Family Medicine Specialization in Malaysia

You may ask, why do I need to specialize in Family Medicine? Fortunately (or unfortunately), you do not require any specialization to be a general practitioner (GP) in Malaysia as anyone with just an MBBS or an MD can be one, as long as they finish their service with the government. In other countries, a GP is a specialist, and you have to pass exams before you’re allowed to practice independently.

However, if you do plan to improve yourself, take this as a challenge, be it for self-improvement or for the betterment of the patients that you’re treating.

There are 2 pathways that you may take.

If you’re in the government sector, you can always try to get yourself into the Master Program. Total number of years for completion would take 4 years. However, there will be no guarantee of when you’ll be enrolled into the program. Just gotta keep trying until you get it. Bear in mind that you’ll be bound by the government upon completion. Failing the exam will cost you money, and yet, you will still be bonded.

For those who’s not keen on waiting, the alternative path is to take post graduate training offered by the Academy of Family Physician of Malaysia (AFPM). Duration of the program will be 4 years too. However, if you’re working as a general practitioner long enough (10 years or more), you can be enrolled into a cram course called DFM-S which takes only a year instead of two, then to continue on with the Advance Training Program (ATP). Only after ATP, you’ll be eligible to sit for the FRACGP exams. Thing is, you’ll be financially tighter as compared to taking the Master Program as you would have to fork out about RM40,000 during these 4 years, which is quite a considerable sum.

Choice is yours.

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5 thoughts on “Family Medicine Specialization in Malaysia

  1. Eric, as in 2014, the program is called ATP (advance training program). Well, before you can take up this you must first to pass DFP (diploma in family medicine). I passed both early in my practise (first batch), so I don’t know whether if you are a senior enough GP you will be exempted from DFM or not. Only when you pass ATP’s 2 years exam you will be allowed to sit for FRACGP, paper 1, 2 & OSCE. Just a reminder, even if you passed FRACGP (like myself), dosen’t mean you are a family physician. Still long way to go.

    • Hello Dr. Chong,

      Thanks for highlighting it. I’ll make the proper amendments. Overlooked that part. I do agree that it’s still a long way to go even passing FRACGP but to be able to pass one is still a big achievement, at least for me. Still working towards it.

    • Congrats Siew Fong. Since you passed yr FRACGP, you are a Family Physician.
      Eric, your statement “However, if you’re working as a general practitioner long enough, you’ll be exempted for the first 2 years and you get to dive straight into the final 2 years of Advance Training Program (ATP).” is WRONG.
      All candidates have to go through DFM, the only exemption is if you have Masters in FM (MMED). So the total number of yearsin preparation to sit for MAFP/FRACGP Exams is still 4 years in total.

      • Hello Dr. Rohaya,

        My bad. I misinterpreted it wrongly. Thanks for the correction. You are right, all candidates have to go through DFM. However, there is a special DFM course (DFM-S) which allows GPs that have 10 years of working experience to proceed with ATP after a year instead of 2 years. So the total number of years needed could vary between 3-4 years.

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