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Why should I be registered in the NSR?
Can I be registered in two specialties?
Is registration with the NSR compulsory?
Once registered, is there a need to renew my registration?
How much is the registration fee?
I am in the public sector, do I need to be registered with the NSR?
I am in the public sector, do I need to pay the registration fee?
Do I need to renew my APC once I am in the NSR?
Do I still have to pay the annual fee to renew my APC in addition to the RM1,500 above?
Do I need to be a member of the Academy of Medicine in order to be registered in the NSR?
  Who are the people who vet / approve my application?
Once I am registered in a specialty, does it mean I cannot do procedures outside my specialty?
Will the NSR be accessible to anyone? Will there be a fee if a non medical person wants to check the list?
I am already a member of the AMM, and my name is listed in the AMM Specialist Register. Do I need to register with the NSR?
Please let me know all the available specialties and subspecialties in the NSR.
How long does it take to process my application?
Where can I appeal if my application is rejected?
   
Why should I be registered in the NSR?
Registration with the NSR ensures your recognition as a specialist in this country. Once you are in the register, your status as a specialist is known to your colleagues and the public. This will facilitate referral and consultation. Once the National Health Financing Scheme is introduced, this will also be the basis for re-imbursement.
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Can I be registered in two specialties?
Yes, however the current recommendation is that a doctor can apply for dual registration only in the main specialty and its subspecialty e.g Internal Medicine and Dermatology or General Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology or General Surgery and Hepatobiliary Surgery. Any requests for dual registration involving two different specialties will have to be referred to the National Credentialing Committee for a decision.
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Is registration with the NSR compulsory?
Not at the moment, but will be so once the New Medical Act becomes law.
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Once registered, is there a need to renew my registration?
Yes, registration with NSR will be time-based and is valid for 5 years. It is renewable every 5 years upon documented proof of CME/CPD activities as required by the relevant Specialty Subcommittee.
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How much is the registration fee?
RM 1000 for Fellow/Member of Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and Specialists in the public sector. RM 1500 for Non Fellow/Non Member of Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. The registration is for 5 years for all specialties.
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I am in the public sector, do I need to be registered with the NSR?
Specialists in the public sector, whether gazetted or not, will have to apply to be in the NSR.
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I am in the public sector, do I need to pay the registration fee?
Yes.
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Do I need to renew my APC once I am in the NSR?
Yes. APC is for all doctors in the country, whether specialists or non-specialists.
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Do I still have to pay the annual fee to renew my APC in addition to the RM1,500 above?
Yes. This is a must for all practicing doctors in the country.
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Do I need to be a member of the Academy of Medicine in order to be registered in the NSR?
No, but you are encouraged to join the AMM. By joining AMM, you become a member of the professional body representing medical specialists in this country. You'll be given an A.M. title. You'll participate in CPD activities organized by Academy of Medicine or Colleges of the Academy at a discounted rate.
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Who are the people who vet / approve my application?
The individual Specialty Subcommittee will vet / approve applications. The President of the MMC, also the Director General of Health, appoints members to the Specialty Subcommittee. This Subcommittee has representatives from MOH, universities and AMM.
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Once I am registered in a specialty, does it mean I cannot do procedures outside my specialty?
Credentialing of procedures is a separate exercise. Some hospitals are already granting privileges to specialists to do specific procedures. Generally you?ll only be granted privileges to do procedures in your chosen specialty, except for procedures you have been trained in the basic specialty.
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Will the NSR be accessible to anyone? Will there be a fee if a non medical person wants to check the list?
The NSR is available and accessible in the website. Only the principal place of practice of the specialist will be listed.
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I am already a member of the AMM, and my name is listed in the AMM Specialist Register. Do I need to register with the NSR?
With the inception of NSR, the AMM Specialist Register in no longer relevant. For registration purposes, you have to fill up the standard form as required in the NSR regulations.
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Please let me know all the available specialties and subspecialties in the NSR.
The available specialties are available in the website. Please click here for available specialties.
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How long does it take to process my application?
Approximately 3 - 4 months.
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Where can I appeal if my application is rejected?
Please send in your appeal to the NSR secretariat, along with the appropriate documents. Your appeal will be referred to the National Credentialing Committee (NCC).
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