Shortening route to Medical Specialization


Here is an old news from NST:

More than 200 Malaysians who studied medicine and practised abroad had returned to serve since 2005. Some of these practitioners, who held government scholarships, have been working up to 20 years abroad. Overseas Umno Club chairman Datuk Shafie Apdal said the country was facing a shortage of medical specialists.

“It was through visits and dialogue sessions initiated by the club that we were able to convince some about the opportunities here, especially since the government has built many hospitals equipped with modern facilities. Some are reluctant to come home because of concerns about promotion prospects and work-culture differences. They also worry about political instability, local facilities and training here.”

Shafie, who is domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, said this after officiating the United Kingdom and Ireland Pre-Departure Briefing 2007 yesterday. The briefing was held for 170 students who will pursue various courses in the two countries and six students who will leave for Cairo next month.

Hmm… currently local universities are churning out 1200 medical graduates annually. Medical schools from UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ, Eastern Europe, Middle East, South Asia add thousands more. Meaning there are more than enough housemen to do little works @ scutwork.

If we are really short of medical specialists, why not shorten medical specialization? Use the UK system for example; 8 years from graduation to consultancy. In the US, it takes only 5-7 years from graduation to be a consultant plastic surgeon. In Malaysia, 10+ years, or maybe longer.

With the shortening period, senior physicians can dedicate to train and teach junior physicians, and junior physicians will be trained much better and faster. This is a win-win-win-win-win situation for everyone involved in the healthcare system.

Gaining only 200 brains since 2005 does not impress me. There is this one Malaysian-born US-trained internal medicine specialist who was willing to return to Malaysia for his medical practice only to find himself working as a medical officer (MO) and posted in anesthesia department (not his specialty). He refused, and now he’s working in Canada and get paid 10 times higher than what home is paying him.

See, the issue here is not the money. The specialist already knew what crappy salary will he receive when he returns home, still he is willing to serve. The issue here is misuse of talent; to demote him to MO and post him at a department which is not his specialty. Clearly that is the biggest mistake.

Earlier, Shafie advised the students to focus on their studies and ignore the postings about the country in blogs.
“Those who want to excel in their studies should be reading books and not blogs.”

Wahaha you people shouldn’t be reading my blog!~ WTF??? Why are these people feel so damned threatened? Instead of stopping bloggers from blogging, why not they do the blogging to stand up for themselves and their own kinds’ sakes? Or are they too dumb to blog…?

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