Message from the President
Greetings to all members of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members who had entrusted me to lead this Academy for this term.
The focus of our Academy have always been on continuing medical education and continuing professional development and over the years we have developed a structured training of professional family physicians. Hence it will continue to be my priority to support our current and future members in their pursuit of clinical excellence and ensuring high quality clinical practice, education and research for Malaysian general practice.
I will focus into improving the existing training program, both in its contents as well as its delivery, and look into ways to bring in more general practitioners into the training program.
New strategies need to be worked out to get more general practitioners to join the Academy while at the same time retaining existing members. Presently we have many members from the Ministry of Health joining our training program, and I would like to thank the Ministry of Health for encouraging their doctors to join our program. We look forward to the time when the government will provide financial aid to the Academy to run our training program. We also like to thank the Armed Forces for sending their doctors to join our training program and we look forward to more of their doctors to be trained by us for specialization in Family Medicine.
General Practice now, is facing grave challenges that threaten the function and viability of the practice. The Academy will, together with other relevant organisations especially the Ministry of Health & Malaysian Medical Associations, works towards resolving these issues.
Our collaboration with the Family Medicine Specialist Association will be enhanced, so will our collaboration with the Family Medicine organisations of ASEAN countries through the Asean Regional Primary Care Conference (ARPaC). As a member of WONCA, the World Organisation of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians, we will continue our active participation in this world organization. May 19th is World Family Doctors Day and we are working together with the Family Medicine Specialists Association (FMSA) to work out a program to mark this occasion.