Medic Footprints Malaysia: Alternative Careers for Doctors Meetup

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]The successful event went on smoothly for Medic Footprints Malaysia. On February 15, 2020, they organized another event in Nest space which was “Alternative Careers for Doctors Meet-Up” and invited two more aspiring doctors who shared their journey of transitioning to a new career. The speakers were Dr Nadhirah Babji and Dr Izzhar Putra.

[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Dr. Nadhirah Babji” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Since graduating with a degree in medicine, Dr. Nadhirah has found herself at the front lines of the Syrian refugee crisis several times. She is a medical doctor and enthusiastic humanitarian. She has extensive experience in volunteering across Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Tanzania and Kenya to provide medical aid and disaster relief. Moreover, she also involved in relief efforts in some of the notable disasters around the world like the Mediterranean refugee crisis in Europe, the Palu earthquake and the Rohingya refugee crisis. Traveling across India by herself is what sparked her penchant for relief and community work.  Her work has caught the attention of various NGOs, who have engaged her to help set up medical facilities in disaster zones.

Not many of her peers understood her passion, but she believes that you can serve to the communities when you do what you know best. Dr. Nadhirah also explained that doing humanitarian is actual work and you will get paid. Involving in the humanitarian industry is a good experience to upscale the doctors’ expertise in the medical field.

Above all, she got a scholarship to attend the Health Emergencies in Large Population course at John Hopkins University, Baltimore. Currently, Dr. Nadhirah is working as the Regional Community Health Officer with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur.

Medic Footprints Malaysia[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Dr. Izzhar Putra” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Dr. Izzhar was a medical doctor and now the Commercial Director for Pathology Asia Holdings Pte Ltd. Prior to this, he was the Business Development Head at BioMark, a Singapore-based health tech start-up and a marketing manager at Malaysia’s largest generic pharmaceutical firm, Duopharma. He was medically trained in the United Kingdom and recently completed a Masters of Business Administration at Singapore Management University. Dr. Izzhar mentioned that his biggest motivation in pursuing to be a doctor is his dad who owns a clinic in Brunei. Furthermore, he believes that there are very few things in life more satisfying than helping someone recover from an illness. This gave him the direction to pursue a career in healthcare. But, not all path ended with shining light.

While enjoying his time as a medical doctor, he was curious to explore what else he could do within the realm of healthcare and make a bigger difference in society. So, he joined an established Malaysian pharmaceutical company where Dr. Izzhar exposed to a whole new world of business and management. The experience that he gained was invaluable and it helped smoothen his transition to the corporate environment. Currently, he oversees the sales and marketing activities for Gribbles Pathology and Quantum Diagnostics laboratories in Malaysia.

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Medic Footprints Malaysia: Doctors Meetup 2020

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]The feelings of exhaustion and overwhelming work surroundings have slowly grow to be the norm within the medical fraternity, which is why pushing most doctors to their breaking level. Alternative careers, previously seen as a relatively taboo among doctors, is now openly discussed about and pursued.

Hence, Medic Footprints aims to help the doctors uncover the alternatives that might interest them. Based in UK, Dr. Abeyna Jones and Sara Sabin founded the organization in 2014. They provide an online resource and career opportunities for doctors who wish to diversify their careers. Moreover, they also run networking events monthly with one large conference per year. These boundless opportunities have introduced doctors to a lot of growing sectors such as health-tech, corporate, business and many more.

On January 18, 2020, Medic Footprints had organized their FIRST EVER networking event in Malaysia. The event “Medic Footprints for Malaysia: Doctors Meet up” was held at Nestspace – Med and Health Tech Coworking – and featured inspiring stories from three doctors.

Medic Footprints Malaysia[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Dr Selina, Founder of Medic Footprints Malaysia” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Dr. Selina used to be within Anaesthesia and ICU division before she discovered and founded the Medic Footprints Malaysia. One day, she suffered a prolapsed intervertebral disc and had to return for work after one month of the incident. She was on duty, regardless of being on so many prescriptions and inability to stroll greater than 10 meters due to ache and muscle fatigue.

She requested 3 months of light-duty but instead, they switched her to the Emergency Division which could affect her damage more. Hence, she determined to depart the medical flow and start fresh. She found Medic Footprints which based in UK, when she was feeling misplaced and alone. The bullying stigma, lacks empathy and compassion made her a new person that you see now. She aims to build more relatable path for one who suffers and might searching for advice, listener or alternatives to another level of careers opportunities.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Dr Suraj Wilson” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Dr. Suraj is a medical doctor with an amazing track record of 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry and 10 years in clinical practice. He has worked across the US, Europe and Japanese multinational pharmaceutical companies, covering countries across the Asia Pacific region. It has given him a wide knowledge base and skills needed to contribute to the pharmaceutical industry successfully. Dr Suraj has stated in the events about what will future ones expect when entering this industry and how to manage it. Currently, he is also the Malaysian ambassador for the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA).

