Equipping doctors with family medicine training

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 06 Sep 2018

(From left) Dr Noor Hisham, Dr Dzulkefly, Dr Whitford, Prof Doughty and iheed chief executive officer Dr Tom O’Callaghan after the signing of the memorandum.

THE Health Ministry and RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC), formerly known as Penang Medical College, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new pathway for family medicine training for doctors in Malaysia.

This will involve the MOH and RUMC working together to accredit suitable centres and trainers to deliver training in family medicine.

It will also involve establishing a new and agreed curriculum for training that will be implemented in association with all relevant bodies in Malaysia to meet the needs of the country’s rising population.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah signed the memorandum with RUMC president and chief executive officer Prof Stephen Doughty in Putrajaya on Aug 24.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus vice-president and registrar Dr David Whitford witnessed the signing.

Prof Doughty said RUMC is Malaysia’s 10th foreign university branch campus to provide the highest quality education to undergraduates, postgraduates and to life-long learners.

“We are delighted to be able to provide access to the highest quality of healthcare training and to cement further linkages between Ireland and Malaysia.”

Dr Whitford said this initiative will increase the capacity of Malaysia in producing well trained family physicians to serve the health needs of the Malaysian population.

“Primary care is the cornerstone of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world and we are delighted to be working with the Health Ministry to further strengthen family medicine in Malaysia.

“We also welcome the opportunity to introduce a further element of high quality Irish healthcare education into Malaysia through our collaboration with the Irish College of General Practioners (ICGP) and iheed (an online medical education company).

“RUMC intends to work closely and in collaboration with iheed, and the ICGP in order to achieve our objectives. The newly trained family physicians will receive an ICGP membership,” he added.

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).

RUMC has been providing the highest quality medical education since 1996 and is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school.

Graduates are awarded medical degrees of the National University of Ireland that are recognised worldwide.

The core medical degree programme takes students to RCSI or UCD in Ireland for their pre-clinical years and to RUMC and its teaching hospitals in and around Penang for their clinical training years.

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