Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Continuing Medical Education (CME) for Medical Students 2010- Joint Pain Management

Continuing Medical Education (CME) has been long part of Malaysian Medical Association regularly organized in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies, to update practitioners with recent advances in medical field.
The Society of Malaysian Medical Association Medical Students (SMMAMS) does its part by organizing CMEs for the Malaysian medical students, on a yearly basis. However, this CME is rather different as it is organized as a full day event and focuses on particular topic (rather than updating the participants about new drugs or recent advances).

This year, the CME for Medical Students 2010 was held on 10th of July 2010 (Saturday) at Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysian (PPUKM). The theme was interesting and relevant to our future day-to-day practice -

"Joint Pain - Early Detection, Better Management and Effective Prevention"

A total of 200 students, from 9 medical schools attended this event.

The event was officiated by Miss Nur Aishah Binti Abdul Latiff, Director of CME for Medical students 2010 and it was followed by keynote talk from Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Sharir Mohamed Said, a rheumatologist from UKM Medical Centre (PPUKM). The talk was comprehensive and inspiring as he covered the various aspects of joint pain and the diverse presentation of the disease.

There was also a sketch presentation of Joint pain from Crimea State Medical University (CSMU). It was an entertaining performance both educational and humorous.
During this session, 4 students from each university underwent a grueling test of their knowledge in anatomy, physiology, internal medicine - rheumatology, treatment and management related to the theme: Joint Pain, in an exam-like setting.

Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysian (UKM)

International Medical University (IMU)

The afternoon started off with the talk on "How to be a Five-Star Doctor?" by Prof. Dr. Harline Haliza Hj. Siraj, Head of Professional and Personal Development (PPD) module, UKM Medical Centre. Thereafter, the finals of the rheumatology quiz were held. The finalists were participants from:


The closing ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy, advisor of PERSIAP UKM ande Deputy Dean (Undergraduate study and Society Affairs) Medical Faculty UKM; and Dr. Kuljit Singh, Deputy Secetary of Malaysian Medical Association (MMA). There was a short power point video to mark the closure of the event followed by photo session with dignitaries.

SMMAMS Committee Members with dignitaries

On a whole, it was a valuable experience. The knowledge gained was vast and essential as the theme addressed a common medical condition among the population especially the elderly group. New friendships were made, old friendships were renewed and these good memories are to be cherished till the next CME for Medical Students.

If you have missed this event and would like to know about our future events, do visit our website or contact us for further details.

Till we meet again in the next CME!

Priya Dashene Raj (Monash University)

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