• The role of a GP in death and dying
    Encountering the death of a patient is inevitable in a doctor’s role. However, the responsibilities, challenges and experiences faced by a primary care physician is very different from that of a doctor who works in the hospital.
  • 17 hard-to-pronounce drug names – How many do you already know?
    Much as doctors, nurses and pharmacists deal with drugs on a daily basis, the pronunciation of some drugs, especially their generic names, often escape most – even the most ardent of pharmacists who can carry entire dictionaries of these in their heads. Let’s take a look at 17 of the toughest examples available out there, and their actual, correct pronunciations.
  • Medical professionals face harsh repercussions for taking selfies in the workplace
    Unprofessional behaviour in the workplace is never to be condoned, but those in the medical profession are commonly held to even higher standards by dint of their greater responsibility – they are expected to uphold patient confidentiality rights, protect patients’ personal data and adhere to ethical norms regulating the medical profession. Taking unpermitted ‘selfies’ in the workplace violates all of those responsibilities, and more.
  • How to improve your hospital's standing and reputation
    In order to attract physicians, patients and potential partnering organizations, a hospital needs both good standing and good reputation. There are various ways to achieve this, including word of mouth, obtaining accreditations and achieving awards. Such a hospital is able to demonstrate, with proof, that it is able to meet its patients’ medical needs in the best way possible.
  • When theatre meets medicine: Medical schools in Singapore use actors as patients to train up empathy
    Though the medical profession has long recognised the importance of instilling empathy and other soft skills in doctors, the question of how to effectively teach this still persists. Using actors to create realistic patient reactions can build medical students’ emotional awareness during patient interactions, and may just be the answer
  • General Practitioners (GPs) to work with Health Ministry in planning of bundle system
    The Malaysian Medical Association is working with the MOH in the planning of a bundle system to reduce medical costs for patients. Meanwhile, the Medical Practitioners Coalition Association Of Malaysia (MPCAM) is also in discussions with the Health Ministry to increase GP roles and review their professional fees.
  • The differences between psychology and psychiatry
    Psychology and psychiatry are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, while it is widely known that both involve the study of the brain, behaviour, emotions and thoughts, there are significant differences between the two areas of study.
  • How criticising doctors can increase the risk of medical errors
    Emotions tend to run high in hospitals and can cause patients’ loved ones to be critical towards medical professionals when they perceive inadequate care. According to new research however, criticising the doctor could have damaging, even fatal consequences.
  • The banning of powdered gloves and its implications
    In the context of healthcare, medical gloves serve as protective devices for both medical personnel and patients alike. It also protects the examiner's and the patient’s hands from any potential infection. However, powdered medical gloves have been banned recently because they were shown to bring unreasonable and substantial risk.
  • Unremorseful paedophilic paediatrician sentenced to 22 years of prison
    Michael Salmon, a retired paediatrician who worked at Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury, has gotten away with sexually assaulting children for 14 years.