The Malaysian Insider reports:
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Doctors will have to keep abreast with the latest medical developments before they can be allowed to renew their annual practising licences under a new Health Ministry points system.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said under the system, doctors must attend lectures, courses and seminars to collect points set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
“It is self improvement via continuous profession development. The new rule is one of amendments to the Medical Act 1971 tabled for first reading in Parliament recently,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama in Subang Jaya today.
He also said the ministry would bar doctors who failed to renew their medical licences with the MMC for six consecutive years.
“They will be barred from practising and are required to sit for a special eligibility test if they want to continue in the profession,” he was quoted as saying.
It’s probably overdue and an unavoidable necessity for the sake of the profession. The MOH doctors have for some time now been able to update their CME points and activites using the MyCPD portal. Hopefully the new system will be online for all doctors, inclusive of obtaining CME points as well as submitting points. The former is important particularly for doctors located in rural locations where it is difficult to attend meetings which are held mostly in urban areas.
Addendum: here is the link to the MMC’s FAQ on CPD (Continuing Professional Development)