It is my great honour and pleasure to welcome you to the Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy (MAP), a platform to meet the needs of pharmacists currently in practice desiring to enhance their capabilities by increasing capacity, leadership and mechanisms for innovation and delivery of pharmacy services and education.
It is clear that inadequate human resources for health will undermine all efforts to strengthen health systems and improve healthcare. With the move towards specialised patient care, pharmacists are provided with the opportunity and responsibility to enhance their performance and establish themselves as future leaders in health-system pharmacy. Most importantly, this move shall benefit patients directly since pharmacists will develop knowledge and skills that can be applied in the patient care environment to improve medication use safety, quality of care and better utilization of health care resources.
Continuing professional development (CPD) in pharmacy is recognised as an effective competency based educational approach for practitioner development. In lieu of this, the MAP launched a series of on-line modules, starting with the Certified Smoking Cessation Service Provider (CSCSP) on 1st August 2010. Experts from various fields who develop these CPD modules ensure that the contents are current, relevant and most importantly, evidence-based.
I sincerely welcome any contribution and suggestion to further elevate the pharmacy profession. It is hoped that our collective and collaborative efforts will propel pharmacy profession towards greater heights.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed, RPh, MAP, MPS
BPharm, Hons. (USM), PharmD (TN,USA), Cert (Johns Hopkins, USA)
Deputy Dean (Academic Affairs)
International Islamic University Malaysia
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota
25200 Kuantan, Pahang, MALAYSIA