Experience Studying In International Medical University, IMU

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Creds to Mr Google 

This Monday, Semester 3 starts and I am officially a second year medical student, Alhamdulillah :') Have to get back on track soon, even though my heart feels heavy to leave home sob sob *said someone who goes back home almost every weekend :p hehe. First year went well, but I would be a great liar if I say there wasn't any breakdown or sadness or the giving-up feeling. Anyway, I don't think you guys wanna read about me... so let's get straight to the main thing haha. I would try my best to summarise the whole one-year journey in the simplest way and manner, but pardon me if it's still overloaded hehe. 

The very first time I came to IMU was a year ago as an interviewee, sitting on the hot seat, in front of a lecturer and 2 other persons (they were students, I think). Before this I only know its existence as among of the top medical universities in Malaysia which I thought I could never get a place into but I never knew how it looks like in real life actually. With only health science courses, IMU in Bukit Jalil is quite small compared to other universities, but you'll feel grateful later on as you don't need to walk far from one lecture to another haha. Currently my batch, ME214 has 200 students with only about 20 Malays-- not really a culture shock to me as I had encountered the same situation and surroundings before when I was in kindergarten and INTI. It's great to make friends with people from different races, religions and countries though :)

I'm going to use different sign posts, so it's easier for you guys to go through.

STUDY
On average for Medical students in IMU, every day we only have 2-3 lectures (1 hour per lecture) and there some days that we have only 1 lecture or none at all! Here, we study by systems (Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System etc) and every semester consists of 3 systems, except for Semester 1 which is the foundation module. That's the best thing about studying in IMU; less lectures per day, no such thing as 8am-4pm classes, although in return we have shorter holidays. But then, other than lectures, we also have PBL, CSU, MMS and lab sessions, which sometimes makes schedule becomes really packed, once in a while.

Update: IMU just changed the system. About the 'shorter holiday', after they have changed the system, we have about 2 months holiday on Jan and Feb. 

Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions-- in a group of 9-11 people, we will get a case. Then we have to interpret what is it about, find the learning issues to be researched and discuss everything on the next session. Everyone will have the chance to talk and express their views in this session.

Clinical Skills Unit (CSU) sessions-- usually with same group mates from PBL, we learn how to communicate, interact with simulated patients, do physical examinations and all the clinical stuffs step by step with the guidance of manuals provided by CSU. Here's another thing special about IMU-- we have been exposed to clinical skills since the first week of being a medical student. We learn about theories and at the same time we apply them during clinical skills. Some say that it's quite hard to proceed to the next level as OSCE (an exam for clinical skills) is made as a stand-alone assessment which we have to pass even in the first year, but there's a reason behind it. History taking, physical examinations and clinical procedures aren't things that you could be good at for only a couple of days. I still could remember when I was in the first semester, Dr A (real name can't be told) stopped me while I was taking a history from a simulated patient in front of my group mates and said that I didn't show enough empathy. Empathy, empathy, empathy. Empathy isn't the same as sympathy. Empathy is putting yourself in someone else's shoes and it's not easy to master it while taking a history, as you have to focus many things at the same time. As time goes, I reckon I improved quite well in semester 2 if compare to semester 1 hehe (kot). Oh, and we also have the chance to talk to real patients during clinic and hospital visits.

Medical Museum Session (MMS) sessions-- we are divided into a few groups and each group has different session time. During each session, we'll be using plastic models from the medical museum itself and there will be a lecturer to guide us throughout the session. Yes, usually plastic models because IMU has only a few cadaver, hm wait, I think only 1 (which is safely secure under a transparent plastic box).... because they said, "We train you to treat living people, not corpse" -.- hahaha.

Lab sessions-- not every week we have lab session.

All lectures are not compulsory except for CSU, PBL and MPU subjects because IMU adopts a self-independent study and that means whether to go to class or not is up to you, as some students can excel without going to class so IMU gives the right and freedom to students to choose what's best for them.

PASSING SYSTEM
I would like to apologise because I don't really know about other courses, so in this sub topic. I'm going to talk about Medicine course only. Nowadays IMU use a new system, and my batch is the only batch to have the transition semester.. *krik krik*. For my batch, we have to pass Sem 2, Sem 3 (Transition semester), Sem 4 and Sem 5(?) ugh I myself not really sure about it.. By the way, every semester we only have 1 exam (final semester) with a few assignments in between. There's no test after each system. Told ya, studying in IMU is quite relaxing but could be a great dangerous if you too relax all the times haha.

