Associate Professor Liew Su May
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.
Dr Liew obtained her basic medical degree (MBBS) and subsequently Master in Family Medicine from University of Malaya and PhD from Oxford University. She is currently a Senior Fellow of the Center of Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford University, the Chief Editor of the Malaysian Family Physician (http://www.e-mfp.org/), a member of Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia, Family Medicine Specialist Association, Malaysia and is affiliated Clinical Epidemiologist with Clinical Research Centre (CRC) Malaysia. She has initiated a few research and evidence-based medicine (EBM) training programs, which include an EBM approach in the Department of Primary Care Medicine, EBM workshops nationally and globally, collaborations with two established Centers for EBM – the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Australia and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford University, United Kingdom. The collaborations are in research (FrEEDoM, CSI HIR research) and training (visiting professor program – Professor Paul Glasziou and EBM workshops in Oxford).