A Memorandum of Agreement ceremony between the Malaysian Society of Parasitology & Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) and Universiti Malaya (UM) was officiated on 6th December 2021 at The Cube, Faculty of Medicine. This event was held in conjunction with the launching of a new Master programme by the Department of Parasitology. Funds received from MSPTM will be used to renovate and convert two seminar rooms at the department into a lecture hall, which will be named the CP Ramachandran Hall. The Vice Chancellor of UM, YBhg Professor Dato’ Ir Dr. Mohd Hamdi Abd. Shukor, the Dean of FOM, Professor Dr. April Camilla, and President of MSPTM, Dr. Sam Mohan Aruputham, were present for the MOA signing ceremony.
The opening ceremony of FOM’s new research hub, the Dato Panglima Kinta Eusoff Research Centre, has become one of the Faculty’s highlights of the year. This newly revamped research centre, formally known as Bangunan Tahan Lama, was inaugurated on 13th December 2021 by Universiti Malaya’s Chancellor, His Royal Highness (HRH) Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah. The funding for the construction of the research centre was contributed by one of UM’s Alumni, Datin Ragayah Mohd Eusoff in early 2019, followed by a memorandum of agreement to establish a high-impact research centre.
World Disability Day, an event held to honour and celebrate persons with disabilities, was held on 4th December 2021, with the theme this year, 'Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era'. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine organized an exhibition of artworks by people with disabilities, all of which who were former patients treated by staff in the department. The event was officiated by the Honourable Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi. Over 80 artworks which showcased oil, acrylic, hand batik and face mask paintings were exhibited. The exhibition was held until 14th December 2021 with free entry, where it received an encouraging response from the public.
The recent floods over the weekend (18th-19th December 2021) caused by days of heavy rain have displaced an estimated 70,000 people in the Klang Valley and Selangor region. Many rivers have overflowed their banks while major roads have been cut off. The Registrar’s Office, Universiti Malaya, recently organised the UM Flood Relief Volunteer Program, held on 22nd December 2021. Dr. Jasmine Lim, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Surgery who participated in the program, shares her personal thoughts.
Flood Relief Mission at Ground Zero - by Dr. Jasmine Lim
“Selangor Floods: Over 2,800 people evacuated from their homes in Klang’ was amongst the major newspaper headlines on 18th December 2021. Thousands of pictures and videos were shared via social media over the weekend, showing the extent of this catastrophic disaster and its impact on people’s lives. My heart sank as I saw the struggles of flood victims.
Joining the UM Flood Relief mission allowed me to witness the aftermath at ground zero myself. We visited and offered cleaning services to one of the affected UM households in Puchong. The house was full of mud and most household items were damaged as flood waters rose to chest level over a short period of time. With the spirit of “gotong-royong”, we helped the family clean the entire house, including the living hall, kitchen and bedrooms. I was involved in cleaning the kitchen and tableware with my comrades from other faculties. It was truly a heart-warming experience, and I shall remember it for a long time. Herein lies one of my favourite inspirational quotes; -
“The last two years have really taught us a lot, and it’s important that we reflect on being better people, a better society. Power to me is about doing the right thing, doing good and ultimately, giving back” - Prof. Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Tatler’s Power Award 2021 winner.
The UM Innovative and Creative Group program, better known as the KIK program, is one of UM’s initiatives to preserve a culture of innovative and creative thinking to solve problems in everyday essential work. It also serves as an important platform to generate new ideas that can be implemented to improve the quality of efficient services. At the university level, the top management has high hopes that the implementation of KIK will lead to new systems and operations that can directly improve the quality-of-service delivery, foster closer cooperation, as well as promote a more collaborative work culture among staff members. This initiative also augments and strengthen our understanding of the UM core values (Passion, Oneness, Integrity, Sincerity, Empathy), and furthermore, serve to enhance the image of Universiti Malaya.
UM’s first KIK Convention was held on 21st – 22nd December 2021. There were 47 teams competing with the largest number coming from UMMC – 15 groups, followed by the Faculty of Medicine - 5 groups. The Ortho Sparks team, consisting of Dr. Muhammad Ziyad, Pn. Suhaili binti Mohd, En. Muhammad Lutfi Md Zin, En. Muhammad Helmi Harun and Pn. Sahrinanah Mappiare from the Faculty of Medicine was selected for ‘Anugerah Inovasi Harapan’ under the Technical Category. Well done to all teams!
The Breakfast@UMHealth web series, an online continuous medical education (CME) endeavour, aims to provide relevant clinical knowledge for clinicians, academics and the public, primarily based on the knowledge and expertise of the clinical academic staff, medical specialists and researchers from Universiti Malaya. The web series also involves leading clinicians, scientists and trendsetters from other institutions. Listed below are the Top 10 most watched episodes this year.
|1||3||Survivorship in Cancer||https://youtu.be/pxewUmDvIj8|
|2||16||Bariatric Surgery in UMMC||https://youtu.be/d9-pNOnZc1c|
|3||2||Criminalization of Drug Use and Toxis Society: Decriminalization the way forward||https://youtu.be/1asgD_CN9OY|
|4||31||Using UV-C Irradiation Effectively and Safely as a Disinfectant||https://youtu.be/VE0q3NalNyw|
|5||20||COVID-19 Vaccination – The Work of the Independent Covid-19 Vaccination Advisory Committee||https://youtu.be/lxwGuaM4QxA|
|6||22||Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder||https://youtu.be/jk85aRUIFZ0|
|7||17||The Fight Against HIV: Are We Winning?||https://youtu.be/qE8mj-P3_S8|
|8||6||UM Faculty of Medicine Best Neuroscience Publications Awards||https://youtu.be/kz2Wh3QVHYw|
|9||21||Sarcopenia and Cancer in Elderly Patients||https://youtu.be/xOkF9x7zdd8|
|10||16||Trauma Registry Universiti Malaya (TRaUMa)||https://youtu.be/ODzCJyd8Xm4|
The "Keluarga Malaysia, Keluarga UM, Jom Derma Darah" programme, an initiative by the UM branch of the Majlis Anak Mahasiswa Pulau Pinang in collaboration with the Universiti Malaya Medical Society (UM MEDSOC) and the National Medical Organization (NMO) for Malaysia (SMMAMS) to raise awareness regarding the importance of blood donation. The programme was directed by FOM’s 2nd-year medical student, Shee Loke Yuan. The event was officiated by YB Sim Tze Zin and graced by Prof. Dr. April Camilla Roslani (Dean of FOM), Dr. Mohammad Salleh Yahya (UMMC Deputy Director of Medical Services), Dr. Christina Lee (UMMC Head of Transfusion Medicine), Assoc. Prof. Dr Nadia Atiya (Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, UMMC), Woon Shi Sien (SMMAMS President) and Khairul Ameen (UM MEDSOC President).
YBhg. Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Universiti Malaya’s newly appointed Board of Directors (LPU) Chair, visited the Faculty of Medicine (FOM) on 11th January 2022. The visit was received by the Dean, Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani, and members of the FOM Management team.
During the visit, YBhg. Tan Sri Zarinah, UM’s first female LPU Chair, was briefed on the Faculty’s achievements as well as on challenges and issues that the Faculty faces. Tan Sri Zarinah spent an hour on a walkabout around the “Quadrangle” [comprising the Clinical Skills Unit (CSU), Anatomy Dissection Hall and ORL Simulation Lab] accompanied by the Dean, the Director of Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), and other members of the management team.
The 19th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) was held on the 14th - 16th January 2022 with the theme, “Our Heritage, Our Strength: Future Proofing Healthcare Professionals”. In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, with co-organizers, National Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) and International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia, the conference attracted 1,150 participants (healthcare professionals & students) from 34 countries. Various workshops and symposia were held over the three-day conference covering topics such as teaching and learning, assessments, leadership within the medical education context in response to the challenges the global pandemic has brought upon us. The conference kicked off with a one-day Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NoTSS) masterclass on 8th January 2022, then proceeded with 2 more days of pre-conference workshops and special courses on 12th and 13th January, before the commencement of the main conference from 14th to 16th January 2022. Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfurlah, UM Chancellor, was present for the opening ceremony to give his opening keynote address.
