Rheumatology Subspecialty Training and Accreditation (Revised 24 September 2010)
Rheumatology deals with inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies and crystal arthritis, immunological conditions like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), polyarteritis nodosa, systemic vasculitis, mechanical disorders like soft tissue rheumatism, back pain, osteoarthritis, as well as metabolic disorders like osteoporosis. It is hoped that by developing a programme for specialty training, the gap between patient need and specialist care can be narrowed.
To produce rheumatologists who are competent to manage all forms of rheumatological diseases and their associated complications.
2. Entry requirements
i. Post graduate qualification: MRCP (UK or Ireland), M Med (Int Med) or any other equivalent degree recognized by the Malaysian government, postgazettement
ii. Good references with good ability to deal with patients and staff.
3. Duration of programme
– Three years
a) Of which two years will be at a local accredited training centre and preferably one year abroad in an approved centre.
b) 3 years at local accredited centre but rotate in at least 2 centres. (The second center for at least 6 months in total)
c) Yearly evaluation by the trainer
4. Content of Training programme
It is expected that completion of the curriculum will result in demonstrable competence at consultant level in the following areas (see over Appendix A) The content of the training programme will be reviewed as and when the need arises.
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