24 Sep 2013 A Doctor with a Kind Heart
Dr Wilkinson Tan completed his MBBS at the International Medical University in February 2012. He was nominated and awarded the Aflame Student Award. This award was established in 2012 to acknowledge a graduating student’s passion to do good for humanity. The winner of the award will receive a cash prize of RM1,000, a plaque, a certificate and a revolving trophy. The winner will also nominate a beneficiary from any non-governmental organization (NGO) involved in social work to receive RM5,000. The award is conferred annually on University Day.
Speaking on the award that he won, Wilkinson said, “I received the inaugural award during the 2012 IMU University Day celebration. As part of the award, I got to nominate a charitable recipient to receive a financial aid of RM 5000 from IMU. I chose World Vision Malaysia to receive this aid as I believe that food is the most basic necessity of man and that no one should be without this basic necessity. I also received a price money of RM1000.”
The Aflame Student Award is open to graduating students from all programmes. The graduating class nominates peers whom they feel have represented humane values throughout the course of study at IMU. Short-listed candidates are required to write a self-reflection of significant contributions made in humanistic endeavours related to healthcare and community service. Candidates are evaluated on the positive influence played and impact of activities reflecting care, compassion and collaboration. Only 3 finalists are invited for the panel interview to determine the winner. The 2012 Aflame Student Award panel judges were Dato’ Leela Mohd Ali (CEO, Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia), En Abdul Rahim Hj Manja (Head, Volunteer Management Department, MERCY Malaysia) and Prof Victor Lim (Vice President Education, International Medical University).
Wilkinson has always had the passion to do good for humanity. He has participated in several free clinics around Malaysia, providing free medical service to the needy and less fortunate. He has also been active in Interact Club (a school based charity club under a Rotary Club) where he participated in community service at animal.shelters, children homes, old folks home and helping out at reliefs centres for the 2004 tsunami victims.
“During my final semester in IMU, we organised a health screening project in a fishing village in Batu Pahat. This project was organised to raise awareness among the public about health and to screen for chronic diseases among the villagers.”
“Since I graduated in 2012, during the past one year in Taiping, I have been a member of Rotary Club of Taiping. Our members gather our resources and expertise to help the local and international community. In the local setting, we aid the local community by providing basic sanitation, medical aid, clean water, food and clothing for the less fortunate. In the international setting, we are working closely with World Health Organisation through our international body, Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide. There are also programmes focusing on healthcare, education and sanitation. Collectively, we are making our local and international communities a better place to live in.”