At the event, UM’s very own MBBS Stage 3.3 student, Chan Chee Ken, successfully won the Young Scholar Merit Award for his oral presentation on “The impact of recurrent waves of COVID-19 on the mental health of medical students: a cross-sectional study”. Co-Authors for the work include Lam Thian Yin (MBBS Stage 3.3) and their study supervisors, Dr. Kanesh Kumaran Seevalingam, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Retnagowri Rajandram and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shanggar Kuppusamy.
Dr. Wan Kim Sui, a PhD graduate from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, became the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Award 2021. The award ceremony was held on 21st January 2022. It was attended by Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani (Dean of FOM), Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Mohamed Ismail Merican, Dr. Hoe Chee Peng, and Mr. Ronald Quay Ong Guan (representatives from Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society), Professor Dr. Shahrul Bahyah (Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Studies), Professor Dr. Victor Hoe (HoD of Social and Preventive Medicine), and Dr. Wan’s academic supervisors, Professor Dr. Noran Naqiah Hairi and Professor Dr. Moy Foong Ming. This award was established with sponsorship from The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society (Penang) and aims in recognizing the best candidate for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) programme at Universiti Malaya.
My name is Wan Kim Sui and I was born in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. I completed my secondary and high school in SMK King George V before obtaining my Doctor of Medicine in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2010. After my housemanship, I served in the hospital, health clinic, and state health department before pursuing my public health study in University of Malaya. I graduated with a Master of Public Health (with Distinction) in 2018 and a Doctor of Public Health (with Distinction) in 2021. I am currently the district health epidemiologist in Port Dickson and in the gazettement process to be a public health medicine specialist. I am an avid runner and triathlete, but the current COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the training process.
I was truly delighted when I first heard the news.
The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Public Health Award was established with sponsorship by Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang and in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. The award shall be awarded annually to one Doctor of Public Health student with the best achievement in the program based on four domains: leadership, community engagement, academic standing, and professionalism. https://spm.um.edu.my/about/dr-wu-lien-teh-public-health-award/
I am truly honoured to receive this inaugural award. While I feel elated, I am humbled as what I have done or achieved is relatively insignificant compared to Dr Wu Lien-Teh. Nevertheless, I will take this recognition as an inspiration to work harder and hopefully contribute to public health and society.
My doctorate thesis's title is 'Trends and predictors of glycosylated haemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol among patients with type 2 diabetes in Negeri Sembilan. I merged six different datasets from the National Diabetes Registry to form a five-year retrospective open cohort between 2013 and 2017. Although the concurrent attainment of A1C, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol goals, collectively known as the 'ABC' goals, had improved from 4.5% to 5.8%, the overall performance remained suboptimal. There were demographic differences whereby non-Chinese ethnic groups and younger adults had the most inadequate control of ABC. Hence, targeted interventions can be directed at these high-risk populations.
My study also investigated clinical inertia in type 2 diabetes management, which tends to be overlooked in Malaysia. Clinical inertia happens when there is a failure to initiate or intensify treatment promptly according to evidence-based clinical guidelines due to multifactorial conditions. I found that the median time to diabetes treatment intensification was more than one year among patients with uncontrolled A1C. During the average of 2.6 person-year follow-ups, less than half of them had treatment intensification. These findings provided real-world evidence about clinical inertia in diabetes management in Malaysia. I hope more studies are done to explore the underlying causes of clinical inertia in Malaysia in order to develop effective strategies to address this problem.
The high burden of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Malaysia. My ultimate motivation is to apply the research findings to improve type 2 diabetes patients’ health by avoiding preventable cardiovascular morbidity and mortality through optimal control of ABC. A tool called “Report Card on ABC Goals in Diabetes” has been developed and printed through a smart partnership with the State Health Department of Negeri Sembilan. I am happy to share that the tool is being used in new research on ABC knowledge, awareness and practice among healthcare providers and patients. My co-researchers and I hope for positive outcomes so that the tool can be adopted in daily clinical use.
Think about the ‘so what’ question. As researchers, we spend many years studying a focused topic in great depth. Thus, it is critical to ensure our efforts and research outputs are helpful to others.
I am now learning that having the research findings is only the first step. The following job is to approach relevant stakeholders and decision-makers and advocate our ideas if we want changes to materialize. The process is not easy, and thus, it would be helpful to have genuine interest or passion in our research topics.
On the 22nd and 23rd of January 2022, the Deans’ Office, together with the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM), organized a coaching and consultative masterclass titled “The New Leadership Paradigm & Breakthrough Results” for the Faculty of Medicine (FOM) Management Team and all Head of Departments. The two days’ workshop was held at the Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Neela Mehan from the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM), a renowned corporate trainer, organizational consultant, and educationist. Through the workshop, he shared his extensive knowledge and experience to the participants on how to change and improve your mind-set for continuous improvement and growth. He also shared with the participants the essential leadership skills to become an effective and world-class leader.
All in all, the two-day highly stimulating workshop was an eye-opener to understand the right leadership characteristics on becoming an effective leader for the organization, while at the same time leading a well-balanced life.
This year, through their free webinar series, the UM eHealth Unit hoped to showcase digital health case studies, cutting edge technologies, and educational and research awareness in Digital Health. In the first webinar session on 24th January 2022, Professor Dr. Wong Chee Piau, founding president of Digital Health Malaysia, gave a talk on the “Current Trend of Digital Health”. Professor Wong has been instrumental in the growth of Telehealth in Malaysia as he and his team at Monash University, Malaysia initiated the Telemedicine National Conference in 2015 which attracted the interest of the Ministry of Health Malaysia. In his talk, Professor Wong walked through the historical path of how Digital Health was back in 1996 and how the Malaysian government has moved towards paperless hospitals and Total Health Information Systems (THIS) in many public hospitals. The current healthcare ecosystem is disease-based, while the future should move towards wellness-based where healthcare is precise, predictive and preventive. Among the future of healthcare related directly to digital health are digital and cloud-based inventories, patient centric consultations using mobile technology, homecare using wearable devices, and the use of Internet of Things platforms. Finally, Professor Wong discussed the requirements for Digital Health implementation which includes regulation, training and education for end users, retraining of all healthcare stakeholders and narrowing the digital divide.
The first FOM Inaugural Lecture for 2022 was by Professor Dr. Nortina Shahrizaila, held on 25th Jan 2022. Dr. Nortina is a Professor of Neurology from the Department of Medicine. She has sub-specialty clinical and research interests in the field of neuromuscular disorders and motor neurone disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Virtual Inaugural Lecture titled “Through Thick and Thin: Exploring the Nerves” was live streamed via the Fakulti Perubatan Universiti Malaya YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/rQmB2IHt-RA
Healthcare practitioners in Malaysia have to regularly communicate with a diverse and multicultural patient population with very different rationale, behaviour and approach towards healthcare.
The Department of Primary Care Medicine recently organised a “Cultural Competence in Healthcare Workshop” for clinicians and healthcare professionals on 28th January 2022. The aim of the workshop was to determine how culture influences health and health beliefs, how health impacts on cultural assumptions and stereotyping, the rationale for cultural sensitivity, and the use of different communication strategies.
Twenty participants from various faculties attended the workshop. Speakers and facilitators engaged participants with some thought provoking and insightful discussions about the perspectives of different health belief systems. This included strategies on how to work with different people’s varying health beliefs, lifestyles and circumstances, which would then influence choices and behaviour in seeking healthcare services. The featured speakers at the event were Assoc. Prof Dr. Phyllis Lau (University of Melbourne), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pauline Lai (Department of Primary Care, UM), Dr. Siti Nurkamilla Ramdzan (Department of Primary Care, UM) and Mr. Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UM).
The Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine organized a Photo Competition in conjunction with Academia Day (5th October) and Academia Month (October) with the theme of “FOM Key Pandemic Inspirations” from 4th October 2021 to 8th November 2021. We are pleased to announce the winners as selected by a panel of judges;
1st Prize: Teo Shin Shin (Department of Emergency Medicine)
2nd Prize: Beh Jin Wey (Department of Emergency Medicine)
3rd Prize: Mohazmi Mohamed (Department of Primary Care Medicine)
Consolation Prize: Ong Teng Aik; Loo Fui Jane; Aizura Syafinaz Ahmad Adlan; Mohd Nahar Azmi Mohamed; Nur Afiqah Salleh; Nasrin; Teh Ru En; Chong Chun Yip; Francine Chai
Team Members: Nosrihah Ismail, Noor Nadiah Ahmad Nasharuddin, Thibashini Nair Sathasivan, Nur Liyana Azmi, Anis Haziqah Ayop, Asmad Rizal Mohd Khir
Community gardens have taken off in recent years, with more and more neighborhoods realizing its benefits to the environment and to the health and wellbeing of community members. Similarly, many institutes have begun to catch on and are developing their own form of community gardens at the workplace. Having that in mind, the Cangkul Project, a group of staff from the Central Research Laboratories (CRL) have started off their KIK project named “Edible & Sensory Community Garden by Cangkul Project”.
