The 4th IAPMD annual scientific meeting and AGM was successfully held on 9-11th September 2017 at Grand Riverview Hotel in Kota Bharu. The theme of the conference was Pathology of Men Women and Children. The speakers were Professor Anthony Gill, Associate Professor Lyndal Anderson, Dr Anna Gill [from Australia], Professor Rita Alagio from United States, Dr Tara Poonpracha from Thailand. Other local speakers include Professor Nor Hayati Othman, Dr Arni Talib, Dr Razmin Ghazali, Dr Faezahtul Arbaeyah Hussain, Dr Clarence Lai and Datuk Dr Azhar Amir Hamzah.
There were more than 200 delegates attended the 3 day conference. A total of 48 abstracts were received and they were published in Malaysian Journal of Pathology. A pre-conference seminar on Immunohistochemistry was held a day prior at School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Professor Dr Nor Hayati Othman
Chairperson, IAPMD KB 2017
Professor Dr. Nor Hayati Othman, the president of IAP Malaysian Division was invited by the organizing committee of 2017 National Pathology Conference in Kuantan. This conference is an annual meeting of the Ministry of Health (MOH) pathology services.
It was then concluded that all MOH anatomic pathology laboratories will join the IAPMDQAP programme.
The 10th Congress of Asia Pacific International Academy of Pathology & Asia Pacific Society of Molecular and Immunohistology (APSMI) was held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia on 24th to 27th 2017
IAP Malaysian Division along with Sarawak Convention Bureau was involved in the bidding for Asia Pacific Congress in 2021. However, the bid goes to Japan
2 of our council member, Prof. Dr. Wong Kum Thong and Dato' Dr. Norain Karim was invited as speaker for this meeting.
Announcement of the IAPQAP programme
I would like to announce that IAPMD will embark on providing QAP for anat path labs for the country. I am sure you already know that we have made a trial run in 2015 and the results were presented at the AGM in September 2015 [you can view the summary here http://www.iapmd.net/iapmd-qap-programme.html] . For the trial run the DVDs were distributed to 21 labs . At the last AGM we pledged to strengthen this program.
In January this year, we run a questionnaire survey on your readiness to accept Malaysian QAP program [replacing RCPA of which all 35/35 anatomic pathology labs in Malaysia subscribe to] organized by IAPMD and majority of respondents (87%) agreed and ready to subscribe to this program. On 10th of January we had a meeting with Jabatan Standard Malaysia (DSM) seeking their advice on how to be a PT provider. following that DSM has listed us as one of PT (proficiency Testing) providers for medical testing [http://www.jsm.gov.my/proficiency-testing#.WMi42_l942w]
Further discussion with DSM led to a 2 day seminar (13-14 March 2017) on ISO 17043 jointly organized by IAPMD and DSM. We invited 2 speakers from Thailand, Professor Pongsak who is ex-IAP Thailand President and chair of IAPTD QAP program. The Thai Division have been offering this service in Thailand. We also invited Dr Patravee, the director of Bureau of Quality Lab Standard from Thailand who is an expert on ISO 17403, the quality standard for PTP. This seminar was attended by council members of IAPMD, IAPMD QAP members and some heads of pathology labs in the country.
At the end of the seminar, the conclusions could be summarized as below
Professor Dr. Nor Hayati Othman
International Academy of Pathology
The 3rd IAP MD Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 was held at G hotel, Gurney drive, Penang on the 8th and 9th October 2016. This year the conference was entitled ‘Gastrointestinal Diseases; Different Scopes, Common Goals’ with our target audience being both from the pathology faculty as well as from the Surgical and gastroenterology faculties. The conference was attended by about 250 delegates being medical officers, trainees, pathologists and clinicians both from Malaysia and overseas.
Our invited speakers were from both a histopathological and clinical background. Our key speaker Clinical Professor Dr M Priyanthi Kumarasinghe from The University of Western Australia captivated the participants with her interesting lectures and high energy. The other speakers from both MOH and MOE delivered valuable information for daily practise of gastrointestinal pathology and further clarified the need for constant co-operation between pathologists and clinicians.
A trade exhibition was also held concurrently with 11 companies participating. The exhibition allowed participants to explore new avenues in pathology. The poster presentation was well received by participants with a total of 31 posters both from the anatomic pathology faculty as well as the clinical faculties.
On the 7th October 2016, a pre-congress workshop was held at Hospital Pulau Pinang entitled ‘Gynaecological Cytopathology for Practicing Personnel’ which was attended by over a 183 participants. These participants included pathologist, Scientific Officers and medical laboratory technologists. The full day course was well –received with positive feedback being the largest cytology course to be held in Malaysia to date.
Overall, the 3rd IAP MD Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 was a great success and the organising committee was able to achieve their goal of both the clinicians and pathologist coming together to nurture the common understanding of GI pathology.
