Posts Tagged ‘Medicine’

Household Safety:Tips to Prevent Children From Falling Out of Windows

January 6, 2011

Household Safety: Tips to Prevent Children From Falling Out of Windows (sourced from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center)

As temperatures rise, often so do the windows of peoples’ homes. Some people want to air out their home after a long winter while others do so to get a break from the heat. An unfortunate side effect of open windows is an increase in window falls.


Sick leave certificates or MCs are giving a lot of problems

December 13, 2010

Long time ago, while I was working as a Locum or replacement doctor in one of the Chinese clinic in Damansara area. One morning, a person came into the consultation room and immediately “requested” me to prescribe the same vitamins he was given on his last visit. He was working in one of the our panel companies and although most of the panel companies usually instructed the private clinics not to prescribe vitamins, I had no choice but to agree to his demands as he was talking with a stern face like ordering and the medicines were also not expensive and was just asking for three day’s supply only. And I also just wished to avoid the unnecessary confrontations with the patients because if unsatisfied, twisted complaints by the patients or customers could damage our reputation and good name as the saying goes, customers are always right.


Harvested today from FB: IMM, biggest book and Aung Gyi

October 30, 2010


Dr. Than Naing Oo : Memoirs of Twenty Padauk Blooms Past

October 9, 2010
Thingyan celebration in Yangon

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An article Dr. Than Naing Oo (IM1, 1987) wrote in 2007 that was published in Annals of AMIM and was posted in FB before too. Just adding some photos.

Still, becoming a government employed doctor did not guarantee that you would get a chance for further study no matter how hardworking you were. Nepotism was rampant at the postgraduate selection committee. Many of my brilliant sayas (young demonstrators) in various medical school departments were bypassed in favor of children of the big shots during the selection process.


The withered “Medical Referral Ethics” in Myanmar and Malaysia?

October 7, 2010
Of the patients waiting at the Out-Patient Dep...

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I realized that in Burma and Malaysia, only a few specialists are replying to our referral letters given to them. I have noticed this as an awkward but not quite wrong Medical Referral Ethics due to special situation here.

But it may be quite strange for a doctor in UK, if I told them that in my 35 years of GP experience, I have never received any reply letter, indicating of sending back the pt with the follow up plan or instructions.

  1. May be I have worked in Myanmar and Malaysia only and this two countries’ Medical Systems and code of practices are different from UK.

  3. Or maybe the consultants here misunderstood our referrals as totally transferring the patients to them.
  4. Or maybe they doubted that GPs are incompetent, would not even read their letters if they instruct us with Follow Up plans.
  5. Or maybe they are not sure that GPs have the ability, skills or will to strictly follow up with their instructions for the continuous welfare of the pts
  6. Or maybe they are selfish and wish to snatch our pts for good.


Some unethical specialists in Myanmar

September 30, 2010

Your words reminded me of a popular joke (but a little bit old already) told by the emcees (the MCs or the Masters of Ceremonies) during the wedding receptions.

“After married, husband will become the head the future family, must be respected by the wife and made a ‘GENERAL’ of the family. The wife should be satisfied as the lower ranking ‘MAJOR’ position in the family.

After that if there is any ‘General problems’ it will be the General husband’s duty to decide. But all the ‘Majour decisions’ must be left for the ‘Majour’ wife to decide.”

So I used to treat General patients as a General Practitioner and need to refer all the majour problems and majour diseases to relevant specialists.

But I had learned a lot of lessons in referring the patients to the Specialists in Myanmar and Malaysia.


In Search of A Promised Land, the Burmese Medical Nomads

September 27, 2010

Comments: I am also a little bit disappointed with this word Nomads which means (according to Wiki)_
Nomadic people “those who let pasture herds”), are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. Most of the Myanmar doctors are not constantly moving from one place to another. We all have just migrated as expatriates abroad. Most of us are settled in one place.

An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing or legal residence. In common usage, the term is often used in the context of pro…fessionals sent abroad by their companies, as opposed to locally hired staff (who can also be foreigners). The differentiation found in common usage usually comes down to socio-economic factors. There is no set definition and usage does vary depending on context and individual preferences and prejudices.

  1. So, skilled professionals working in another country are described as expatriates,
  2. whereas a manual labourer who has moved to another country to earn more money might be labelled an ‘immigrant’. ttp://

But if you kindly allow me to correct the article; most of the Burmese doctors allowed to practice (after getting PR or Citizenships) are actually opening their own clinics or franchised or partnerships in the city centres of the main capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur or other State Capitals but not in rural areas.


Teaching at Anatomy Department of IMM, now Mandalay Medical University

December 19, 2009

My friend, Dr Min Nyan was on the left, near the microscopes. He had kindly sent these photos through Forensic Surgeon (Police Surgeon) Dr Ko Ko Gyi (10) (not in this picture. My RN was 9. ) Centre was Dr Than Win, now O&G Professor and Rector of our university. We all are old Peterised or from St. Peter’s High School. (Now No. 9 BEHS). I was on his left. The pic was taken in the main dissecting hall where we dissect the formalinized cadavers.