The project started in September 2021 by utilizing the backyard of the Medical Biotechnology Laboratory building for the cultivation of edible plants such as herbs, vegetables, flowers as well as a special site which functioned as a sensory garden. This site will also serve as a hub for communication between faculty staff and the teaching and learning centers. The structure and landscape created will also be a stress reliever for the visitors.
The Edible & Sensory Community Garden concept uses a ‘raise bed’ technique that does not disrupt the existing soil structures. As part of the sustainability practice, the Cangkul Project makes use of unattended used pots and garden pots for planting purposes where these appliances have also been creatively crafted for use as the exclusive attraction of the Faculty of Medicine. In addition to connecting with nature through the simple act of digging in the soil, gardening also offers the opportunity to relieve stress through more physical acts such as breaking branches and yanking out weeds. Simply exerting energy through physical labour could be enough to get the staff to forget about the stresses of the office and recharge for the next workday.
The Cangkul Project is highly confident that the “Edible & Sensory Community Garden by Cangkul Project” will be a starting point in establishing sustainability practices in the Faculty of Medicine and contribute to Universiti Malaya’s cleaner, greener, safer, and seamless campus community experience. Come and join hands with Cangkul Project’s volunteering program. You will be amazed realizing the value of working in the dirt and producing your own food!!
Our answer would be: "Living in a post-apocalyptic world where skyscrapers are made of ancient trash"
To avoid our worst nightmare, we figured that we should start by joining the Sunday Recycling Day, organized by Tzu Chi, liaised via the UM Medical Society. We started the day by partially re-enacting our worst nightmare: being buried in ankle deep plastic while sorting them. Fortunately, the day went uphill after that, to the point that it was one of the most unforgettable and meaningful days of our lives. Not only were we able to contribute and participate in the front-seat view of Earth-saving efforts in Malaysia; we had the privilege to personally sort recycling materials such as plastics, papers, glasses, metals. It was on that day we learnt that recycling doesn't magically end with us throwing our trash into the three different coloured bins. Instead, that was the very beginning of the long process of recycling. The types of recyclables were so complicated that it reminded us of the Physiology classes that we attended.
Our surprises didn’t end there. We also learned from Prof. Lucy about endocrine disruption, a spectrum of diseases that has yet to gain the awareness it should. We were given detailed descriptions of how micro-plastics were, are and would be affecting us and our descendants for years to come. Unlike treating infections where we can just treat with courses of antibiotics, following the government guidelines, we are forced to figure out its effect at the expense of our health. Fortunately, we were on the right track to curb its impact by participating in the event.
“Recycling is not economically sustainable” is one of the arguments constantly used by right-winged parties all over the world. That argument has always been impeccable, and without us knowing, it has steered many away from recycling. It made us ponder, how can recycling be economically sustainable? Compared to reaping raw materials from mother Earth, procuring materials from people surely can’t be economically sustainable, right? Boy, were we wrong! That day, we were taught a valuable lesson about how economically sustainable recycling was. Watching them weigh sorted trash and turning them into funds for welfare purposes was just so satisfying and inspiring.
Despite all the benefits we had learnt from a day of volunteering, the prevalence of recycling is still low not only among old people, but also among youngsters. Why is that so? In our humble opinion, environmental awareness has made its presence known in all areas of everyday life through social media such as Instagram, TikTok and Youtube. However, the level of practice is still lacking among our batchmates and even in the younger generation because they can’t feel the fruits of their efforts. Unlike studying which guarantees them good results in written exams, recycling is long term work with little results to show, hence the return just doesn't seem proportional to the investment. The lack of immediate reward in going green dampens their interest to recycle.
Thus, education is the key to promoting going green. Going green should be instilled into the souls of the next generations, just like all those moral values that we had to learn for our Pendidikan Moral. Besides, we should also do aggressive campaigns to target older generations who have long past their schooling days. In summary, barriers to recycling that currently exist should be acknowledged and removed in order for the involvement and participation from different parties. After all, the whole point of recycling is to ensure a sustainable planet for everyone to live in.
Dr. Lee Way Seah is a Professor in Paediatrics and Senior Consultant at the Department of Paediatrics, specialising in paediatrics, gastroenterology and hepatology. He joined the Department of Paediatrics, UM as a lecturer in 1996 and was promoted to Professor in 2006. Professor Lee has published more than 120 scientific papers in local and international journals. Professor Lee has also edited four paediatric reference books; ‘'Handbook of Hospital Paediatrics', 'Handbook of Hospital Paediatrics, 2nd Edition', 'Textbook of Paediatrics and Child Health’ and most recently ‘Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition: A Survival Guide’. He was the President of College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia from 2006 - 2012, and the Head of Department of Paediatrics from 2011 - 2016. In April 2016, Professor Lee was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia, becoming the second paediatrician in Malaysia to be elected to this prestigious academy. Prof. Lee officially retired from UM on 28th January 2022.
Members of the Nursing Society (NurSoc) under the Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine volunteered at several flood relief locations from the 23rd - 26th December 2021.
On the first and second day, the members volunteered at the Gurdwara Sahib Temple in Petaling Jaya to provide assistance to the flood victims. Members helped to cut vegetables, pack essential grocery items and food packages to be distributed to the flood victims around Klang Valley. On the third day, NurSoc members volunteered at SMK Sri Muda, Shah Alam to clean the muddy school compound which was terribly affected by the flood. Members cleaned and washed the muddy areas, cleaning the school compound, classes, canteen and the drains.
Members collaborated with the Universiti Malaya Students’ Union (UMSU) Press and Cuci Malaysia on the following day to provide support and assistance to the affected areas at Bukit Lanchong, Shah Alam by cleaning their houses and living compounds. Members who volunteered felt extremely glad and blessed to be a part of this volunteering programme of community service, giving us an opportunity to realize the importance of humanity and community cohesion. #kitajagakita #kitabantukita.
Also in December last year, a group of 34 first-year and second-year UM medical students, led by second-year medical student, Rex Chan Zhen Khai, assisted Mr. Kuan Chee Heng (or more famously known as "Uncle Kentang"), a well-known philanthropist, and his NGO in a post-flood recovery operation to help distribute goods to flood victims in Puchong.
"I believe one of the most admirable Malaysian traits is that our community will always rise to help out each other during any sort of dire situation, regardless of our age, religion or skin colour. The recent flood disaster was the perfect example to showcase that anyone and everyone can do something to help out those in need." - Rex Chan Zhen Khai, second-year UM medical student.
The UMeHealth Unit organised an office party at the Bilik Galeri, FOM on 15th February 2022 to welcome new members (Professor Dr. Lee Ping Yein and Assoc. Professor Dr. Norimichi Hirahara) to the unit, and to celebrate the relocation into a new office space (albeit a temporary one). The event also aimed to enhance collaboration with partners and promote activities of UMeHealth. The UM eHealth Unit (UMeHU) was established in 2020 with the aim to use information and communications technology to improve healthcare for patients and the community. UMeHU comprises researchers, healthcare providers, computer scientists and industry representatives. They collaborate with academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs, consumer groups and industries to conduct research, enhance teaching and learning and innovate healthcare delivery.
Phacoemulsification has progressed tremendously over the past few decades and has become the gold standard of cataract surgery. The importance of mastering one of the most important skills in Ophthalmology must be instilled in every practicing resident of Ophthalmology.
The Ophthalmology Department, University of Malaya (UM) and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) organised its second Phacoemulsification Workshop, a quintessential session on cataract surgery techniques, phaco-dynamics and techniques to undertake during a challenging cataract surgery. It was a collaborative effort that included the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). It was well supported by other industries particularly companies involved in providing the phacoemulsification machines, intraocular lens and related items.
