Monday, 17 January 2011

35. Dr Salma bte Ismail (1918-2014)

Dr Salma bte Ismail (1918-2014)

Date of birth: 19 December 1918
Place of birth: Kanchut, Alor Star, Kedah
Date of demise: 2014

Educated at Sekolah Perempuan Kampong Baharu (Kampong Baru Girls' School, KBGC), and then at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College (SAHC) in March 1933.

Completed Junior Cambridge March 1933
Completed Senior Cambridge 1935

Studied medicine at the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore 1936
Medical studies sponsored by the Kedah state government

Japanese war disrupted her medical studies in Singapore 1942
Returned to Kedah during the war

Medical school closed during the war 1939-1945
Trained during the war at General Hospital Alor Star

Resumed medical studies in the post-war 1946
Graduated with Licentiate of Medicine and Surgery (LMS Singapore) December 1947

The only female medical officer (MO) at General Hospital Alor Star 1947-1960
Attended obstetrics postgraduate course in Dublin, Ireland 1956

Transferred as medical officer in-charge (MO i/c) to Tanglin Hospital, Kuala Lumpur 1960-1967
Retired 6 years early in 1967

Practised privately at Klinik Salma, the first Malay general practice clinic set up in 1967
Fully retired from clinical practice 2005

Awards received:
Bintang Cemerlang Kedah 1959
Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Kedah (DPMK) 1995 --> title Dato'
Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) 1997 --> title Tan Sri
Certificate of Appreciation 2006

Married on 3 March 1950 to Datuk Abu Bakar bin Ibrahim
4 children - Tan Sri Dr Ridzwan Bakar, Mr Ezani, Dr Normi and Rosina
7 grandchildren

Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore (2012), Faridah Abdul Rashid. Published by Xlibris Australia. ISBN 978-1-4771-5995-8. pp 755-763.

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