Monday, December 16, 2013

Studying Pharmacy in Monash University Malaysia

*This article was last updated on 1st March 2016

Good afternoon everybody! 

As I was having breakfast yesterday, somebody asked me about the pathway to enter a Pharmacy course in Malaysia. As you all may or may not know, I'm a pharmacy student and I have just graduated from the 4 year Pharmacy degree course. Thank God for His guidance and blessings, couldn't have done this without the strength and faith that He has given me throughout this 4 years. I'm now waiting for the notification from the government to decide when and where I'll start my training program in a local public hospital for a year. Finger-crossed I'll be placed in a hospital near to my house *haha*

I'm writing this as I'm often being asked about how do you enter a medical/dentistry/pharmacy course in Malaysia, which university that are offering a pharmacy course, what is the fee structures, how about the career prospect etc. every year without fail, especially from my relatives and friends. So, I thought I should just write a summary here based on my experience, if any of you are wondering the same questions too.

First, medical (MBBS), Dentistry and Pharmacy are 3 different courses and they have different requirements to be fulfilled, they specialize in different aspect of healthcare and there are different registration pathway to be taken after you completed the course in order for you to practice in Malaysia. Here, I'll go into details on the Pharmacy course and focus more on my personal experience.

After I've completed my SPM in 2007, I've got my results with 8A's 4B's (A1 in Chemistry/Additional Maths/Math, A2 in Physics and B4 in Biology). I went on and did the Cambridge GCE A-level in Sunway University College and I chose only 3 subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics) as I already decided that I wanted to do Pharmacy as my degree and the entry requirement to enter Monash University was 14 points (which means I should get a minimum of 2A and 1B). Thank God I've completed my A level with 14 points (A for Chemistry and Biology and B for Mathematics) and subsequently I've enrolled to Monash University Malaysia. At that point of time, my first choice of Pharmacy School was however, the National University of Singapore (NUS) as it is near to my house here in JB and majority of my friends are all studying in Singapore =/ Anyway, I'm glad that I made this decision to join Monash and it was indeed a fruitful and memorable experience! ^_^

1. I've just completed SPM, what shoud I do now?

Before you can enter a degree course, you should first complete a pre-university course as your foundation. Depending on the country and university you want to go, you may choose a pre-U course that is recognize by them. Different courses also differ slightly in their exam and coursework weightage, hence choose wisely so that you are comfortable with it. Some of the pre-university courses include:

Local Malaysia pre-university foundation and gain access to local public universities based on your results and government placement.

- Cambridge GCE A-Level 
Most widely recognized pre-university qualification in the world. 100% exam-based. Duration of course is 1.5 years.

- Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) 
Foundation year offers by the Monash University, available in Sunway University College. Coursework and exam based. Recognized by Australian University and some of the local Private universities. Duration of course is 9-10 months.

- Australian Matriculation Programme (Ausmat) 
Widely accepted by universities in Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Canada, Russia, Germany, Singapore and some private universities in Malaysia. 50% school-based 50% examination.

- Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP) 

Click here to learn more : Sunway University College

2. Which universities in Malaysia are offering Pharmacy degree course?

There is a difference between courses that are provisionally recognized by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and courses which has been recognized by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia. Below is the link to the Pharmaceutical Services Divisions, Malaysia. More information is available there. 

Click here to learn more 

3. Which Pharmacy degrees are recognized by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia?

If you wish to study abroad after completed your pre-U, these are the universities that have been recognized by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia which means you can register as a Provisionally Registered Pharmacist (PRP) to undergo training for one year at local/private institutions in Malaysia upon completion of your degree course. 

Click here to learn more

4. What do you study in Pharmacy degree course? 

I'll share what I've studied in Monash Malaysia here. Basically there are four areas of study which are:-

- Enabling knowledge baseIncludes physical, organic and medicinal chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and immunology.

- Drug deliveryDeals with the formulation of medicines, pharmacokinetics (what happens to medicine in the body) and the different dose-forms used in therapeutics.

- Integrated therapeuticsCovers the major disease states and their epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis, the chemistry and pharmacology of medicines used to treat these conditions, and the clinical and practice aspects of treating patients.

- Pharmacy practiceExplores the role of the pharmacist, professionalism, dispensing, health and the individual, as well as health care in society. Students also study pharmacoepidemiology, the psychosocial aspects of medicine treatment, communicative skills, patient counselling, and legal aspects of practice.