The workshop was held on 17-18th February, 2022 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay. It was officiated by the Head of Department of Ophthalmology, Associate Professor Dr Norlina Binti Ramli and led by Dr. Penny Lott as the chairperson. It was a huge success with 18 attendees from all universities involved. There was a forum showcasing the latest machines and equipment along with the techniques involved in cataract surgery with the top national and international faculty who shared their valuable experiences.
The organising committee led by Dr. Penny Lott made sure that knowledge was abundantly shared by Professor Khairidzan Mohd Kamal from IIUA. Techniques for management of hard cataracts and intraocular lens implantation were illustrated along with hands-on practice using the Kitaro set that was provided by both UKM and Hospital Selayang. The in-house lecturers of the Ophthalmology Department (UMMC) were present to provide personal insights in their respective areas of expertise, thereby enriching the overall experience.
In a nutshell, the Phacoemulsification Workshop 2022 superseded its expectation. It has cultivated sufficient training in the minds of young budding surgeons of Ophthalmology, making it a very memorable experience.
The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS)/Paediatric Orthopaedic unit under the National Orthopaedic Center of Excellence for Research & Learning (NOCERAL) recently organized a TSF Correction for Valgus Tibia on 18th February 2022. The aim of the workshop was for our medical practitioners and Master of Orthopedic Surgery (MORTHSURG) students, to learn the theory and practical applications on the use of implants on bone models and the system used for the procedure. We hope our surgeons and students will acquire the relevant skills to offer comprehensive options for the management of their patients with deformities.
Eight of our Master students attended the workshop. The facilitators were from the Orthopaedic Surgery Department; Dr. Mohammed Ziyad Abduljabbar Albaker, Dr. Maria Shelynn Wong and Dr. Devarani Pancharatnam.
A forum organized by Universiti Malaya through the Universiti Malaya Community Engagement Center (UMCares) in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Pfizer Malaysia and MR DIY, was held on 19th February 2022 via Zoom. The session began with a welcome speech by the chief organizer, Associate Professor Dr. Nur Amani Natasha Ahmad Tajuddin, from the Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine UM. Invited panellists present included YBhg Pn Fadhilah Sidek, Senator/Syariah Lawyer, Professor Dr. Sajaratul Othman, Senior Consultant Specialist, Family Medicine, Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine UM, Inspector Nurzahira Abu Yaziz, Consultant Investigation Inspector, Criminal Investigation Division, IPD Wangsa Maju, and Madam Fatimang Ladola, Society Development Officer, Department of Medical Social Work, Universiti Malaya Medical Center. Among the topics discussed were body safety rules, child grooming, healthy & unhealthy relationships and marital rape. The forum was also attended by the residents of PPR Gombak Setia. You may click the following link to watch the recorded session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-U3fMx0ufU&t=1375s
On the 23rd February, Professor Dr. Sajaratulnisah Othman took the public audience through an informative and interactive webinar on intimate partner violence. Professor Dr. Sajar is a Professor of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, and the Chair of the Violence Intervention Committee at UMMC. The webinar was organised by heroes.my, an initiative of Uplift.my by BAC Education. The one-hour session was participated by 45 participants. Kindly click on the link below for the recording of the webinar: https://vimeo.com/681236100
The Department of Parasitology’s Journal Club held a seminar on ‘Rosetting phenomenon in malaria: who cares?” on 23rd February 2022, which was attended by 35 participants. The webinar was presented by Dr. Wenn-Chyau Lee. Rosetting is a biological phenomenon where a Plasmodium-infected erythrocyte (IRBC) is stably adhered to the uninfected erythrocytes (URBC). Since its discovery in 1988, various works have been conducted to associate the rosetting phenomenon with the disease severity of malaria. However, the postulated roles of rosetting in malaria pathogenesis were not well studied. Through years of investigations via cross-institutional and cross-national collaborations, the speaker and his colleagues have deciphered the roles of rosetting in the pathogenesis of malaria. In this seminar, the speaker presented these works in chronological order. The postulated role of rosetting in facilitating merozoite invasion has been disputed. Instead, this phenomenon works as an immune-escape mechanism for the parasites, as well as a “buying time” strategy for the late stages of P. falciparum against the action of artemisinin, the current first line anti-malarial drug. These recent research breakthroughs on the immune-pathobiology and drug resistance development of malaria parasites were discussed in detail during the session.
*Wenn-Chyau Lee received his BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Sciences from Universiti Malaya, Malaysia in 2011, and graduated with his PhD in Medical Sciences from Universiti Malaya in 2014. Subsequently, he joined the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN, A*STAR) as a research fellow at the Laurent Renia’s Laboratory. He was appointed as a SIgN fellow after receiving the OF-YIRG grant, awarded by the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) of Singapore in the year 2018. He joined the newly formed A*STAR ID Labs as an investigator in the year 2021. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya as a senior lecturer.
The second FOM Inaugural Lecture for 2022 was by Professor Dr. Tan Kay Sin, held on 25th February 2022. Dr. Tan Kay Sin is a Professor of Neurology from the Department of Medicine. Professor Dr. Tan began his career in neurology in 1999 after joining UM as a lecturer. His research interests include ischaemic stroke in young adults, homocysteine as a residual risk factor for ischaemic stroke, and RNF213 in moya-moya disease, to name a few. The Virtual Inaugural Lecture titled " Advances in the Management of Stroke: A Journey in Time'' was live streamed via the Fakulti Perubatan Universiti Malaya YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Ecfk21YnplA
The Master of Health Research Ethics (MOHRE) Programme, jointly developed by the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, John Hopkins University conducted the second series of the MORES Hot Topic in Research Ethics webinar on the 25th of February 2022 . Discussing on the topic titled “Participation of Women in Research in Low- Middle- Income Countries (LMICs)”, Professor Dr. Vina Vaswani from the Yenepoya College (Deemed to be University), shared a rich mix of experience in bioethics research and education on the participation of women in clinical trials within LMICs. The discussion spanned from recruitment decisions, negotiating participant responsibilities, balancing domestic burdens, to sensitizing researchers to the nuances of gender-based issues in research. The webinar witnessed the participation of approximately 70 participants from all over the world and received very engaging feedbacks and questions.
The MOHRE Team would like to thank all participants and attendees of the event. To view the recording of the webinar, please go to the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics webpage.
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The programme is funded by the Fogarty International Center of the United States National Institutes of Health (Grant R25TW010891).
Sometimes, it helps to get away from it all. The Faculty of Medicine Management Strategic Planning Retreat 2022, held on 26 – 27 February 2022 at Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur aimed to synchronise the 2022 strategic planning for academics, research, people & empowerment, student affairs, development, quality management and finances with the direction and aspiration of the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025. The 2-day retreat was filled with brainstorming and strategizing sessions on the Faculty’s Key Performance Index (KPI) for 2022.
The Majlis Amanat Dekan Tahun 2022 successfully took place on Friday, 18th February 2022 from 9am to 11am. The event was held at the Bilik Fakulti, Faculty of Medicine, UM, and was streamed via YouTube Live and ZOOM. Aimed to inform faculty members on FOM’s upcoming plans and projects, the event was attended by FOM’s top management team. Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani, Dean of FOM, introduced the team present for the event; Professor Dr. Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin, Deputy Dean of Undergraduate, Pofessor Dr. Shahrul Bahyah Kamaruzzaman, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate, Professor Dr. Sanjay Lekhraj Rampal, Deputy Dean of Research, Associate Professor Dr. Wan Yusoff Wan Sulaiman, Deputy Dean of Development & Infrastructure, and lastly, Associate. Prof. Dr. Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal Tengku Dato’ Omar, Deputy Dean of Student Affairs.
The event began with the Dean acknowledging the projects, events, seminars, workshops of 2021 that have successfully taken place, as well as the myriad of promotions and achievements of our students and faculty members. After a brief run through of the university’s three main plans, UM Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025 (5-year time frame) and UM Transformation Plan 2021 – 2030 (10-year time frame), and the UM Master Plan 2050 (30-year time frame). With any long-term plan, the Dean underlines the vision of UM in becoming a global university impacting the world, and its mission to push boundaries of knowledge and nurturing aspiring leaders, as the main guides for the three UM plans, along with the core values of P.O.I.S.E. (Passion, Oneness, Integrity, Sincerity, Empathy) acting as a framework to make these plans a reality. Professor Dr. April touched on the UM Health Project with FOM being a part of this plan, where its aim is to bring together all five entities in UM related to health: namely the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Malaya Medical Centre and the University of Malaya Specialist Centre. This is to ensure a more streamlined implementation of plans where all five entities work towards a common vision and mission.
