Since 1996, Dalhousie University has partnered with the International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia to provide medical students from IMU the opportunity to complete their degree at Dalhousie University.
Each year Dalhousie accepts up to six students in this unique partnership, which works to build the educational capacity of IMU, while increasing the international presence and student body of Dalhousie Medical School. IMU provides opportunities for Dalhousie faculty member secondments to IMU.
All IMU students are eligible to apply. However, only students without failures on their transcripts will be ranked highly by Dalhousie’s IMU Admissions Committee. Given the shortened program and alternate medical school model, students with academic failures are strongly encouraged to apply to other PMS.
IMU students join Dalhousie students for Clerkship, the final two years of Dalhousie’s medicine program (Clerkship), leading to an MD degree.
Before the program begins, students participate in the LINK Program, a bridging program which runs from late May until the end of August. The LINK Program reviews skills and procedures as well as provides experience in OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), clinical settings, and numerous sessions with simulated patients (SPs). A complete overview is included here.
Clerkship (Med 3 & Med 4)
In August, IMU students begin
Clerkship (which is divided into two phases: Med 3 and Med 4) alongside their Dalhousie classmates. There are seven Units covered in Med 3: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery, Emergency, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Students are divided into groups called Tracks, which rotate through each of the Units. Many of the rotations take place in communities throughout the Maritime Provinces, so students will be required to live away from Halifax for varying lengths of time. There is some support for travel and accommodation but students may have to pay some of the cost. All IMU students stay in Halifax for the first Unit. After January, students will be in placements rotating throughout the Maritime Provinces.
In the second year, students complete a year of elective clinical rotations which they arrange themselves. These electives can take place in Canada, the USA, or internationally – including Malaysia. Students also spend Med 4 preparing for residency, which is the next step after obtaining your MD.
A complete description & schedules can be found on the
Dalhousie’s graduates, who started at IMU, end up working all over the world, including Australia and the United States, with approximately half returning to Malaysia. We expect to see more graduates return to Malaysia once they have completed residency, as some choose to complete their postgraduate years abroad as well.
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