Update: IMU changed the course assessment as well. There's a test after every system ends. A good thing about this is you won't procrastinate until the end of semester and will keep updated about what you have learned.

EAT & TRANSPORTATION
A cafeteria called Pandan Serai is situated at the Lower Ground level and a coffee shop (I think so..) in front of the IMU main entrance, at the driveway. There are also a few stalls just outside of IMU but during weekends most of the stalls are closed so usually I only eat anything I have at home if I don't go back home to Melaka and were too lazy to go out haha.

There's a pasar malam every Wednesday(?) and Saturday in Sungai Besi. When class ends quite late, my friends and I straightly walk to the LRT station, take the LRT and stop at the Sungai Besi station.

IMU is a strategic but a peaceful and conducive place to study. There's an LRT station (Sri Petaling) just behind IMU (only have to cross the road, but there's a pedestrian bridge provided). Sri Petaling station is only 3 stations away from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), that's why I go back home almost every weekend :p hehe. If you feel tired and fed up of having the same food every day, then just take the LRT and go wherever your heart's longing for~~~ haha

ACCOMMODATION
Most students (esp those who live far) stay in Vista B or Vista C which are just about 5-minute walk from IMU. Students prefer to stay in Vista B because it is closer to IMU and much safer if you have to walk back from IMU at night. But Vista C has a higher security system as everyone who lives there need an access card even to enter their own block.

You can either try to look for apartment supervised under IMU, which a lil bit pricey because from water to air-conditioner to internet bills, everything is included and if I'm not mistaken a house keeper comes once a week to clean the house. If you wanna save your budget, you can search for a room in Vista Komanwel website. Some of my friends stayed in vista under IMU for a semester, then they moved to a new house in the next semester together. Normally, apartments in Vista consist of 3 bedrooms (Master, Middle, Small), a kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a living room.

I guess that's all for now. If you guys have any questions, just leave them in the comment box below :)

Assalamualaikum!

67 comments

  1. tudiaaa haih perit jerit nak jadi doc.. dulu mak slalu sebut..
    anak dahla sorang.. dia nak akak jadi doc.. tamoooo nehi nehi..
    i is kenot you hahaha.. tabik la uols uols ni semua..

    jadi doc yg berkhidmat untuk agama bangsa dan negara =)

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    1. haha takpe Kak Siti. Janji akak buat benda yang bahagiakan akak! Hehe

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  2. I am currently doing medicine in ireland now. Alhamdulillah already in 4th year. I got some friends from IMU in my batch as well. They did their theory in IMU and they start clinical years here. To be honest, I found that they have superb theories, and their clinical skills are top notch. I think the medical curriculum in IMU is very good so be grateful that you are already in the best place for doing medicine! Good luck! :)

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    1. Alhamdulillah, I'm really grateful to be here :') Hopefully I'll become like them (your batchmates from IMU) later, InshaaAllah. Thank you for your kind words! Good luck to you as well! :D

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  3. Salam akak
    thanks for the amazing sharing
    nak bertanya possible ke sy dpt medical course kat IMU sebab my SPM quite bad and alhamdulillah matriculation boleh dibanggakan jugak .. and shocking is im a student now here in UTM kampus KL taking chemical engineering course but my heart still i love biology and medicine .. ada advice ? sbb sy btul2 interested in medicine field .. thanks :)

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    1. Waalaikumussalam.

      Yup possible je because like what people always say, SPM bukan lah penentu segala-galanya. Medicine is a really tough course, memang tak tidur tidur malam sebab nak menghafal itu ini T.T Tapi, courses lain pun mcm ni juga. Bak kata ibu akak, kalau tak study apa apa course pun susah. Yang penting kena usaha. Macam akak dulu pun kena pilih sama ada nak fly tp ambil course lain or ambil Medic, then sebab rasa macam minat punya pasal, akak tolak pi UK and ambil Medic dalam Malaysia. So, if you are really really really interested in Medicine, tanya balik diri sendiri, in future you wanna see yourself as what. Then buat solat istikharah, minta pertujuk Allah. Tanya pendapat family apa semua. If everything goes well, then why don't you give it a try!

      By the way, ada juga kawan akak yang daripada courses lain but then they take Medicine because they have no interest in what they did before. So, boleh juga kalau nak teruskan apa yang you're doing currently, then bila dah graduate if rasa nak Medic, ambil lah Medic pula.