Dr Pavitratha Puspanathan
Organising Committee Chair,
3rd Annual Scientific Meeting 2016
International Academy of Pathology Malaysian Division
During the 3rd AGM of IAPMD, a total of 12 new patholopgist have been inducted into the academy along with 6 new life members.
The Brain Tumour Workshop 2016 is organized by Malaysian Society of Neurology (MSN), supported by IAP Malaysian Division. Professor Dr. Wong Kam Tung, one of IAPMD committee member was the chair of the organizing committte. The workshop was held in University Malaya Medical Centre on 18 & 19 April 2016 with a guest speaker, Prof. Arie Perry, MD from Uniiversity of California, San Francisco, USA. Professor Arie Perry is a world renowned expert on brain tumours, and a member of the WHO panel for classification of brain tumours.
*pictures courtesy from Prof. Wong Kam Thung
The 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 International Academy of Pathology (Malaysian Division) was held from 11th to 13th September 2015 at Weil Hotel, Ipoh, Perak. This 3-day conference has attracted over 180 delegates to attend, which brought together medical laboratory technologists, scientific officers, medical officers, trainees, pathologists and dermatologists from around the country as well as from few South East Asia countries such as Indonesia and Singapore.
The focus of this year’s Conference was Dermatopathology and Uropathology. These two topics were delivered by speakers internationally well regarded in their fields. Participants were enlightened with the best-practice and new entities, including correct grossing techniques. This conference also opens the opportunity for several speakers from MOH hospitals of different parts of the country to share their cases and experience.
Prior to the commencement of the Conference, a successful preconference workshop was held, covering a comprehensive lectures and demonstrations on immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. This workshop was initially targeted for MLTs as well as Scientific Officers; nonetheless it also attracted the interest of the trainees and pathologists.
In addition, a pathology trade exhibition took place throughout the Conference, giving delegates the chance to network between academic sessions and learns about the latest product update, new opportunities and technologies. The Poster Presentations, comprising 26 papers on various aspects of Anatomic Pathology also proved to be a hit among the participants.
The Conference Gala Dinner held on 11 September was also a great success, providing a further opportunity for delegates to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere with great food and be entertained with a myriad of superb cultural dance performances and singing
The 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 International Academy of Pathology (Malaysian Division) was a successful event. Much appreciation from all the participants and they look forward to the next conference for improvement of standard, practice and service delivery of anatomical pathology services.
Dato’ Dr Norain Karim
MBBS, MPath, FRCPath, FRCPA, IFCAP, MIAC, FAMM
Chairman of the Organising Committee,
2nd Annual Scientific Meeting
International Academy of Pathology (Malaysian Division)
Report on Seminar and workshop of Oral Pathology and Immunohistochemistry
The Department of Pathology Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh and Hospital Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with The International Academy of Pathology (Malaysian Division) and College of Pathologists, Malaysia had organized a Seminar and Workshop on Oral Pathology and Immunohistochemistry that was held on 6th of March 2015 at Level 1and 3 Seminar room, Specialist Centre and Ambulatory Care Complex, Hospital Kuala Lumpur. This is the first educational event organised by IAPMD in 2015.
This event was unique since not only Pathologists and trainees in Pathology were involved but also Scientific Officers and Medical Laboratory Technologists in Pathology. This is also the first time that oral pathologists ( dentists) were involved. The response was overwhelming with more than 120 participants from all over the country.
The course comprises not only of lectures by distinguished speakers : Professor Jane Dahlstrom, Sub dean, Canberra Hospital Campus and ANU Medical School and Professor Tan Soo Yong, Senior Consultant Pathologist, Singapore General Hospital but also involve hands-on and demonstrations during the afternoon sessions for the Scientific Officers and the MLTs. Meanwhile, interesting and challenging cases of Oral pathology were discussed for the Pathologists and trainees. The session was proven to be stimulating in getting the accurate diagnosis.
Dr Norain Karim
Chairman of Organising committee
The Department of Pathology and Dermatology of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh in collaboration with Dermatological Society of Malaysia and The International Academy of Pathology (Malaysian Division) had organized a Clinico Pathology Discussion that was held on a Sunday morning, 12th October 2014 at the Department of Pathology, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh.
It was conducted quite differently from other clinico pathology discussions, being that the microscopic session were demonstrated first before the clinician’s presentation as requested by Professor Tetsunori Kimura, a visiting lecturer from Sapporo Dermatopathology Institute. Interesting and selected challenging cases of dermatopathology were discussed. The session was proven to be effective and stimulating in getting the accurate diagnosis. The response was overwhelming, notwithstanding that the session was conducted on a Sunday! The fact that all participants stayed on right through lunch was further testament to the success of the session.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF PATHOLOGY MALAYSIAN DIVISION