Professor Dr. April then proceeded to present the crux of the event which is the Faculty of Medicine Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025. Keeping in mind the vision, mission and core values of the university and its long term plans, four thrusts that are integral in fulfilling the FOM Strategic Plan’s own vision (to become “a global academic health science centre that transforms society through knowledge and empowerment.”) and mission (“to nurture lives and empower communities through high quality and transformative healthcare scholarship in education, research, service and leadership, in a diverse and engaging environment.”) were ideated. These four thrusts/pillars are (1) People & Empowerment, (2) Academic Excellence, (3) Impactful Global Research and (4) Infrastructure & Financial Sustainability.
The first thrust that was highlighted, the People & Empowerment thrust, emphasized on three goals and strategies: sustainable leadership, talent management and culture and legacy. In line with the first strategy where among its goals were to train potential leaders, a series of leadership courses have been planned, where it kicked off with the first series, successfully conducted on 9th December 2021 at the TJ Danaraj Auditorium. As for talent management, one of the measures implemented is the reformation and merging of units and departments to become the under one roof for facilitation of communication for future projects. In the area of culture and legacy, one of the visibility plans included reviving the Rubrica News Bulletin which is now actively reporting on the latest news and events of the FOM community monthly and the Breakfast@UM Health with academic and non-academic talks, the formation of the Medical Humanities & Ethics Unit (MedHEU) with their policy developments to create a more comfortable environment for staff and students, and lastly promoting positive culture and values within the FOM community which saw the launch of a few new events to get everyone together and socialize such as Academia Day, and FOM’s participation in the recent Gotong Raya Perdana UM.
Next, as one of the leading tertiary education institutions in the country, goals and strategies for the Academic Excellence thrust focuses on high value academic programmes, outstanding teaching and learning experience and student empowerment. Increasing the intake of local, private and international applicants and the professionalization of trainers are some of the initiatives working towards producing high value academic programmes, where one of the related projects, the National Postgraduate Medical Training Curriculum (NPMC) Project, was recently launched in August 2021. Incorporation of various e-learning mediums such as Lecturio and virtual patient learning platforms into teaching and learning, and the continuation of the Teachers’ Tool Kit training programmes are among the initiatives to improve the learning experience for both, students, and staff. With regards to student empowerment, the FOM aims to increase attention in the areas of student welfare, faculty engagement, industrial collaborations, and student bodies.
Being one of the most esteemed public research universities in the world, the third thrust spotlights on Impactful Global Research. Goals and strategies cover the following: skilled and ethical researchers, the forming of interdisciplinary research partnerships and creating an equitable research ecosystem. In the area of training quality researchers, various workshops have been planned in 2022 for clinical, general and lab research. A variety of topics will be covered, from how to write each section of a research article as well as writing styles in publications and research ethics, each tailor made for FOM’s budding researchers. With nearly 200 national and international research collaborations, our faculty’s publication numbers reached an all-time high (over the past 5 years), with a total of 805 research papers published in ISI-indexed journals. Additionally, research grants received in 2021 amounted to RM23.5 million, an increase of RM8.6 million from the total received in 2017, with significantly more allocation coming from government and private grants. Prioritizing early career researchers for grant allocations and the mentoring and training in grant preparations are among the incentives under the equitable research ecosystem aspect.
Finally, the Infrastructure & Financial Sustainability thrust underscores its goals and strategies of efficient fund management, sustainable income generation and the enhancement of FOM’s facilities and Space Utilization. The recent formation of the Business Unit of FOM allows a more structured and well-regulated review of project proposals for any business ventures, and the evaluation and analysis of these applications, aligning with the goal for this trust to manage funds in a more efficient manner. With the presence of the Business Unit to oversee the faculty’s spending, expected activities for 2022 -2023 consist of producing a fixed budget for building maintenance, fundraising activities, small donations, fiscal prudence of centres and joint venture development of department renovations. Outcomes of the facilities enhancement and utilization of space measures can already be seen around the faculty, such as the renovation of the Clinical Skill Unit (CSU), the reopening of MediCafe and Synapse after a short period of dormancy. Several upcoming renovation plans were also presented such as the future renovations of the FOM Museum, offices, studio, simulation theatres in Block D, along with the renovation of the anatomy dissection hall and MD labs. The dean reminded everyone on the utmost importance of income generation for the faculty as these renovation projects would require a hefty sum of money to have “proper, long lasting, sustainable renovations”.
With that, final words by the dean: her humble request for every single member of the faculty to “engage, volunteer and collaborate” in said planned projects under the Faculty of Medicine Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025, by working together in order for the vision and mission of the faculty, university, and the nation can be achieved.
You can watch the Majlis Amanat Dekan in full by clicking on the links below:
The Faculty would like to congratulate our postgraduate student, Dr. Helmy Jameed Abu, and his supervisors from The Department of Nursing Science, Dr. Vimala Ramoo, Associate Professor Dr. Chong Mei Chan, and Dr. Mahmoud Danee, for the excellent performance at the Asia Pacific Conference on Nursing Science and Healthcare held on 1st and 2nd December 2021 in Dubai. The conference was organised by the Society for Nursing Practices (SFNP) and BioLEAGUES Worldwide with the theme “Obstacles and Developments in the field of Nursing Science and Healthcare”.
Dr. Helmy won the First Prize for the Oral Presentation entitled “Work Commitment and Organizational Communication Satisfaction among Health Care Professionals: The mediating role of Work Satisfaction”. RUBRICA is happy to share some of the conversation the team had with him.
The Colorectal Cancer Awareness Virtual Run 2022, in conjunction with Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, will be held in March 2022. This inaugural event is organised by the Department of Clinical Oncology and Department of Surgery, Universiti Malaya, with the endorsement from the Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons (MSCRS). This virtual event will kick off during the Coloproctology 2022 Conference on 4th March 2022, and will proceed throughout the entire month of March. The aim of this event is to promote colorectal cancer awareness and screening, to educate the public on colorectal cancer, as well as to promote an active lifestyle among the participants. This event will include 4 categories: 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km. Runners are allowed to complete the run one-off or cumulatively up to 5 splits. The top 5 runners of each category will be rewarded with a RM50 Grab voucher. Every successful submission will also be eligible for a lucky draw where the 20 lucky draw winners will be getting a RM30 Grab voucher.
Registration is open to the public at the following link: https://checkpointspot.asia/event/colorectal-cancer-vr
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastic health and socioeconomic impacts on all realms of society. It has also shed light on the important role of epidemiologists in the area of public health. Even before the pandemic, the growing ageing populations, longer life expectancies and increased number of individuals with chronic diseases pose challenges to the country and burden the public health system. In the ever-evolving field of medical science and the age of misinformation, the evidence-based, epidemiological approach is necessary to solve medical mysteries and make critical public health decisions quickly. The United States Bureau of Labour Statistics had predicted that epidemiology will be the fastest-growing career in the next 10 years, driven by a high demand following the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end, the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in Universiti Malaya is now offering a new Master program for those who are aspiring to work in the field of epidemiology at the local, national and international levels. The programme will serve as an initial stepping stone for those aiming to become a clinician-scientist, or an epidemiologist. On a more general note, postgraduate training in epidemiology will provide the opportunity to work in diverse settings including academia, government departments, international health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental organizations, and contract research organizations.
Our Master of Epidemiology programme will soon be open for registration and offered in September 2022 in two concentrations to suit the needs of different disciplines; Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health Epidemiology. The programme has been designed for applicants with a background in health, epidemiology, or quantitative research, where it will provide a solid foundation in epidemiological, analytical, and critical appraisal skills for those who aim to develop their understanding of the epidemiological and biostatistical theories and methods that underpin clinical medical research and public health practice. Among the core specialisation modules that will be offered under this programme include Study Designs in Causal Research, Concepts and Methods in Causal Inferences, Statistical Methods for Health Data Analytics, Clinical Epidemiology, and Epidemiology in Public Health Practice.
For more information, please refer to the following website:
https://spm.um.edu.my/academic/master-of-epidemiology/. Interested applicants may also contact the program manager, Puan Shamsina Shamsuddin at firstname.lastname@example.org or +603 7967 6689 for further information.
