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Psychological Medicine Department

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The department of Psychological Medicine was established in 1965, soon after the founding of the faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya in 1964. The department was then headed by Professor N.N.Wagner from the United State of America, a clinical psychologist. Professor Tan Eng Seong was the first Malaysian psychiatrist to head the department. In 1976, Associate Professor Teoh Jin Inn became the head of the department followed by Assosiate Professor Woon Tai Hwang in 1977, Associate Professor M. Subramaniam in 1991, P rofessor M. P. Deva in 1992 and Assosiate Pofessor Hussain Habil since 1998.The postgraduate trainningin psychological Medicine was launched in 1973 to address the shortage of psychiatrist in Malaysia. It was initially started as a two-year MPM (Masters in Psychological Medicine).

The Department views its mission at the Undergraduate level as being charged with the responsibility, via the medical undergraduate instructional programme, for the preparation of the potential graduate instructional programme,for the preparation of the potential graduate to operate as an effective, safe and well informed medical practitioner. To this aim the department facilitates the education of the undergraduate to be able to recognice and treat basic psychiatric conditions, to provide basic information and explanation to patients and the community and to understand and utilise referral mechanisms for more complicated psychiatric conditions.

The Department views its mission at the post-graduate level as being charged with the responsibilty, via its post-graduate training programs,to produce a specialist in psychiatry. A specialist who possesses clinical skills, a discerning mind and high ethical standard to manage psychiatrict problems,whether it may be simple or complex. A specialist with a keen interest in reearch and well versed in the different treatment modalities. And lastly,to produce a specialist with managerial skills to co-ordinate resources in the running of Psychiatric wards, rehabilitation and community service programmes in their future locality of practice.

The Department also considers its mission to share the knowledge gaine in its various activities, to provide a forum for discussion and to disseminate information to the staff of UMMC, the Medical Faculty, General Practitioners, other Psychiatrist, as well as other medical and health workers. This will be achieved in various ways including the conduct of short courses and workshops.

 
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Staff
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Profesor Dr. Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman

Head of Department

 
 
Academic Programme
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Research
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Research Activities

The Department also considers its mission to share the knowledge gaine in its various activities, to provide a forum for discussion and to disseminate information to the staff of UMMC, the Medical Faculty, General Practitioners, other Psychiatrist, as well as other medical and health workers. This will be achieved in various ways including the conduct of short courses and workshops. Research activities include:

  1. Interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary : medical, psychiatry, infectious disease
  2. Local and international organizations : Ministry of Health, Yale University, King’s College London

Ongoing Research

  1. Prevalence and pattern of substance use among inmates receiving treatment in Pusat Serenti, Malaysia.
  2. Outcome of substance use and symptomatology among schizophrenic patients with comorbid stimulant dependence treated with partial dopamine agonist in UMMC, K.L.
  3. Depression and anxiety disorders among heroin dependence receiving Buprenorphine maintenance therapy in a community based drug rehabilitation (PROKIM, Malaysia, K.L).
  4. Attitude and practice of drug substitution therapy and harm reduction strategy among clients seeking treatment in drug rehabilitation centers in Malaysia.
  5. Psychiatric and medical comorbidities among drug users on the street of Kuala Lumpur.
  6. Psychiatric morbidity and characteristics of clients seeking treatment for ‘daun ketum’ in Alor Star district, Kedah.
  7. Outcomes of Methadone Maintenance Therapy versus standard care treatment among drug dependence inmates release from SERENTI centers.
  8. Pilot study on methadone maintenance therapy in Prison, Malaysia.
 
Services
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Services Offered

Services provided including treating all kind of psychiatric conditions. These include depression, sleep disorders, functional pain disorders, anxiety disorders, child and adolescent disorders, adjustment disorders, geriatric disorders and drug addictions. Through UMCced this department are also conducting certificate course in Addiction, stress management, rehabilitation psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. All these courses are not only meant for health workers but for NGOs, government officers, employers, managers and teachers.

Some of the main services provided by the department are as follow:

  • Out Patient Psychiatric Clinic
  • Addiction Psychiatry Services
  • Psychiatry Rehabilitation Unit
  • Psychiatry Day Center
  • Job Training Center and Sheltered Workshop
 
Future Plane
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Last Updated: 08/02/2019