Role of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia in Postgraduate Medical Education and Training following the Medical (Amendment) Act 2012 and Medical Regulations 2017

Introduction

The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia via its various Colleges is privileged to nominate its members for appointment by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), alongside members nominated by the Ministry of Health, to various education subcommittees that are responsible for standards of training and recognition of specialty and subspecialty programmes, qualifications and their respective training institutions.

Roles of the Malaysian Medical Council and the Medical Education Committee

The Medical (Amendment) Act 2012, an amendment to the Medical Act 1971, and the Medical Regulations 2017, replacing the Medical Regulation 1974, have been in force since 1 July 2017.

Under this Act, the MMC is now legally authorised to recognise training institutions and qualifications awarded by a training institution, for the purposes of registration of medical practitioners. Recognition by the MMC allows a qualification awarded by an institution or training programme to be included in the National Specialist Register. The MMC confers such recognition upon the recommendation of the Medical Education Committee (MEC) which also serves the general function of promoting high standards of medical education and coordinating all stages of medical training.

The Malaysian Standards for Medical Specialist Training 2019 were approved by the MMC in June 2019. All existing and new medical specialties will have to meet these standards. An existing Medical Specialty is one which is recognised and already listed in the National Specialist Register (NSR). A new Medical Specialty is one which is not yet on the list of specialties recognised by the National Specialist Register. The Specialty Subcommittees for Education (SSC-Edu) are responsible for evaluating submissions for recognition of training programmes of medical specialties conducted by education training providers.

Role of the Specialty and Subspecialty Education Committees

These committees are responsible for setting the ‘generic’ standards for training programmes and providers. The first edition of the Malaysian Standards for Medical Specialist Training 2019 was approved by the MMC in June 2019 and is available from the MMC website. These Committees are also responsible for technical guidance for training providers with regards to submission of training programme curriculae and other requirements.

Prepared by:
Professor Dr Roslina Abdul Manap, Chair, AMM Education Committee (2019-2020)
Professor Dr Rosmawati Mohamed, Master, AMM (2019-2020)
Distinguish Professor Datuk Dr Looi Lai Ming, Council Member, AMM (2019-2020)
Adopted by the AMM Council on 28 June 2020

 

Role of the Specialty Subcommittees for Education (SSC-Edu)

The SSC-Edu are appointed by MMC and serve to advise the Medical Education Committee. The SSC-Edu are required to identify competencies and develop training standards relevant to the specialty. Education training providers in each specialty are required to submit their proposed or ongoing training programme curriculum to the respective SSC-Edu for recognition of the training institution and the qualification awarded by the recognised training institution.

Upon satisfactory evaluation by SSC-Ed, programmes are submitted to MEC for approval. Recommendations are then made to the Council to grant recognition to the training providers and the programme.

Role of the Speciality Subcommittes for Evaluation (SSC-Evaluation)

Specialty Subcommittees for Evaluation of specialist medical qualifications (SSC-Evaluation) are responsible for evaluation of specialist qualifications of individual practitioners for entry into the National Specialist Register. Applications for registration in NSR are reviewed by the relevant SSCs which then make their recommendations to the Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications (ECSMQ). The Evaluation Committee replaces the National Credentialing Committee (NCC).

Roles of Academy of Medicine, Colleges and Chapters

The Academy of Medicine via its various Colleges is privileged to nominate its members for appointment by MMC to the various SSC-Edu. Members will be actively involved in defining the standards for training, evaluation of training programmes and making recommendations for recognition of training programmes to the MEC. The Chapters of the Colleges that were formed for the purpose of allowing specialties to develop and grow and are engaged by Colleges to this end.

Separately, the Academy of Medicine is also privileged to nominate its members to serve on the various SSC-Evaluation via a similar process.

 

Organisational Chart of MMC Medical Education Committee, Specialty Education Committee and Specialty Education SubCommittees

 

 


 

MEDICAL REGULATIONS 2017

PART III
REGISTRATION OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS

 

Medical Education Committee

  1.  
    1. There shall be a Medical Education Committee whose membership, rules and procedure shall be determined by the Council.
    2. The function of the Medical Education Committee is to recognise the training institution and the qualification awarded by the recognised training institution for the purposes of registration of medical practitioners.
    3. The Medical Education Committee shall make the following recommendations to the Council:
      1. the required standard and qualifications of the training institutions for listing in the Second Schedule to the Act and the maintenance of such standard;
      2. the standard of proficiency which is required from candidates in the qualifying examinations;
      3. the relevant training programmes for provisionally registered medical practitioners; and
      4. the standard and qualifications for entry into the specialist register.
    4. In relation to a person who holds qualification from an institution not listed in the Second Schedule to the Act, the Medical Education Committee shall make the following recommendations to the Council:
      1. the required qualifications in the field of medicine and surgery for the purposes of subparagraph 12(1)(a)(ii) of the Act; and
      2. the examination conducted by a body approved by the Minister under paragraph 12(1) (aa) of the Act.

Evaluation Committee

  1.  
    1. There shall be an Evaluation Committee for Primary Medical Qualifications and Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications whose membership, rules and procedure shall be determined by the Council.
    2. The Evaluation Committee for Primary Medical Qualifications shall make recommendation to the Council, including such restriction and condition as it deems necessary, for the following application:
      1. a provisional registration under section 12 of the Act;
      2. a full registration under section 14 of the Act; or
      3. a temporary practising certificate under subsection 16(1) of the Act.
    3. The Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications shall make recommendation to the Council, including such conditions and restrictions as it deems necessary, for the registration as a specialist under section 14C of the Act.
    4. The Council may accept or refuse the recommendation made by the Evaluation Committee for Primary Medical Qualifications or the Evaluation Committee for Specialist Medical Qualifications provided that the Council shall provide reasons to be recorded for such refusal

 

 

(Last Updated: 23 Jul, 2020)