The syllabus here in Malaysia followed closely to what is being offered in the Australia campus. Occasionally, we also do get lecturers from Australia to come over to the Malaysia campus. Our coursework, assignments, in-semester test, final examinations are the same as what is being given in the Australia campus. My favorite will go to Integrated Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice. It gives you an overview on how to manage a disease and more importantly how to manage a patient as a whole. It is very much related to real life practice and it helps to build up critical thinking skill, presentation skill, communication skill in addition to the fundamental knowledge in medicines. 

5. What units do you study in Pharmacy degree course?

First year

Semester one

  • PAC1111 Introduction to physiology
  • PAC1121 Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry I
  • PAC1211 Physicochemical basis of pharmacy
  • PAC1311 Pharmacy, health and society I

Semester two

  • PAC1132 Systems physiology
  • PAC1142 Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry II
  • PAC1222 Drug delivery I
  • PAC1322 Pharmacy, health and society II

Second year

Semester one

  • PAC2151 Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • PAC2161 Cell function, communication and pathology
  • PAC2171 Basis of drug action I
  • PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators

Semester two

  • PAC2182 Basis of drug action II
  • PAC2232 Drug delivery and disposition
  • PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context
  • PAC2412 Integrated therapeutics: Introduction and cardiovascular

Third year

Semester one

  • PAC3191 Microbiology and immunology
  • PAC3241 Drug delivery, disposition and dynamics
  • PAC3351 Context for practice I
  • PAC3421 Integrated therapeutics respiratory and gastrointestinal disease

Semester two

  • PAC3252 Drug delivery II
  • PAC3362 Context for practice II
  • PAC3432 Integrated therapeutics: Infectious diseases
plus one elective from:
  • PAC3512 Current aspects of pharmaceutical research
  • PAC3522 Applied research project
  • PAC3532 International experience in pharmacy
  • PAC3542 Leadership*
  • PAC3552 Community engagement**
* Parkville campus only. ** Malaysia only.

Fourth year

Semester one

  • PAC4261 Drug delivery and development
  • PAC4371 Professional experience placement program
  • PAC4441 Integrated therapeutics: Endocrinology and renal
  • PAC4451 Integrated therapeutics: Dermatology and pain

Semester two

  • PAC4382 Context for practice III
  • PAC4462 Integrated therapeutics: Neurology and oncology
  • PAC4472 Integrated therapeutics: Psychiatry
  • PAC4482 Preparation for practice
I chose PAC3512 as my elective and it was definitely a pleasant experience ^_^ despite the long hour of writing and editing OTL.

6. Do you do internship during the pharmacy course?

In my university, we do the Professional Experience Placement Program which we are required to go for placement in 3 different settings : hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and rural pharmacy (Klinik Kesihatan) throughout our last 2 years of study. Each placement will last for 3 weeks and there is a total of 4 placements to 2 hospitals, 1 retail pharmacy and 1 Klinik Kesihatan. This is where you observe a real life pharmacy practice and get to know how a pharmacy operates. It gives you an overview of the career prospects of a pharmacist and prepares you to choose your career pathway upon graduation. I did my placements in Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru, Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Vitacare The Gardens and Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya. 

7. Upon graduation, where can I go for training and be registered as a Provisionally Registered Pharmacist in Malaysia?

Here is the list of training premises for Provisionally Registered Pharmacists (PRP).
Click here to learn more

8. What are the requirements, fee structure, intakes for the Bachelor of Pharmacy in Monash Malaysia?
Click here to learn more - Monash University Malaysia Bachelor of Pharmacy

9. What is the English requirements to enter the Pharmacy course in Monash Malaysia?
I did my IELTS during Pre-university year in Sunway University College. Hence, you might want to check out if you have fulfilled the English Language Requirement, otherwise you may arrange to sit for the IELTS earlier before your application (IELTS results valid for two years).
English Language Requirement

9. Links that may help:
Singapore Pharmacy Council
Pharmacy Board of Australia

10. Kamal Medical Bookstore
Just if you are wondering where to find medical books/reference for your study, there is a medical bookstore in KL with a massive amount of different kind of medical books. 

If you need any medical books or equipment or even labcoat, perhaps you may take a visit there to see whether they have what you need.

Address: No. 134, Jalan Pahang (Opposite Hospital Kuala Lumpur), 53000 Kuala Lumpur.If you are using Waze, just search "Kamal Medical Bookstore" and you will find the place.

