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 EDUCATION

Exploring Japan’s healthcare system: An elective in Hiroshima

28th July, 2017

Elective module is a compulsory module offered in Semester 6 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) programme at International Medical University (IMU). In this module, students are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and enhance competencies in a pharmacy-related area or non-pharmacy-related area for a minimum duration of four weeks. Two students from the BP114 cohort of IMU BPharm programme, Branda Tan Wan Yi and Bradon Teo Yu Shen, had chosen to complete their elective programme at Hiroshima University, Japan.

“We spent our first two weeks on the activities planned by Prof Hiroaki Matsuo, the head of pharmaceutical service department at Hiroshima University Hospital. We started off by visiting a pharmaceutical company (Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.) and a pharmaceutical distribution center (Everlth Co., Ltd.) in Hirsohima. Other than that, we visited a private hospital, public hospital and chain pharmacy in Hiroshima city. The dispensary in Japan was really eye-opening as the pharmacists filled the prescription with the help of barcode system which is rarely being seen in Malaysia. Besides, we were introduced to different departments in Hiroshima University Hospital, such as Intense Care Unit (ICU), Surgical Intense Care Unit (SICU), Emergency Department (ER), clinical trials, inpatient and outpatient Dispensary Department.”

For the next two weeks, we were assigned to a department of our choice in Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Hiroshima University, i.e. Microbiology Laboratory (Branda Tan Wan Yi) and Pharmacognosy Laboratory (Bradon Teo Yu Shen).

“Under the supervision of Prof Teruo Kuroda and Prof Takonori Kumagai, I did some interesting experiments which increases my knowledge on antibiotics and resistant bacteria. First, I inoculated the spore of Streptomyces lavendulae in a culture medium, and then I test the activity of this bacteria on Bacillus subtilis. In another experiments, I tested the minimum inhibitory concentration on antibiotics for a few strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. From this experiment, I need to determine which bacteria strain is resistant to the antibiotics. I enjoyed these experiments and I learned extra knowledge throughout the experiment.” said Branda.

“Under the supervision and guidance of Prof Matsunami Katsuyoshi, I have performed varies biological assays such as anti-A549 (anticancer) assay, anti-Leishmania assay, DPPH assay, antimicrobial (antibacterial and antifungal) assay, a-glucosidase assay, and acetylcholinesterase inhibitory assay which helped me to develop skills on handling of cell lines for my Semester 7 research project. Together with Prof Matsunami as well as three international students from Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam respectively, we went to the Hiroshima Prefecture Tree Planting Center to collect 30 different species of plant samples and screen for the bioactivities of the plant samples using the assays mentioned. The moments I had in pharmacognosy laboratory was truly unforgettable and enjoyable as I gained not only experiences and knowledge but also friendship with my laboratory mates.” said Bradon.

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 July 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 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. – PR

   
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