RCSIUCD Dublin

After two and a half years of medical training in Dublin, you will return to Penang to commence the two and a half years of clinical training. In Penang you will be based exclusively on clinical sites and undertake the following clinical attachments:

  1. Medicine and Surgery
  2. Primary Care (General Practice)
  3. Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
  4. Paediatrics and Psychiatry.

In addition to the above, you will complete an integrated clinical programme to include the clinical ‘sub-specialties’ of:

  1. Anaesthesiology
  2. Ophthalmology
  3. ENT
  4. Legal Medicine / Ethics
  5. Public Health Medicine and Radiology

The standard of medical training you will receive in Penang is equal to that which students receive in Dublin. Many of your Professors and Lecturers in Penang will be from the parent institutions in Ireland. The examinations, including external examiner oversight, parallels that in RCSI and UCD. You can learn more about our clinical faculty here.

Following successful completion of the clinical portion of the programme in Penang, you will be awarded a medical degree from the National University of Ireland (MB BCh BAO) and the Licentiates of RCSI and RCPI.

The medical degrees awarded to PMC graduates are of the highest standing. Medical degrees from Irish universities are internationally recognised and highly prized. The degree you receive from PMC is identical to the one awarded to students who complete the full programme in Ireland.

Clinical Curriculum

Medicine & Surgery
Medicine & Surgery
The medicine & surgery course vertically integrates the pre-clinical and para-clinical subjects including, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of disease. As part of the course you will be required to spend two periods or residency in teaching hospitals, where you will gain experience in acute on-call medicine and surgery. Duties will include clerking of in-patients, attendance at teaching rounds and participation in organised tutorials.
General Practice
General Practice
This introductory lecture course covers organisational and clinical aspects of general practice. During the clinical attachment in general practice, students take part in small group seminars and lectures. Students will be ‘attached’ to a general practice tutor where clinical teaching is undertaken alongside project work and presentations. Video techniques, simulations and small group discussions, will be used to introduce you to the core principles and practice of consultation in general practice. The course will give you the problem-solving techniques which are essential to patient management.
Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology
Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology
The Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology module covers the following six topics: health promotion and disease prevention (with emphasis on the influence of lifestyle and occupation on health); evidence-based medicine and the randomised controlled trial; interpretation of results of research in medicine; epidemiology of communicable and chronic diseases; the health services of Malaysia and basic health economics.
Legal & Ethical Medicine
Legal & Ethical Medicine
The Legal & Ethical Medicine module comprises lectures and interactive discussions in the areas of medical law, clinical forensic medicine, thanatology & forensic pathology, prescribing law and toxicology. Instruction also includes an introduction to basic concepts in medical ethics along with a detailed review of the Code of Professional Conduct of the Malaysian Medical Council and the Ethical Code of the Malaysian Medical Association. The module will equip you with a solid working knowledge of medico-legal and forensic matters relevant to present day and future medical practice, including legal and ethical obligations of registered medical practitioners.
Medical Ethics
Medical Ethics
In this module, students gain exposure to the ethical issues pertinent to obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, experimentation, transplantation of organs and hospice care. This module is led by clinicians with specialist experience. To illustrate the moral perspectives from which medico-moral decisions are currently made, two rival moral frameworks are studied: the utilitarian and the classic. The moral principles and character that define the doctor as a person of conscience are explored. Written examinations encourage you to work out, and formulate, your own personal principles within the moral constraints of the medical profession. The course is closely integrated with instruction in legal medicine. Case studies will be presented to illustrate issues for discussion.
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
The teaching in this subject commences with a two week attachment in gynaecology during the junior residency, and continues with an eight week full time residency in an approved maternity hospital.

Paediatrics
Paediatrics
The Paediatrics module centres on an immersive two month, full-time clinical attachment in a recognised paediatric hospital. This course is systematic in nature, and covers paediatric disorders and infections, normal physical and mental development and infant nutrition.

Psychiatry
Psychiatry
The Psychiatry module centres on an eight week, full-time, clinical attachment in a recognised psychiatric hospital or a psychiatric unit in a general hospital/related district community psychiatric service. The residency includes day and evening assignments and students will have the opportunity to gain experience in overnight duty under supervision. Theoretical aspects of clinical psychiatry are also covered during this period which will include the use of multimedia content during teaching.
Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
The Ophthalmology module consists of ten lectures and a three-week clinical attachment to the eye department of a general hospital. Additionally, for two months prior to the examination, intensive clinical tutorials and further small group teaching sessions will be undertaken daily. As part of the module, all students attend casualty and the operation theatre on at least one occasion.
Ear, Nose & Throat
Ear, Nose & Throat
The Ear, Nose & Throat module utilises small group teaching sessions and incorporates innovative audio-visual aids such as fibre optic endoscopy and video monitoring. The module includes the study of preventable diseases such as head and neck cancer and noise induced hearing loss. Students will also gain knowledge of systemic diseases – which may present as local manifestations – in the ear, nose and throat.

Clinical Facilities

Following your initial training in Dublin you will undertake the clinical portion of your training in Penang Hospital (over 1,700 beds with high bed occupancy), Taiping Hospital (over 600 beds with high bed occupancy), Hospital Seberang Jaya (over 300 beds), as well as Hospital Bukit Mertajam.

Penang Hospital is the tertiary referral hospital for the northern region of Malaysia and has all the major specialties and sub-specialties in the major disciplines. It has the latest imaging facilities, laboratory support as well as a day ambulatory care centre. Our affiliated hospitals also have busy outpatient clinics to supplement the in-patient facilities.

As part of your training you will also gain clinical experience in a wide range of other affiliated hospitals / clinics, such as Penang Maternity Hospital and Psychiatry Hospital Penang. Experience of primary care / family medicine will be gained within government clinics, private general practice, and community-based facilities and projects.

Your training will consist of an appropriate mix with the advanced tertiary care environment in Penang Hospital as well as the wider general medicine and surgery patients seen in Hospital Seberang Jaya.  The out-patient service is active, with primary care clinics as well as general medical and surgical clinics. Sub-specialty medical clinics medical and surgical clinics such as nephrology, endocrinology, neuro-surgery etc. are also available. The Accident and Emergency department is well equipped and active.