      Akak tak boleh kasi an exact answer whether you should tukar course or not because there are times I myself feel like wanna quit Medicine haha but most of the time I'm glad I choose Medicine instead of other courses. Tepuk dada, tanya selera hehe. Asalkan apa yang kita buat kita sentiasa ingat Allah (doa, jaga solat apa semua), InshaaAllah everything will be fine. Good luck in whatever you do! :)

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  4. Hi, I would like to continue my bachelor degree of biomedical science in IMU. I'm really curious about the fee in IMU. Do they provide any scholarship?

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  5. Hi, I would like to continue my bachelor degree of biomedical science in IMU. I hope that I can get scholarship from them. So do they provide scholarship? Thank you for sharing your experience in IMU.

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    1. Hi. I'm currently studying Medicine, so I'm not really sure about biomedical science. If I'm not mistaken, for my batch, there are 2 students who get IMU scholarship. So, I guess they provide scholarship for 1 or 2 students from other courses as well.

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  6. Oh I see. Thank you so much. By the way, may I know where you stay now? Are you stay under IMU accommodation?

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    1. I'm staying in Vista, but not under IMU because usually it's cheaper. You can check this website vk.com.my or just type Vista Komanwel on Facebook.

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  7. wah keren banget nih pengalamannya, aku juga pingin banget belajar di luar negri

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  8. Hi, just wanna ask, are the subjects really tough to handle? as i heard few students will quit per semester. and do you deal with real corpse? hehe awesome blog btw!

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    1. Yes it is tough, if compared to either A Level or SPM. Nope, we never dissected any corpse/cadaver here. Maybe, not yet.. I guess so haha thank you anyway!

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    2. Did u enter IMU without scholarship mean your parents tanggung semuanya ?? Can we apply JPA??

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    3. Nope, I'm sponsored by JPA. Not sure whether can apply for JPA or not, but MARA, yes you can apply :)

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  9. Salam..nak tanya, boleh ke pelajar diploma sains apply mbbs IMU?

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    1. Waalaikumussalam. Kalau merujuk kepada link bawah ni diploma sains kesihatan boleh, kalau sains je saya tak sure. Cuba contact IMU :)

      http://imu.edu.my/imu/wp-content/uploads/entry-requirements.pdf

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  10. Great post, thanks for sharing these kind of posts. must visit www.kazakhnmu.com for MBBS in Kazakhstan.

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  11. Salam kak. Macamna nk apply scholar for jpa/mara?under programme apa? Akak apply before ke lepas dah msuk imu?

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    1. Wassalam. Nak apply JPA / MARA kena rujuk website diorang. Saya under bursary after SPM. Bila habis A-Level, bursary to tukar jadi JPA. So kiranya saya dapat before masuk IMU.

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  12. Is it compulsory for first yr student to stay in vista underIMU...? Tq

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  13. Hey, i'm very religious so if i stay in a room that's not under IMU, so will there be any problem of non mahram mein in the same apartment? and what about IMU's accomodation? do girls live together or is it mixed? (hoping it's not mixed) Thankyou. :)

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    1. Ask and deal with them first before entering, but usually they already state in the advertisement whether they want a woman or man. You can try looking for apartment at this website; vk.com.my.

      There are a lot of apartments that are not mixed actually :)

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  14. Hi, I would like to know is it compulsory to join orientation activities? Is there any consequences if we're not joining those activities?

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    1. It's not compulsory. There's no any terrible consequence, but orientation helps you to make new friends more easily.

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    2. Thank you very much. I'm going to IMU in this September. Biomedical science intake. Thank you for sharing your experience in IMU, so that I can more understand about IMU.

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  15. As salam kak. Is there any experience of pharmacy malay student in imu? :)))

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    1. I know a pharmacy student here, but not sure if she has a blog.

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  16. As salam kak. May i know if u have any friends that is malay pharmacy student in imu that would like to share their experience as well? :))

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    1. Waalaikumussalam. There's only a person I know from Pharmacy. But I'm not sure if she has a blog, sorry :/

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  17. as salam kak. may i know if u have any friends that is malay pharmacy student in imu that would like to share their experience as well? :)

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  18. Assalam akak, usually when will they call for iv for MBBS? And can I have your email bcuz I'm interested to apply IMU but have a few things I doubt on.

