Dr Sheela Bai A/P Pannir Selvam
Consultant Family Medicine Specialist
Klinik Kesihatan Cheras
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 Sheela obtained undergraduate degree from Jawaharlal Institute of Post Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India, in 1998 and MMed (Family Medicine) from University of Malaya in 2010. Currently, she works as a Family Medicine Specialist in a government health clinic in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. She joined the Malaysian Primary Care Research Group (MPCRG) as a Committee Member since 2015. She was also responsible for initiating the first successful Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Client Friendly Unit in a government primary care clinic in Malaysia. The STI unit is now a benchmark for other states in Malaysia. Due to the success of the STI clinic, now she runs a heavy Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) clinic as well with an increment of 15-20 new HIV cases a month in the clinic. She has a special interest in STI and HIV management in primary care.