Monday, September 20, 2010

IMAM Medical Symposium 2010


Alhamdulillah, this year’s symposium was the seventh symposium following the six successful symposiums in Dublin Hilton Hotel (2004), Manchester Royal Infirmary Center (2005, 2007), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2006,2008) and Hebden Hey Scout Centre, West Yorkshire(2009). Last year’s committee came out with the camping-style symposium, but for this year we brought the participants into a journey of 3 historical well-known universities in Dublin which are Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD) and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI).
The event that highlighted “The twisted tales of medicine, unravel the myths creating a legend”, combined the three main slots of the 3 days programme, which were students’ life, the early part of a doctor and the contributions of a doctor, which blend the Islamic values in order to foster human capital in these valuable asset of the nation.

26 March 2010 – Edmund Burke Lecture Theare, Trinity College Dublin
The first day of programme was just kind of a get together session. We watched a movie entitled, The Doctor. This was a very good movie about a doctor’s life. How a doctor needs to balance his life between work and family. Besides, it made us thought of how to be in patients’ shoes. Sometimes, a doctor just thinks about treating his patients without considering the patients’ feelings. At the end of the session, we had a few discussions about sympathy and empathy of a doctor. Also there were a few other issues that shared by the seniors as the closing part of the night.
27 March 2010-Science Building, University College of Dublin.
The second day of the event started with welcoming speech by the project manager who is also the president of IMAM Eire student chapter 09/10 Muhammad Iqbal A Ghani. Then, it was followed by a keynote address from PPIM President, Prof Abdul Rahid Abdul Rahman that was read out by our young invited speaker from Malaysia, Dr. Muhammad Munawar who is currently pursuing his post graduate study in Master in Emergency Department in UKM Medical Centre. In the speech Prof Rashid hoped that the delegates in this symposium will one day step into the shoes of the older generation ensuring continuity of work entrusted to us by Allah Azzawajal.

Next, the event continued with officiation speech by the MARA Director in Ireland, Mr. Kamis Mahawi. He really hoped that Malaysian students could grab the knowledge and experience by participating in various activites especially IMAM medical symposium which could expose the participants about something outside the class. Then he officially officiate the 7
th Medcial Symposium of 2010 in Dublin.

The event continued with a brief video presentation which should give some kind of adrenaline rush and excitement to the participants about what they could expect from this 7th IMAM medical symposium.
Chapter 1-The Nerd, The weird and The Determined Novice.
For the beginning of Chapter 1, the talk was given by Dr. Munawar who talked about ‘How to Become a Good Medical Student’.
The talk started with an inspirational story adapted from Ustaz Hasrizal Abd Jamil, ‘child vs coconut tree’. The moral of the story was, to become a successful person we should know what to do to achieve our mission and vision in our life. In his talk, the speaker also shared with the participants about 20 tips for how to become a successful muslim medical student. They were too many tips to be shared here but among the important one include; we should know how to balance the all aspects of our life. These include physical and emotional needs as a human being. Besides, as a future doctor, we should be able to prioritize tasks and workloads with the ultimate aim is to maximize the productivity. Indeed, according to our speaker, it is very important to have a self discipline and always try to avoid procrastination in completing our tasks as a medical student.
One of the most interesting point that he suggested as a muslim, we should have a record or journal about our personal journey life because it can help to guide us to handle challenges better when we encountered it again in our life. Besides, we should care to know about the fiqh medicine which is something we cannot learn in the classroom.
Chapter 1-The Nerd, The weird and The Determined Novice
What Do The Teachers Say?
The talk was given by Dr. Jason Last, who is the Head of Teaching and Learning, University College Dublin.
This slot was part of the event with the aim to give some ideas about what and how do the lecturers think about Malaysian students. It is difficult especially in the
level of education for us to know what do the lecturer expects from us in the class and how do they think Malaysians as a group. We hope that this slot should help the participants to improve their personality and thus become a better person. Besides the speaker also shared a bit about his life as a medical student and why he loves to teach and become a lecturer. There were series of question about ‘are you nerd?’ which make it a more interesting and interactive slot. One thing that this speaker impresses about us, the Malaysian is about the unity. He mentioned, Malaysian student always work together in a group to succeed and do well in their studies.

