FIRST MEETING ON COORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMMES BETWEEN PPSP AND IPPT
BERTAM, 15 March 2017 – School of Medical Sciences (PPSP), Universiti Sains Malaysia top management led by the Dean, Professor Dr Shaiful Bahari Ismail paid a half day working visit to IPPT. This visit marks the official platform where IPPT and PPSP will meet to discuss collaborative efforts between the two PTJs under the Medical and Health cluster in USM.
Other team members from PPSP were Profesor Dr Rosline Hassan (Deputy Dean for Research), Profesor Dr. Abdul Razak Sulaiman (Deputy Dean for Postgraduate and Professional Training), Profesor Dr. Dinsuhaimi Sidek (Coordinator for Networking & Linkages) and Puan Noor Hayati Muhammad (Deputy Registrar for Health Campus).
Delegates were welcomed by IPPT top management Dr Norehan Mokhtar (Director), Professor Narazah Mohd Yusoff (Deputy Director for Research), Associate Professor Dr Bakiah Shaharuddin (Deputy Director for Academic), Dr Muhamad Yusri Musa (Deputy Director for Clinical Services), Encik Ihsanul Anwar (Senior Assistant Registrar) and Heads of Cluster – Dr Shahrul Bariyah Sahul Hamid, Dr Mohammad Farris Iman Leong Abdullah, Dr Nur Arzuar Abdul Rahim and Dr Hasni Arsad (IMC representative).
During the meeting, PPSP delegates were briefed on IPPT clinical services which demonstrated the specialized areas in Oncology management that IPPT has carved a niche in, especially in breast, colorectal and head and neck cancers. Among the oncology mode of treatment, IPPT strives to be the main referral centre for brachytherapy and IMRT for head and neck cancers.
Future collaborative efforts are in the pipeline between PPSP and IPPT in various aspects of clinical services to add values to the existing areas and to forge new ventures where both parties will be able to complement each other.
Further discussion on academic appointments (lantikan silang), support for academic programmes, optimization of resources in diagnostic laboratories and sharing of teaching materials were also conducted in a very positive discourse.
Existing research collaboration may be enhanced when researchers from both PTJs are engaged in a favourable and stimulating scientific communication in the future.
The visit ended on a high positive note with a short walk around CTC facilities. We hope this will be the first among many discussions to strengthen the cooperation between IPPT and other PTJs of Health Campus, USM.
Reported by: A.P. Dr Bakiah Shaharuddin