Paediatric Postgraduate Training in Malaysia Two parallel pathways: MMED (Paediatrics) and MRCPCH.

MMED (Paediatrics)

The 4-year Master of Paediatrics programme consists of three stages:

  • Stage l (Year 1) includes training in basic clinical paediatrics, basic sciences and emergency paediatrics. Ample opportunities to develop procedural skills are available especially when on-call.
  • Stage ll (Year 2 & 3) involves structured rotation in the various disciplines to develop well-rounded knowledge in paediatrics and child health. Trainees usually embark on their research project at this stage.
  • Stage lll (Year 4) involves advanced training in paediatrics including the subspeciality of choice. Trainees are allowed short attachments in subspeciality units in other hospitals.

Submission of a thesis/research project report is required at this stage before being allowed to graduate.

For Master of Paediatrics programme, apply through Ministry of Health Malaysia (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia).


ablogo_03Paediatrics is a competency-based specialty, and training is designed to enable paediatricians to deliver excellent standards of care within an evolving health service and to produce professionals who are sensitive to the needs of children and their families. All education, training and assessment processes meet the RCPCH curricula.



MOH Gazettement

MOH assessment criteria

  1. Personal Characteristics
  2. Academic & knowledge
  3. Clinical competence:
    1. Inquiry skill
    2. Problem solving & decision making
    3. Patient management (pre-operative, post operative and follow up including emergency cases)
    4. Technical skill
    5. Knowledge
  1. Personal learning & assignment
  2. Social & communication skill
  3. Documentation & Record keeping
  4. Participation in teaching learning activities
  5. Recommendations on suitability for gazettement

NSR criteria for registration

NSR criteria for Paediatricians registration

  1. Fully registered with the Malaysian Medical Council with current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC)
  2. One of the following Paediatric postgraduate degrees recognised by the Malaysian Paediatric Specialty Committee
    • M.Med (Paed) or equivalent awarded by University Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and University Putra Malaysia
    • MRCP(UK) up to year 2000
    • MRCPCH by Royal College of Child Health (UK)
    • MRCPI (Ireland)
    • FRACP (Australia)
    • American Board of Peadiatrics (certified)
  3. Completed postgraduate training in recognised centres
    1. Minimum of four (4) years of training
    2. Evidence of satisfactory postgraduate training as supported by a portfolio consisting of:
      • Log book of core procedures *
      • Satisfactory supervisors’ reports on Clinical Core Competency *
      • Core procedures *
      • Publications, reflections etc
      • (Note: * compulsory)
  4. Post Qualification Supervised Working Experience following completion of training, he/she will need to undergo supervised practice (fulltime capacity) in an accredited Malaysian hospital with a satisfactory report from an appointed supervisor. The duration of Post Qualification Supervised Working Experience are as follows:
    • Local Masters Degrees Six (6) months
    • MRCPCH Six (6) months
    • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) with Exit Examination from UK Six (6) months
    • FRACP Six (6) months
    • American Board of Pediatrics (certified) at least one (1) year of supervised experience in recognized hospitals (to equate the 4 years of local programme and 6 months of supervised working experience)

    The purpose of the fulltime period of supervised practice is two-fold. Firstly, it allows the applicant/specialist the opportunity to be orientated to the Malaysian health services and practices. It also allows practicing local specialists to interact with the applicant in a clinical context to determine if he/she is performing at the level of a Malaysian-trained Paediatrician and to identify any areas of practice that might require improvement prior to registration.

  5. Any other qualifications not listed in the list of recognised qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should fulfill the following requirements:
  6. Notwithstanding the above, the SSC may stipulate any conditions, including additional training or work experience, on the applicant if deemed necessary. This may be in the form of:
    1. Additional training or work experience
    2. Interviews and/or
    3. Two (2) referees’ reports. Referees must have qualified as a specialist in the specialty for a minimum of 5 years
    4. Formal exit examination conducted by the specialty training committee which may consists of:
      • Multiple choice questions
      • Case histories, data and slide interpretation
      • Short and long cases
      • Viva-voce