Medic Footprints Malaysia[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Dr Kev Lim” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Dr. Kev Lim is also a medical doctor, techie & entrepreneur. He decided to give up his position in the Master’s programme and ventured into the health-tech industry. Dr. Kev inspired to be the aggregator in the Healthcare industry and make changes for a better experience for everyone. Hence, he co-founded the QueueMed Healthtech with a group of doctors, to be the pioneer in the industry, assisting clinic & hospital in Digital Healthcare Transformation. QueueMed aims to solve the traditional queuing system in healthcare and ease patients’ journey of seeking medical assistant.

QueueMed Dr. Kev Lim

 

Check out medicfootprintsmalaysia via Instagram and Facebook for more updates and interesting up-coming events.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away!” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]I was scrolling through my social media when I read about a Malaysian man named Ayul Rahman. He started a side job beside photographer by day, to earn additional income after his wife diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease which is pulmonary hypertension. In case you’re wondering, pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs (pulmonary arteries). It’s a serious condition that can damage the right side of the heart and lead to heart failure.

ayul rahman

The disease is a rare condition, hence, the medications for pulmonary hypertension are limited and not subsidized in Malaysia. The wife started from feeling continuously tired and breathless to experiencing nausea from just walking. These are some of the symptoms that you will have as a pulmonary hypertension’s patient.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”GetDoc” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Overall, they’re no way that you can avoid being sick but the least that you can do is preventing it at the early stage. If you feel unfamiliar conditions with your body, immediately seek for a medical check to prevent something serious.

Getdoc

Therefore, Getdoc answers some of the questions that weigh heavily on the minds of every concerned individual. It is a platform where patients manage their own healthcare through mobility solutions such as communicate with doctors instantly, users could search nearby clinics in time for urgency, appointment scheduling and tracking devices for them to bank on.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Getdoc

It connects healthcare professionals across all disciplines with the goal of being the go-to App for health-related needs. For your information, GetDoc is free for everyone and available via getdoc.com. You can also download the GetDoc app from AppStore (iPhone) and GooglePlay (Android) to get better experience for your health.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Worriless at Your Fingertips

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Worriless at Your Fingertips” alignment=”left” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]There are always some days when my headache came worse. But again, it’s just a small matter. On days when the tiring flu came, I will just grab the Panadol, tissues on ready and hot soup to fill up the tummy. Sometimes it will be okay but most of the time it becomes worse, yet I usually ignore it. It’s not that I don’t care about my body but mountains of work are always waiting for me.

There’s a day when I took the courage to go see a doctor.

Sitting on a couch with a smartphone in hands[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]That’s when I decided to just lie down and sleep. The clinics were far from my area, so I had to drive there. The price was quite pricey, considering that maybe I just had flu or migraine. To top the icing on the cake, the waiting kept me tired and I had more works coming. That’s just not what I needed.

One day, I came across a website, Babylon Health. I was wondering what it was about and the first thing that caught my eye is “to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth.” I thought to myself and downloaded the app.

[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]I tapped on “check a symptom” and answers a few questions before it suggested a consultation. It could be done on the phone or a video call. Cool, is it? Save my time and my body too!

The consultation is like a regular check with the doctor at the clinic and I felt comfortable, knowing that I could check my health at the comfort of my home. Soon after consultation, a video of it was available on my Babylon app, in case I had forgotten anything. I also received a short text from the doctor that summarized his findings on my health and some bits of advice. If I needed a prescription, it will be sent within the hour to my local pharmacy. Everything was done at my fingertips and I never felt relieved, knowing my condition and still can do my works.

As the saying goes, Babylon Health is determined to work on making healthcare delivery hassle-free. Based in the UK, Babylon offers a world-leading health tech services, entrust users to manage their health. It has gotten more interesting as Prudential Corporation Asia entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Babylon Health to existing and new customers of Prudential across Asia.

Prudential is one of Asia’s leading insurance providers, where its brand is compatible with trust. They help customers to lead healthier and more secure lives, consistent with Babylon Health’s objective to address the unmet healthcare needs in Asia where a majority of the population are uninsured, alongside with developing population and rising medical costs.

By combining the best technology with the best medical expertise, they aim to serve unparalleled access to healthcare including health assessment, treatment advice and direct appointments with doctors 24/7! Wasn’t it works wonder for everyone?

The service includes Babylon’s symptom checker , a consultation with an experienced doctor within minutes, Babylon Healthcheck to understand your current health and Babylon Monitor to manage your health regularly for those who are very busy, just like me!

It’s such a good thing to explore and experienced “fast and furious” healthcare within your everyday friend, smartphone.

Check out the Babylon Health website for more in-depth information as they also provide many good articles and facts. You can also download the Babylon app to experience the benefit that you never felt before![/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Silent Sight Between Us

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Silent Sight Between Us” alignment=”left” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]It’s a disappointment when you could not give the best out of you.

There’s a pinch of sorrow when words like, 

Harini balik lewat lagi ke?” 

Hari weekend pun sunyi kan?

hits you right at the bottom of your heart. Quoted from George Lorimer, “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” Sometimes, you are trying the most out of you to balance between works and taking some time with your loved one, especially the elderly. It is something that you may not realize or expect that as you grow older, so do your parents. 

