HCTM’s Paediatric Senior Consultant Experts was appointed as EBPS Senior Examiner

By Asmahanim Amir
Pictures by Ikhwan Hashim

CHERAS, 25 March 2019 – Prof. Dr. Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz, a Paediatric Senior Surgery Consultant Experts, Department of Surgery, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), has been recognized by the European Board of Pediatric Surgery (EBPS) as Senior Examiner of Europe 2019, to be held in Amsterdam in October.

The appointment is history for UKM because Prof. Dr Dayang Anita was the first Paediatric Surgeon in Malaysia and Asia who appointed as EBPS senior examiner.

“Actually, this recognition is not only for me but to all the paediatric staff and also out former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emerita Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Sharifah Habsah Syed Hassan Shahabudin and Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali whom helped a lot from the beginning until UKM received an accreditation status as a Centre of EBPS Examination for Part I and Part II in 2011” said Prof. Dr Dayang Anita.

“This examination centre is the first outside Europe. It’s not only as an examination centre but also training centres to the local and ASEAN paediatric surgical trainees and surgeons (omit medical practitioners with expertise training),” she added.

There are other countries in Asia such as India who conduct EBPS Part I examinations, but only PPUKM can conduct Part I and Part II of the examination.

“We are very proud with this recognition. Starting from 2012, I was appointed as an EBPS Local Examiner Team Leader in the same year the first EBPS examination was held at PPUKM,” she explained.

“This appointment will give me the experience to conduct a local exam as I develop the Paediatric Master Programme in UKM using the syllabus and procedures of the European Board. This is my role in developing UKM programmes for the convenience of our own students,” she explained.

She said almost 10 years the examination was held at PPUKM, many benefits were obtained from the aspect of establishing a more holistic approach to human capital development. It is also eminent that the number of candidates who come to the exam increased from year to year.