Introduction

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The Kulliyyah of Medicine of the International Islamic University Malaysia started its undergraduate medical programme in July 1995. The number of students enrolled into the programme had increased steadily over the years and in 2006/2007 academic year there were 517 Malaysian and international students in the various phases of the programme.

In year 2000, the Kulliyyah has progressed further by introducing postgraduate programmes to address the issue of shortage of academicians in the basic medical sciences, particularly in Malaysia and other developing countries. These programmes are also aimed to produce basic medical science experts with a broad international outlook and competence in health care and medical research. In addition, research carried out by postgraduate students and members of the academic staff will contribute to the overall improvement of medical education and knowledge in this country and abroad.

The fundamental teaching approach at the Kulliyyah of Medicine is geared at producing postgraduates who are not only competent scientists in the conventional sense but are also knowledgeable in the spiritual aspects of teaching and learning from an Islamic perspective. Thus these programmes encompass the physical, intellectual and the spiritual aspects in developing students into competent researchers and professionals.

The academic staffs are made up of experienced local and international lecturers and researchers. Their research interests are in the various disciplines of medicine, including laboratory, clinical and public health studies. There are currently 14 departments in the Kulliyyah. They are:

•    Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
•    Department of Basic Medical Sciences
•    Department of Community Medicine
•    Department of Family Medicine
•    Department of Internal Medicine
•    Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
•    Department of Ophthalmology
•    Department of Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Rehabilitation
•    Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery
•    Department of Paediatrics
•    Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
•    Department of Psychiatry
•    Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
•    Department of Surgery

Facilities

The Kulliyyah of Medicine initially began with a 12,000 square metres purpose built complex situated at Jalan Penjara in Kuantan. The building is situated next to the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), a 800 bedded modern, tertiary state general hospital. This premise, designated as Jalan Hospital Campus (JHC) is used for teaching, research and administration. At present JHC accommodates Phases II and III students of the medical programme as they need to spend large portion of teaching and learning activities in HTAA. The Kulliyyah of Nursing and the IIUM Breast Centre are also situated at this premise with several expected changes in the near future.

In 2003, The Kulliyyah of Medicine acquired the Indera Mahkota Campus (IMC), a large medical and sciences campus situated in a 1,000 acres compound in Bandar Indera Mahkota. This compound is the permanent site for IIUM Kuantan. The work on the campus began in year 2000. IMC is five kilometres away from Kuantan town and JHC. At present the campus houses four other Kulliyahs, namely Pharmacy, Allied Health Sciences, Science and Dentistry. The campus is undergoing major development under the 9th Malaysia Plan and will eventually have its own library building, mosque and a sport complex.

Besides HTAA, other hospitals and health facilities in the state of Pahang are also available for the staffs and students for teaching, learning and research purposes. Students from all phases of the undergraduate programme and staffs from all specialties are able to use the facilities available as well as the equipment. These other hospitals include Hospital Sultan Ahmad Shah (HoSAS) in Temerloh, Hospital Pekan, Hospital Jerantut, Community Clinics and many other rural health clinics.

The following facilities are also available for the postgraduate students in the Kulliyyah:

•    Internet/intranet access
•    General and specialised computer labs
•    Male and female postgraduate students common room
•    Specialised and dedicated research laboratory bench
•    Full access to the  Medical Libraries at both JHC and IMC
•    Lecture Halls  and Seminar Rooms    
•    A Medical Museum
•    Basic and Advanced Clinic Skills Laboratories
•    A Clinical Research Clinic
•    An Animal retention area and holding facility


Programmes

The postgraduate programmes currently offered by the Kulliyyah are:

i)    Masters of Medical Science (MMDSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in:

•    Anatomy
•    Biochemistry
•    Microbiology
•    Parasitology
•    Pharmacology
•    Physiology

ii)    The postgraduate Clinical programmes:
a)    Master of Orthopaedics Surgery (M.Orth);
b)    Master of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (MOG).  
c)    Master of Surgery (General Surgery)

Many clinical departments in the Kulliyyah are in the process of developing clinical postgraduate programmes in major clinical specialties. A typical clinical postgraduate programme will be a 4 year full-time residency training programme, similar to what is currently being offered by University Kebangssan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaya (UM) and University Sains Malaysia (USM). Graduates from these programmes will be recognised as Clinical Specialist in their own right by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).

Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) [M.Med (Internal Medicine)] and Master of medicine (Radiology) [M.Med (Radiology)] will be following soon.

As part of their academic training, postgraduate students are also expected to participate in the teaching of the undergraduate students in the following ways:

•    Facilitating workshops, seminars, and tutorial sessions
•    Assisting problem-based learning discussion groups
•    Participating in invigilating and grading examinations
•    Demonstration and supervision of laboratory practical work
•    Assisting lecturers in the preparation of teaching materials

Postgraduate students are also required to participate in the research projects undertaken by the Kulliyyah; either as co-researchers, research officers (RO), or research assistants (RA). Students will be able to use the Kulliyyah research facilities as appropriate and are expected to write and publish research reports as approved by the Kulliyyah.