Presenting at the Malaysian Congress of Geriatric Medicine
Contributed by Tai May Hun, Teh Shu Yi, Saraneswarya Dewi Ravichandran, and Leong Wye Hong (all from PU-RCSI)
Celebrated annually every October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons theme in 2018 was “Celebrating Older Human Rights champions”. In conjunction to this, the Malaysian Congress of Geriatrics Medicine 2018 was held last year on 2nd to 4th of August in Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah up north for the first time in Alor Setar, Kedah.
The response to this national event was so staggering especially by the delegates, that the registration had to be closed early. Luckily for the 19 of us delegates, we managed to secure a spot as early as June itself. Our team of 4 doctors and 15 students, represented University Malaya at the congress. Six of us from the group were from Perdana University and we managed to get this opportunity after our research posting in Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM) during our summer break.
The three days’ congress was filled with inspiring speeches by medical specialists from different fields. Speeches delivered help to broaden our knowledge as we were introduced with various interventions that were currently in used in clinical settings. Beyond speeches, there were also forums which we found to be entertaining. The forum was participated by people from diverse specialties who came about contributing their views on the current health issue in the community.
Our study focused on the management of hyponatraemia among geriatric inpatients. During the presentation, a general overview on the investigations conducted on the patients with hyponatraemia were given in order to reflect the level of adequacy in managing this group of patients. For two consecutive days, our team had collectively ten different projects presented at the congress. This conference had indeed been a fresh yet informative experience to most of us.
We also presented the topic called “Management of Anaemia in Elderly Patients in a teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur”, this compassed us analyzing data collected from over 300 patients on how their anemic conditions were handled. Workshops were also organized, we had the chance to participate in quite a number of them, obtaining exposure to huge names in geriatrics medicine, some of whom are so fueled to help change certain impairments and negligence in the field.
All in all, it was a very worthwhile experience. We had not only the chance to network, but also gained various insight from many folds of strata of the geriatrics community, even the patients themselves! Given a chance, we highly recommend one to give this a try and we would go again if we could.