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Internal Medicine Physician provides care across the vastly diverse and complex field of adult medicine, ranging from acute critically ill emergency to the long-term management of chronic medical conditions. This field requires a comprehensive knowledge of medicine, including its recognised subspecialties. Internal medicine is the largest medical speciality in Malaysia, with more than 2000 specialists and over 800 trainees.

Internal Medicine deals with a myriad of diseases in adults from the simple, to complex multimorbidity. These features make Internal Medicine both stimulating and challenging, especially as the field continuously evolves through evidence and best clinical practices globally. Internal Medicine (IM) specialists provide a service that is essential for the safe and optimum delivery of health care. Conditions managed by Internal Medicine specialists and its subspecialties represent a very high proportion of patients seen daily. Regardless of what speciality a patient is admitted, it is common that input from the Internal Medicine specialist is required from diagnosis to recovery.

Internal Medicine specialists must be skilled diagnosticians and be interested in solving problems which are often complex. They play a central role in establishing connections between symptoms, signs and available data, while considering the person with the illness, to formulate a tailored holistic management plan as part of person-centred care.

Trainees in Internal Medicine will gain a broad-based experience in the generality of medicine together with periods spent training in a range of subspecialties. This training will provide the experience for future independent practice, whether in a tertiary hospital or a remote rural facility.

IM postgraduate training will ensure a solid foundation for a physician who will not only treat patients physically but also be mindful of person suffering from the illness. Internal Medicine also provides opportunities that promote multidisciplinary engagement with other health care professionals that focus on the holistic care of patients creating a rewarding training environment.


Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)

PEO 1 : Internal Medicine Practitioner who can apply their medical knowledge in identifying and solving problems relating to all sub specialties in internal medicine
PEO 2: Internal Medicine practitioners who are dedicated towards personal development and lifelong learning
PEO 3: Internal Medicine practitioners who are committed to promoting and improving the health of the local and national communities

PLO 1: Apply knowledge, concept and principles of Internal Medicine for optimum patient care
PLO 2: Conduct physical examination of patients and procedures competently and safely in the field of internal medicine
PLO 3: Practice social responsibilities in handling daily clinical tasks in internal medicine
PLO 4: Appreciating and demonstrating high professional and ethical values in handling daily responsibilities of an Internal Medicine Specialist
PLO 5: Communicate and interact effectively, display leadership features and be able to have team working with all levels of staff, including hospital management as well as patients and relatives.
PLO 6: Interpreting and analyzing critically and applying scientific skills to solve problems related to patient care in the field of Internal Medicine
PLO 7: Using knowledge and information of information technology in clinical services of Internal Medicine and pursing a lifelong learning culture.

Specialisation in internal medicine may lead the specialists to pursue further a particular area of interest in one of 13 subspecialties;

  1. Acute Internal Medicine 
  2. Gastroenterology & Hepatology 
  3. Neurology 
  4. Cardiology 
  5. Geriatric Medicine
  6. Palliative Medicine 
  7. Dermatology 
  8. Haematology 
  9. Respiratory Medicine
  10. Endocrinology 
  11. Nephrology 
  12. Rheumatology 
  13. Infectious Disease

The programme of study comprises three stages as follows:

  1. Stage I in the first year comprising:
    i) study of basic sciences relevant to the practice of internal medicine;  and
    ii) clinical clerkship under supervision with emphasis on emergency medicine / acute medicine
  2. Stage II in the second and third year comprising:
    i) rotational postings of three months duration each in the following eight disciplines of clinical medicine: Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology, Respiratory Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Haematology and Oncology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases and Dermatology
    ii) a research project
  3. Stage III in the fourth year comprising posting in an approved subspeciality or in general medicine in the Faculty or a recognised centre outside the Faculty
    - No candidate shall be permitted to proceed to Stage II or Stage III unless they obtained satisfactory for their annual portfolio review
    - No candidate shall permitted proceed to Stage III of the programme of study unless he / she passed Internal Medicine Qualifying Assessment (IMQA).

  1. The degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of the University or an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Senate;

  2. At least one year of clinical experience after degree and full registration
  3. Other requirements
    a. Qualifies for registration as a medical practitioner under the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) of Malaysia; and
    b. Satisfies requirement of entry examination (MEDEX) or has obtained MRCP Part 1 
  4. Candidates who are non-Malaysian citizens 
    a. have to fulfil requirement of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  600; or
    b. obtains band 6.0 for International English Testing System (IELTS)



Last Update: 14/06/2023