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Rite of passage for doctors-to-be


Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018

By Chong Kah Yuan

PMC staff and guests posing with the Penang Medical College students after the white coat ceremony at Penang Hospital.

A WHITE coat ceremony was held for 104 students of Penang Medical College (PMC) to mark the start of their clinical training at public hospitals.
PMC chief executive officer and president Prof Stephen Doughty told the students they were following in the footsteps of nearly 1,600 PMC doctors and thus, carried the responsibility of living up to the good name of PMC.
After his speech at the recent ceremony held at Penang Hospital, he helped the students don their white coats.
Witnessing the ceremony were Penang Hospital director Datuk Dr Norsidah Ismail along with PMC senior management and members.
There were six PMC scholarship recipients at the ceremony – Eunice Lim Yuying, Julian Sya Mun Kit, Ruebeneshkaran Kirubakaran, Tan Hoong Yunn, Sabrina Koay Mei Ann and Olivia Wong Yan Qi.
Lim, 22, said time management was key in helping her juggle her hobbies and studies.
“I do not need to sacrifice sleep. It is more about arranging your priorities.
“Opportunities don’t come often and we should try to make the best of them,” said Lim, who is aiming to specialise in emergency and respiratory medicine.
Prof Doughty said they were aiming to position PMC as the human capital for the growing medical tourism and healthcare sector of Penang.
PMC is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school.
It is wholly owned by RCSI and UCD, two world-renowned medical universities in Ireland.
All medical students of PMC first spend two and a half years in Dublin for preclinical training.
They then complete the remaining two and a half years of their course in Penang doing clinical training.

This article first appeared in the Star Online