(unity – this was what Dr. Jason Last thought of Malaysians)
Chapter 2-Chaos
Tools in Management
The ‘tools in management’ was a slot that gave a chance for the pre clinical students to gain a bit of knowledge and ideas about what they can expect in the coming future. This slot was delivered by Dr. Kama Muhammad, a graduate of RCSI.

At the very beginning, he explained about the basic concept of clinical managements which include the efficiency, effectiveness and PDCA (plan, do, check and act). Then it was continued with a more interactive session. The participants were divided into 6 groups with at least a student from clinical years in each group to guide the group to make the right and best decision for the cases given. There were about 8 different cases and each group have to discuss which case come first to be treated. It was a good exposure to preclinical year students while a revision yet interesting session for clinical year students.

(the participants are discussing the case given)
Chapter 2 –Chaos
This was one of the interesting and exciting outdoor activity that we have in this symposium, plus the beautiful scenery around UCD campus. In groups, participants need to go to 5 stations with different challenges including jigsaw puzzle, anatomy quizes, Malaysia health care, crosswords and regu. All these stations were aimed to build a good team work experience among the participants with some challenges related to medical stuffs. It was really fun except for the breathless running around the campus but indeed a good exercise for us!

( Anatomy quiz station)
28 March 2010 -O’Flanagan Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Chapter 3-When life is more than Just That…
Living Your Life as A Doctor.
This was the 2nd session with our special invited speaker, Dr Munawar. In brief, this was the session which Dr Munawar shared his personal experience and other real examples about a doctor’s life. There were a lot of stories and tips from Dr

Chapter 3-When life is more than Just That…
Evidence Bases, the Heart of Medicine
The talk was delivered by Professor Dr Ronan Conroy, a Biostatistician Epidemiology in RCSI. He had done a lot of research and involve heavily in designing the SCORE risk assessment system of cardiovascular risk in clinical practice in Europe.
In this session, he did explain and share with us about lots of issues related to medicine and pharmacology. This was a very good session for the participants to update their knowledge about current issues in medicine.

Chapter 4-Walk The Talk
Muslim Doctors; Do & Don’t

This was the last session of programme and it is just perfect to end with something to remind us about do’s and don’ts in medical life and as a good muslim in general. The talk was delivered by Dr Munawar and he did gave us a lot of tips and reminders which were really meaningful to us as a muslim medical student and future doctor.
The last session that we had was about IMAM Relief Mission Teams. The participants were divided into Cambodia Relief Mission, Acheh Relief Mission, Baling Relief Mission and for this year, we have a new RM team which is Sabah Relief Mission. All the teams needed to send a representative to present about their relief mission. We hoped to give the chance for the teams to meet up with the members as they are hardly see each other due to geographical barrrier. Hopefully, this can boost their spirit to organize a successful relief mission project.

A closing note.
On behalf of the 7th IMAM Medical Symposium 2010 commitee, we would like to thank everyone who had worked hard for this symposium. Our special humble thank you goes to enthusiatic speakers especially Dr. Munawar who was willingly came all the way from Malaysia just to share his knowledge and experience with us and for spending their precious time to be part of us. Only Allah can reward the sincerety that the speakers as well as those who involved directly and indirectly, in order to ensure this symposium went smoothly. May Allah grant you the highest Jannah, insyaAllah. We would also want to thank our advisor, Prof Abdul Rashid for the never ending support and encouragement in assisting the committee in the 7th IMAM Medical Symposium
Also to all participants who have joined us in this programme, THANK YOU! We hope that each of us has brought back home beautiful memories, new knowledge and pleasant experiences that will equip ourselves with the necessary values to become outstanding Muslims. Also thank you to all committee members who have made this programme a reality,
And lastly, let this not be an end but let it mark a beginning to our contribution to Islam and the world. Remember to always keep the spirit alive and be sincere & steadfast in this journey to uphold Islam in the eyes of the world again. Maximize our potential in ways that will benefit the ummah. Let us become excellent Muslim doctors who will be the leaders that mankind are waiting for.
May Allah bless you, salam wbt.
Prepared by,
Muhammad Danial and Wan Farah Athirah,
Secretaries 7
th IMAM UK&EIRE Medical Symp[o]sium 2010. 

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