Dr Iliza Idris
Consultant Family Medicine Specialist
Klinik Kesihatan Ampangan
Ministry of Health Malaysia
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.
Dr Iliza obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Otago, New Zealand in 1999 and MMed (Family Medicine) from University of Malaya in 2009. She is currently a Family Medicine Specialist in a government health clinic in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. She joined the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group (MPCRG) as a Committee Member since 2014. She was an executive committee (EXCO) member of Family Medicine Specialists Association of Malaysia (FMSA) from 2012-2016 and appointed as research mentor for advanced training program in Family Medicine (ATFM Malaysia) since 2014. She received Wong Heck Sing Award for Best Poster Presentation during 3rd APPCRC in Kuala Lumpur, 2011 entitled: “Microalbuminuria as a marker of cardiovascular risk among patients with hypertension”. Recently, she completed the third international insulin secretion rate (ISR) clinical trials on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients fasting during Ramadhan. Other ongoing research projects are Anaemia among patients with T2DM with chronic kidney disease and mental health among multi-profile patients attending primary care clinics in Negeri Sembilan.