DG of Health Newsflash

This afternoon I had the honour of witnessing the plaque presentation to MOH Hospitals accredited as College of Anaesthesiologists Ireland (CAI) Training Centres for the FCAI parallel pathway.

There is a need in Malaysia for a greater number of qualified anaesthesiologists to provide good quality anaesthesia services. Among the strategies we have embarked to achieve this objective was this parallel pathway programme with the CAI. 

I have been informed that one candidate has completed this programme while two candidates have completed the FCAI exams and waiting to do the CCT rotation. I am also glad to know this programme has 25 candidates in various stages of training.

The Ministry together with the College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine Malaysia has been organising train-the-trainer workshops over the past three years. In fact, only last week we had the first train-the-trainee workshop, to educate the trainees on this parallel pathway programme.

In order to comply with the requirements of the programme, the CAI has accredited five hospitals for the FCAI training. This consists of three public hospitals (HKL, HSAJB & HPenang) and two university hospitals (UMMC & UKMMC). 

In addition to the stringent requirements of the CAI, the Malaysian College of Anaesthesiologists and MOH — another requirement would be that a candidate must undergo part of their training in a hospital accredited for our own postgraduate Masters in Anaesthesia programmes. MOH would help to facilitate the potential candidates in moving them to the appropriate hospital for their training.

I wish the very best and success to all candidates and the respective Colleges in achieving the objectives of this parallel pathway programme for Anaesthesiology.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Director-General of Health