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IMU Chinese Medicine Team Joins Forces in Giving Beyond Medical Outreach

03 Apr 2024

On 16 March 2024, IMU Chinese Medicine (CM) staff and students participated in a Giving Beyond Medical Outreach programme organised by Academy For Silent Mentor (AFSM). The event was supported by Tzu Chi Kelantan Branch, National Cancer Society, Malaysia Laryngectomees Association and Chung Hwa Kelantan.

We had approximately 180 registrations for the first-come-first-served testing services. Patients underwent initial screening for basic physical examinations, followed by choices of ear, nose, and throat examination, mental health screening, ultrasound examination, gastroscopy, colon cancer testing, and more. The student volunteers primarily comprised Western Medical students from various private and local universities.

The IMU CM team contributed by providing acupuncture services and herbal medicine recommendations. CM students gained valuable hands-on experience by assisting the practitioners in facilitating the consultation process. The practitioners worked alongside the Western Medicine team, interpreting screening, scan results, and examinations.

Third Year Chinese Medicine student, Chiu Jen Yann (CM121) highlights her experiences at the event.

Engaging with the local Kelantan community has not only deepened my appreciation for holistic health approaches but also underscored the pivotal role of collaborative efforts in ensuring comprehensive patient care. Immersed in this enriching experience alongside esteemed lecturers, Dr Zhi Hang, Dr Hon Foong, Ms Denise, and the AFSM medical team, I gained invaluable insights and honed my skills in Chinese Medicine.

Sharing Session

We had the privilege of staying at Chung Hwa Independent School, which coincidentally is also the alma mater of Dr Wong Zhi Hang (CM Head of Department). The evening after the Medical Outreach, Dr Wong hosted a sharing session about his journey in Chinese Medicine and eventually gaining the Head of Department position at the International Medical University. The talk served as inspiration for young students (aged 16-18) to achieve their goals and pursue their passions. Dr Wong’s personal story highlighted the possibilities to explore their interest in Chinese Medicine, the sense of purpose it offers, and encouraged students to consider a future in this rewarding profession.

The memorable trip was a success, combining outreach volunteer service with sharing knowledge of CM while working alongside other healthcare faculties and young adults. It underscores the value of collaboration with diverse groups, fostering an integrated approach to achieve common healthcare goals and deliver the best care.

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