Post graduate Specialty Training in Anaesthesia
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
In 1975, Professor Ganendran obtained for the University Hospital the recognition as a teaching hospital for the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It was the first Malaysian hospital recognised for this training, and it was an international acknowledgment of the high standard of care and training in the department. In June 1987, the Master of Anaesthesiology degree programme was started by the University of Malaya. This is a four year Master of Anaesthesiology course and The course provides for basic specialist training in anaesthesia and also provides subspecialty anaesthetic training. The aim is to enable the degree holder to carry out all the duties of the consultant in the specialty of anaesthesiology in any hospital in Malaysia. The course programme was developed by Professor Delilkan.
In June 1987 the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Malaya introduced the Master of Anaesthesiology degree course. The first candidates to complete the course graduated in June 1991. This course has been fully supported by the Ministry of Health through scholarships or paid leave granted to applicants for the whole duration of each course. This support has enabled many doctors in Ministry of Health hospitals to acquire formal specialist training in anaesthesiology, with a resultant increase in the number of practicing anaesthesiologists in the country.
In December 1988 the Part I, Master of Anaesthesiology Examination was conducted jointly with the Faculty of Medicine of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia. This was the first major step by the two universities to establish a conjoint Master of Anaesthesiology. The conjoint examinations are now fully established for the two universities and future, linkages with the other national universities will be developed. The four year course, leading to the degree of Master of Anaesthesiology, provides:
a) Specialist training in anaesthesia, pain medicine, resuscitation and intensive care,
b) Subspecialty training in anaesthesiology,
c) Exposure to research methodology.
The aim of the degree programme is to enable the anaesthesiologist to practice independently in anaesthesia in a Malaysian hospital as well as to inculcate a lifelong commitment to excellence and learning.
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