Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

The Department of Internal Medicine is one of the core departments in Kulliyyah of Medicine. It provides teaching and clinical services as well as embarks on research activities related to general medicine and its various subspecialty disciplines. Teaching facilities and resources are appropriate and adequate, be it in Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), Jalan Hospital Campus, Indera Mahkota Campus or the newly established IIUM Medical Centre.

Since its inception, the Kulliyyah and the Department works closely with HTAA, in terms of teachings as well as clinical services. Good relationship and close cooperation and liaison between the staff of IIUM and HTAA enables the students to obtain the necessary knowledge and experience to be good medical practitioners. Ward-based teaching is conducted at HTAA, a 700-bedded state general hospital, as well as in IIUM Medical Centre. Classroom-based teachings are conducted at the seminar rooms or lecture halls in Jalan Hospital Campus or Indera Mahkota Campus, as well as the seminar room at MOPD, HTAA. All academic staff in the Department of Medicine has an office situated at the Kulliyyah of Medicine building in Jalan Hospital Campus.

IIUM Medical Centre, a newly completed 350-bedded teaching hospital, has started its operation since June 2016. Clinical services which have been up and running include general medicine in-patient care, intensive care, endoscopy services as well as medical specialist clinics which include cardiology, nephrology, neurology, endocrinology, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology and dermatology services. Hemodialysis and coronary care services are set to commence soon. Teaching facilities available in the hospital include seminar rooms, auditorium, as well as examination ward.


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Undergraduate Courses

The Department offers three academic courses i.e. Internal Medicine I (MED 3111), MED 5408 and MED 4802. MED 3111 course in Year 3 introduces students to basic clinical methods and enables them to acquire communication skills in history taking, physical examination and making diagnosis. This is the first direct exposure for the students to patients in real life clinical setting in the hospital wards. The course will be conducted in the in-patient and out-patient hospital set-ups, and involves direct contact with patients and other health care professionals, all working together in a multi-disciplinary team approach in holistic patient care.

As one of the core disciplines during the clinical years, internal medicine shares with other clinical disciplines the common responsibility of imparting knowledge, teaching the skills and promoting good attitude, which are basics to the development of a competent medical officer. This course introduces the student to a unique, complex and challenging field of medicine. It emphasizes those aspects of internal medicine important for all medical students and will provide a foundation for students who elect to further their study in any field of medicine. This course spans nine weeks of clinical posting, followed by one week of revision, and one week of end-of-posting examination.

Internal Medicine II (MED 5408) The Internal Medicine II course in year 5 re-emphasizes the students to basic clinical methods and communication skills in history taking, physical examination and making diagnosis. This is the second direct exposure for students to medical patients in a hospital setting after the first exposure in Year 3. The course will be conducted in the in-patient and out-patient hospital set-ups, the latter includes an ambulatory care centre where common invasive medical procedures are carried out. Students will further develops their skills in communication and acquire a deeper understanding of patient problems including the diseased states. Students will also be able to work up appropriate action plans for management, and are exposed to the concept of total patient care where he or she is expected to be directly involved.

The course introduces the students to relevant knowledge of common diseases in clinical practice, thereby facilitating work as a house and medical officer in the ward setting. It also seeks to refine the technique of case history-taking and presentation. Students will develop diagnostic skills and competence in overall patient management. This course spans through seven weeks of clinical posting, followed by one week of end-of-block examination.

Dermatology (MED 4802) The dermatology course is part of the specialized posting in Year 4. It introduces the students to basic knowledge on common dermatological conditions. Students participate in history taking and examination of dermatological patients in both the outpatient clinic and the wards. Teaching at the outpatient clinic also includes observation of common procedures done.

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to describe and recognize common dermatological conditions as well as able to formulate the differential diagnoses based on information obtained from historical and physical examinations.