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 EDUCATION

IMU alumnus advocates the pharmacy profession

31st March, 2017

For IMU Alumnus, Lim Kean Ping, being a pharmacist is never his first ambition. His first inclination to be a pharmacist rose after he suffered from a serious drug allergy which resulted in a 7-day hospital stay. His initial intention was pretty simple, he wanted to be a pharmacist and manage his own medicine! His intentions have changed since then and he is now an advocate for the pharmacy profession.

“Choosing IMU was simply based on the strong recommendations from seniors. Undoubtedly, my 4-year-BPharm studies at IMU was one of the best experiences in my life. I think the unique education model offered by IMU is not just about the syllabus but the whole holistic approach in transforming students into competent and confident medical professionals. I am proud to say that most IMU BPharm graduates are always up to standard and am well prepared mentally!”

“After graduating in 2011, I chose to go for my provisional training at Hospital Tawau in Sabah. After completing my service in the government hospital, I started my community pharmacy practice in an independent pharmacy. By then, I realised that majority of the public do not really understand the role of a pharmacist.”

I started spending more time with each walk-in patient, from medication reconciliation, MTAC (Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic) to give education counselling to those who are interested in the pharmacy profession. This, as a start was not easy! However, I truly enjoyed the gradual process of gaining trust and recognition by the community that I served as I truly believe that we play a very significant role in primary care settings.

The opportunity kicked in when a local Chinese radio station Ai FM invited me to speak on a live programme regarding dispensing separation, together with a well-known paediatrician. The programme went well and we were both given equal chance to deliver our points and concerns. This was followed by a 2 full-page report in the Oriental Daily newspaper on the same issue. Most importantly it reaffirmed my belief that pharmacists need to be more proactive in promoting our profession. With the support from MPS Young Pharmacist Chapter, we gathered a group of young pharmacists and started a weekly column in Oriental Daily for 9 months in 2014.

Currently I am working as a Business Optimisation Manager at AM PM Pharmacy, a rapidly growing community pharmacy chain with 24 branches to-date in the state of Johor. I work in various aspects to build a sustainable primary healthcare network, focusing mainly in community pharmacy. I am still actively writing for a medical column in magazines and newspapers. For the past 2 years, I enjoyed my role as a medical commentator for various health related issues for local radio and TV stations. I also took up invitations to share about my experiences engaging the public with pharmacy students.

IMU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students have the option to transfer credits in their first 2 years’ curriculum to the pharmacy programme in the University of Otago, New Zealand or University of Tasmania, Australia. These international partnerships are a clear testament of the alignment of IMU’s innovative education to global standards. Students also could complete the entire 4 year pharmacy degree in IMU.

The next commencement for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) programme is in August and September 2017. If you are inspired on a diverse career that is involved with the safe and effective use of medicines, make an online application today to study our pharmacy programme.

If you have just completed your SPM and do not have pre-university qualification, consider enrolling in the one-year IMU Foundation in Science, the preferred foundation and direct route for entry into any of the University’s local degree programmes.

For more information, please refer to www.imu.edu.my or email: start@imu.edu.my or call IMU at 03 – 2731 7272.

   
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