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IMU Staff and Students Shine at 6th Asian Congress of Dietetics in Taipei, Taiwan

30 Oct 2014

Kelly21-24 August, 2014 – International Medical University (IMU) lecturer from the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Kelly Num Sze Fang, won first prize in Poster Presentation in the Dietetics Education & Research at the 6th Asian Congress of Dietetics in Taipei, Taiwan. The poster presentation was based on Kelly’s project on “Students’ Perception on the Effectiveness of OSCE in Clinical Dietetics Skill Assessment”. This project was a collaboration with colleagues from the same department at the University, Prof Winnie Siew Swee Chee, Lee Ching Li, Kanimolli Arasu, Yang Wai Yew, Dr Shanthi Dhandapani, Prof Fatimah Arshad, Ng Ai Kah and Jamilah Abd Jamil. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)  have been widely used in medical profession as an exit exam. This project on the other hand, looks into students’ perception on the effectiveness of (OSCEs) in Clinical Dietetics skill assessment. It was found that majority of the students felt OSCE is an objective clinical assessments for clinical dietetic skills and had a positive overall experiences for the OSCE. Kelly and her colleagues were overwhelmed by the winning and will continue to research on the area of medical education in dietetics. Dietetics studentsThree final year Nutrition and Dietetics students, Ong Jing Yi, Wong Peh Ying and Gan Shea Yin also won the Recipient of Fellowship Award for presenting their experience on international student mobility. They had visited Taiwan International Healthcare Hospital and Chinese Taipei Veteran Hospital for 4 weeks from 12 May to 24 June this year. The students shared their experiences on the student mobility and felt that they were able to broaden their experience in dietetics practice locally and overseas through a mobility component while learning about a different culture. They expressed their gratitude to IMU, Division of Nutrition & Dietetics and the respective hospitals had encourage and given them the opportunities in student mobility. At the same event, Prof Winnie Chee has been elected to be the Secretary General and Ng Ai Kah, as Council Member of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (AFDA) from 2014-2018 representing the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association.

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