It seems that the younger generation has a different and better genetics that have allowed many people to graduate as a doctor. That's good news indeed. That's the minimum criteria to have in order to meet a developed nation status.
But we got one small problem as in we don't have enough hospitals to cater for the large numbers of medical housemen. Malaysia has thirty eight government hospitals only but it has 6,253 housemen at the moment.
It is estimated that around 4,000 Malaysians are going to graduate as medical students annually from 350 universities all over the world. At the same time, some students got into medical universities with the minimum qualifications.
To overcome the excessive medical housemen, the Health Ministry has decided to reduce the compulsory training in a government hospital from two years to one year.
My questions are:-
1) Is the government reducing the compulsory training period just for the sake of reducing the number of housemen from the government hospitals?
2) Is the government expecting these housemen to have an employment the moment they finished their compulsory training?
3) Who's going to employ these medical housemen if the government hospitals decide to kick them out?
4) Is the government expecting the private hospitals to absorb the excess?
5) Will the medical housemen be able to gain the required exposures in the area of medical, surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedic and accident, and emergency which are part of the training programme?
I think the government is suggesting another method to control the sudden increase. How?
By way of implementing a medical qualifying examination.
At first we have the Certificate in Legal Practice ("CLP") conducted by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board for the overseas law graduates or those who graduated from non-Malaysian universities. It has low passing rate of between 6% to 20% annually. You fail this, you can't be admitted into the Malaysian Bar. Not the alcohol bar, ok?
A law graduate who can't pass his CLP exams can still work in the private/corporate sector especially in the legal or a compliance department. The passing
Now, we will have the "MQA"???
What about a medical graduate who fails his "MQA"? Resit for the exams until you pass? But what do you work as while you are still tring to pass the "MQA". Looks like the loss of talents will continue to increase in years to come.
As for those who are talented, I don't think they are interested in sitting for the "MQA" as Britain has indicated that they will keep the talented ones back in Britain and other talented people such as Christopher Wong, a medical graduate in Australia, has obtained the renowned 2011 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia will wave bye bye also.
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