• Vol. 34 No. 6, 190C–195C
  • 15 July 2005

The Medical Alumni Story



The Medical Alumni is unique in being the oldest alumni association with medical, dental and pharmacy graduates from our seminal medical school, that has now evolved into the faculties of medicine in 2 countries, namely Malaysia and Singapore. Founded in 1923, the medical alumni association has undergone several name changes with its evolution and activism. After the Japanese Occupation, it was given its present name in 1947, comprising 3 branches working under a common Constitution operating in 2 separate countries. It is also unique in being the only association recognised by the Registrar of Societies with membership in 2 countries. Following the development of medical professional and academic bodies, the medical alumni wound down its medico-political activities to concentrate on providing social and mutual support for its members and its alma mater.

The story of our Alumni Association properly begins with the now historic foundation of its medical school in 1905. The story of this first medical school, then known as the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School and its successor institutions, is also the story of the establishment of tertiary education in our country and its rich heritage. This commemorative publication is a tribute to the success of the school, which is now the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

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