The FMSA “Top 10 in 2011″


It has been an exciting year for FMSA and I like to share the Top 10 FMSA activities and initiatives as following:

1. Family Medicine Specialist Technical Meeting

This meeting were conducted twice in 2011 where Family Health Division, MOH co-coordinating it – representative from all states majority are FMSA members attended this meeting. Special thanks to Dr Baizury Bashah, Head of Family Medicine Service, for her great work in putting together all the agenda!

2. 15th Malaysian Family Medicine Specialists’ Conference

This conference was organized in collaboration with Negeri Sembilan State Health Department and  IMU in June 2011 in Hotel Royale Bintang Seremban. It was a great success where more than 450 participants attended the conference. This is also the main event which generates income for FMSA. Keep up the good work. This year I hope members will continue to support the coming 16th FMSA Conference in Melaka

3. FMSA Membership Drive

We have strengthened the membership drive activities by making several road shows and keeping members alert in paying their membership fees. Let us all make our Treasurer’s job easier by ensuring payment early of the year. An association can only progress with full support from members. I like you all to also play your role in getting the juniors specialists to join FMSA

4. “Tools for Practice”

Thanks to the CME Team headed by Dr Nazrila who has provided several practical, evidence based CME activities. This initiative (some are in collaboration with the pharma industries) has gained recognition for its high quality and practical tips to improve practice.

5. Health Screening Guideline and Chronic Disease Management Module

FMSA collaborate with Academy Family Physician and MOH who has arranged several meetings in the preparation of the Primary Care Health Screening Guideline. Thanks to Assoc Prof Dr Tong Seng Fah and his team for the wonderful work so far. Hopefully once this guideline completed; this initiative will gain national recognition for its high quality, unbiased and practical tips to improve practice.

FMSA also has the opportunity to take part in the Chronic Disease Management Training Module. Thanks to Assoc Prof Anis who heads the project.  We hope to develop and deliver important educational initiatives around the new complex care plan. The research arm will continue this year in several health clinics in Selangor. Please give your fullest support in ensuring the success of the program

6. National Health Care Reform- 1CARE

Several members have been involved in the preparation of the 1CARE Blueprint. Currently I am the Chairperson for the Primary Health Care Benefit Package for 1CARE. I would like to thank all members who have taken time and lend their expertise in all the meetings and workshops. Let’s hope the journey to this coming health care reform will be smooth and primary care physicians’ will not be neglected.

7. Guidebook for FMS

This book consists of topics pertaining to FMS fraternity and is currently under editors’ review. The aim of this project is to provide FMS, especially the juniors, with input not just to be clinicians but other aspects as well.

8. Community Project

This is to promote FMSA among the community and other organizations, apart from implementing health activities advocated by the Ministry of Health.  A total of RM 10,000 per year is allocated to be given to 2 states (RM 5000 per state). The first project was held at Kedah on 20/1/11 together with ‘Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia’ (PDM) and the second project were held in Wilayah Persekutuan.

9. Getting the Director General of Health’s ear?

A meeting was held with the DG of Health and several issues were discussed among others were area of interest training and scholarship, FMS ‘Halatuju’ paper, organization chart in health clinic, KPIs, and constraint in primary care resources i.e budget and human resource etc .

10. FMSA Secretariat Room

FMSA has been renting a room in MMA Building for secretariat use while in process obtaining own property this year.

Looking ahead…

An organization is only as strong as its members and I hope this year FMSA true strength will be continuously demonstrated through the activity and passion of its members. I hope to get support from all members and the also the hard working team at the FMSA office!

Wishing you all the best in 2012!


Dr Mastura Ismail

President, FMSA


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