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The Prestigious Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh Welcomes 70 New International Fellows At Inaugural Ceremony In Kuala Lumpur

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The Royal College of Edinburgh, one of the oldest such Colleges in the World, today welcomed 70 of its new members into its ranks during the inaugural Diploma Ceremony held today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Traditionally held in Edinburgh, this inaugural ceremony provides an accreditation from one of the oldest, prestigious and respected surgical bodies.

Based in Scotland with a membership of 30,000 from over 100 countries worldwide and 800 in Malaysia, RCSEd is the largest international surgical college in the world. RCSEd has championed the highest standards of surgical and dental practice in the UK for the past 500 years, influenced the healthcare policy across the United Kingdom and have paved its way through Malaysia, to reach across the ASEAN region.

Therefore, it is significant that after the two years of pandemic, fellows and members travelled from all over the world to attend the inaugural Diploma ceremony in KLCC, to celebrate their achievements with their family and friends this year. All 70 diplomates from Malaysia Australia, Singapore, Brunei, India, UAE, Egypt and Pakistan received their diploma scrolls which was personally presented and congratulated by Professor Michael Griffin, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Professor Michael Griffin, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh giving his speech during the inaugural diploma ceremony of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
(Credit: College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd))

Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani, the Dean of Faculty of Medicine of University of Malaya (UM) a fellow of RCSEd was given the honour to address the fellow diplomates during the ceremony. The whole proceeding was also witnessed by the Presidents of Surgical and Dental associations here in Malaysia.

RCSEd’s role is not just developing the profession, but also to develop individuals. President Michael Griffin highlighted why the rigorous training is crucial “Surgical training is amongst the longest career pathways in medicine. Surgery is physically demanding in terms of daily routines of managing acutely unwell patients and performing practical procedures at all times of the day. To be a surgeon is not just about technical ability, but one needs to be technically excellent and pose good academic knowledge,” he added.

Fellows and members of this prestigious college has become part of an inclusive and friendly network of surgeons and dentists whose experience and knowledge are world-leading.

Yesterday, RCSEd, University of Malaya (UM), the Malaysian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (MATCVS), the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM), and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide structured training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Malaysia through the parallel pathway set up by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.

From left Mr. Pala Rajesh, Vice President, Michael Griffin, President and Mr. Alastair Gibson, Honourary Treasurer on the stage during the ceremony.
(Credit: College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd))

Under the terms of the MOU, training in Cardiothoracic Surgery through the parallel pathway will be jointly organized by UM, the MATCVS, the AMM, and the Ministry of Health. The RCSEd will ensure the quality of the six-year structured training program and will provide the exit examination in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Successful candidates will be awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the Specialty of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Twenty eight (28) trainees are currently undergoing Cardiothoracic Surgery training through the parallel pathway – 17 from the Ministry of Health, eight (8) from Intitut Jantung Negara, two (2) from University of Malaya, and one (1) from Brunei through a special arrangement with the Brunei government. The first batch of trainees will be taking their exit examination in Cardiothoracic Surgery next month and are expected to complete their training and be awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the Specialty of Cardiothoracic Surgery in June this year. They will be eligible for registration in the National Specialist Register (NSR) for Cardiothoracic Surgery after an additional year of supervised practice.


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