Concerns about quality of young doctors in Malaysia

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medical-studentsConcerns have been raised about the quality of young doctors in Malaysia, with the country’s biggest doctors’ association raising the red flag on foreign medical colleges and experts also warning of substandard local training, the Straits Times reported.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), the main representative body for all doctors in the country, has called on the government to review its list of recognised foreign medical colleges. Those that have failed to meet the government’s mandatory standards, it said, should have their accreditation withdrawn.

The problem is not only with foreign medical colleges, experts say. Over the years, the government has allowed a mushrooming of private medical colleges in the country, as it strives for developed nation status. There is one doctor for every 780 in the population. The goal is one doctor for every 600 people in the country by 2015 and one for every 400 by 2020.

But the private medical colleges have lower entry requirements than public institutions. Once these doctors graduate, they hit a bottleneck in training, with the country’s teaching hospitals struggling to absorb the growing number of graduates. Fresh graduates now wait up to nine months to do their two-year compulsory training in government hospitals, known as housemanship.

Entry into one of the nine publicly funded medical schools such as the University of Malaya is difficult as the number of places offered is limited. These public schools, viewed as prestigious institutions, are known to accept mainly those who score four As in the Malaysian equivalent of A levels.

The government recognises some 375 foreign medical colleges, while 1,000 medical colleges are not recognised, but graduates from these schools may still practise after passing a local qualifying examination. Some 4,000 students graduate from medical school each year, more than half from private medical colleges in the country and abroad. The number of new doctors is expected to rise to 5,000 in 2015.

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Concerns have been raised about the quality of young doctors in Malaysia, with the country’s biggest doctors’ association raising the red flag on foreign medical colleges and experts also warning of substandard local training, the Straits Times reported.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

medical-studentsConcerns have been raised about the quality of young doctors in Malaysia, with the country’s biggest doctors’ association raising the red flag on foreign medical colleges and experts also warning of substandard local training, the Straits Times reported.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), the main representative body for all doctors in the country, has called on the government to review its list of recognised foreign medical colleges. Those that have failed to meet the government’s mandatory standards, it said, should have their accreditation withdrawn.

The problem is not only with foreign medical colleges, experts say. Over the years, the government has allowed a mushrooming of private medical colleges in the country, as it strives for developed nation status. There is one doctor for every 780 in the population. The goal is one doctor for every 600 people in the country by 2015 and one for every 400 by 2020.

But the private medical colleges have lower entry requirements than public institutions. Once these doctors graduate, they hit a bottleneck in training, with the country’s teaching hospitals struggling to absorb the growing number of graduates. Fresh graduates now wait up to nine months to do their two-year compulsory training in government hospitals, known as housemanship.

Entry into one of the nine publicly funded medical schools such as the University of Malaya is difficult as the number of places offered is limited. These public schools, viewed as prestigious institutions, are known to accept mainly those who score four As in the Malaysian equivalent of A levels.

The government recognises some 375 foreign medical colleges, while 1,000 medical colleges are not recognised, but graduates from these schools may still practise after passing a local qualifying examination. Some 4,000 students graduate from medical school each year, more than half from private medical colleges in the country and abroad. The number of new doctors is expected to rise to 5,000 in 2015.

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