Workshop helps develop medical writing skills

By Aziz Idris, Borneo Bulletin 31 May 2010

The launching of the first Medical Writing Skills workshop recently played out at the Empire Hotel and Country Club, an event that was organised by the Clinical Research Unit of the Ministry of Health.

In her speech, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional & Technical) at the Ministry of Health cum guest of honour Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Intan bte Haji Salleh said, “Currently in Brunei there are many scientific findings and audits presented at symposiums and meetings both locally and abroad.

“Research output is steadily increasing. Unfortunately, many of these are not published in medical journals. One of the contributory factors could be the lack of research experience and limited knowledge on how to write a paper or manuscript.”

Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Intan also pointed out that the organising of the workshop was very timely as it aims to help doctors and allied health professionals to develop the necessary skills to write articles for medical journals.

“These skills include knowledge of the structure, types and individual components of a scientific paper as well as preparation of a manuscript for submission,” she said, adding that the significance of this workshop is endorsed by APAME – the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors.

Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Intan hopes that such workshop will not only develop a true research culture, but that the results of Brunei research can be published in peer review journals so that we are actively contributing to seeking out causes and prevalence of disease, outcomes of disease, most accurate investigations and best treatments.

Forty participants made up of doctors, dentists and allied health professionals attended the two-day workshop. Of the nine workshop speakers, two were overseas invited speakers from Singapore and Malaysia.