This unit was set up in October 2019 following the recognition of postgraduate students’ needs for guidance and support for not only on academic but also on psychosocial matters. Graduates Assist aims to improve the learning environment of postgraduate students to be as conducive as possible in all aspects.
Students in need of support outside their departments, can reach Graduates Assist where they can talk to either a trainee counsellor or a volunteer peer student on their issues. Following the first session at Graduates Assist, students may continue to have further sessions at Graduates Assist or be channeled to the relevant support system for further support based on their needs
Figure 1: Standard operating procedure of Graduates Assist
A group of Pembimbing Rakan Siswa (Peer Support) volunteers have been identified from various clinical departments to provide peer support in this program. Serial workshops on relevant skills to help students in need (e.g. communication, psychological well-being and coping) have been planned and initiated for these volunteers with input from academic members from Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine.
Credentialing: a process to set the standards and to do an evaluation for a person’s qualification in a field or procedure. It is recognition for the professional training done by a medical practitioner.
Privileges: the rights given by the hospital for a medical practitioner to give treatments or to do procedures on hospital patients based on the qualifications of the training, and the medical practitioner’s experience and expertise.