Clinical Fellowship


Course Director: Prof. Dr. Reena Rahayu Md Zin

Duration of training: 12 Months, full time or part time (or duration as recommended by the RCPA)

Training Centre: Histopathology Unit, UKM Medical Centre (UKM)/ Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Cheras 56000 Kuala Lumpur

Eligibility: Specialist Pathologist or trained medical doctors

Objectives of Programme:

The Histopathology Unit Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz  (HCTM) is a routine diagnostic laboratory accredited for training with The Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA). The Histopathology Unit in HCTM offers training positions to registered Specialist Anatomic pathologists or trained medical doctors in their domicile countries who have not completed RCPA training or wish to obtain a fellowship with the RCPA. The trainee will need to select a supervisor from the Histopathology Unit during the training period. At the end of the training period, the Supervisor who directly supervises the trainee will submit a report to RCPA regarding the trainee’s performance and a certification of completion of training will be awarded to the candidate by the Faculty of Medicine , UKM.

  1. To produce certified specialist anatomic pathologists eligible for RCPA fellowship programme.
  2. To introduce  trained medical doctors to the basics of anatomic pathology.


  1. Candidate will be required to perform all anatomical pathological activities at the level of a specialist or medical registrars.
  2. Candidate will be required to perform cut ups or gross examinations, report frozen sections and surgical cases
  3. Candidate will be required to request and report histochemical stains or any other ancillary studies such as electron microscopy.
  4. Candidate will be required to request and report molecular studies such as in situ hybridisation  (fluorescence or double dual) or PCR studies.
  5. Candidates will be required to perform clinical autopsies ( Specialist Pathologist may be exempted from this requirement).
  6. Candidates will be required to report cytological cases (gynae and non gynae including fine needle aspirates)
  7. Candidates will be required to present surgical cases in clinicopathological meetings.
  8. Candidates will be required to present  articles or technical reports in journal club meetings, publish articles and present oral papers or abstracts in international conferences or seminars.
  9. Candidates are recommended to write a report on an audit activity or a complex clinical case. A write up of a formal research proposal is highly encouraged.
  10. Candidates are required to exercise the standard quality management and laboratory safety of the Histopathology Unit , HCTM at all times. The candidate will also be assessed on their ethics of conduct and professionalism.

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

Important requirements:

  1. Please apply at least 6 months before intended start date.
  2. You will need Temporary Practising Certificate (TPC) by Malaysian Medical Council (MMC). Please ensure you fulfil all the requirements for TPC.
  3. Application for TPC will be forwarded to MMC by UKM except for Letter of Good Standing.
  4. Priority will be given to candidates with some experience in peripheral or body interventions.
Step 1
Application through Secretariat of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) website/ link at HCTM website/ or direct communication with the Course Director *Application need to be made a minimum of 6 months before the date of admission
Required process:
  • Candidate Details and selected programmes
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
*First medical degree needs to be checked whether it is recognised by Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) (a mandatory requirement if the candidate will do rotation outside of HCTM) An offer letter will be issued (by UKMSHAPE) to the candidate for the payment process Course Director
Step 2
Application will be reviewed by the Course Director
Step 3
  • Fill in and submit Application Form to International Affairs Unit (UPA)
  • Letter of Temporary Approval/ Letter of Rejection to applicants will be issued by SPS
  • For the accepted candidates, a copy of the Temporary Approval Letter will be sent to UKM Shape – for VISA’s application process
Step 4
Accepted candidates are required to complete the following documents:
  • Form 16 for Temporary Practicing Certificate application Click Here
  • Visa application (Professional Visit Pass (PVP) Click Here

  • *Since Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysian Immigration will only issued Professional Visit Pass (PVP) with Single Entry Visa for 1 Year. Candidate must go out from Malaysia before PVP expired and must re-apply new PVP from home country for next year's programme
    *All documents will be sent through the International Affairs Unit, Faculty of Medicine UKM
Step 5
Candidate enrolled and report to the Course Director
Step 6
An offer letter will be issued (by UKM Shape) to the candidate for the payment process
Step 7
Course Director will notify the candidate about privileging and credentialing to HCTM Credentialing Link
Step 8
ONE (1) month before programme ends, the Course Director are required to inform SPS and International Affairs Unit, Faculty of Medicine UKM
SPS will issue Certificate of Completion to the candidate

Flowchart of Credentialing and Privileging in HCTM for International Candidates


Credentialing: a process to set the standards and to do an evaluation for a person’s qualification in a field or procedure. It is recognition for the professional training done by a medical practitioner.

Privileges: the rights given by the hospital for a medical practitioner to give treatments or to do procedures on hospital patients based on the qualifications of the training, and the medical practitioner’s experience and expertise.

Step 1
Log in to this link: to apply for credentialing application.
*No payment needed for this application
Step 2
For new application, please fill in the details and update your profile.

* If you want to renew you application, please apply 6 months BEFORE your expiry date.
Step 3
Click Credentialing Form and complete all the required information.

*You need to fill in your Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) Registration Number, Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) Number and National Specialist Register (NSR) Number in the prerequisite field.
Step 4
Select Head of Department (HOD) to verify your application.
Step 5
Tick (√) and submit your application.
Step 6
Your Dashboard for the application status will appear. You can check the ongoing status by time to time.
Step 7
All applications will be reviewed in a meeting.

*The meeting will be conducted 4 times a year
Step 8
HCTM issue an Approval Letter (TWO weeks after the meeting)
HCTM issue Certificate of Credentialing (ONE month after)