I just realized that I was getting feedbacks from everyone but I haven’t give my own thoughts yet on EPC. Well, not as an official entry in my own blog. I am writing here as efenem, not the MSA President.
The 6 years of medical education in NNSMA should have made the students here a lot more proficient in medical knowledge and medical skills, compared to 4 years for US students and 5 years for other medical school students in the world. During housemanship, our graduates from Russian medical schools should have been the best compared to the others.
But the deans already admitted that our medical education is not enough to prepare us clinically and practically during housemanship. You can ask Professor Zagainov, Prof. Strongin, Lydia Alekseevna, and Dean Erlykina themselves. And for the first time, I reaalllllllllyy agree with them. Or should I say, they now agree with my already long-established opinion?? 😉
I have been to EPC once, and I don’t feel like my practical skills have improved. Of course its too early to say, but if 5 classes of therapy EPC should have made the students better in therapy practical skills, then I expect ONE class to show some results!
I think the “product” is a waste of time and money. I think there’s not so many procedures to be done. I’d pay about USD 200 for practical for 4 weeks, 7 hours daily in HUKM, and I’d see many more patients and do many more practicals in 2 weeks time than I ever did 10 months studying in Russia! I get much more clinical exposures, not just mere repetitions of palpations, percussions and auscultations. I can extend my stay in HUKM for a few more weeks even!
I know in the US, some programs require you to pay money for foreign student’s observership and do nothing but observe and learn the patients for USD 1500 a month. But have you heard that they make their own students pay for EPC? This is our academy!
And yet they expect us to pay USD 500 for a mere 15 classes, 2 hours each class for this? A waste of taxpayers and private students’ money. It is as if “Look at you. You paid 500 USD, you palpate patients and you’re highly qualified doctors. You should be proud of yourselves.”
The meeting with Prof. Zagainov and Lydia Alekseevna was dull. Not so many came despite have been echoed for 3 weeks. It’s not a problem if they did not come, but it becomes a problem when they blame the others if the outcomes of the meeting conflict their interest.
Of course everyone did not have many questions once Prof. Zagainov promised it is possible to refund the private students thru Russian resources. I don’t know about the others, but I do feel that “we are increasing the passing level of practical exam. If you do not pass, you have to repeat academic year” and “I will show you that Malaysian students lack practical skills” as threats for those who refuse to attend EPC.
I congratulate those who came to the meeting.
I asked an African student and said that they’ll riot if this EPC is made compulsory for them. They’ll use the African embassies and their parents to put pressure on their agents and the Dean’s Office. That is how crazy and extensive they can be.
I actually wish that kind of extensive support too, not that I approve of violent riot. If some people really want something, but they do not show collective support when the leadership is fighting for them by organizing meetings, so who is to blame? I even had to flame the African students so that they can show us some support and come to the meeting. But I failed.
That is how pathetic I can get…