after the application forms and all other necessary documents are received by the IMU.

Does IMU accept international students?

The IMU welcomes international students. International students applying for the medical programme are required to check with the respective professional bodies in the countries they wish to work in on accreditation issues.

Compulsory subjects

The Private College Act (Section 34(3) Act IPTA 1997) under the Malaysian Education Policy requires students to attend a course of instruction in Bahasa Kebangsaan (National Language), Pengajian Agama/Moral (Moral and Religious Studies) and Pengajian Malaysia (Malaysian Cultural Studies). At the end of the courses, students are required to sit for the examinations. Students must pass all the papers during their time at the IMU.

What should a potential student do to prepare for the medical training?

All potential candidates are advised to try and obtain practical experience related to their intended career:
(a)   Voluntary work in charitable organisations, eg. Spastics Home (b)   Hospital/clinic/pharmacy attachment for a period of 4 to 6 weeks (c)   Talk to students and practitioners about the profession and life as a student.

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