KUANTAN – The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) will send its dental students to villages in the rural areas to enhance their knowledge in dentistry and to serve the community.
IIUM president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim said the mobile clinic programme would be their initial training before becoming professional dentists.
He said the programme would be implemented as soon as possible and depended on the cost and logistics, such as the vehicles and equipment to be used.
“We plan this to be in stages and started here (Kuantan). As the cost is quite high, we may need some time to seek support from certain parties.
“If this happens, the 1Malaysia concept can be realised more quickly and the contributions of our medical and dental students will be felt by the people,” he said.
Rais was speaking to reporters after attending a special lecture on the prospects and commercial angles of dentistry by Livingwell Dentistry director, Datuk Dr Sean Paul at IIUM Kuantan Campus, Bandar Indera Mahkota, here today.
Earlier in his speech, Rais said students were widely exposed to the academic aspects through textbooks and lectures by lecturers.
However, he said, starting next year, the university would bring the students to visit leading dental clinics to strengthen their skills.
“With this practical knowledge, students will be more resilient and stable. They can also interact with the leading practitioners at the clinics,” he said. – BERNAMA