The 4th annual PMC Research Day saw close to 150 attendees, making this the best attended Research Day thus far. The aim of Research Day is to showcase research conducted by PMC students and staff as well as to continue the cultivation of a research culture within PMC. Participants included members of Penang Hospital (Hospital Pulau Pinang), AIMST University in Kedah and the Orthodontic Clinic in Bukit Mertajam.

The distinguished guest lecture was given by Dr Lim Foong Yen, surgical director and fetal surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio, USA.  His lecture was on the development of innovations in fetal repair of spina bifida. Dr Lim demonstrated how attempting to prevent the complications of spina bifida required animal studies and case reports that later led to randomised controlled trials and the development of new materials.


The prizes for the best PMC student research presentations went to:

First prize

Yeang Li Jing, Class of 2018 (Surgical Site Infections after Gastrointestinal Surgeries at a Tertiary Health Institution in Penang)

Second prize

Joseph John Malayapillay Gerald, Class of 2019 (Surgical adverse events in Irish hospitals based on the Irish National Adverse Events Study (INAES): a retrospective record review study)

Joint Third prize

Vivien Tan Chern Yong, Class of 2019 (USP11 – a new approach in treating breast cancer) and Najhan Rosli, Class of 2019 (Graduate Preparedness for Housemanship)


There were also oral presentations and posters from PMC and hospital staff.

Cochrane Malaysia was represented at the event with a booth to encourage students to participate in the translation programme and electives. Cochrane Malaysia aims to provide the best evidence from research in order to facilitate improved clinical decision making.

There was also a presentation about Students4Best Evidence, an award-winning blog that students can use to learn evidence-based medicine.

Once again, a big thank you to the organizing committee and Ms Letchmi Praba for doing the administrative work, as well as everyone who participated or supported Research Day in one way or another.


Report By Dr Tan May Loong

Organizing Chairperson of Research Day at PMC