MHOP Report (written by Izza Elyana, M1 '16 YLLSOM)
The Muslim Healthcare Outreach Programme (MHOP) is a one day event for Muslim students who were interested in the field of healthcare. The programme consisted of a morning of lectures by healthcare professionals and students alike. In the afternoon, the students were split into groups to attend breakout sessions where they got the chance to test their clinical skills at various stations. The stations were set up by students from Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry as a collaborative effort to introduce them to the various fields of healthcare. The Nursing station offered activities such as wound dressing and setting up intravenous therapy. The Medicine stations offered a modeled demonstration of urinary catheterization and CPR. The Pharmacy station offered the Panadol Board Game and Aging Simulation. Lastly, Dentistry carried allowed the students to try soap carving, molar moulding and wire bending. An Allied Health Hands-On station was also present to introduce the students to the field of allied health. On top of the interactive activities, each discipline also had a Q&A segment during the breakout sessions for the students to have a better understanding of the roles of each healthcare discipline, clear any misconceptions they had and providing guidance with regards to the selection process.
MHOP was held on 2nd January 2016, from 8am to 2pm.
MHOP was mainly organized by students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The programme consisted with students from the faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry who were involved as volunteers during ushering, registration, speakers and organizing the breakout sessions.
MHOP was conducted with the aim to expose Muslim students to the different fields of healthcare and help them to understand the benefits and challenges of the professions. It also aims to guide the students in terms of application procedures and interview processes.
The students were able to ask any questions that they had and clarify their doubts with regards to healthcare professions. They had the chance to experience the practical aspect of the different fields of healthcare which could help them better appreciate the professions and guide them in their choices. The lectures were very informative to the students who gained much insight on student and work life among healthcare professionals. For students who hope to enter Medicine, the shadowing program after the MHOP event is an immersive experience that allows them to see the life of a doctor. This is beneficial to them in terms of gaining further understanding regarding the profession. MHOP was also a fun session for the students who got to enjoy themselves and make new friends along the way.
I felt that MHOP was definitely useful to the students who now understands the various fields of healthcare, the demands of the profession and student life, and
thus, allow them to make a more informed choice in the future. It is a meaningful experience as part of the organizing committee as it was a chance for us to reach out to hopeful students and help them with their queries and uncertainties, having been in their shoes before. It was also a good opportunity to work with students from other Muslim students in the field of healthcare, creating good rapport and friendships.