The Malta Postgraduate Medical Training Centre (MPMTC) was officially launched on the
1st June 2008 with a view to provide clearly defined, directional and formulated
training, as well as career pathways for postgraduate medical trainees and their
The aim of the MPMTC is thus to provide training and
professional support for postgraduate medical trainees and their trainers in the
various specialities in order to achieve and maintain high standards of practice
and patient care. It is a challenge for the MPMTC to find ways to deliver
excellent training programmes across all specialities in its sphere of
influence, whilst continuing to support the delivery of high standards of
service provision. The MPMTC sees these two outcomes as complementary and not
The factors which served as a catalyst for the decision
to create this entity include increased public expectations on accountability
and transparency, the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), the drafting of
the UEMS charter on medical specialty training and new working practices. These
factors have resulted in the most significant transformation in the delivery of
healthcare within living memory.
Particularly the introduction of the
EWTD 48 hour week will have a detrimental effect on the quality of training,
service delivery , patient safety and professional competitiveness unless
remedial measures are adopted.
To mitigate these adverse effects the MPMTC is involved in improving the methods of training and introducing new
appraisal and assessment methods, which are competence based. These solutions
will be appreciated in the long term but must be fully resourced and backed by
reliable statistical projections.
The MPMTC is well aware of the
difficulty faced by trainers, who should be more formally identified and valued.
In this respect it advocated training the trainers programmes leading to
certification and proper remuneration.
The difficulties inherent in
speciality training are aggravated by our geographical insularity, low catchment
population and in some specialities a low birth rate, as well as limited
resources. To counterbalance this we encourage international affiliations,
connections and communications aided by the use of advanced technologies such as
videoconferencing, telemedicine, virtual reality, e-learning and e-library. Some
of these are already in use, others are in the pipeline. All this involves
changes in attitude and method. Though admittedly, not all change results in
progress, it is undeniable that there can be no progress without change.
We encourage out trainees to widen their horizon by training abroad for
a period which varies according to the speciality.
The MPMTC encourages
inter-disciplinary and even inter-professional collaboration. We believe that
these interfaces provide the most fertile fields. Exploring them involves
improving communication and networking all aimed towards the common endpoint,
that is, providing high standards of care to patients and to develop abilities
to be able to resolve present and future challenges.
So what are the
functions of the MPMTC? These can be summarised as follows:-
postgraduate training of medical doctors
Provide educational and practical
Provide competence based, formative and summative appraisals and
Provide support and advice for trainees in all stages of their
training till they are certified as specialists
Act as advisory body on
postgraduate medical training to government
Collaborate with other
professional institutions and bodies locally and internationally
feedback from all stakeholders in postgraduate medical training.
hoped that this website will be sufficiently informative and transparent.