MAAM SECRETARY’s REPORT 2014 to 2016
The new committee took office from the 8th of August, 2014 and since then has had 10 committee meetings. We co-opted 4 ordinary members to help with the programs and plans for the new term. This includes, the past President, Dr. Nirmal, past Secretary, Dr. Thomas John, Dr. Mohandas and Dr. Rishya. Each committee member had been given a portfolio to oversee and report during the committee meetings.
At the back of a successful Convention, the new committee had its work cut out for the new term. Building from the Convention and proceeding with the philosophy of increasing CPD activities, the committee formed a subcommittee headed by Dr. Koh Kar Chai called The Society of Scientific Studies of MAAM. This Society is responsible for the CPD activities of the Malaysian Alumni Association, Malaysia. Two types of CPDs were conducted
a) CPD events which were endorsed by MAAM which included:
- Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine CPD 2015 held on 18, Jan, 2015 at Tropicana Medical Centre.
- purP.O.S.E. (Pfizer One Stop Education) workshop 2015 held on 15, March at Four Points by Sheraton, Penang.
- WATTZupDoc Symposia Series on Primary Care Medicine held on 25 & 26, April, 2015 at Le Meridien, KL.
- PLUS SYMPOSIUM Primary Care Clinical Updates held on 14, June, 2015 at Hilton, KL.
- PLUS Symposium-Primary Care Clinical Updates held on 23, Aug, 2015 at G Hotel, Penang.
- A Natural Breakthrough Therapy for Inflammation-Useful in OA held on 5, Sept, 2015 at the Royal Selangor Club, Dataran Merdeka.
- Real World Asthma Control for Healthcare Professionals held on 5, Sept, 2015 at Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang.
- PLUS Symposium-Primary Care Clinical Updates held on 20, Sept, 2015 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Johor Bahru.
- Pain Focus Workshop held on 29, Nov, 2015 at Aloft KL.
- WATTZupDoc Symposia Series on Primary Care Medicine held on 23rd & 24th, January 2016 at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.
b) CPD events organised by the Society of Scientific Studies:
- Manipal Alumni Scientific Programme held on 16th May, 2015 at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie in conjunction with our AGM 2015.
- MAAM-MMMC CPD Programme held on 4th Dec, 2015 at Melaka Manipal Medical College in conjunction with MAAM Convention 2015.
MASH (Manipal Alumni Science & Health) Journal
MASH (Manipal Alumni Science & Health) Journal was launched during the Convention 2014 by the Minister of Health and the first issue was completed in early 2015 and Volume 2 is now up and available on the Manipal Alumni webpage.
Headed by Dr. Premkumar, the Editorial Board comprises of Alumni from around the world. Application for ISSN number has been submitted and it is soon to be a journal of repute. We want to encourage Alumni in Malaysia and around the world to submit articles including research work, reviews, comments, case reports and opinions to The Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org Hopefully in time to come the Journal will be indexed and have an ISI Impact Factor.
Disaster Relief Efforts
In late 2014 the East Coast and parts of Northern Peninsula were inundated by terrible floods. MAAM stood up to the needs and worked together with MERCY Malaysia and other agencies to provide medical relief. Dr. Jeyanthi was involved as a volunteer with a Mercy Mission in Perak.
Later in 2015, Nepal was affected by a devastating Earthquake. 2 Manipal Alumni, Dr Paul Victor and I travelled to Nepal and conducted Disaster Relief Clinics. We also conducted a donation drive and succeeded in collecting about MYR$7000.00 from members and also Manipal Alumni from overseas. This collection was used to provide essential items such as water filters and tarpaulin used for tents during the relief efforts. This is not Association money but rather funds that were collected for disaster relief only. The fund still has about RM$1000.00 left.
Rainforest Festival Trip
The 2015 MAAM trip was to the ‘The Rainforest World Music Festival’ in Sarawak. Held from the 7th to the 9th of August, 2015, the Festival is a unique music event that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. 32 Manipal Alumni and family joined the trip including Alumni from USA, Australia and India. It was a vacation to be remembered for a lifetime and part of the reason was because when you put likeminded Manipal Alumni together anywhere they gel and have a marvellous time.
The 24th volume of the ‘Howzit’ was published in Nov, 2015 and has been posted to all members. We have also published an e-copy of the Consensus summary of the 1st Global Manipal Alumni Health, Science & Technology Convention, 2014 and this is available on our MAAM webpage.
We have seen a dramatic increase in our membership over the past two years, from just over 800, to 1462 last year and now standing at 1743 members. The numbers have been on the increase with younger alumni joining. Of course disappointingly the conversion of student members to life members post qualification has not been many but the committee is working on this by organising events that younger alumni find keen to be involved in, including futsal tournaments.
website MAAM Website has been undergoing steady improvement. There is a picture gallery which will allow members to log on and view and download pictures of our events including the recent Convention photos. The upgrading and updating of our website is thanks to the efforts of Dr Roshan, our Vice-President. He has also created a smartphone application which can be downloaded for free. Please get onto to it if you haven’t already.
Resolutions passed at the last EGM on 4th December, 2015.
Resolution to Amend the Number of Committee Member
Proposal to increase committee members to 5 compared to only 3 now was approved unanimously. The 2 additional members will include the Immediate Past President and a committee member representing Dental or Pharmacy or Engineering Alumni
Resolution to increase Life Membership Fee
It was proposed to increase Life Membership fee from RM$200.00 to RM$500.00. Resolution was passed with a simple majority vote of those present.
The committee however decided that it will give a 2 year grace period before enforcing the new membership fee.
In the interim, we will promote for increased membership at the old registration fee.
Both Resolutions have been sent to ROS for endorsement.
MAAM Convention 2015
The Annual Convention for 2015 was held in Melaka and we have to record our sincere thanks to Melaka Manipal Medical College including the Dean, faculty and students who helped make it a success. The CPD was held on the 4th of December, followed by Salsa Night at Novotel rooftop. The decorations made it a sight to behold and even though there was a bit of drizzle it didn’t stop the gyrating and boogie-woogie moves on the dance floor.
The Gala Dinner on day two was an even more extravagant affair as the guests were dressed to kill and were entertained by a pretty talented band. Even the children had loads of fun with a Halloween party organized to keep them entertained. The event was more meaningful with the presence of young alumni and some of the final year students from MMMC.
MAAM SPORTIVO – Sports Subcommittee
On the 16th January 2016 the Manipal Alumni Association Malaysia (MAAM) had launched its new bimonthly sports event called MAAM Sportivo which consist of Futsal & Pool (Billiards). The first of these events took place at Sports City Futsal, Petaling Jaya from 3.00-5.00pm and the MAAM team played against Lincoln University College & students from Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya. Around 20 players were involved and few rounds of matches each lasting 15 minutes were played.
The pool (billiards) took place at Walk Inn Bistro, Dataran Three Two Square, Petaling Jaya from 9.00pm onwards on the same day. Our MAAM team comprising of boys & girls played against the in house team of Walk Inn Bistro. The second similar event was held on the 12th of March, 2016. This is attracting a lot of younger alumni but it is also open to all MAAM members so we will keep you informed of the coming events so you can either participate or cheer and support. Kudos to Dr. Siva and his team – our X gen of Manipal Alumni!