The Department of Parasitology, at the Faculty of Medicine, is as old as the premier and prestigious Universiti Malaya. Over the years, the department has taught thousands of post-graduate students, over and above the training conferred to students by the expected medical and biomedical programs by very high calibre and distinguished Parasitologists. The Department has consistently been ranked among the top three departments for research and innovation at the Faculty of Medicine. In keeping with new knowledge, the department successfully launched a new Master program: Master in Parasitology and Entomology, a one-year course to commence from September 2022 which will be offered to all local and international students. When the program was proposed, there was a dire need for a comfortable and modest space to accommodate lectures and discussions. Presently, only two small seminar rooms are available in the department which double as meeting rooms, running various other programs such as the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Bachelors in Pharmacy, Diploma and Bachelor in Nursing and other elective courses. In order to create this suitable space to nurture a new generation of parasitologists, a required sum of RM300k is needed to combine these two rooms into a decent sized lecture hall. It was this that led the department to embark on a donation drive to come up with this amount. The hall is named Dewan CP Ramachandran, a distinguished Professor who once walked along the corridors of our Department of Parasitology. Professor Emeritus Dato’ CP Ramachandran, among his endless accolades, was a founding member of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM).
In this dire time filled with constraints, it would be a challenge to seek your financial assistance. But we need to! Any amount to materialize Dewan CP Ramachandran – a space that will flower the potentials of seeds we are planting for Parasitology and Entomology in students globally which we are confident will grow into giant trees that will benefit many nations.
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Dr. Maznah Dahlui is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and a Professor from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) in the Faculty of Medicine. She joined the department as a lecturer in 2003. Prior to joining University Malaya, Professor Dr. Maznah served several years with the Ministry of Health and was also an entrepreneur. She specialises in health economics with interest in health programs evaluations. Professor Dr. Maznah was also the Head of the Department of SPM from 2011-2016, and was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Dean (Development) in the faculty from 2016-2019. She has been the Regional Director of APACPH (Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health) since 2013 and is also the secretary of the largest public health consortium in the Asia Pacific. Prof Maznah headed and chaired many committees and offices such as the Chair for the National Clearinghouse for Adolescent Health in Malaysia and Chair of the Technical Committee of Health Technology Economic Evaluation (TACHTEE), Malaysia. Her expertise has also been acknowledged with the appointments as the Technical Advisor for the ASEAN University Network on Health Promotion, and as a Visiting Professor for University of Airlangga, Indonesia. Prof Maznah officially retired from UM on 12th February 2022.
18th February 2022 was one of the most nostalgic days in the history of my life. I will retire from government service as an Assistant Science Officer in the Department of Molecular Medicine, Universiti Malaya.
I started working at the University of Malaya on April 19, 1993, serving a total of 29 years. I have gone through numerous grief-stricken experiences throughout my service yet all of that is a life I have accepted as an employee. I began working in the Department of Molecular Medicine when I was just a C17 Laboratory Assistant. However, after 15 years of my service in the Department, I was promoted to Laboratory Assistant C22 (KUP) on 1st July 2009. However, my personal advancement did not stop there. With the enthusiasm and support of lecturers and my colleagues, I decided to enroll in the Course Laboratory Assistant Transition Program where I was awarded a Diploma in Laboratory Technology in 2008. This enabled me to raise my rank as an Assistant Science Officer C29 on 9th August 2010. In addition, I was also given the Outstanding Service Award 3 times in 2001, 2004 and 2019 and Certificate of Outstanding Service in 2007 and 2013. This was an experience I will never forget throughout my service.
An organization will excel when all staff work together, helping each other in every task. My message to my comrades and students in the Department and Faculty is that when we have been entrusted with a task, do the task with sincerity, diligence and full discipline. God has created five fingers of different sizes, but they are quite perfect with their own functions. In the same way, we must always complement each other, each of us has advantages and disadvantages. Be united and tolerant among us so that we feel pleasure in working. In addition, respect the Head of Department, Supervisor, Lecturer, colleagues and students. Adhere to the principle of acting professionally, and always strive and be enthusiastic in working and learning so that the vision and mission of Universiti Malaya can be realized.
Finally, this retirement gives me more time for myself and family. I want to fill my retirement with spiritual knowledge such as attending recitation and religious classes and spending time with my family. Apart from that, I also want to do my hobby which is planting flowers, vegetables and herbs. At the same time, it will help me be more fit and active after retirement. Lastly, I also want to travel with my family at home and abroad.
The World Hearing Day (WHD) event, organised by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, took place over two days at Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). The first-day, held on 2nd March 2022, was a live broadcast of our 1st 3D ear surgery workshop. The Dean of FOM, Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani officiated the workshop for 50 healthcare professionals at the Lecture Hall, Medical Gallery (FOM). Professor Dato' Dr. Prepageran Narayanan performed the surgical demonstration with the support of UMMI Surgical for Karl Storz 2D and 3D equipment. The workshop was aimed to teach the surgical aspect of hearing rehabilitation to specialists from all over the country and budding ENT specialists.
The second-day (3rd March 2022) was a hybrid event dedicated to raising awareness and promoting ear and hearing care at a community and national level. The morning session consisted of a live webinar via Zoom (200 participants) and YouTube (for public) broadcast along the World Health Organization theme - 'To hear for life, listen with care'. The day started with speeches by the Director of UMMC, Professor Dr. Nazirah Hasnan, and chairman of WHD Associate Professor Dr. Jeyanthi Kulasegarah. The event was then officiated virtually by YABhg. Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Hj. Mohamad Ali, wife of ex-Prime Minister YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and one of our Cochlear Implant Programme founders. Throughout the morning, there were presentations by distinguished speakers and videos to highlight: 1. Safe listening tip for personal listening device users, 2. hearWHO mobile phone application and how to use it, and 3. Occupational Safety and Health (Noise Exposure) Regulations 2019 in Malaysia. Concurrently, a hearing screening was held for the public at Menara Timur, UMMC. In addition, vendors exhibited their products to bring awareness regarding available hearing rehabilitation devices in Malaysia.
Leading up to WHD, two media engagements raised awareness among Malaysians on hearing loss among teenagers and young adults. The first was a TV appearance on Selamat Pagi Malaysia (RTM 1) on 22nd February 2022 during the breakfast show. The second was a radio broadcast on TraXX FM on 28th February 2022 during the 'Health on TraXX FM' segment.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the committee members, our sponsors, and all those who worked very hard to make these events a success!
The Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya is very proud of our medical students who represented Malaysia and the Society of Malaysian Medical Association Medical Students (SMMAMS) at the recently held 71st General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) - March Meeting 2022 (MM22). MM22 was one of 2 general assemblies held by IFMSA each year, the other in August, to gather delegates from over 120 National Member Organisations (NMOs) to come together, discuss important issues, attend workshops and training as well as make important decisions and changes to the federation.
The Malaysian delegation, which was headed by Woon Shi Sien (a fourth-year UM medical student and the current Chairperson of SMMAMS), comprised of the following UM medical students: Cheah Khai Hoe, Foo Ming Xian, Kok Fang Juin, Lim Qun Ya, Peter Tan Hao Yuan, Phoon Leon, Chan Zhen Khai, Ting Hui Chin and Yong Qing Hui.
RUBRICA had the privilege to talk to one of the delegates, Foo Ming Xian and here are the excerpts:
I had the great opportunity to be one of the online delegates for the Standing Committee of Professional Exchanges (SCOPE) Sessions. SCOPE is one of 6 standing committees under IFMSA that mainly facilitates the IFMSA medical student exchanges for clinical rotations. The SCOPE sessions lasted for 3 days (2nd to 5th). There were sessions held to capacity build, interact with others and make important changes. I would like to take this opportunity to list a few notable events.
IFMSA being led by Medical Students understood it would be rather uninteresting if everything was held formally, so they decided to introduce a unique twist to the Opening Ceremony and Introduction session, the “Speed Dating”. The online delegates were separated into groups of 4 and were added into breakout rooms. From there we had a set of ice-breaking questions and had to interact with Online Delegates from other countries, some even from the other side of the globe! I guess this was exciting to me since I think this represents one of the core values of IFMSA, specifically SCOPE, which is to connect medical students from different backgrounds with the same end goals in mind. I’ve met up to 20-30 online delegates and although I'm sure this was the first time I knew of their existence, we easily clicked and started talking about studies, current issues, and overall life in general.
