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AIMST University, Malaysia

          Asian Institute of Medical, Science and Technology is a non-for-profit private university in Malaysia. The university is known by the acronym AIMST University. It was established under a foundation called Maju Institute of Education Development (MIED), a not-for-profit organisation. The University was built by Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) to provide tertiary education, particularly to Malaysian Indian students in the medical, science and engineering fields and business management

          The university offers more than 32 degree programmes at the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The programmes are accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) & Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia) (MOHE) and recognised by the Public Services Department (JPA). Aimst also was rated tier 4 (Very Good) for Malaysia Quality Agency (MQA) D-SETARA Rating 2013 for Medical, Pharmacy and Dentist.

          The AIMST University medical programme is modern and innovative. It is modeled on the clinically integrated curriculum followed by major medical schools in the United Kingdom and also incorporates local requirements stipulated by the Malaysian Medical Council. The 5-year programme is conducted entirely within the State.

          Imbued with the vision of its founders, AIMST aims to be a premier private sector university in the country and region catering to the needs of local and international students in providing quality technical education at an affordable price. The curricula for most of the degree programmes are drawn from the University of Bristol in the U.K

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                  The first year programme features integrated teaching of molecular and cellular basis of medicine society and health. Biostatistics and ethics in medicine coupled with a short interface with the hospital, students are to complete a Self Study Module, choosing from a selected list of subject-specific topics, or a non-assigned topic. Primary care interphase for 2 weeks

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                 Year 2 is dedicated to systems and is divided into 2 blocks – systems term 1 covering the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Systems term 2 covers central nervous system, endocrine, reproductive system and renal system and haematology. Problem based learning (PBL) forms an integral part of the block. Clinical skill learning for various systems is is carried out in the hospital environment for 3 weeks, which constitutes the First Clinical Attachement. They are expected to complete the requisite Self Study Module of phase 1 before they progress into year 3.

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Year 3 covers Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Pediatrics, Forensic Medicine, Psychiatry and Orthopeadics. Year 3 also has a co-curricular module wherein students engage themselves in varied activities like sports, literary projects, ethics, environmental awareness etc and they are assessed.

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During these years of junior clerkship, students will be actively engaged in Problem Based Learning sessions, symposia, clinical classes and self-directed learning. Year 3 covers Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Pediatrics, Forensic Medicine, Psychiatry and Orthopeadics. Year 3 also has a co-curricular module wherein students engage themselves in varied activities like sports, literary projects, ethics, environmental awareness etc and they are assessed.

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Year 5 is designed as senior clerkship wherein the students will consolidate the knowledge gained in year 3 and 4. The students will revisit and strengthen the skills in all the four major areas: Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopaedics, Phychiatry, Family medicine and Pediatrics. This phase is designed to further develop their personal and cognitive skills to prepare them for the pursuit of lifelong learning and adaptation to change, as well as to enhance their analytical and communication skills. Towards this end, there is much student focus on Problem Solving Exercises (PSE)/Problem Based Learning, CME (continuing medical education) and group discussion / peer review. Students will learn the management aspects as well. Students also have to complete a final Self Study Module to meet the course requirement.

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