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New Entry Master of Pathology Malaysia

It's been a while since I've updated this blog. Maybe I am having a thought block. Everytime I wanted to write something, I frozed.

I need to do some non medical reading just to step out from this phenomenon. I've bought a book by G25..and I just found out that the book was banned in Malaysia. However, I am still going to finish reading it.

Anyway, this year Master in Pathology is a little off compare to previous year. It has been Mid August and the application for HLP has not been started yet. I do not know why because I am not involve in any of this thing.

Otherwise, for the entry of next year Master of Pathology, the date for Pre entrance course has been set on 13 November 2017 in Hospital Putrajaya.

The entrance exam will be held later on 8-9 January 2018 in HUSM.

So this year ( or technically next year) exam will be held in Kubang Kerian Kelantan. Prepare your holiday and book your ticket to Kelantan. There will be a lot of shopping to be done there....or maybe you sh…
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Pre-Entrace Exam Course for Pathology Postgraduate: The 'Politics' and Campaigning.

Before you get frustrated any further by the title of this post, this is far from politics that you imagined when you click the link.

When we sign up to enter Master / Doctor of Pathology course in 2015, we were told to fill up in that application on which field we want to continue further study. Whether we choose Anatomical Pathology, Chemical pathology, Hematopathology, Genetics pathology, or Clinical Microbiology. Since then, the application has been changed. Now candidates do not need to specify which area they want to pursue.

Does this mean the government will choose the field for you? No, far from it. You have to make your own decision. I have described briefly before on which field you need to choose based on how you wanted your life to be.

They will eventually ask you to fill up another form when you go for Pre-Entrance exam course. So if you are still not decided, I suggest you start asking yourself now before going for that course. Some people were caught off guard and have …

Be A Good Doctor!

If you read my blog (I am still skeptical that people actually read this blog), you will realise that I am no supporter to a scam doctor, or greedy doctor, who sell products like vitamins, water, air, dirt, any whatsoever and using their title to make that product look...medicinal.

Recently, I found out that many of my friend doctors, start selling herbal product and re-posting testimony of that herbal product in social media like it was nothing. Shameful.

Doctors supposed to be a teacher and educates everyone about real medicine, the science behind it. Not promoting non evidence based product, more over selling them for extra money. If this trend continues, then the same thing will happen again... The same thing that happen before that produce such group like antivaccine group, homebirth group, all the pseudoscience group.

I do not understand why money is so important for medical doctor. You can see that many doctor in Malaysia are complaining about underpayment and I agree that it i…

Snake Bite and Bacterial Infection

Most cat and dogs will cause Pasteurella multocida infection. I was curious however these few days because I found that a culture from a patient with snake bites grew Morganella morganii and to my surprise, I am the only one who were actually surprise about this. Google does not. This is because there were a few study (however scarce) regarding snake oral flora and they found out that Snake do have Morganella spp inside their mouth. 

Bacterial infection in snake bite commonly cause by Gram Positive bacteria, mainly Staphylococcus aureus, followed by Coagulase Negative Staphylococci, and Streptococci.
Gram Negative that commonly cause bacterial wound infection in snake bite includes Enterobactericiae; E.coli the most common, Klebsiella Pneumoniae, Morganella morganii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Culture from the snakes fangs, fangs sheaths, venom of various snakes has shown heavy colonisation with many bacteria including: E.coli,Morganella spp, Group D Streptococci, Aeromonas spp, and anae…

Microbiologist Vs Clinical Microbiologist

What is the difference between Microbiologist and Clinical Microbiologist?


(Well, I am writing this at the airport since my flight was delayed, and I just found out that this airport provide free computer and internet for those who -maybe- delayed)




The difference between Microbiologist and Clinical Microbiologist might be so obvious for some people, but I believe there were still people who do not know about it. Some people think that when you took Microbiology degree, you can immediately became a clinical microbiologist. No.




As the name implied, Clinical Microbiologist is basically a medical doctor who specialised in the field of microbiology. The pathway to became a clinical microbiologist started by entering a medical school and get that Medical degree so that you can practice as a registered medical officer. Then, after a few years of training in clinical field, then you will apply for a postgraduate study on Clinical Microbiolgy. In Malaysia, this is done by applying for pathol…

Part II Medical Microbiology Program

Most people said that Part 1 Master Pathology program is the hardest part. When you enter Part II, it will be more chill and you can catch a breath. 
It has been 2 months since I started Part II in Medical microbiology program. Can I catch a breath? I guess just a little bit. The program is more focused now than before. Now I learn what I wanted to learn when I sign up for this program. I want to learn microbiology and everyday now, I am doing microbiology. 
In part 1, the stress was about the study part. In part 2, the stress is about work. Work, work work. Basically I am back as a service medical officer in Microbiology. I am trying to orientate myself, since it was only 2 months since I started working, there were a lot of thing that I need to learn. 
Plus, I need to start my research. I already had a topic in mind, well, thanks to my supervisor, it was his idea actually. I think it's plausible and I am beginning to start writing up a research proposal for it. But, I still don&…

How do you study for Part 1 MPath Exam?

In order to proceed to Part 2 Master of Pathology program, you need to pass part 1 exam first. Failure to do so will cause you to be retained in first year and you will be wasting another year studying the same thing all over again.

A lot of senior that I've met before sitting for that exam warned me that Part 1 can be toughed as you need to cover 4 specialties instead of just focusing to one area of your interest. So no matter what you choose during your initial application, you need to study all other subjects too. So, in summary, it's like med school all over again.

I've described the structured of the exam in my last post. Here, I just want to tell a story on how can you pass the exam, this is not a guideline, nor something you need to follow, this is just my story.

Within that first year of study, you need to cover 4 module: Anatomic Pathology, Hematology, Microbiology, and Chemical pathology, (and a little bit on forensic pathology too). In my observation, there are …