The “Main Event”, the SCOPE Plenaries, which for those who might not be as familiar is a session where National Exchange Officers (NEOs), or their representatives from SCOPE-active NMOs come together to vote for amendments and regulation changes to the SCOPE regulations, which serves as the guiding document for the IFMSA Professional Exchange Programme. As a NEO for SMMAMS myself, I find this session the most exciting as previously mentioned, this was the first time SMMAMS received voting rights in the SCOPE plenary. The procedures of the plenary were done professionally, and discussions were made in regards to some of the more interesting proposals. This gave me a first-hand look into how IFMSA practices its value of transparency in its decision-making process and how to let everyone have a voice to be heard while maintaining a civil environment.
On day 5, to conclude the event we had a brief closing ceremony where participants and organising committees alike shared their thoughts and experience throughout the 4 days of the event. Of course, goodbyes are never happy but for us, the SCOPE Sessions ended with a bang with the infamous “Blue Party”. The Blue Party is a session hosted by both the exchange standing committees, and since both are color-coded with different shades of blue, hence the name “Blue Party”. To make sure everyone was included, it was held online but believe me it did not deduct any marks on how entertaining it was. There was music, dances, an entertaining host, and loads of reactions. For me, after 4 days of rather formal sessions, this was a breath of fresh air as in the end, we’re all still students and we’re all still enjoying the youth of life. Although being professional is expected of us, there’s no harm in having fun once in a while.
Of course, there are many more sessions that were hosted that I haven't delved into, such as the External Session: Medical Ethics within Student Mobilities, or The Exchange Leader: Team and Conflict Management. There’s also the coveted Exchange Fair that features exchange officers promoting their SCOPE-activated universities for Student Exchanges.
In short, being able to participate in MM22 is nothing short of a fruitful experience. The organizing team is really pleasant and polite, the delegates were also engaged and approachable and I even met some new friends there! I would like to thank the organizing team at IFMSA for the stellar experience as well as SMMAMS for giving me a chance to be a delegate to MM22. There is still an August Meeting this year, feel free to have a lookout for it if you’re interested!”
The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS)/Paediatric Orthopaedic unit under National Orthopaedic Center of Excellence for Research & Learning (NOCERAL) recently organized a LRS Correction for Varus Femur Workshop on 4th March 2022 (Friday). The aim of the workshop was for our medical practitioners and Master of Orthopedic Surgery (MORTHSURG) students to learn the theory and practical use of LRS implant in bone models. We hope the surgeons and students will acquire the relevant skills to offer comprehensive options for the management of their patients with deformities.
Eight of our Master students attended the workshop. The facilitators were from the Orthopaedic Surgery Department; Dr. Mohammed Ziyad Abduljabbar Albaker, Dr. Maria Shelynn Wong and Dr. Devarani Pancharatnam.
The Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and Organization for Women in Science for Developing Countries (OWSD) Malaysian National Chapter (MNC) organized the Women in Science 2022 themed 'Harmonious Work-Life Alliance' in conjunction with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2022 to commemorate international efforts to reduce gender disparity and recognising imbalances with respect to the education system, political affiliation, and employment opportunities for women.
The virtual event was graced with an opening speech by our Dean, Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani followed by a welcoming remark by OWSD-MNC Chair, Professor Dr. Lim Yang Mooi. OWSD International Chair, Professor Dr. Jennifer Thomson also delivered her thoughts and aspirations virtually from Cape Town, South Africa and reiterated OWSD’s commitment to enhance opportunities and develop strategies for the participation of women across various platforms as well as to promote increased participation of women in science and technology to address national concerns at all levels of society. Professor Dr. Rofina Yasmin Othman (CEO, UMCB, Universiti Malaya), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hwang Siaw San (Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak) and Dr. Aina Fazlin Ibrahim Bajunid (Founder of Amazingly Fit, Amazingly Fit for Kids & Abundance Factor) shared their vast experiences and knowledge with participants on topics ranging from Women Entrepreneurship, Empowering Women in Science Career to Knowing One’s Priorities. The event received overwhelming positive feedback from all participants who remarked that it was relevant and helpful.
#BreakTheBias – celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and to act for equality.
In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2022, an interesting LIVE fireside chat with the women leaders on this topic was held on 8th March at 8pm. The educational fireside chat that was organised by the STAR media and supported by ZP Therapeutics, had Professor Nur Aishah Mohd Taib and A/P Dr Nirmala Bhoo-pathy as the keynote speakers. It is crucial for us as a society to be aware of the importance of early detection of breast cancer and how gender affects access to cancer care. One most important take home message is: Seek Treatment early, there is hope in Breast Cancer!
Here is the link of the recording in YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMebaRhAej4
MERDU had the pleasure of hosting a Research Showcase featuring some of the recent 3.1 and 3.2 student elective posting projects. This spectacular group of students shared not only about their research projects, but the experiences and lessons learned during their postings.
The presenters represented large collaborative projects and small independent studies, and from projects that exceeded expectations, to those with managed challenges. Research interests ranged from medical indicators to financial implications, rare diseases to lifestyle factors, and of course the value of negative findings and surprises in unexpected places.
Hearty congratulations to all of the students who have recently completed their research elective posting and may they successfully continue on the windy path of research and discovery.
A recording has been made available for anyone who is interested and can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P4QrqnuVCRiRNagLj25bfedfHg13S2kp/view?usp=sharing
The Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, would like to congratulate our Dean of Medicine, Professor Dr April Camilla Roslani on her induction as an Honorary Fellow of the Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (PSCRS), the oldest colorectal surgical professional body in the ASEAN region, at a ceremony that was held during their 12th International Scientific Meeting on 11th March 2022. The PSCRS’s honorary fellowships are awarded to international colorectal surgeons of high standing who have contributed to the development of colorectal surgery both in their own countries and the Philippines.
Prof. April was also selected by the PSCRS’s Board of Trustees as this year’s Porfirio M. Recio Memorial Lecturer, in honour of Professor Porfirio Mayo Recio, who is regarded as the Father of Colorectal Surgery in the Philippines. The honour of delivering the Porfirio M. Recio Memorial Lecture is bestowed to a colorectal surgery practitioner who has made a significant impact and contribution to colorectal surgery in their home country and internationally. Past recipients include luminaries such as Stanley Goldberg, one of the pioneers of American colorectal surgery, Brendan Moran, who is a world authority on cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC, as well as Jun-Gi Kim, the father of Korean laparoscopic colorectal surgery. During her Porfirio M. Recio Memorial Lecture, Prof. April spoke on Crafting a Purpose-Fit National Surgical Training Programme – Trials, Tribulations and Silver Linings.
Prof. April is the first woman and the first Malaysian to be accorded both distinctions and her achievements has surely contributed to Universiti Malaya’s vision of impacting the world.
The Siriraj International Medical Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology Competition (SIMPIC) 2022, was held virtually from 12th - 13th March 2022. It was organized by the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand. This year, a total of 80 teams participated in the event, consisting of 320 medical students from 41 medical schools, representing 14 different countries. Universiti Malaya was represented by three (3) teams of 12 UM medical students, as follows:
For the team category, Team 2 was listed in 6th place out of 80 teams in the qualifying round contest, and qualified to compete in the second round competition.
For the individual category, 30 medals (15 bronze, 10 silvers, and 5 golds) were awarded to students who attained the highest scores. Three of our students were awarded the bronze medal: Shee Loke Yuan, Tan Hui Tian, and Choy Yoong Miin.
Interview with the winners:
Many thanks to the academic staff, alumni, students as well as the UM Medical Society, represented by Tan Wei Zhen, the Liaison Officer of Academic Competition, who helped in various coordination tasks.
FOM is very pleased to support such activities that empower our students to explore their potential and benchmark themselves against the very best in the region.
On 16th March 2022, The Department of Parasitology’s Journal Club hosted a talk on “The Role of Single Cell Eukaryotes in the Host Gut Microbiome: Pathogen, Passenger or Probiotic?” The talk was presented by Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Tan Shyong-Wei and chaired by Dr. Lee Wenn Chyau.
