Saturday, November 19, 2011

My First Speech as a Specialist


During the announcement of the official Part 2 result yesterday (18/11/2011), some of us were given opportunity to say our speech. These include Ogeil Mubarak El-Basyeer (from Sudan), Farouk Al-Gandouz (Libyan), Amir Hossein (Iranian), Nur Shaidi (Serdang-based candidate), Fadhli Miskon (The Chief Registrar - UKM-based candidate) and myself (Sungai Buloh-based candidate).

I want to share with you my speech on that day, since I think all of us can learn something from it. I didn't really prepare the speech before hand, it was an impromptu. But I gave quite a lengthy speech. Hmm... let see...just need to recall back from my memory...

Assalamualaikum...bismillahirrahmanirraheem. Fainnama'al 'usri yusran, inna ma'al 'usri yusran. Sodaqollahu 'azeem.

My beloved Orthopaedic Head of Department - Prof. Sharaf, external examiner - Prof Mamoun Kremli, Prof Sabarul, my senior colleauges - Mr. Halim, Mr. Azmi, Mr. Syed, Mr.Hisam, Ms. Hazla and Mr. Yazid Kassim, my colleagues and friends.

The journey during master programme was not the same for everyone. For some, it was a straighforward one, for the others, it was the other way around. For me, the route to become an orthopaedic surgeon was tortuous. I took my part 1 exam 3 times, and part 2 exam, 4 times. So, if you want to talk about stress, come talk to me...*the audience laugh*

The training in the 3 centres - UM, USM and UKM were different. But it was obvious, at the end of the training, in term of theory, the candidates from all the 3 centers are of the same standard, however, the UKM candidates are lacking in term of clinical skills.

Yes, we can read how to do clinical examination from the books. However, BOOKs CAN NEVER REPLACE LECTURERS. The candidates need the lecturers to guide them and to show them the correct way on how to approach cases and how to examine patients at postgraduate level.

Since I enter the programme in 2006, I have seen improvement in the systems. The End-of-Year assessment for 2nd and 3rd year candidates are very good. It keeps the candidates to be at the edge in term of knowledge. The Thursday session including census and CME are very good teaching tools. The mocked exam organised by Mr Yazid Bajuri is really helpful for the candidates., about being transferred to Hospital Sungai Buloh (Prof. Sharaf has asked me to specifically talk about this). 

Well, when we were first told about this, we're really worried. Coming from the Open System, where we came to PPUKM during our final year, we realize that there are a lot of theory things that we can learn here. The patients in the clinic are also cases that come for the exam. So, we feel that we're at disadvantage.

Hospital Sg. Buloh with Dato' Zamyn as the Orthopaedic HOD has his own reputation. People talk many bad things about him. But all those talk was wrong.  Dato' Zamyn is like a godfather to us. He has his ways to train and guide us, not only academically but also in term of personal development. He imparted his knowledge, he asked us to examine cases in front of him. He put us under stress, but this stress keep us on our feet at all time.

I think it is a good place to send registrars for training and I can recommend to you to send more registrars there if there are failed candidate in May exam. Dato' Zamyn will be more than happy to accept them.

For those who failed this time, don't worry, don't be sad. Remember what Prof. Masbah always say - "It's not how many time you fail that matter, it is about how you take it, come back and fight till the success that matter". I know your feeling. I've been there, I pass after 4th attempt and don't forget Mr Razak Hussein who has passed after his 5th attempt. Just don't give up. 

Finally, I would like to thank all the professors and lecturers for all the knowledge that you have imparted upon us. Thank you.

Blogger with Prof. Mamoun Kremli

From Left: Mr. Edewet, Mr. Saifullah, Mr. Ogeil ElBasyeer, blogger and Mr. Fadhli Miskon

After the announcement and the feedback session, we took a picture together with Prof. Mamoun Kremli, Dean of Medical School, Al-Maarefa College, Saudi Arabia. The other 2 external examiners - Prof. Josephine Wing-Yuk Ip from University of Hong Kong and Prof. Ajay Puri from Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, India were not present during the photography session.


  1. congrats bro!happy for you..iqbal

  2. keep up the good work bang, this country needs more specialist like you, and pray for us in our exams - tahniah sekali lagi, you deserve it bang :) - faizal

  3. wuwuwuwu abangku dokter pakar dahhhh

    tahniah again abg din, semoga kerjaya mu dirahmati allah

  4. @Thanks Iqbal dan Faizal. Please pray for me, for our future insyaAllah.

    @Ya - terima kasih Ya...