Associate Professor Sazlina Shariff Ghazali
Department of Family Medicine
Universiti Putra 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 Sazlina Shariff Ghazali is a family physician and an associate professor with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and a research associate with the Malaysian Research Institute of Ageing. She is a member of the Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, Family Medicine Specialist Association, Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia and Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society. She is also a committee member of the Expert Committee for Malaysian Guidelines for Health Screening in Primary Care: Geriatrics guidelines. Her research interest includes self-care management of chronic non-communicable diseases, patient empowerment, and improving the older persons’ quality of life. She has completed eight research projects and four ongoing projects with a total cumulative grant of RM 1.062 million. She has published 42 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book and four book chapters. Her Scopus H-index is 5 with 79 citations. She has supervised to graduation three MSc candidates and two PhD candidates; and is currently supervising three PhD candidates, two MSc candidates and nine Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) candidates.