Training in male sexual and reproductive health for a primary care physician

  • Shaiful BI
Keywords: sexual and reproductive health, primary care physician


In 2006, I was awarded a scholarship from Universiti Sains Malaysia for Fellowship training at Monash University (MU) forone year. The objective of the training programme was to develop knowledge and skills in several areas, including androgendeficiency, male infertility, prostate disease, testicular tumours, sexual dysfunction and sexually transmitted diseases. Thetraining programme consisted of attachments with clinical specialists, completion of a course work module and a researchproject. After completion of the training programme, I believe that Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) will benefit from undertakingthe training programme that I had completed. It will enable PCPs to assume leadership roles in this multidisciplinary area.The ability of PCPs in handling sexual and reproductive health issues in men will definitely be a more cost effective form ofcare for patients, particularly as the number of specialists is limited, and even more importantly, it will be satisfying for thepatient and the physician.


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How to Cite
BIS. (2008). Training in male sexual and reproductive health for a primary care physician. Malaysian Family Physician, 3(1), 3. Retrieved from
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