I am delighted to be involved in the launch of a new
training programme for Family Medicine in Malaysia.
This programme has been launched at the invitation of
the Malaysian Ministry of Health, who recognise the need
for strong primary care. Family Medicine is the cornerstone of all efficient health care systems. Evidence shows
that primary care effectively helps prevent illness and
death. The means by which primary care improves health
includes increasing access to health services for relatively
deprived population groups, improved quality of clinical
care, its impact on prevention, its impact on the early
management of health problems, and the contribution of
primary care to more appropriate care, thereby reducing
unnecessary or inappropriate specialty care. Serving the
population as a Family Physician is a choice to pride
This new programme for Family Medicine training is a collaboration between RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) – formerly Penang Medical College, Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and iheed. As such we will be implementing the ICGP curriculum for Family Medicine contextualised to Malaysia. The MInTFM Programme will be delivered in a similar way to the Irish programme in a four year training scheme, leading to registration on the National Specialist Register.
We look forward to greeting and supporting the first group of Family Medicine trainees to the MInTFM Programme.
Professor Dr David L Whitford
MD (Cantab), MA, MB BS, FRCGP, DRCOG
MInTFM National Programme Director
Vice-President (Academic Affairs) & Registrar, RUMC.