It is indeed a privilege and honor to be trusted with the presidency of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia. The success of our Academy is the cumulation of dedication and leadership from our past presidents and councils. I would like to express my gratitude to the immediate outgoing President, Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Husni Jamal and the Council for serving beyond their term of office. The future is laced with unforeseen challenges and uncertainties as the Covid19 pandemic had shown. I am confident with the support of our members and the Council we shall be able to navigate through these trials. The primary focus of our Academy is to improve the clinical excellence and the delivery of high-quality medical services by our members to the community they serve. To achieve these aspirations we have developed structured training programmes to cater to the varying needs of our members. Family medicine has its roots in the family. It provides a continuing, holistic and comprehensive health care services for individuals and their families across all ages and genders. With this continuity of health care often time a deep trust and repose developed which aid the practitioners to extend care emphasizing on disease prevention and health promotion. It is with this in mind that we GPs must be prepared to meet the challenges of the ever-changing world where technology will play an increasingly important part.
This year mark an auspicious and historical moment in the history of the Academy. We are indeed blessed to have Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang diPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir who has graciously consented to be the Royal Patron for the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia. To commemorate this occasion the EXCO and Council of the Academy hosted a luncheon at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton on the 5th September 2020 in honour of both Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang diPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir and Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Aishah Rohani binti Almarhum Tengku Besar Mahmud.
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku officiated the Annual Convocation ceremony of our Academy at Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya on the 26th September 2020. In his Royal address, he reminded our doctors of their responsibilities toward the society they serve and the need to maintain the high standards of primary care delivery.
Coronavirus pandemic is causing massive disruptions to all our lives. It has fundamentally affected our Academy’s activities and the smooth running of our programmes. Central to this is the way we conduct the examinations. Part of the examinations will be conducted virtually. The RACGP is implementing for the first time their new Remote Clinical Examination [RCE] format this year. As with any innovation, problems abound. Power outrages and dependable internet connectivity are more common challenges. As the government deals with this unprecedented pandemic our doctors need to think about and adapt to a new model of health delivery. Telehealth consultation is being touted as the next avenue of care delivery where face to face interaction between the doctor and patient may prove problematic. Adoption of a well-conceived telehealth plan will enable the GPs to better support their patients with high-quality health care. The details of this plan should include the input of every stakeholder.
Our present Academy is currently sharing a rented premise with our partners in the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia at the Technology Park of Malaysia. Both our Academies share the aspiration of having our permanent address which we can call home. I am delighted to announce that this aspiration is coming to fruition. We had acquired a strategically located piece of freehold land at the National capital Putrajaya. The building cost shall be adequately financed by the compensation paid to us by the government when our Academy building was acquired in 2017. This iconic building shall be an environmentally friendly structure with the flexibility of meeting the needs of the future. We expect construction works to start by the first quarter of 2021 and hope to take delivery of the premise within the next 2 to 3 years.
We plan to improve our academic and cordial relationship with the College of Family Physicians Singapore by organizing annual scientific meetings with each academy hosting it on an alternate basis. This is still in the preliminary stage of discussion and we hope to pursue this once the borders are open to travel. The Public-Private Partnership in our health system is one avenue of cooperation between these 2 sectors. By leveraging on our strength and core competencies and finding ways of cooperation between Klinik Kesihatan and the surrounding GP clinics we are confident that the services rendered to the community we serve will be further enhanced.
My sincere gratitude goes to the Council, Chairman of Council, Dean of Graduate Studies, Censor- in-Chief, Programme Directors, Chief Examiner, Board of Examiners, Teachers and Mentors, for your selfless and dedicated contributions for the good of our Academy. A special mention of thanks to our administrative staff for their patience and diligence. We hope to pursue our cooperation with our peers in Ministry of Health, Malaysian Medical Association, Family Medicine Specialist of Malaysia [FMSA], Medical Practitioners Coalition Association[MPCAM], Federation Of Private Medical Practitioners Associations Of Malaysia and other like-minded associations.
My belief that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, that we can find effective vaccines and treatment for Covid-19, that humanity will heal, that our world will recover from the severe economic downturn and hope we can achieve something positive through these trials.
My Best Wishes to All, keep safe always and stay well.
Dr Wee Eng Chye
President of the Academy Of Family Physicians of Malaysia
ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF MALAYSIA
DR WEE ENG CHYE, MBBS, MAFP, FAFP, FRACGP
17TH PRESIDENT OF THE ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF MALAYSIA
SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 2020