Mahmood Merican Best Masters Research Award

This is an annual award for the best original scientific or clinical paper submitted by young Orthopaedic trainees representing his research work as a requirement for his qualification of the Masters of Orthopaedic surgery in Malaysia. This award was initiated in 1997 by Dato’ Dr Mahmood Merican, whom the award is named after. He is a well-known orthopaedician and a philantrophist who has donated (not only for this award) but a great deal to the orthopaedic community, both in cash and in kind. The objective of the award is to encourage a high standard of research and scientific presentations among our young trainees so that we do not just have surgeons who can perform great surgery but are themselves thinkers who understand the underworking of sound scientific work and therefore practice good judgement when weighing the applicability of scientific merits in their daily practices.

This award has demonstrated good outcomes and each year the competition gets tougher. We wish all the applicants Good Luck!

The Prize
A cash prize of RM3,000.00 donated by Dato’ Dr Mahmood Merican.

  1. The competition is open to all trainees in the Masters of Orthopaedic surgery programme registered with universities in Malaysia within the period of 2017 to 2020. The university must be recognized by MOA.

  2. The work may take the form of clinical trials, surveys, retrospective studies, laboratory experiments or any other form of original work.

  3. In general, the research work must be derived from a thesis/dissertation completed during the time of training. Published work by a trainee can also be accepted provided they can show evidence that work was submitted as a requirement for the Masters of Orthopaedic.

  4. Applicants should not have submitted similar work in any other competition, including for this award previously. The research work must not have been presented in whole or in part in any form of document including in conferences, seminars, official presentation in front of public audience.

  5. The abstract will be evaluated on the following criteria :-
    • The relevance of the work to orthopaedic research or practice.
    • The scientific merit of the research.
    • Sufficient introduction to justify clear research question.
    • The appropriateness of the methodologies used.
    • The interpretation of results and conclusions.
    • Presentation skills.
    • Ability to answer questions from the judges.

  6. Upon the abstract submission deadline, all abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and shortlisted to 5 finalists. All authors will be notified of the status of their paper.

  7. All results are final, however the scientific committee has the right to make the final decision during special circumstances.

  8. The author himself/herself of a top 5 finalist paper must present an oral presentation of the paper during the Annual Scientific Meeting of MOA. This consists of 8 minutes oral presentation, followed by 4 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges. The winner will be announced during the Conference Dinner and he/she must be present to accept his/her award. Finalists will be provided with complimentary registration fees and Conference Dinner tickets.

  9. All applicants may be able to request for the detailed results of the submission after the competition is over, provided it is approved by Scientific Committee.

  10. Non-finalists may be offered a chance to present their work as a free paper oral presentation or poster presentation during the MOA Annual Scientific Meeting.

  11. All finalists and non-finalists presenting in MOA Annual Scientific Meeting must register for the conference as a participant.

Abstract submission can be done online at our website. The deadline for submission of abstract is 2359hrs, 15th February 2020.

Please refer and adhere strictly to the ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for FREE PAPER ORAL PRESENTATION and POSTER PRESENTATION for the accepted format of submission. The same submission format applies for those submitting for this award. Abstracts that do not adhere to the guideline will not be entertained.