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Advanced Surgical Skills Centre –The Future of Surgical Training in Malaysia


It is only after the independence of Malaya that formal surgical training for the local surgeons was established (1). The early sixties saw the development of the surgical subspecialties services and training, initially at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and then subsequently in other institutions. Surgical training was performed through the Royal Colleges in the United Kingdom and Australia. One problem was that the training was non-structured, expensive and had a high failure rate. The biggest issue was that of manpower planning for the need of the country which was impossible because of the lack of control of the number of surgical trainees. Hence, there was the birth of the Master of Surgery programmes in the early 1980’s, starting with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and then followed by the University of Malaya and Universiti Sains Malaysia. In 1996, the Open System was introduced after a unique agreement was achieved between the Universities and the Ministry of Health. Since 2007, the programme has been coordinated by the National Surgical Conjoint Subcommittee.