Microbiota is required for normal health and development. Microbiome in the gut is predominantly prokaryotic in nature with a minor subset of eukaryotes. Assoc. Prof. Kevin Tan initiated the talk by explaining several terminologies in microbiome study. He also introduced some research and analytic tools applied in microbiome research. This was followed by the introduction of his parasite of interest, i.e., Blastocystis, the most prevalent protist in human guts. There are conflicting reports on the role of Blastocystis in the patho-physiology of gastrointestinal system. Some showed that it contributes to pathogenesis, whereas others revealed data suggestive of its association with healthier gut microbiome profile. Hence, the pathogenicity of Blastocystis is hypothesized to be subtype-dependent.
In this seminar, Prof. Kevin focused on two Blastocystis subtypes, i.e., subtype 4 (ST4) and subtype 7 (ST7). ST4 shows worldwide distribution. It is associated with higher bacterial diversity and healthy gut microbiota. On the other hand, ST7 is rarer, and more commonly found in Asian populations. It has higher prevalence in diarrhea patients, and those with gut dysbiosis. Assoc. Prof. Kevin and his team have been comparing the effects of Blastocystis ST4 and ST7 colonization on the intestinal microbiota profiles in mice. They investigated the effects of Blastocystis ST4 and ST7 on the pathological outcomes of Dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. As of the time of this seminar, the study was the first comparative study of Blastocystis pathological effects at the subtype level under controlled conditions. The team found that Blastocystis ST4 and ST7 colonization by itself exerted no obvious pathological effect on normal healthy mice. Nevertheless, Blastocystis ST4-colonized mice revealed restructuring of the gut microbiome and prevented DSS-induced colitis by enhancing Treg responses. On the other hand, ST7 infection exacerbated the severity of DSS-induced colitis, probably via dysregulation of Th1 and Th17 cell differentiation. This study contributes supporting evidence of ST-dependent impacts on microbiome and immune responses of the host, subsequently contributing to the variations in pathological outcomes to the hosts when the gut microbiota homeostasis is disrupted.
The journal club was attended by 48 people virtually.
Associate Professor Kevin Tan Shyong-Wei has been appointed as Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine with effect from 1st August 2020. Assoc Prof Tan is currently the Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies) at NUS Medicine since 2019. He is also the Head of Innovation in Graduate Studies, National University Health System since 2015. He has been exploring creative ways of treating parasitic infection. His research covers broad range of parasite from hemoprotozoa to intestinal protozoa.
A great success: The committee members of AIM 2022 celebrating the closure of the event with Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yazid Bin Jalaludin in the Faculty Room, generously provided by the Faculty of Medicine.
“A fiery passion helps fuel students to face the hardships of medical school, whereas an uncertain mind diminishes their desire to continue down the road.”
An Insight into Medicine (AIM) is one of the several annual programs held under the Baktisiswa project. Aside from the intention to raise funds for the medical volunteering program(s) of Baktisiswa, the purpose of this program stems from the arduous decision-making process pre-university students often go through before charting a course towards their future careers.
Hence, AIM was organized to allow students who are interested in studying medicine to be equipped with adequate information and knowledge about the profession, curriculum, and application process before making their final decision.
Officiated by Prof. Dr. April Camilla Roslani and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal Bin Tengku Dato’ Omar on the auspicious day of 19th March 2022, AIM achieved its objective by enlightening the minds of 250 participants via a series of seminars, forums and sharing sessions held on the virtual platform, Zoom. As a matter of fact, all sessions are proudly hosted by our very own medical students of Universiti Malaya alongside numerous noble medical professionals and lecturers, of whom include Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yazid Bin Jalaludin, Prof. Dr. Anna Marie D/O Nathan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Amani Binti Ahmad Tajuddin, Dr. Siti Nur Masyithah Binti Ma’arof, Dr. Sheriza Izwa Zainuddin, Dr. Mohd Hafyzuddin Bin Md Yusuf, Dr. Hong Wei-Han, Dr. Kelvin Siew Shenq Woei, and Dr. Nor Adriana Binti Muhammad Ridzuan Tan.
With bounteous positive and constructive feedback from the participants, AIM 2022 came to an end with great satisfaction from all parties, and are zealous to benefit a wider audience in the future.
To view our event booklet, use the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11xspMe3yhhIoKaIlQMnIaR38abaISiHV/view?usp=sharing
#We’ll help you AIM, so you won’t miss!
Listen, learn and interact: Participants feeling contented with the fruitful sessions they had throughout the day.
The Faculty of Medicine wishes a heartiest congratulation to Professor Liam Chong Kin and Professor Ng Kwan Hoong who were inaugurated as Emeritus Professors at the 61st Universiti Malaya Convocation Ceremony. An emeritus professorship is a lifetime award that is awarded to a professor who has retired from service but continues to contribute to their field of knowledge.
Professor Liam is a Professor of Medicine and a Senior Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers who helped transform respiratory medicine into an important sub-specialised discipline in Malaysia. Prof. Liam is also one of the founders of the Lung Foundation of Malaysia and previously served as President of the Malaysian Thoracic Society from 2001 to 2009.
Professor Ng is a Professor of Medical Physics at the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya and a pioneer in medical physics in Malaysia. He was the recipient of the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award in 2018 and the Merdeka Award under the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement category in 2020. He was appointed a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2021.
The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS)/Paediatric Orthopaedic unit under National Orthopaedic Center of Excellence for Research & Learning (NOCERAL) recently organized an Ilizarov External Fixator Correction for Varus Tibia Workshop on 18th March 2022 (Friday). The aim of the workshop was for our medical practitioner and Master of Orthopedic Surgery (MORTHSURG) students to learn the theory and practical application of IEF on bone models. We hope our surgeons and students will acquire the relevant skills to offer comprehensive options for the management of their patients with deformities.
Seven of our Master students attended the workshop. The facilitator involved in the workshop was Dr. Muhammad Lutfi Abdul Rashid from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
The Basic Microsurgery Course is a 5-day course conducted throughout the year at National Orthopaedics Center of Excellence for Research and Learning (NOCERAL), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya. We aim to train the medical officers, masters students and surgeons on microanastomosis of arteries and veins as well as micro-coaptation of nerves. Our training modules start with 2 days of training with low fidelity models (latex sheet, artificial microtubes, chicken thigh and wings), followed by 3 days of training with anaesthetized live rats (femoral arteries, veins, sciatic nerves and tail arteries). The Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory can accommodate 2 to 3 students to participate in each course. Instructional lectures/ videos and adequate practical sessions are prepared for participants.
In March, we organized 2 courses, attended by our masters students; former, Dr Eva Mahirah and Dr Tan Kah Sui, latter, Dr Hue Chee Chen and Dr Wong Wai Kit. The facilitators were Assoc. Prof. Dr Jayaletchumi and Dr Khoo Saw Sian. We wish them all the best and hope they will be competent to perform microsurgeries independently in the future.
As an administrative staff at the Dean’s Office serving for 17 years, Puan Siti Zaleha, was well-known and loved by the academic staff who are involved in the undergraduate programme. She officially retired on 16th March 2022. Puan Siti Zaleha was with the Faculty of Education from 1986 until 2005 before she was transferred to the Faculty of Medicine in 2005 until her retirement in 2022. In recognition of her dedication and excellence at work, Puan Siti Zaleha received the Outstanding Service Award 5 times; 2000, 2002, 2008, 2013 and 2016 and Certificate of Outstanding Service in 2012 and 2016.
Throughout her years of serving at the university, the most memorable experience she had was the opportunity to represent Universiti Malaya at the Inter-University sport held in Perlis. After retirement, she hopes to deepen her religious knowledge and to care for her elderly mother. Her parting words - “Always work in a team and tolerate each other”
Here are some of the messages by our lecturers to Puan Siti Zaleha
I am sincerely grateful to Puan Siti Zaleha for all the years she has spent assisting the OSCE team. She is very nice, helpful, and hardworking. She was very dedicated to her work. She will ensure that all exam materials are properly and completely prepared, and if anything is missing, she will promptly address it. I recalled her helping us in the morning by counting and sealing all the exam materials that needed to be brought to the exam ward. Without her assistance, I believe we would have a difficult time ensuring that the OSCE exam went smoothly. We on the OSCE team will miss her now that she has retired, and I would like to wish her happiness and health in the coming years.
- Associate Prof. Dr Zulkarnain Jaafar | OSCE Coordinator
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Last Update: 22/04/2022