Coordinates: 3°10'21"N   101°41'55"E

If you are taking public transport, you may take monorail and alight at Chow Kit Station then walk about 5 minutes passing by the Grand Seasons Hotel, then you will see the bookstore. It is near to 7-11 shop.

That's all for now! Hope it helps!

*Ps: Thank you for all your emails and inquiries related to studying in Monash University Malaysia. I wish you all the best on this exciting journey!

December Favorites

It's December! The best month of the year! 

I always love December the most. The holiday season, the meet-ups with friends, the shopping time etc. The music and the atmosphere makes me feel so joyful and you literally feel the sweetness in the air! ^_^

Decided to write a post on my December favorites, so here it is ^_^

1. Have a little faith - by Mitch Albom

Just finished reading this book few days ago. It is a book that talks about the life's purpose, about how we might lose our belief and how we may find it again. There are several parts of the book which I think is very meaningful in teaching and reminding me about how we should live our life. Definitely a good book worth your time.

Click here to learn more

2. Model business letters, emails - by Shirley Taylor

Got this book a while ago, finally got some time to read it. I haven't finish the book yet but it gives good guidance on how business letters and emails should be written. Will spend more time reading on it this holiday.
Click here to learn more

3. Skin food rice mask wash off

I love this mask, it makes you feel so relaxing and refreshing. The smell is nice and the rice particles are so fine and it feels gentle on skin. It can be used as an exfoliator too. By far the best mask I've used.

"A wash-off mask containing rice extract that moisturizes skin and brightens tone. With its texture of ground rice, it leaves skin bright, soft and lustrous. * Use: After washing, apply desired amount onto face, focusing on nose area while avoiding eye and mouth areas. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, and then wash off with warm water."
Click here to learn more

4. Strawberry body polish - The Body Shop

This sweet strawberry body polish helps to gently exfoliate skin. There are a mixture of big and small particles inside and it gives that thick, smooth quality which makes it easier to be applied. It is 75mL per bottle, just perfect for travelling size. 
"This exfoliating, foaming gel gently buffs away dead skin cells to leave skin soft and smooth. It has a sweet strawberry scent.
Gently exfoliates
Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
Sweet strawberry scent" 
Click here to learn more

5. Revlon colorburst lip butter - Strawberry Shortcake (080)

Loving this lip-stick as it gives you a sweet colour and it doesn't feel too dry after applying it. Reasonable price too. Highly recommended.

- Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%- Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth- Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine- Available in 20 luscious shades

Click here to learn more

6. Nivea Hand Nourishing Cream 100mL

This hand cream is so good, it doesn't makes your hand feel too oily after applying and leaving the skin soft and tender. Prevents the hand from getting too dry and cracking.

- Anti-dryness for dry hands
- With Macadamia nut oil
- Hydra IQ 24h moisture
- Skin compatibility dermatologicaly proven
- Fast absorbing
Click here to learn more

Oh, I just watched the "Chinese Dream Show", feeling extremely touched by this sibling. Always need a tissue box around lol.

Watch the video here :

There is love among us, family members, friends, couples, even between strangers. Appreciate what you have, be satisfied, be grateful, be willing to lend a hand to others, be caring to people around especially to your loved one - a good morning message, a cup of coffee, a simple hello, a smile ^^ Sometimes we take things for granted without even realizing it, always be humble and remind ourselves how we should live up our life. 
Good nightsss.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sweet Lorraine





Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Running Man Ep154 - Asian Dream Cup at ShangHai

Running Man Ep154 - Asian Dream Cup at ShangHai

Guests : Park Ji Sung, Sulli, Evra

Watch it here:

Can't help but really wanted to blog on this episode!! 
MC moments at the airport makes my heart pumping fast!
So funnny and sweeett! ^_^

It has been so long after the last "sharing drink" moment few years ago ^_^


What's with Gary keep replaying memories three years ago in Ep153 and Ep154? lol
Feels like something is going on lately, or am just thinking too much?

So excited and I can't wait to watch for Ep155!

Ep 155 Preview:

Ep154 : Funny Moment Jihyo strangle Gary

Cr: As tagged (Thank you so much for the screen cap)

If you wanna watch more on Asian Dream Cup
This is the press conference in Shang Hai video ^^

Love Park Ji Sung!
MC Park always so funny lol

It was just so nervous watching the match!

And I can't stop laughing at these three expressions lol
Especially when the editing team cut out their stunt expressions hahaha
They must be really nervous already, feel so bad for them
but still cant stop laughing at those scenes lol

Gary oppa was saying this is when football competition becomes variety show
when Kwang Soo joins in the field hahaha
I was actually quite impressed by Kwang Soo's performance ^_^
He tried his best already!