Elderly Care

It’s harder to do it than to say it. Sometimes, they could forget where the house’s key or they misplace their medicines and no one to remind or look after them. Sometimes, they want somebody to ramble on or sharing stories. Because of today’s critical economic issues, you may need to juggle care giving with your career, family, and life. 

 

CARE Concierge Logo

Understanding and help to lessen the burden between you and your loved one are one of the initiatives that CARE Concierge aims to achieve. As their sayings goes, “Trust us with the care of your elderly loved ones in the comforts of their own home.” You don’t have to worry anymore as they provide service that helps family members to save time and money while allowing the elderly to remain in a place familiar to them, which is home.

 

Their CARE Pros and nurses are certainly certified and trained to manage your elderly as number one priority. From Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), companionship, medication to daily task reporting, they get you covered. They also help by excellent CARE manager on reporting and monitoring and a team of Doctors and Registered Nurses to advise where needed so that you can continue with your daily routine. 

Care Concierge facebook

These are just some of the many challenges that you may run into life but as long as you ensure the best for you and your loved ones, it may become the best possible choice for all involved. 

You can try to search on https://www.mycareconcierge.com/ for further details and inquiries.  [/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Healthcare Beyond The Sky

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Healthcare Beyond The Sky” alignment=”left” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]It’s finally the anticipating decade – the 2020s. That’s how the 1920s seemed to people 100 years ago today. They were all used to the 19-teens, and suddenly they were like, “Whoa! Cool, we’re in the twenties!”

Health-tech in 2020

“The twenties” is super legit-sounding and sound old school vibes. Throughout the years reaching 2020s, there are many exciting technological advancements created and we will be expecting, even more, coming through this decade. One of the recent successful inventions include drones – an aircraft without a human pilot on board.

Drones in Healthcare 2020

It is normally associated with videography or photography but according to Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo, he said that drones can be an advantage for various fields. It includes agriculture, food supplies for people trapped in disaster and most importantly, healthcare and medicine. 

Although it is a very transformational idea with many consequences, the drones’ ability to travel across all sorts of landscapes quickly with a high degree of accuracy, starting to make an impact in the medical field. There are so many countries that have started to use drones in healthcare and overturn the traditional methods for the benefits of every people in need.

For example, a joint venture between Seattle based company and Matter Net, they transport blood samples from remote community hospitals to a large hospital in Lilongwe, the capital city of the African State, Malawi. A Nevada Based start-up also testing drone deliveries of first aid kits and emergency medication.

Drones overflies forest fire

Getting this essential equipment and medicines from one place to another is not always easy, especially in harsh environments like war zones and environmental disasters. It could help medical expertise as a medium to those communicable disease areas or critical infrastructure damage that would prevent typical ground aid transport. 

 Drones also can be potential use for other health-related. From the dronesinhealthcare.comit can be as bedside medication delivery. Instead of depending on the medical assistant to bring medication to patients from hospital pharmacies, it can do the same. This eliminates some potentials for human error involved in administering medication, which helps to decrease the chance of patients receive the wrong dosage or medicines.

 More or less, we hope that these potential inventions would help more in the future to achieve transformative improvements in healthcare delivery. [/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Stop The Waiting!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Stop The Waiting!” alignment=”left” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Unsystematic queues are always a miserable experience! There is a difference between in line for coffee, and in line where your health is at risk. To see a doctor, it depends on the queue system and whether it is by appointment only.

It is unusual how hospitals deal with health issues, while the waiting time become blow-out. A local survey, conducted by Malay Mail Online, 40% of the respondents said that they waited for 4 hours to see a doctor at public clinics or hospitals. Then, 26% recorded as 60 minutes waiting time while 8% experienced less than an hour wait. Roughly 7% revealed that they waited between 2 and 4 hours and shockingly, 2% of them waited tiring 8 hours for service in this health institution.

For something as time-sensitive as healthcare, this calls for disaster and patients know as much. This dissatisfaction affects not only the persons’ mood but the working environment in general. Following the decade of instant service, the unneeded stress passes on to the doctors and staff too, such as someone argues in the waiting area demanding to be seen first. Hence, it’s just a tiresome experience to look at.

Luckily, in today’s high technology and potential expertise, QueueMed got you covered. QueueMed is an O2O solution created by a group of doctors to aid clinics and hospitals in health-tech transformation.  They also specialize in providing multi-channel appointment booking, mobile queue alternatives and E-Payment solutions to the medical centre.

QueueMed E-Wallet

It aims to help healthcare providers to boost patient’s satisfaction, by including its solution with all their booking channels. They allows patients to make appointments and ticket online and receive automatic reminders accessibly.

QueueMed also allows patients to check live queue so that they can monitor their waiting time from their mobile. As quoted by QueueMed, “Understanding the patient journey is the key in delivering a satisfaction experience in any healthcare industry.”

For more information, check out their facebook page @QueueMed and cut the waiting right away![/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]