Integrating Islamic Value In Medical Teaching Curriculum: IIUM Experience

Training and education is about moulding human being. In the context of training and educating of future doctors, medical students are trained to become safe doctors as defined by the learning outcomes of the curriculum. The educator and trainer in whatever designation (teacher, professor,preacher or counsellor) are responsible to enhance the mental development of the students or trainees by enhancing their analytical and methodical power, and not trying to make them learnt and memorize all the time. In educating future doctors from the Islamic perspective, it is desirable that students are inculcated with the correct mindset that is in consonant with the Islamic worldview and principles, such as "Doctor as an agent of healing and Allah is the Ultimate Healer" and "Work as ibadah".  A correct mindset is an important driving force that motivates students to learn medicine in a proper way and thus shall be the foundation of Islamic medical professionalism, which sought to transform medical students to become caring and safe doctors desired by patients. According to this ideal, it is the fundamental duty of doctors to ensure that they have the necessary expertise as described by the profession, observing good ethical behavior (akhlaq), having good communication skills and exhibiting compassion in carrying out their professional duties. These are the haracteristics of a safe doctor where most patients would feel safe and comfortable to receive their care that should be developed and nurtured during the training period.

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