Dr Beh Hooi Chin (Malaysia)

Family Medicine Specialist

Department of Primary Care Medicine, University Malaya, Malaysia

What is your role at your work?

I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Beyond academic endeavours, my commitment extends to actively engaging in community activities. I passionately contribute to various community works projects and impactful screening campaigns, particularly related to hypertension and salt reduction strategies.

How did you get interested in your career path?

I am fortunate to be guided by outstanding mentors whose who are dedicated to work in the area of hypertension. Their unwavering support provides me with numerous opportunities to pursue my interests in this field. Their guidance has deeply influenced my passion for hypertension, further fuelling my enthusiasm.

What are you most proud of in your career or otherwise?

I take pride as a chairperson in chairing several several expansive hypertension screening campaigns which extend care to both community and hospital staff. Consistently, I am committed to educating the public on topics related to hypertension via various platforms, and these efforts are able to reach diverse audiences effectively.

What important career challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?

Balancing various roles across work, community, family, and hypertension-related research often poses a challenge due to time constraints. Juggling these multiple responsibilities demands a strategic approach to time management. Meticulous planning and allocation of time to each facet of my life is vital.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Embrace every opportunity, work diligently and intelligently, be patient, and stay sincere. Consistent effort and dedication pave the path to success, ensuring that hard work will eventually yield its deserved rewards.

Highlight your most significant research contributions and publications (3-5) – if relevant to you.

1) Beh, Hooi Chin, et al. “A13859 Discarding the First day’s Home Blood Pressure Measurements: Is it Necessary?.” Journal of Hypertension 36 (2018): e219-e220.

2) Chia, Yook Chin, et al. “Relationship of an adherence score with blood pressure control status among patients with hypertension and their determinants: Findings from a nationwide blood pressure screening program.” The Journal of Clinical Hypertension 23.3 (2021): 638-645.

3) Beh, Hooi Chin et al. “Manpower Cost for A Hypertension Health Campaign: A Cross Sectional Study.” Journal of Malaysian Family Physician (2023)

Have you had any significant career mentors? If yes, please provide further details.

Professor Datin Dr Chia Yook Chin and Professor Ching Siew Mooi are outstanding mentors who are constantly giving me encouragement and support. They have offered invaluable advice which continues to inspire and drive me forward, empowering me to make meaningful contributions and advancements in hypertension related works.

How can we support the next generation of women scientists?

We shall empower women scientists by encouraging mentorship programs where experienced female scientists guide and inspire the younger generation. Establishing networks and platforms for knowledge sharing, skill development, and collaboration in research can amplify visibility and opportunities.