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Covid-19 accelerates innovative approach in medical education

THE pandemic serves as a reminder of how much health matters to the individuals, society and the global economy. Better health means the growth of the economy by expanding the labour force, quality life care and a longer lifespan.

A group of Taylor’s University students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences School of Medicine, along with their lecturers Dr Wong Yin How and Dr Yeong Chai Hong, employed 3D printing to replicate patient-specific hearts to improve the current visual techniques of complex heart defects called congenital heart disease (CHD).

According to Dr Yeong, “there was a challenge in accurately interpreting the cardiac anatomy when medical images are viewed from a flat, 2D screen.

“The 3D heart was printed from the patient’s computed tomography scan and the printed models provided a ‘real-feel’ of the anatomy and pathological condition of the heart,” she said.

Based on the school’s own study among healthcare professionals, they found that the 3D model technique was impactful on the pre-operative planning in corrective surgery and was able to provide additional information of the pathology compared to conventional imaging and computer simulation.

School of Medicine lecturers and students printed a 3D model replicating patient-specific hearts to improve visual techniques on complex heart defects known as congenital heart disease (CHD).

It also improved communication between the patient and doctor, and enhanced the learning outcomes for medical students – wherein the model was used to explain surgical procedures and highlight potential risks.

As Covid-19 cases have now reached over 100 million in over 200 countries and regions as of late, creative minds are in demand as the world seeks solutions to curb the disease and the complexities it creates.

Research continues to play a significant role – seeing worldwide contribution, reaching into various perspectives into the novel virus with publications from academics, industry, government and tertiary students alike.

In its first, the School of Medicine is organising an international conference called ICON-MEGOPIC 2021 – Medical Goes Public happening tomorrow to crown the Best Young Researcher on their findings related to Covid-19.

The event partners with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Defence at the National Defence University of Malaysia – calling participants to share the outcome of their latest research on Covid-19 and other studies on issues that affect public health.

“We are thrilled to partner with the National Defence University of Malaysia to organise an event of this scale for the benefit of medical students around the globe,” said School of Medicine head and conference chairman Prof Dr Rusli Nordin.

“The pandemic took the world by a storm on many levels and there is much more to address as we enter the recovery phase.”

Facilities at The Clinical School (TCS) in Sungai Buloh meets the standards set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and the Ministry of Higher Education. These include simulation rooms in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, and clinical skills suites to name a few.Facilities at The Clinical School (TCS) in Sungai Buloh meets the standards set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and the Ministry of Higher Education. These include simulation rooms in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, and clinical skills suites to name a few.

Celebrating its 10th year, the School of Medicine consistently ensures its medical students graduate future-ready, equipped with skills required to be good doctors or medical health providers – putting their patients’ needs ahead and to act with compassion, as well as a desire to improve the quality of life in others.

In doing so, the school arranges regular field trips and public health activities for the urban and rural communities exposing medical students to people of different backgrounds, demographics, culture and environments.

“These experiences help students understand the community’s health and medical needs from the get-go. During these sessions, they can interact with real people, have a first-hand experience in diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medication,” said Prof Dr Rusli.

Keen to answer your call of duty to save lives? What’s your gameplan? Join Taylor’s Digital Open Day on March 6, 7, 13 and 14 by visiting https://university2.taylors.edu.my/digitalopenday/.

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