- What is your role at your work?
Academician, teacher, clinician, researcher and mentor.
- How did you get interested in your career path?
I was invited to join the then new and first academic Department of Primary Care Medicine in Malaysia at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- What are you most proud of in your career or otherwise?
Building up the first Department of Primary Care Medicine in Malaysia since its inception in 1987.
I started the first 4 year postgraduate training programme in Family Medicine in Malaysia in 1989.
- What important career challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?
I initially received lots of resistance and antagonism from fellow academics and clinicians of established specialities/disciplines.
- Set up many discussions with individual heads of department and key opinion specialists (done privately and personally)
- Collected and presented data to show the heavy workload my department carried out at our very busy outpatient clinics
- Co-operated and took on tasks assigned to us readily and without complaining to show my department was co-operative and willing to do our share if not more than our share of teaching the undergraduate curriculum
- Focussed on our strengths which was on communication skills (very lacking at that time)
- Initiated and involved myself in many research projects to again demonstrate that we can do it
- Involved myself in providing many lectures at CME for doctors. This helped advertise the existence of my department.
- What advice would you give your younger self? Work very hard, build a network, do not complain, just do it. Be sincere, honest and have integrity. Do not do things just to further yourself. Do it for the discipline.
- Highlight your most significant research contributions and publications (3-5) – if relevant to you.
Validation of CVD risk score for use in Malaysia. My publications are cited by our national Guidelines committee for CVD.
- Yook Chin Chia, Sarah Yu Weng Gray, Siew Mooi Ching, Hooi Min Lim, Karuthan Chinna Validation of the Framingham general cardiovascular risk score in a multiethnic Asian population: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2015;5:e007324. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007324
- Chia Yook Chin, Lim Hooi Min, Ching Siew Mooi, Validation of the pooled cohort risk score in an Asian population – a retrospective cohort study BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.2014, 14:163
- Chia YC, Lim HM, Ching SM (2015) Use of Chronic Kidney Disease to Enhance Prediction of Cardiovascular Risk in Those at Medium Risk. PLoS ONE 10(10):e0141344. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141344k
- Have you had any significant career mentors? If yes, please provide further details.
Professor Khean Lee Goh and Professor Anuar Zaini.
- How can we support the next generation of women scientists?
- Women in positions of influence should mentor other women. My own mentors are men
- Involve women in all our academic, research and CME activities to lift their profile
- Give them the opportunity to lead even if we ourselves are in the team/group/activity
- Point out to them any opportunities that are available