18 January 2012

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Newcastle University will tomorrow sign a joint agreement with the Malaysian Ministry of Health to help develop world-class medical education in Malaysia.

The RCP will deliver a series of medical education programmes in the new state-of-the-art medical education campus in Educity, Malaysia.

Initial work will centre on short, immediate impact programmes customised to the needs of the Malaysian health service. A second phase of programmes will focus on internationally recognised certificate, diploma and masters awards in medical education that will build capacity for Malaysian medicine to develop and refine its medical education.

Commenting on the agreement, RCP chief executive, Martin Else, said:

‘We are absolutely delighted to establish this long-term partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Health. Our educational programmes, developed and tested over the past decade, can help improve patient care for years to come.

‘The nature of training needs to be seen as a continuum; from undergraduate, through postgraduate to continuing professional development. By combining the RCP’s emphasis on postgraduate medical education with Newcastle University’s expertise in undergraduate medical education we will ensure that training resources are targeted in a consistent and progressive way.

‘In addition to maintaining and developing clinical knowledge and skills, the specialists of today need to be great trainers and great leaders. The RCP has considerable experience in ‘training the trainers’ and we are delighted to be supporting the Malaysian government in its vision for Malaysia to become an international centre of excellence for medical education and training.’

The programme of work in Malaysia builds on the RCP’s international reputation for excellence in postgraduate education. The RCP has already developed an extensive programme of medical education and clinical guideline development in Oman and has played an instrumental role in the development of the educational capacity of the West African College of Physicians.

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For further information, please contact Andrew McCracken, RCP communications officer, on 0203 075 1354, 07990 745 608 or andrew.mccracken@rcplondon.ac.uk.