Aflame Student Award
The Aflame Student Award was created by International Medical University (IMU) to honour a graduating student from any one of the IMU programmes. The aim of the award is to emphasise, reinforce and enhance the importance of humane principles practices among students of healthcare school. The inaugural Aflame Student Award was conferred in 2012.
The award was named ‘Aflame’ as it signifies a fiery passion that encompasses doing good for humanity. The flames of gold reflect the heart of the doer whose pursuits ensure all humans receive compassion. Aflame is also a metaphoric translation of our President, Tan Sri Abu Bakar’s name, and was chosen to honour him.
The recipient of the Aflame Student Award will receive a cash prize of RM1,000 and is given the opportunity to nominate a beneficiary to receive a donation of RM5,000. The awards ceremony is held during University Day in IMU and the award recipient is invited to speak about the importance of humane principles.
Here are profiles of our 2012, 2014, 2015 Aflame Student Award recipients.
Nomination and Selection Process
The IMU Humanities Committee oversees the nomination and selection process.
Step 1: Peer evaluation
Each medical/pharmacy/health science student of the graduating class will have the opportunity to nominate their peers.
Click here to download the Aflame Student Award Nomination Form
Step 2: Self-report
The candidates will be notified and required to submit a self-report. A selection committee will review the self-reports and identify the finalists.
Step 3: Interview
The finalists will be notified and required to attend an interview.
Nominations will be judged on the following selection criteria:
Exemplifies a caring, compassionate, and collaborative learner who will serve as a positive reinforcement to their peers.
Demonstrates exceptional humanistic endeavours and interpersonal skills in the practice of healthcare and community service.
Aflame Student Award Judges 2017
Prof Dato’ Dr Kandasami Palayan
Dr Kandasami is Professor of Surgery at the International Medical University. He received his medical degree from University of Bombay in 1975 and the Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1980. After his surgical training in the United Kingdom, Dr Kandasami served as Consultant General Surgeon in several Ministry of Health hospitals and contributed substantially to the development of surgical services in the country. He is Master of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, past President of the College of Surgeons of Malaysia and past President of the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr Susheela Balasundaram
Dr Susheela Balasundaram moved into the humanitarian sector as a volunteer doctor running mobile clinics for refugees in 2002 with a local NGO. She then joined Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in 2006, providing primary care services to refugees in Kuala Lumpur and also in detention centres. In 2007, she joined the United Nations of High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia to lead coordination of health programmes for refugees in Malaysia and had also served as an Emergency Public Health Officer in Uganda during the South Sudan conflict.
Dr Wilkinson Tan
Dr Wilkinson Tan graduated from the International Medical University in 2012. He was the inaugural winner of the Aflame Award. Since his graduation he has completed House Officer training at Taiping Hospital and is currently appointed as a Medical Officer in Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Sabah Women and Children Hospital. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Likas Bay and the Scout Leader of Kota Kinabalu “C” Air Rover Crew, using his training and vocation to help young children become future responsible adults.
Aflame Student Award 2017 Winner
Michele Fernandez A/P Joseph Hath
Beneficiary of Donation: Dignity for Children Foundation
“Life is but a stage and we are all merely actors. I believe each of us have a role to play during our lifetime here. Let’s make our role something positive and impact the lives of the lost and forgotten. Don’t wait till you have experienced the pain of nothing to realise the value of giving.”
Michele was inspired from a young age by her mother to help others who are less fortunate. Since then, she has actively volunteered with various non-governmental organisations (Dignity for Children, Liter of Light, Street Feeders of KL). Issues affecting the urban poor, orphans and single mothers remain close to her heart and she plans to start her own social project that will have a long-lasting beneficial impact. Michele graduated as a pharmacist from IMU in April 2017.
Aflame Student Award 2016 Winner
Beneficiary of Donation: Persatuan Kebajikan dan Pembangunan Modal Insan Selangor
“Honestly, it is not something that I was heavily involved in until I joined IMU. Growing up, I used to see my parents always donating their used clothes or items to orphanages or other such institutions. That was one of my first experiences of giving back to the community. I slowly began getting more involved in community work as I grew older and my passion for it grew.”
Auleep Ganguly from India became actively involved in giving back to the community on a regular basis since he joined IMU five years ago. For his efforts in these, Auleep who is an IMU dentistry student, was awarded the Aflame Student Award at IMU’s University Day celebrations on 11 March 2016 at the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil.
Aflame Student Award 2015 Winner
Low Chia Yen
Beneficiary of Donation: Malaysia Association for Welfare of Mentally Challenged Children
“Never in my life have I thought that I could play a role in the community, by contributing and giving back to the society. A simple smile, a simple delicate touch, a simple game activity and the amount of time and effort that was poured out all in exchange for the benefit of others is the greatest reward of all.
The most important thing that I have learnt through involvement in community service/activities was to appreciate life and to constantly be grateful for the things that I have. I have learnt to be selfless and to think of others instead of me, me and me”
Chia Yen is currently in her final year of her nursing degree and upon graduation, she intends to work as a registered staff nurse. She will continue her active involvement in community service especially in activities catering to children’s needs.
Aflame Student Award 2014 Winner
Albert Ling Chuan Kai
Beneficiary of Donation: Pertubuhan Hospice Negeri Sembilan
“Gandhi once said you must be the change you want to see in the world. We must be the catalyst and an initiator to a change. With that, I joined Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Seremban and started organising events to help the needy communities that I come across.
I hope in the near future, I’ll be able to mobilise more youths in community work. It is through interaction with the society that I have learnt so much about the local community, friendships and most importantly about myself. I hope to share the joy of volunteerism with them.”
Albert graduated as a doctor from IMU in Sept 2014. In 2015, he received the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) or Meritorious Service Medal by His Royal Highness DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus. The medal is given to reward meritorious service to the public.
Aflame Student Award 2012 Winner
Wilkinson Tan Yoong Jian
Beneficiary of Donation: World Vision Malaysia
“As a student, my early involvement in social work, caring for the elderly and children has enabled me to understand the needs of people and has instilled in me that care and compassion are an integral part of health care providers.
My experience in my work with people in remote areas has helped me to understand that every person has the right to proper medical care and help. Working in such areas has helped me to organize myself to be able to withstand hardships and barriers to reach people who need medical care wherever and whenever needed.”
Wilkinson graduated as a doctor from IMU in 2012 and is currently working as a medical officer in obstetrics and gynecology at Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital in Kota Kinabalu. He continues to be active in social work and is a member of the Rotary Club of Likas Bay. In 2014, he was bestowed as a Paul Harris Fellow for contribution made to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club aids the local community by providing basic sanitation, medical aid, clean water, food and clothing for the less fortunate.
He also remains active in the scouting movement having recently joined the Kota Kinabalu Rover C Air Scouts Crew and undergoing leadership training to become a scoutmaster.