Photo Game Expert!
Should add into Gary Gallery hahaha 
=D =D =D

If you have not watch this episode yet!
Hurry up and watch!
Running Man Fighting!

Running Man Race Start Hong Kong Fan Meeting 13072013 (Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Kang Gary)

Hellooooo Happy Runners!!

I'm so excited right now, just finished watching RM Fan Meeting in Hong Kong!! Many thanks to all the fans who share their photos and videos generously so that we can all watch it given that some of us could not make it to Hong Kong this time :(  RM Runnersss Daeebakk!! ^_^

Sharing some of the videos and photos I have been watching for the past few daysss! Makes me feel so excited wanna go for the Fan Meeting in Malaysia and Singapore!! Hopefully I will make it to one *Praypraypray*

Race Start in Hong Kong!!
Venue: Asia World Expo Hall 10
Date: 13th July 2013
*Click to their Youtube Channel for more videos*

Opening Part - Cantonese Song
*Gary is sooooooo Funnnyyyy at acting*
=D =D =D
**Kang GARY!!! **

Entire Singing Part
1. Suk Jin - 重口味 (Eason Chan)
2. Haha - Rosa 
3. Haha - Busan Vacance
4. Gary - 회상(Leessang)
5. KJK - 한 남자
6. KJK and Haha - 사랑스러워
7. JSJ, KJK, Haha, Gary - 겸손은 힘들어 (Leessang)

Kwang Soo and Jihyo Cut
Kwang Soo and Jihyo can't make it to the fanmeeting in HK and 
recorded a short video for the other members
*How Sweetttttt* ^^ Photooooo Time!!
*I do not own any of the photos, Cr to all their respective owners* :))

At Press conference

Always love his sense of humor
*Everyone knows how much you know about "love", Gary oppa* ^^

Ps: If anybody ever know what did Haha whisper to Gary oppa during the press conference, 
Please do leave a message! ^^

Monday GF's sweet message!

Kang GARY!!
*Tell me how can you NOT love him*
=D =D =D ^_^

Cr: MinXinLee

My heart melted reading this newsss!
Cr: ELF Asia Fb

抱抱、high five、簽名...這幾天RUNNING MAN成員對各位的要求可謂有求必應。

這種親切及真誠也許這就是RUNNING MAN吸引人之處,恭喜這群幸運的粉絲,你們用心的準備得到了成員用心的回應,我們會盡快將明信片寄出!

*Brief Translation of ELF Asia's post on Kang Gary*
*Apologize if there is any inaccuracy*

Hugging, High 5, Sign...Running Members tried to fulfill all of their fans requests.
Gary passed us a stack of postcards before leaving Hong Kong
Is actually postcards given to him by his Hong Kong fans, requesting him to sign
He has signed every single of them
and pass to us so that we can send back to the fans!
The sincerity and kindness might be the reasons why Running Man is so attractive and popular
Congratulations to all the lucky fans, your hard work had finally paid off with RM members' response
We will send out the postcards soon!

Gary oppa! That's what makes you so attactive!
Always being so kind and sweet towards all your fans!

At Autograph Session

No idea why, Gil was also spotted together with RM ^_^
Guess he came along for holiday kkkk

Another news on Leessang

*Brief Translation*
*Apologies if there is any inaccuracy*

Hip Hop Duo Leessang's member Gary (As shown in left), 
Spent some free time to shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui
There were many staff went along with them
Gill also came along with Gary to Hong Kong
Yesterday, Gil mentioned on Twitter 
"Running Man popularity is no joke, there are always a lot of fans and reporters 
wherever we go, caused massive jam on road"
There were also a few fans recognized Gil.
Unlike Gary who loves to shopping,
Gil prefers to seek for food and he also posted a photo
of a Japanese restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Japanese Restaurant
Cr: Twitter @GillMeo

Are you ready for more Kang GARY's photooossss?!?!

Err Gary Oppa, so many luggage?? O.O


That SMILE!!


And his favorite pose lol ^_^

Cr: xxcharxx Insta

Cr: malisheep Insta

Cr: Langhamplacehk

Cr: malisheep Insta

With that marks the end of the Running Man
Race Start Hong Kong Fan Meeting!
Phew, is a long post yeah?
I'm excited much for the photos and videos!
Hope you guys enjoy!
Running Man Fighting!!