Many of the younger members of CPathAMM may not be aware of the Malaysian Society of Pathologists (MSOP) as it was dissolved in year 1999. That was the year where we saw the merger between the Chapter of Pathologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and the Malaysian Society of Pathologists, to form a new entity called the College of Pathologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (CPathAMM) on 22nd June 1999. With this merger, all members (165 ordinary, 28 trainee and 8 associate) of the MSOP were offered membership into the AMM. Most of the newly accepted members were inducted into the Academy of Medicine in August 1999.
The first Pro-tem Committee Meeting for the formation of a Chapter of Pathologists within the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia was called by Professor Cheong Soon Keng on 3rd November, 1997. It was held at the old Academy Building (Behind the Parliament Building). Five members of the Academy attended the historical Meeting. They were: Professor KE Lim, Dr JW Mak , Professor LM Looi, Assoc Prof PL Cheah and Professor SK Cheong. Professor Looi was elected the Chairperson and Prof Cheong, the Hon. Secretary.
The Pro-tem Committee drafted the Regulations and Rules of the Chapter of Pathologists which was approved by the Council of the Academy of Medicine and later became the Regulations and Rules of the College of Pathologists. The Pro-tem Committee negotiated with the Council of the Academy and the Council of the MSOP to bring about a merger, leading to the formation of the CPathAMM.
The College held its first Annual General Meeting on 27th May 2000 at Hospital UKM, Cheras and elected the first Council with Professor Looi Lai Meng as its President.
With its formation, the CPathAMM is the only body representing the pathologist profession in Malaysia. The objectives and activities of the CPathAMM are similar to that of the MSOP. Thus, the history of the CPathAMM is an extension of the history of the MSOP, which was founded in 1975. Thus, 2015 will be the 40th year of our existence as pathology advocate. The current Council of the CPathAMM has decided to celebrate the year by holding the annual scientific meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 13th- 14th June 2015 and publish a book to commemorate the occasion, entitled “The Pathology Profession in Malaysia – the First 40 Years”. The Organizing Committee of the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting was entrusted with the task. I have confidence that under the leadership of Assoc Professor Dr Leong Chooi Fun and the devotion of energetic members of the Organising Committee and the Subcommittees, the annual meeting would be successfully organised.
We also look forward to the participation of our members to, not only register yourself early for the meeting, but also let us know of your fond memories, moving tales and nostalgic photographs for the book. Thank you.
With best wishes
Emeritus Professor Dr Cheong Soon Keng
President, College of Pathologists,
Academy of Medicine of Malaysia.
On behalf of the Organising Committee of the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of College of Pathologists, AMM in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Pathology Advocates, I am delighted to invite you to participate in the Scientific Meeting at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 13th & 14th June 2015.
2015 is a special year for Pathologists in Malaysia as we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Pathologist Advocates which was initial formed as Malaysian Society of Pathologists in 1975 and become a new entity named the College of Pathologists, one of the chapters of Academy of Medicine of Malaysia in 1999.
The Theme “Diagnostic Pathology: The New Horizon” aims to provide knowledge on the new advances in all dimension of pathology from the technical aspects to the diagnostic perspective, most importantly to serve as a marker for better patient care. Moreover, the advancement in the field pathology also symbolize the development of the society of pathologists to the College of Pathologists today.
In preparation for the event, the scientific committees have work hard to put together a very comprehensive programme which covers diverse aspects of various disciplines of pathology from Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, Haematology to Microbiology and Molecular Pathology. I am very grateful to the international and local faculty members who have kindly agreed to participate in this meeting.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we wish you a fruitful and enjoyable meeting and look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur.
Associate Professor Dr Leong Chooi Fun
Chairperson of Organising Committee