The long road to becoming a specialist


I personally think it’s foolish of a medical student like me to think too much of becoming specialist when one still hasn’t mastered the essence of venipuncture and holding the surgical scissors wrongly. But I just can’t help it. I was browsing through blogs and here’s what I’ve got:

Starting year 2008, there will be at least 2000 Malaysian fresh medical graduates from the various public and private universities sprouting throughout the country, not to forget graduates returning from Russia, Indonesia, India and Ukraine. This number is likely to rise over the coming years. Will MOH be able to cope with the demand for training posts? Will the ministry of health be able to provide enough housemenship positions, and if yes, will these posts provide high quality training, as the saying goes ‘too many cooks spoil the soup’? In the long term, will the ministry of health be able to provide enough specialist opportunities, considering its eagerness to do away with MRCP*** and only recognize the local masters program?

***There is a rumor about MRCP (the entrance exam to being a specialist in the UK) being derecognized.

So, what’s the issue here again? Can’t you people see it?

  1.  Super stiff competition to become a specialist, worse still specialization in the UK has shut its door.
  2. The varied levels of knowledge and skills among housemen from different graduate countries; so this will certainly discriminate the graduates (of a certain region/country) who perform badly. Given the circumstances, Russian graduates will most likely be the underdog (unless the esteemed seniors can rock the public healthcare perception). Thus the lower chance for specialization.
  3. Longer years of queuing to become a specialist if we aren’t that good at the first time of application, not to mention that 5-year long HOMOship.
  4. Even if one manages to obtain specialization overseas, there’s 18 months period of gazzettement (trial period) for an overseas-trained specialist before being able to be registered as specialist in Malaysia.
  5. Many will seek specialization in developing or third world countries which can accommodate training more specialists, but yet to be recognized by Malaysian government (India, Pakistan, Russia, China, Indonesia etc)

Hehe I wonder if any of those can be true. Perhaps it’s just in my head, or maybe I’m too raviolized from Sbarro just now ;)

Good luck to us?

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