HOLISTIC and integrated learning is key in ensuring students get the best of the education system.
It is also to expose students, especially those in medical courses, to value other medical professions and educate them on how to work as a team.
Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College acting education chief executive officer and dean Eliza Wong says in hospitals, no one works in silos.
“Having integrated learning within a campus is critical so that by the time students start working in a hospital, they will be able to value other healthcare professionals.
“Students study in close proximity with each other. This will create an inter-professional learning environment among them,” she adds.
Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College moved from its previous campus in Centrepoint Business Park, Shah Alam to the Top Glove Tower in August 2017 to provide the students with a quality teaching and learning environment.
The facilities the new campus provides include a nursing skills lab, physiology lab, chemical lab, histo lab and an anatomy lab.
Wong says the physiology lab, for instance, is open to students from the course as well as nursing and medical assistant students to learn what physiotherapy can do for a patient.
“Nurses and medical assistants provide information to the physiologists on the condition of patients, whether a patient is fit enough to go to a physiology lab for therapy or whether a physiologist will have to come to the ward and conduct sessions there,” she shares.
Established in 1995, the college offers many courses, from diploma to pre-university and post basic certificates to enhancing the skills of working professionals.
Wong says the diploma courses are three-year programmes, namely nursing, medical assistant, medical lab technologist, physiotherapy and healthcare services.
“All our final year diploma students will go through a professional examination where they will conduct necessary assessments on patients.
“They will subsequently be assessed by medical practitioners.
“We enforce this step in our programme because we want to benchmark our students with the industry’s needs.
“It is important for us gauge our students to ensure they are able to function in a real life situation,” she adds. The pre-university course, Foundation in Science, will expose its students to an additional research subject. This is one of the college’s ways to prepare their students and familiarise them with research, prior to starting their degree courses.
Upon graduating, students hcan opt to be attached to one of the three hospitals under the Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare Hospital – the Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Ara Damansara Medical Centre and ParkCity Medical Centre, as well as hospitals under the group in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Understanding the need to equip students with the right skills, the college also provides a skills-based programme known as the basic healthcare certificate.
“It is a six-month programme for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia leavers who did not score enough credits to enter a diploma programme. Here, lecturers educate them on healthcare and basic skills that enable them to work as frontliners in hospitals.
“We provide scholarships for students in this programme who come from household incomes of less than RM4,000,” she adds.
Post-basic courses such as the Peri-Operative Nursing programme and the Professional Certificate in Critical Care Nursing are also designed for working professionals who wish to upskill themselves.
The college also offers the Bachelor of Nursing. A collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, this programme is tailored for working nurses who can earn their degree while working.
“They must have a minimum of three years of working experience.
“Lecturers from the university will be here for two weeks every semester and conduct face-to-face lectures, while the rest of the programme will be supported with online materials and tutorials,” she says. Ensuring students are getting the best exposure that will equip them for the working world is no easy task, and Wong does not let her lecturers’ and clinical instructors’ hard work go unnoticed. She awards them as a show of appreciation.
“A good teacher with a positive mindset will deliver positive energy to the students as well as in her teaching. When you are demotivated, you will never be able to share (the enjoyable aspect of) the profession. Keeping them motivated will keep students positive as it is a chain effect,” she shares.
She has an open door system with her lecturers, giving them the flexibility to share their ideas with her and at the same time, giving them the flexibility when conducting their lessons.