ELECTIVE MEDICAL PLACEMENT AT DUCHESS OF KENT HOSPITAL (HDOK), SANDAKAN
About the HDOK Elective
HDOK is the second largest public hospital in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. It is located at the East Coast of Sabah, located in the city of Sandakan. Being the largest hospital in the East Coast, HDOK is a referral centre for all primary care health centres and district hospitals throughout the east coast.
HDOK provides all types of general specialty services, including, internal medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, special care nursery, anaesthesia and intensive care, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, radiology, psychiatry and emergency medicine. HDOK is also the only hospital that has an established traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) unit, where services like traditional malay massage, post natal wellness massage and acupuncture are available.
Students will be able to see and experience a wide range of tropical diseases and infectious disease that are uncommon in developed countries. Apart from in-patients services, HDOK runs a busy outpatient specialist clinic as well which serve an average of 7100 patients every month.
HDOK’s daycare centre provides day services mainly for our thalassemia patients that are transfusion dependent. The daycare centre sees an average 3000 patients monthly.
How to Apply
All application for an elective posting in HDOK can be done through the Sabah State Health Department (JKNS). Students can get more information at jknsabah.moh.gov.my. Forms for electives can be downloaded at JKNS website here. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded here.
The Elective Placement
• There is no limit as to the elective periods of study. Students can opt for elective anytime throughout the year.
• The number of elective students permitted is subjected to the approval by JKNS and HDOK International Elective Committee.
• Students can choose which department or specialty he or she wish to do their electives
• There are no limit to the number of department students wish to attach but a minimum four (4) weeks is required for any one department.
• During the posting, students will be assigned to a consultant and are required to produce a report on the student’s experience throughout the elective which may be published in the hospital’s web.
• Once an elective has been arranged, no changes can be made
• Students will agree on a schedule for their elective with their assigned consultant at the beginning of their visit.
• The Bahasa Malaysia is the national language for Malaysia and English is widely spoken throughout the country. Students do not necessary need to be able to speak in Bahasa Malaysia.
• Students are advice to purchase their own medical insurance
• Please provide your emergency contact to the hospital and your consultant during your first day of elective.
No tuition fees are charged for elective students in the hospital. However, students are required to bear their own travel and accommodation expenses throughout their elective period. The hospital will not be providing accommodation and no transport will be arranged.
Health and Immunisation Requirements
• A laboratory test results showing evidence of adequate Hepatitis B immunity, that is, a Hepatitis B antibody titre of >10mIU/ml.
• Laboratory evidence of Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) negative within the period of 6 months prior to the start of elective.
• Laboratory evidence of negative Anti HCV antibodies
• Laboratory evidence of surface antibodies to HIV negative within the period of 6 months prior to the start of elective.
Getting into Sandakan
Students need to fly into Sandakan Airport (SDK). There are regular flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to SDK on a daily basis. Students can opt to fly into Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) then to SDK. It takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to travel from KUL to SDK, while only 40 minutes from BKI to SDK. Travelling by land from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan is not possible. Travelling by road from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes an average 8 hours by bus and hence not advisable. Getting into HDOK from the airport takes less than half hour by road.
There are a variety of hotels in Sandakan, the nearest being Kensington Hotel (walking distance) and they can be contacted at www.kensington.com.my
• Currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM). You can change into RM in any local banks or money changers that are easily available. International travelers’ cheques are accepted.
• Climate – temperate with temperature ranging 23 degrees centigrade to 34 degrees centigrade. Humidity averages at 60%. Yearly rain fall at average 2600mm.
• More about Sandakan as a tourist destination is available here www.sabahtourism.com
1. Dr Paul Chan Hong Kit
Hospital Deputy Director (Medical Affairs) and Elective Coordinator
Email : email@example.com
Phone : +6089 248502
2. Mdm Yau Kim Yain
Head Nurse and Elective Administrator
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone : +6089 248530