History of Taylor's University School of Medicine (TUSOM)
The Taylor's University School of Medicine (TUSOM) started in June 2009 under the leadership of Prof Abdul Rahman Noor as the Dean of School of Medicine. In January 2010, the school offered Medical Degree Transfer Programme (MDTP) to its first batch of students. Students from this programme study the first two years of the medical course in Taylor’s School of Medicine and then can proceed to partner medical schools abroad. This programme has led TUSOM into collaboration with international partners in the United Kingdom. However, this programme has been discontinued.
Former Dean of School of Medicine
Professor Dr Abdul Rahman Noor
June 2009 – Dec 2015
Taylor's University went on to develop its own home-grown Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme which took in its first batch of students in January 2011. The MBBS programme which is fully conducted locally is designed to produce medical doctors who are competent, highly skilled and knowledgeable, able to work with others in a team, caring and concerned about their patients and society, and who will assume a leadership role in health care as well as participate in continuing medical education and research in the future. This is achieved through the integration of Basic Medical and Community Medical Sciences with Clinical Medicine that is strengthened by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and evidence-based approaches adopted by the School of Medicine.
TUSOM Phase I Staff Year 2011
From left Dr Mazlin Mustafa (Physiology), Dr Umesh Bindal (Anatomy), Dr Mohit Shahi (Pathology), Dr Wong Eng Hwa (Microbiology & Immunology), Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Noor (Dean), Prof Dr Ong King Kok (Deputy Dean & Biochemistry), Dr Nalamolu Rao (Pharmacology), Dr Gul Baloch (Public Health), and Miss Vivian Han (Laboratory Personnel)
The TUSOM MBBS programme is structured into two phases. Phase 1 (Year 1 & 2) focuses on the fundamental knowledge of medical sciences with exposure to clinical medicine. Upon successful completion of Phase I, student progress to Phase 2 (Years 3 - 5) involves clinical rotations at designated hospitals from the Ministry of Health.
Batch 1 White Coat Ceremony
A ceremony of oath taking by TUSOM’s pioneer batch of clinical students prior beginning their clinical training at Phase II.
3 September 2012
Clinical School started officially at Ward 9D at Hospital Sungai Buloh in 2013. In the following year, a sub-campus of Taylor’s Clinical School (TCS) was officially launched at Dataran Villa Putra, Sungai Buloh in 16 Jan 2015.
Taylor’s Clinical School at Dataran Villa Putra, Sungai Buloh
Launching ceremony of Taylor’s Clinical School at Dataran Villa Putra, Sungai Buloh, Jan 2015
Group Photo with Director of Hospital Sungai Buloh (HSB), HSB staff, Vice President & Deputy Vice President of TU, and TU staff
TUSOM’s first batch of students (Batch 1) have successfully graduated from the MBBS programme in August 2015.
Pioneer Batch 1 graduated in August 2015
Recently, Taylor’s Clinical School had an upgrade and has been shifted to a new building at Light Grey Sungai Buloh (LGSB) started Nov 2019 and was launched on 21 Jan 2020
Taylor’s Clinical School at Light Grey Sungai Buloh (LGSB).
Launching ceremony of Taylor’s Clinical School at Light Grey Sungai Buloh (LGSB), Jan 2020
With established and strong foundation in education, TUSOM successfully graduated many more students in the following years, producing excellent medical graduates to serve the nation as well as global needs. A total of 317 students graduated from Year 2015 to Year 2020 as shown below:
Total number of students graduated from Year 2015 to Year 2020 (Batch 1 to Batch 9)
TUSOM Ambassador: Associate Professor Dr. Wong Eng Hwa
Dr. Wong Eng Hwa graduated from University of Malaya with her Ph.D (Medical Microbiology) in 2008. She joined Taylor’s University as a Senior Lecturer in 2009. Thereafter, she held the position of Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Innovation from Year 2013 to 2017. In 2018, she was appointed as Programme Director of Postgraduate studies, an important portfolio with major responsibilities in overseeing the newly established postgraduate programmes in the School of Medicine, Taylor’s University.
She is a well-established researcher who plays a leading role in steering research in the school since its inception. She is a life member of The Malaysian Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (MBBA), a member of Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM), Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC), a member of American Society of Microbiology (ASM), a member of International Society of Infectious Disease (ISID), and a life member in the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).
Dr Wong’s passion, commitment and achievements in research is evident in her published and on- going projects. Her research niche area is antimicrobial resistance, an increasingly critical phenomenon worldwide. She is particularly interested in exploring the usage of new technologies in combating antimicrobial resistance, involving the use of nanotechnologies. Her endeavours in research has born fruits with publications in indexed journals, national and international proceedings, several awards in various presentation formats and categories. She is involved in securing almost RM 3 million of grant money in her research work.
Under competent leaderships of our current and previous Deans as well as current Head of School, TUSOM was able to achieve significant successes in a short period of time. These successes would not been achieved without the dedication and contribution from our academics, and support service from faculty office team.
TUSOM Phase I and Phase II Academic Staff
TUSOM and FHMS support service admin staff