Alumni Stories


Lum Ying Wei

Mafeitzeral Mamat

Medicine 1/99
MD at Baltimore
Medicine 2/98 (IMU MBBS)
Clinical Specialist and Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at UiTM, Sungai Buloh

Dr Lum Ying Wei completed his general residency at Johns Hopkins in the United States. Currently, he is pursuing a vascular surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins and expected to complete by June 2011. Apart from the friendship he made while in IMU, he found the problem-based learning (PBL) approach valuable as it made them think of the patient as a whole. His advice to all aspiring healthcare professionals, “Just work hard and you’ll be fine.”

Dr Mafeitzeral Mamat is a Clinical Specialist in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Hospital Sungai Buloh. He is also a lecturer and Coordinator of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Discipline Coordinator at UiTM. Currently, he is pursuing sub-specialty in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. His fondest memory in IMU is the IMU Cup and was in the first batch of students shadowing House Officer (HO) in Hospital Batu Pahat. He advises students to “know what you want in life realistically. Join Anaesthesia or at least do some anaesthesia training in the career pathway.”

Rohayu Binti Shahar Adnan

Tan Guan Hee

Medicine 1/93
Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Head of Department, Department of Forensic Medicine at Hospital Sultan Ismail, JB
Medicine 1/97
(IMU MBBS) Lecturer and General Surgeon at PPUKM, KL

Dr Rohayu binti Shahar is the Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Head of Department, Department of Forensic Medicine at Hospital Sultan Ismail. The experience in IMU has made her a survivor because, “in IMU, if you are good, then you are good. If not, you will be left behind.” Her advice to all is to “believe in yourself, boldness has genius, power and magic in it because it takes courage to grow up to be who you are. Remember you only live one life so live it wisely.”

Dr Tan Guan Hee completed his Masters of Surgery in May 2010; sub specializing in Urology. He is a Member of Royal College of Surgeon, Edinburgh of 2006. Dr Tan is attached to HUKM as a lecturer and surgeon. Currently, he is doing his General Surgery. His most valued experience in IMU is the friendship he fostered with fellow students, lecturers and administrators. His advice to aspiring doctors is to treat patients well and always be responsible.

Azlina Amir Abbas

Sek Weng Yew

Medicine 1/93
Orthopedic Surgeon at UMMC, KL
Medicine 1/96
Neurosurgeon at UMMC, KL

Dr Azlina Amir Abbas is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Malaya. Apart from the supportive academic and support staff in IMU, her experience there has prepared her well in her teaching career in the medical field. Her advice to aspiring doctors, “Medicine is not easy - it can be tiring and it can be thankless. But if you have the interest, heart and passion to pursue this career, don’t give up! Persevere and you can and will have a fulfilling life in medicine.”

Dr Sek Weng Yew is a neuro-surgeon and lecturer at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). He just completed his Master of Surgery and currently is pursuing a fellowship in Neuro-surgery. His advice to aspiring doctors, “Know what you’re getting yourself into. You’d never know what this career entails. Career progression is quite slow. After 10 years, you’re probably getting your specialty. Skill-based specialty probably takes a longer time.”

Wong Pei Se

July Lee Mun Sun

Pharmacy 1/96
Lecturer at IMU
Pharmacy 1/00
Lecturer at IMU

Ms Wong Pei Se is a registered pharmacist and a lecturer at IMU. One of the most valued experiences in IMU is the dedicated lecturers who have always guided and supported her. When she joined IMU as a lecturer, they continued to support and guide her. Her advice to all aspiring pharmacists, “There is an increasing demand for health professionals. If you have a critical mind, excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to keep learning new things daily, a pharmacist would be a good option.”

Ms July Lee Mun Sun is a lecturer with the Pharmacy Practice Dept at IMU. In 2011, she will be undertaking a postgraduate diploma in Palliative Care in King’s College, London, UK. The IMU experience she valued most is the camaraderie among her team members. It was also an interesting transition to have her previous lecturers who are now her colleagues. Nonetheless, they have always been most supportive and helpful in guiding her. Her advice for future pharmacists is, “To be passionate about their career and to remain humble to those they will help in future.”

Chua Keong Tiong

Khang Nan Chuang

Medicine 1/97
Respiratory Specialist at UMMC, KL
Medicine 1/96
General Surgeon at Hospital Serdang

Dr Chua Keong Tiong is a Respiratory Specialist and lecturer at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). His memorable moment in IMU was the IMU Ball in 1999. His advice to all is to enjoy the journey to be a doctor.

Dr Khang Nan Chuang is a General Surgeon at Hospital Serdang. His most valuable moment in IMU is when he met his wife, Teoh Sui Ling from the pharmacy batch of 1997. His advice is, “Make sure that you really like your job as everyone can be a doctor but whether you have the heart to hang on. Learn as much as possible and gain experience throughout the journey.”

Ong Ai Sim

Sangeetha Poovaneswaran

Medicine 1/95
Plastic Surgeon at Arizona, USA
Medicine 1/95
Oncologist in Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban Also a lecturer at IMU

Dr Ong Ai Sim is practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery in Tucson, Arizona in the United States. Her most valuable moment in IMU is the ability to interact and learn from various international faculties. She advises aspiring doctors to “pick a specialty that you can see yourself practicing for a long time. It’s worth it considering the amount of time you spend to get there in the first place.”

Dr Sangeetha Poovaneswaran is a lecturer at IMU Clinical School in Seremban. She is also a Clinical Oncologist at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar. She enjoyed the close knit relationship with the other students and staff. Still maintain close friendships with many ex-IMU students. Her advice to all, “You must have balanced outlook to life. Work hard but also keeps time aside for relaxation and fun.”