AMMCOP activities

College of Paediatrics
Academy of Medicine of Malaysia
Activities 2019


  1. MRCPCH Clinical Examination (March and October 2019)

    The College of Paediatrics continued to collaborate with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK to conduct the MRCPCH clinical examinations here in Malaysia.  There were 2 diets of examinations held in Malaysia: March and October 2019.  The March examination was held on 4-5th March at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Seremban and Institute of Paediatrics, Hospital Kuala Lumpur.  The October examination was held on 9-10th October at Institute of Paediatrics, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Selayang respectively.  There were 48 candidates for each examination held.

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    Picture: Prof Thong Meow Keong, President of the College of Paediatrics presenting token of appreciation to the external examiners, at the examiners dinner held at the Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur on the 10th October 2019

  2. The 10th National Paediatric Research Conference in conjunction with the Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA-SEA) Public Forum

    The 10th National Paediatric Research Conference was held on the 9th April 2019, in conjunction with the Public Forum of ENeA-SEA, at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Kuala Lumpur.  The theme for this tenth conference was, “Advancing Research in Nutrition in Paediatric Practice”.  About 200 participants comprising doctors, dietitians, nurses and students from all over the country have participated.  Professor Dr Cheah Fook Choe, the Chairperson of the organising committee opened the conference with a welcoming speech. 

    The morning session highlighted the issue of providing optimal nutrition, which was vital to improve the long term outcomes of preterm infants.  Dr Chatchay from Mahidol University, Bangkok, discussed nutritional intervention in preterm infants for better neurodevelopmental outcomes.  Digital distance learning is widely adopted in the current era of teaching-learning activities.  Professor Dr Berthold Koletzko introduced the platform of Early Nutrition eAcademy – South East Asia (ENeA-SEA) which utilizes a digital distance learning approach on early nutrition for the first 1000 days of life.  It consists of an interactive module which covers 6 topics including nutrition and lifestyle during pregnancy, breastfeeding, breastmilk substitutes, nutritional care for the preterm infant, identification and management of malnutrition, and complementary feeding. 

    This conference continued in the afternoon with further delightful discussions in Ethics in Nutritional Research, The Role of Probiotics in Early Nutritional Intervention, Dealing with Picky Eaters and The risks and patterns of Catch-up Growth in Children on Nutritional Therapies.  The speakers were Drs Erwin Khoo Jia-yuan, Winston Yong Sin Chuen, Juriza Ismail and Tan Sue Yee, respectively.

    There were 22 poster presentations with two winners. The best presentation was by Nizatul Nurain with the topic, Prevalence of eating disorder and its association factors among high school adolescents in Terengganu, Malaysia while the second prize was awarded to Nurul Huda Razali for her presentation on, Effectiveness of printed educational material on nutrition management among Paediatric Oncology caregivers in Institut Pediatrik, HKL.  The judges were Dr Chin Yit Siew, Head of Community Nutrition, and Dr Nurul Husna from UPM, plus Drs Erwin Khoo Jia-yuan and Winston Yong Sin Chuen from the College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine.  The winners were awarded RM 1000 and RM 500 cash prize for the first and second best poster respectively.  This was presented by the President of the College of Paediatrics, Prof. Thong Mew Keong, who then closed the meeting.

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    Picture: Group photograph of members of the organizing committee led by Prof Cheah Fook Choe and members of the College of Paediatrics

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    Picture: Poster presentations at the 10th National Paediatric Research Conference

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    Picture: Speakers at the Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA-SEA) Public Forum

  3. Effective Educational Supervisor (EES) courses 2019

    Following the initial training by the RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) trainers from the UK, the College of Paediatrics continued to co-organise further Effective Educational Supervisor (EES) courses in 2019 in 2 regions.  One course was conducted in Kota Kinabalu on 30th -31st August with 31 paediatricians mainly from Sabah and Sarawak attending.  The second course was held in Penang on 19-20th October with 31 paediatricians from the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia.

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    Pictures: Attendees consisting of paediatricians and their trainers at the EES courses

  4. Workshop on Genomic Medicine 2019 (14-15 October 2019)

    The Workshop on Genomic Medicine 2019 was held on 14-15 October 2019 at Tutorial room A, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).  This workshop was jointly organised by College of Paediatrics Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMMCOP), Malaysian Node of the Human Variome Project (MyHVP) and Human Genome Centre, School of Medical Sciences, USM in collaboration with department of Paediatrics, School of Medical Sciences, USM.  The theme for the workshop was “Breaking the secret of genetic diseases”.

    The workshop was attended by 53 participants from various professional background including medical doctors, postgraduate students and allied health sciences staffs. The workshop started with an opening speech by AMMCOP President, Prof Thong Meow Keong. He then delivered a talk entitled “An overview of Paediatric Genetics”. The program continued with a number of scientific talks on the first day and hands-on laboratory work on the second day.

    The list of speakers who gave the scientific talks are as follows:

    Prof. Thong Meow Keong, Prof. Zilfalil Alwi, Prof. Ravindran Ankathil, Assoc. Dr. Sarina Sulong, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sarwany Mohamed, Dr. Erwin Khoo Jia Yuan, Dr. Rowani Mohd Rawi, Mr. Ang Thiau Fu

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    Picture: The participants who attended the Workshop on Genomic Medicine 2019

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    Prof Thong delivered the welcoming speech at the Workshop on “Genomic Medicine 2019”.

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    From left to right: – Prof. Zilfalil, Prof. Thong, Assoc. Prof. Erwin with the local organising committee from USM

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    The hands-on PCR workshop held on the second day of the “Workshop on Genomics Medicine 2019

  5. Kuala Lumpur International Neonatology Conference 2019 (KLINC 2019)

    The year 2019 also saw College of Paediatrics being co-organisers with University of Malaya and Perinatal Society of Malaysia for the 3rd Kuala Lumpur International Neonatology Conference in conjunction with World Prematurity Day (KLINC & WPD).  This was held at SunMed Convention Centre, Sunway Medical Centre on 20th-23rd November 2019.  This year’s theme is “Evidence-Based Neonatology: Examining Evidence. Seeking Solutions”.  The conference was very successful and was attended by 328 delegates from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, United Kingdom and Indonesia.  In addition to the main conference, there were a pre-conference workshop on Pearls of Knowledge for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners on 19th-20th November and Clinician Performed Cardiac Ultrasound & Haemodynamics Workshop on 20th November.

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    Picture: Opening ceremony speech of the KLINC2019  by Assoc Prof Azanna Ahmad Kamar

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    Picture: The Royal Patron of the Perinatal Society of Malaysia with other guests of honour at the opening ceremony of KLINC 2019

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