The Department of Psychiatry is one among the departments in the Faculty of Medicine in MMMC Melaka Campus. The department’s objective is to provide adequate training in Psychiatry to our undergraduate medical students. This is based on three principles:-
Psychological problems and illness is estimated to occur between 15 to 20% of the general population. In the hospital setting, psychological problems and illness are not confined only to the psychiatric wards but also to other wards such as medical, surgical, OBG, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and others. The occurrence in non-psychiatric setting/wards often goes unrecognized with poor consequences to the patient. Thus, it is important for our students to acquire clinical knowledge and skills with holistic clinical culture.
The aims of the Department of Psychiatry MMMC Melaka Campus are:-
The department has 3 psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist ( full-time) with vast teaching experience. The hospital specialist are part time lecturers. During the 6/7 semester in the Muar campus, the students have a total of 33 didactic lectures with an end of lecture evaluation, which is part of the continuous assessment (CONASS). From the 8 semester onwards, the students at the Melaka Campus, gain adequate knowledge and skills in Psychiatry through a number of teaching and learning methodologies. The students interview, clerk and examine patients both at the assigned hospitals in Melaka and Muar. They present these clerked clinical cases to the lectures for small group discussion. They are exposed to the various common cases and also observe ward procedures and ward rounds by the hospital specialist and medical officers in both the wards and the follow-up clinics. Other teaching and learning tools, in small groups are Problem-based learning (PBL), Tutorials, Role Play/Psycho-drama, Psychiatric Stimulation and Psychiatric Psycho Pathology (PPP). Students prepare and present to their groups for discussion. The students are to observe and learn from the hospital Urine Toxicology Unit, Methadone Clinic, Occupational Therapy Department and Electro-Convulsive Therapy procedures. They make study visits to school for special children (Salvation Army) and follow the hospital staff for community care psychiatry (CPU). Other learning methodologies and e-learning (moodle) and Self Directed Learning (SDL).
AS part of the CONASS, the students are evaluated regularly through both formative and summative assessment which is considered for their final university examination. These assessments are to ensure that the students have attained sufficient knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and clinical acumen, when they graduated as medical doctor.
The department encourages the students to do research. The department ensures that all the requirements of the qualifying agencies and regulatory bodies are met.
Brig Gen Prof Datuk Dr N Rajagopal
HOD Department of Psychiatry