The Academy was established as the College of General Practitioners of Malaysia in 1973. It was renamed as the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (AFPM) after its application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Societies in 1996. The primary aim of the AFPM is academic; that is education, training, assessment, research and publication in the discipline of general practice/family medicine.

The AFPM has been in the forefront in the provision of General Practice education and training in areas related to the practice needs of its members. These courses are conducted in collaboration with local and foreign institutions. Courses have been provided in the following areas of study that are cognate to family practice: Emergency Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Health, STD, Dermatology, Eye, ENT, Clinical Nutrition, Psychological Medicine, etc. Some of these are short courses while others are longer leading to the award of certificates, diplomas and fellowships.

Medibase, as a subsidiary of AFPM was formed to assist in providing these courses. AFPM/Medibase recognizes the need for training all General Practitioners to a level of competence in Good Medical Practice to meet the national health care delivery requirements. Thus, it has developed a two year (four semesters) distance learning programme as a Diploma in Family Medicine (DFM). This programme is a structured course for all general practitioners designed to raise the level of knowledge and instil relevant attitudes towards continuing professional development as compared to the current system of attendance at continuing medical education talks conducted by various organisations. 

After successful completion of   the DFM, candidates can continue with the Advanced Training Programme (ATP) for another two years, after which he/she should be ready and well prepared to sit for the internationally recognised Conjoint MAFP/FRACGP Examination. 

The Ministry of Health has recognised the DFM qualification for Medical Officers to be posted to the outpatients and Community Health Centres and Clinics while private general practitioners will be designated as Trained Primary Care Physicians. The MAFP/FRACGP is now recognised as a specialist qualification registerable with the National Specialist Register and after gazettement the qualification is equivalent to the Masters in Family Medicine and recognised as a Family Medicine Specialist / Family Physicians. 

Next Intake:

1) Jan - 2015 (closing date: 30 November 2014)

2) July - 2015 (closing date: 31 May 2015)

1. Download More Informations on Diploma In Family Medicine
2. Download DFM Brochure
3. Download DFM Application Form