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    1. Wassalam. Sorry, but I'm not so sure when is the interview. Yes, of course; dyllarezan@yahoo.com :)

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  19. Assalam. antara course pharmacy dgn pharmaceutical mana lebih bagus. Boleh x tukar course pharmaceutical kpd pharmacy

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    1. Wassalam. Saya tak pasti mengenai pharmacy dan pharmaceutical, minta maaf.

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  20. Hi Ardilla! Thank you for your insight on your experience in IMU. Really appreciate it. :) I will be joining the February intake next year Insha Allah.

    Regarding accommodation, do you think there are apartments that provide studio units or single roomed units for only one student to live in? I'm planning to move in with my instruments and practicing them will surely disturb housemates so that's why I prefer to live alone. So far, almost all are 3 roomed units which is too expensive for just myself. What's you're take on this?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Assila. I'm not really sure but as far as I know there's no single roomed unit in Vista Komanwel, but you can try check Covillea / Savanna, which is quite nearby to IMU also if they have any.

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    2. Assila..did you got any scholarship or self sponsor?

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  21. How much the rental accommodation cost??

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    1. I rented a private one so I'm not sure how much does it cost for accommodation by IMU.

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  22. Hi dear what books did you guys use in year 1?
    My friend is doing 5 year's local there in IMU but recently I saw she did an internship in Melbourne
    how is that?

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    1. Year 1 for us is basically foundation for all systems + cardiovascular, respiratory and hematology. I didn't really use books during Year 1 (don't be like me). I only used Gray's for anatomy, Robbins for pathology and Talley's for clinical skill session.

      Maybe she did the elective posting there. We can choose to go anywhere we want during the elective posting.

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    2. Are we restricted to the books given on the IMU book list? I remember for anatomy, there was no Gray''s or even the popular Netter's

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  23. Hi, Dylla! May I know the class sizes at IMU? I'm starting MBBS there in a couple of weeks.

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    1. For lectures, all ~200 students will be in the same lecture hall. For clinical skill session, problem based learning (PBL) and some group stuff, then students will be divided into smaller groups :)

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  24. Assalam. Can you please share the current curriculum system in IMU since you told they already change it. It will be really helpful and apprecited if you explain a little bit about it. Thank you.

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    1. Curriculum system mostly about the exam actually. I'm not so sure about the new format for Semester 1-5, but for clinical phase, we need to pass Sem 7, 9 and 10. previously it was only Sem 9 and 10.

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  26. Salam.. saya nk tnye klo nak masuk imu, english kne strong ke? Sy berminat nk masuk imu tpi english sy tak brpe excellent.

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    1. Wassalam. Boleh jeeee. Masuk IMU boleh practise cakap English :)

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  27. Bole sy tnye lgi satu soklan.? Interview imu contoh soklan ape yg dia akan tnye

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    1. Saya pernah update pasal interview kat blog saya. Buka link kat bawah ni :)

      http://dyllarezan.blogspot.my/2014/05/imu-interview.html

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  28. Hi there. Just wanted to ask what grades you managed to obtained during A-Level which made you eligible to apply to IMU Medicine, thanks. I'm pretty interested about IMU.

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  29. Hi, I'm entering MBBS-pms track next year (Feb). I was just wondering if I could finish 5 semesters in 4 semesters if I take more classes per single semester? For example, can I take some of the semester 2 classes in semester 1?

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    1. So far I've never heard anyone does that. I don't think it's possible as some days, the schedule is quite packed. And because we have clinical skills since Sem 1, so it's not that easy to have both sem 1 and sem 2 sessions in a semester. But, I suggest you to contact IMU directly and ask them specifically.

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  30. salam dik. kalau anak minat biology. apa course yg sesuai. setakat ni dia kata nak jadi nutritionist.

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    1. Waalaikumussalam. Biology melibatkan kehidupan termasuk lah manusia, tumbuh-tumbuhan, haiwan so mungkin boleh explore lagi anak minat bahagian mana. Saya dulu lebih berminat kepada bab bab manusia, tu sebab saya ambil Medic. ada banyak je lagi bidang and course yang melibatkan Biology :)

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  31. can anyone share what type of questions asked during the interview for the international students. Do we need to come to malaysia or this can be over skype?

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    1. I'm not sure about that. Sorry.

      If anyone reads this comment and knows about it, do drop a comment here okay? Thanks!

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