Jabatan Oftalmologi Fakulti Perubatan

 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


Course Director: Prof. Dr. Mae-Lynn Catherine Bastion, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mushawiahti Mustapha (Part-time) & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norshamsiah Md. Din
Duration of Training: 1-year for international candidate & up to 3 years for local candidate
Training Centre: UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) @ Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Cheras (HCTM) Jalan Yaacob Latif Bandar Tun Razak 56000 Cheras Kuala Lumpur
Availability Places: 1 per year (2023 onwards)


The UKM Vitreoretinal (VR) Fellowship Training Program is designed to provide an opportunity for appropriate clinical training and clinical or vision science research related to surgical retinal disease. The training period is divided into 3 phases, the first phase is necessary to assess the suitability of the trainee for further training.

  • Eligibility:
  1. Must possess a recognizable Medical Degree and certificate of qualification of Ophthalmology specialist training eg. Post-Graduate Medical Degree qualification in Ophthalmology, that is registrable with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
  2. Registration with Specialist Board (Ophthalmology) of country of origin (if applicable) eg National Specialist Registry (Malaysian)
  3. Letter of sponsorship and/ or financial warranty from the candidate
  4. Must submit a list of relevant workshops, courses and short training programmes attended
  5. Must submit the names of at least two referees, at least one of whom has directly supervised the candidates and is able to submit a report on the candidates’ clinical skills, practice, attitude and competence
  6. Must have been in active clinical practice for at least 1-year post specialist qualification


  • Objectives of Programme:
  1. In terms of clinical practice, to be a competent vitreoretinal subspecialist capable of independent practice
  2. In terms of knowledge, to acquire and impart working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty including its foundations in the basic medical sciences
  3. In terms of lifelong learning, to be equipped with lifelong learning skills including appraisal of research reports, audits, continuous improvement skills, and perform a research study in this discipline, as demonstrated by submitting a manuscript for publication
  4. In terms of ethics, to be able to uphold a high level of professional and medical ethics, including respecting diversities and patients’ choices in a professional manner
  5. In terms of communication, to be able to communicate with patients in an effective manner
  6. In terms of system based practice, to be able to understand and improve on the practice system to provide excellent outcome for patient care


  • Selection Process for fellowship position:
  1. Evaluation of fulfilling the entry criteria by the university (UKM) and Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
  2. Attend a selection interview with fellowship director/ designee either face to face or via tele-interview (international candidate only).


  • Pre-requisite for fellowship exit certification:
  1. Place and duration:
  2. Local candidate must train for 3 years in established National Centre, which will include 1-2 years in Department of Ophthalmology, UKMMC, and at least 1-year placement in a recognized centre in Malaysia or overseas, other than Department of Ophthalmology, UKMMC, OR
  3. ii) International candidate must train exclusively in UKMMC for 1-year, AND
  4. Successfully conduct and complete a research study in UKMMC by the completion of training, AND
  5. Obtain a Pass in the UKM Fellowship Exit Examination


  • Assessment of Competency:
  1. Completion of the training logbook, including endorsement by the consultant of the various clinics, fellowship director and the Head of Department of Ophthalmology, UKMMC, AND
  2. Demonstrated competency according to the programme objectives, AND
  3. Evidence of submission of the research study manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal, AND
  4. Exit Examination


  • Termination Clause:

Candidates who fail to demonstrate good progress in the course of training, and did not fulfil the training requirements stipulated above, will be subject to termination of fellowship training.


  • Successful Completion Clause:

Certificate of completion of training certified by Course Director and Dean, Faculty of Medicine UKM will be given to all successful candidates



For more details, download the VR Training Handbook here