MOA Newsletter October 2004


The Executive Committee of the MOA, at its meeting on 1st October 2004, has agreed to provide a subsidy to encourage members to participate and present scientific papers in selected regional meetings. The following guidelines have been drawn up:


  • Ordinary member of the MOA in good standing. Must have been a member for at least one year
  • One allocation per member per financial year
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants

(Invited faculty/speakers with partial or full financial support and speakers receiving financial support from universities/institutions are not eligible to apply for the subsidy)



  • The applicant must apply in advance to the Executive Committee for approval before he/she goes for the conferences.
  • The subsidy is for presentation of a scientific paper at selected scientific meetings outside Malaysia. The following have been identified for the immediate future:
  • 1) 2nd ASEAN-AAOS Instructional Course and Combined Meeting of the 24th AOA Annual Meeting and the 26th Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand
    13th – 17th October 2004, Pattaya, Thailand

    2) Combined Meeting of Orthopaedic Associations – Hosted primarily by the Australian OA and jointly hosted by American OA, American Academy of OA, British OA, Canadian OA, South African OA & New Zealand OA
    24th – 29th October 2004, Sydney, Australia

    3) 24th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
    13th – 14th November 2004, Hong Kong

    4) 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Singapore Orthopaedic Association
    21st – 24th November 2004, Singapore

5) 55th Philippine Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress, 2nd Asian Congress of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies and 4th Annnual Congress of the Philippine Foot and Ankle Society
30th November – 4 December 2004, Manila, Philippines

  • The scientific paper must be accepted for oral presentation (excluding poster / poster with oral presentation)
  • The applicant must obtain the agreement of the co-authors that he/she be allowed to present the paper.


  • An amount of RM 1000.00 will be reimbursed to the successful applicant who will have to submit the original receipt for registration fee and the acceptance letter for the presentation from the organizer.


  • The Executive Committee of the MOA reserves the right to decide to grant the subsidy.


MOA members are reminded of the above programme by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and its Corporate Advisory Council member organisations. These organisations will award four scholarships to selected international orthopaedic surgeons, for the intended purpose to travel to the United States to participate in a hands-on orthopaedic surgical skills course with cadaveric specimens in the Orthopaedic Learning Centre in Rosemont, Illinois, USA in 2005.

If you are interested to apply, please submit your completed application form which is available from the MOA website with relevant documents to the Secretariat not later than 20th October 2004.



Northern Region (Representative: Dr Parameshwaran)

  1. A Paediatric Orthopaedic Course was held on 24th July 2004 in Taiping, Perak. This was preceded by a circle meeting on 23rd July in Hospital Ipoh, Perak
  2. Medical-Legal Seminar (kiv in Penang)
  3. Arthroscopy (kiv in Alor Setar)
  4. Spine Meeting in Penang (kiv in October 2004)

Southern Region (Representative: Dr Lim Ah Tee)

  1. Orthopaedic Update Course being held on 1st to 3rd October 2004 at the Sofitel Palm Resort, Johor Bahru
  2. Combined Spine and Arthroplasty Course in A’Famosa Resort, Melaka

East Coast (Representative: Dr Ahmad Hafiz)

  1. Arthroplasty (Kuantan - 2005)
  2. Tumour Meeting (March 2005)

East Malaysia (Representative: Dr Richard Chen)

  1. Paediatric Orthopaedics (Kuching) – 11th & 12th December 2004
  2. Spine (Kota Kinabalu)


The Executive Committee would like to apologise for the delay in publishing the Orthopaedic Supplement in 2003. The articles which were submitted previously and accepted for publication would be published soon under the editorship of Prof S Sengupta, the previous Editor.

Members are encouraged to submit articles for the 2004 issue which is targeted to be published before the end of the year under the editorship of Prof Hassan Shukor. Please submit your articles urgently to the Secretariat. The details are as follows:

  1. The Orthopaedic Supplement of The Medical Journal of Malaysia is a peer reviewed journal and is indexed. At the moment it is the only Orthopaedic publication in South East Asia which is indexed (as a supplement). Publications in the journal are accessed worldwide and authors have the opportunity to be cited on the Science Citation Index. It is therefore important that a high standard of scientific quality is maintained.

  2. Original articles, Case reports, Short Communications, and Letters to the Editor are accepted for review for consideration for publication. The style of submission is as for ‘The Medical Journal of Malaysia’. Instructions on style are printed on pages iv and v of ‘The Medical Journal of Malaysia’ or available from the Editorial Secretariat of the MJM.

  3. Possible sources of material for manuscripts are:
  • postgraduate thesis projects
  • undergraduate thesis projects
  • Hospital QA projects
  • MOH departmental research/audit projects
  • University research projects (including IRPA)
  • any other research or work that is related to Orthopaedics and Traumatology.

Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nursing Science manuscripts are also considered if they have an Orthopaedic or Trauma basis.

4. Three copies of manuscripts, including figures and tables are to be submitted to:

    The Editor
    Orthopaedic Supplement, Medical Journal of Malaysia
    Malaysian Orthopaedic Association
    19 Jalan Folly Barat
    50480 Kuala Lumpur

    A covering letter must accompany each submission clearly indicating the corresponding author(s) and contact details.

5. Once a submission is received it will be blinded, and sent to a minimum of 2 reviewers for comments. Reviewer comments will be compiled by the Editor, and sent back to corresponding author for corrections or reply. A statistician will be consulted where deemed appropriate. Advice on how to improve the scientific content of the manuscript will be given, if appropriate

6. Reviewers will be asked to comment specifically on the following;

  • Originality
  • Scientific merit of the study
  • Clinical significance of the study
  • Appropriateness of method of analysis, including statistical method use
  • Validity of conclusion(s)

7. Submissions are invited at all times during the calendar year. However, for purposes of allowing time for the editorial process, the following deadlines have been established for the two issues per year.

    15 November 2004 for December 2004 issue

    31 March 2005 for June 2005 issue

The Editor will be available for any discussions or comments; and will be able to help on matters pertaining to study design, statistics, data presentation, reference construction, or any other matter relating to orthopaedic and trauma publishing. The Editor can be reached at the address above, or email at Please support your journal by submitting manuscripts.

Please mark the following dates in your diary


12th to 15th May 2005

Miri, Sarawak