Professor Khoo Ee Ming
Department of Primary Care Medicine
University of Malaya
Date: 21 September 2017, Thursday
Time: 9am – 4.30pm
Synopsis: The 6th Asia Pacific Primary Care Research Conference (APPCRC) focuses on the training of family physicians (FP) to conduct primary care research in the region. In Singapore, research and education are the two key pillars supporting the advancement of Family Medicine (FM) in the SingHealth-Duke NUS Academic Clinical Programme (ACP). Training in FM research spans across undergraduate education to the advanced fellowship training program.
Medical students are trained to carry out community health research projects. The FM Residency program has incorporated research as part of their curriculum in which the residents also embark on community health research projects in groups. Beyond their Master of Medicine in FM qualification, FP can embark on fellowship training program organised by the College of Family Physicians Singapore (CFPS) to carry out individual research project, whilst others in the Master in Medical Education program also have to carry out clinical or medical education research. There is now opportunity for FP with special interest in research to take on advanced research training under the Master in Clinical Investigation (MCI) and PhD. Thus the new generation of FP will be equipped with skills to conduct clinical, health service and education research. This is critical in the context of an aging population with increasing complex medical conditions, the ability of the FP to evaluate the effectiveness of their medical treatment, service delivery and training will be an invaluable skill and asset to the primary healthcare community.
MAIN CONFERENCE SESSION
A Roundtable Discussion On Conducting Complex Intervention Trials In Primary Care Settings
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 10.45am – 12.45pm
Synopsis: Conducting complex intervention trials in primary care requires a multidisciplinary team consisting of health professionals, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health economists and social scientists. This workshop will bring together a team of Family Medicine/General Practice researchers from Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore sharing their experiences in conducting complex intervention trials in primary care settings. It will be delivered in the format of a roundtable whereby 5-6 speakers will give a 5-minute brief on their experiences in conducting such trials in general practice/family medicine and other primary care settings. Challenges and barriers including funding support and what to do with a negative trial will also be shared. It will be an interactive session with active participation from attendees who will be called upon to comment and ask questions of the speakers. It is envisaged that the outcome of this workshop will be the formation of an Asia-Pacific research leadership initiative to build primary care research capacity in the region.
Professor Dr Ee Ming Khoo is a senior Professor of Family Medicine at the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate training in general practice in the UK and her Doctorate in Medicine degree at the University of Malaya. She is the postgraduate coordinator for the Master of Family Medicine Programme at the university and has been actively involved in the development of this programme at university and national level. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (AFPM) and the Academy of Medicine Malaysia.
She was an Adjunct Professor for the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia and a Fellow and advisor of the World Health Organisation on primary care delivery. She is a council member and had been the Dean of Graduate Studies and executive committee (EXCO) member of AFPM. She is a long-serving committee member and ex-chair of the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group (MPCRG), International Advisory Council member of Easycare Health and Associate member, invited specialist of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. Currently she serves as associate editor, editorial board member and senior editor for several journals. She has authored over a hundred peer-reviewed journal publications, as well as books and book chapters.