KUALA LUMPUR, August 28 — An online management platform for centralised coordination and documentation of basic surgical training has been launched by the College of Surgeons (COS) and Academy of Medicine Malaysia (AMM).
In a press statement released by AMM last Sunday, it stated that the E-training Management Platform (EMP) allows surgical trainers to electronically log and monitor surgical trainees’ performance according to the curriculum.
“The curriculum is also embedded into the online system to ensure ease of use for both sides,” AMM stated.
“I, a would-be trainee, access the system, register there so then I am given a trainee number then, there is a committee in the academy that will coordinate and assign the trainer,” COS president Dr April Camilia Roslani told the press during the launch of the online platform at University of Malaya last Sunday.
“The trainer will assess you and will enter the assessment on the platform at the same time the trainee is also going to enter their reflection on the case.
“For those of us who are over seeing this, we should see progression, maybe in the beginning they had a lot of problems (to complete a procedure) but at the end let’s say three months, we should see that the assessor thinks, yea this person can do it independently,” she added during the press conference of the programme for building capacity and partnerships for health advocacy organised by AMM and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya.
Dr April also said that the assessment will be at the same hospital where the trainee is currently posted and the curriculum consists of very basic skills or procedures that will be available at all hospitals, including district hospitals.
AMM’s statement also mentioned that through this platform, AMM hopes to facilitate decentralisation of training, thereby reducing the burden on specialist trainers in primary centres and eventually creating more specialist and subspecialist training opportunities.
Master of AMM, Dr Rosmawati Mohamed, said that the surgical training is just the first of many medical specialisations that the academy hopes to see transition onto the AMM’s EMP.
“A similar platform for internal medicine training is currently being developed,” Dr Rosmawati said.