IU medical graduates keep Cambodia in pink of health

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International University, established in 2002, has trained nearly 5,000 doctors. Photo supplied

International University stands as a premier medical education institution in the Kingdom – producing highly trained professionals for the crucial sector.

It helps the Kingdom to be self-reliant in the healthcare field by producing sufficient numbers of graduates and post-graduates to meet the rising demand for quality medical care from a growing population.

On average, around 300 students graduate annually in various medical disciplines from the leading private university.

“We can say that IU is one of the leading private higher education institutions in the health sector.

“IU has trained medical students in various fields at different levels, such as Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, as well as specialist doctor and doctoral degrees,” IU president and CEO Prof Sabo Ojano told The Post.

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CEO Prof Sabo Ojano (right). Photo supplied

Since its establishment in 2002, nearly 5,000 students have graduated in multiple medical disciplines from the university, which is located in Boeung Kak II district.

At IU, students have the opportunity to major in a variety of specialities to become general doctors, dentists, pharmacists, pediatricians, nurses, midwives or radiologists.

Over the years, the institution has invested significantly in medical technologies and human resources to remain on par with the ever-changing medical sciences – thus giving an edge to offer quality medical education.

“The International University pays the utmost attention to the curriculum in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s standards. It is supported by well-known and experienced professors and the university is equipped with modern facilities for students to do their internship.

“Human resources is very important to help improve public health, reduce mortality and improve virus prevention services, which requires the participation from relevant professionals, especially specialists doctors.

“Our country still needs more resources in the medical sector, especially in specialised fields. We still have a lot of shortages and we do not have doctors in all specialities yet,” said Ojano.

According to Ojano, the Kingdom still needs more surgeons, gynaecologists, paediatricians, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists and dermatologists.

“Therefore, in Cambodia, we need to train more specialised skills, so that the specialists will have the opportunity to help our people at grassroots level, at districts and provinces where still lack a lot of specialised doctors,” he said.

The university has established high requirements for its medical students – from strict examinations to a zero tolerance for absenteeism from regular classes.

In addition, IU’s collaborations with reputable regional medical institutions – such as the Asean Medical School Network – allows students to take part in exchange programmes and internships to gain in-depth knowledge.

The IU’s medical teaching staff comprises 22 professors, 10 associate professors and more than 70 assistant professors, who work around the clock to teach young aspiring Cambodian medical students.