I was very impressed with what I saw over the weekend.
Lets take a step back.
This MIM series of meeting through the country, is run by a group of undergraduates from Overseas ( mainly UK ), together with their Malaysian counterparts ( undergraduates ) from UMMC and IMU. It is funded by Talent Corp, who obviously wanted to get to this group of Malaysians studying overseas, to get them to return.
The meeting was well attended ( guestimate ), about 300 in the Dewan TJ Danaraj, UMMC. The poster competition featured some simple research ( some done overseae and some from local Us like UMMC and Hospital Pinang ). It was quite obvious that the work done overseas were better thought about and executed. I was particularly impressed by a piece of work from UK where they tried to identify markers of drug non responsiveness in patients given come chemotherapy for Glioblastoma Multiforme. I thought that that held much clinical promise.
I spoke on Cardiology in Malaysia, outlining our journey through the last 2 decades, from the time of clinical cardiology till present day PCI. I also dwell a bit of current day private practice in Malaysia and the plethora of laws governing us from Medical Act '71 to PHCFS Act, Local council laws, to PDPA, to Medical Act 71 amendment ( NSR ) to GST, and yet we are being squeeze by MCOs where there is no law to govern them. Life as a private doctor is tough.
I sat through some of the sessions hearing big chiefs from MOH telling the young ones, how good is the Healthcare service in Malaysia. Gosh, it made me want to pewed.
Anyway, that was my weekend. Life is almost back to normal.
This weekend we start to finalise preparation for ICF 2014, at year end.