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Sunday, 2 Sep 2018
THE Health Ministry and RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) (formerly 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 ministry 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 healthcare needs of the country’s rising population.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah who represented the ministry, signed the memorandum with RUMC president and CEO Prof Stephen Doughty.
It was witnessed by Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus vice president and registrar Prof David Whitford.
“RUMC is ideally placed as 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,” said Prof Doughty.
Prof Whitford who spearheaded the collaboration, said this initiative will increase the capacity of Malaysia in producing well trained family physicians to serve the health needs of the population.
“Primary Care is the cornerstone of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world and we are delighted to be working with the 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 Practitioners (ICGP) and iheed,” he added.
RUMC intends to work closely and in collaboration with iheed, an online medical education company, and the ICGP in order to achieve their objectives.
The newly trained family physicians will receive membership of the ICGP.
This story was published based on a press release at The Star Online: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2018/09/02/pact-signed-to-provide-training/#4dgCTFAj2xMsM82k.99