Associate Professor Noor Azimah Muhammad
Department of Family Medicine
Universiti Kebangsaan 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 Noor Azimah Muhammad obtained her MBBS degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, Master in Medicine (Family Medicine) and PhD in Community Health from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr Noor Azimah is passionate about promoting research interest among primary care professionals for which she had held a post as a research bureau for Family Medicine Specialist Association of Malaysia in the year 2014 to 2016. She had joined the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group (MPCRG) since its inception and actively contributes to the society since 2014. She had run and facilitated several research workshops in the past and being a facilitator to the Asia Pacific Primary Care Research Championship since 2015. Her main research interests are adolescent health, sexual health and obesity. Her recent research projects are on developing and validating the Asian Family Scale, qualitative study on the needs of unmarried mothers, patients living with diabetes and the quality of life of diabetes patients with renal anemia. As part of her PhD project, she had developed Youth Sexual Intention Questionnaire (YSI-Q) as a tool to measure youth sexual intention. She was also involved in validating questionnaires to be used in Malaysian population such as Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q), Family Environment Scale (FES) Questionnaire, Child Feeding Questionnaire and Parental Bonding Instrument.