Contributed by Workshop Director – Shen-Yang Lim, MBBS, MD, FRACP, University of Malaya
MDS-AOS Botulinum Toxin Training Course
December 13, 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A comprehensive botulinum toxin teaching course was held for the first time in Malaysia at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, on December 13, 2013.
This one-day workshop consisted of didactic lectures from international and local experts. Most lectures were followed by demonstrations and interactive case discussions that included sixteen local patients. Demonstrations by expert injectors were video-recorded by professional audio-visual staff, with close-up footage broadcast live to the audience.
Topics covered included: “Principles of Clinical Use & Targeting Techniques,” “Blepharospasm & Hemifacial Spasm Injections,” “Cervical Dystonia Injections,” “Oromandibular/Lingual, Parotid & Laryngeal Dystonia Injections,” “Limb Dystonia Injections,” “Limb Spasticity Injections” and “Injections in Children”.
The course was well attended with 190 participants which is the highest attended MDS regional course to date. Neurologists and rehabilitation medicine physicians and trainees came from across Malaysia and other countries in the Asian and Oceanian region including Bahrain, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The faculty included: Dr. Lim Shen-Yang (Course Director), Dr. Erle Lim, Dr. Norlinah Md. Ibrahim, Dr. Goh Khean Jin, Dr. Raymond Rosales, Dr. Austen Peter Moore, Dr. Witsanu Kumthornthip and Dr. Chern Phei Ming. Additional chairs included Dr. Tan Chong Tin, Dr. Santhi Datuk Puvanarajah and Dr. Lim Thien Thien. Support staff included: Dr. Rishikesan Kuppusamy, Dr. Tan Ai Huey and Ms. Letchumy Praba Ramanaidu.
Of the participants surveyed, 94% “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that the content of the program was relevant to their practice. Additionally, 98% participants “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that participation in the course enhanced their professional effectiveness. All of the participants (100%) indicated that they would like MDS to continue to offer educational activities on this topic. A significant number of respondents stated that in the future, a one-and-a-half or two-day course would be better.
Supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant from: