Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

THE EXPERIENCE OF IMPLEMENTING CE- EBM MODULE IN UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA

Author

Moy FM & Bulgiba AM

Institution

Julius Centre University of Malaya, Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abstract

The Asia-Europe Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine (CE-EBM) Project was one of the Asia-link projects funded by the European Commission. It began with the collaboration between four partners – University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), Oxford, University of Malaya (UM) and the Rumah Sakit Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM), Jakarta. The CE- EBM module from the UMCU was a dedicated block for CE-EBM, while the module implemented in the University of Malaya was adapted from the UMCU version and modified to suit 14 weeks of teaching in the afternoons instead of a dedicated block of 6 weeks. This module has been carried out for the past three years since 2009. Before the commencement of the module, about 10 clinicians from the departments of Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics; and a few doctoral candidates from the Julius Centre University of Malaya, Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya will be trained through a “Train the trainers” workshop. Each year, a total of 200 third year medical students are introduced to this new module. During these three years of implementation, the most commonly faced problem was getting the full commitment from the clinicians. It was difficult to retain those trained clinicians for the subsequent years. Training needs to be conducted for new faces each year. Despite all the problems faced, the staff involved felt the implementation of this course was timely. Involvement of clinicians also increases the relevance of epidemiology & statistics in the medical curriculum. The students were receptive and appreciative of the implementation of the CE-EBM module. We hope the implementation of CE-EBM module will empower our future doctors to practice EBM in their career.