Sunday, February 01, 2009

Standards of some house officers in Malaysia

NST Online » Frontpage
Housemen lack basic know-how
By : Annie Freeda Cruez


KUALA LUMPUR: Some medical universities, both local and overseas, are churning out doctors who cannot carry out common medical procedures, have no proper clinical exposure, cannot communicate effectively and cannot even take down the history of patients properly for diagnosis and treatment.

Senior medical consultants in government hospitals are now saddled with the task of having to retrain these people to ensure they meet the country's standard of medical practice.

Some of these fresh doctors are retained in their houseman training postings for years, some even up to six years, because they cannot meet the standards. The compulsory housemanship is two years.

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This is disturbing news because after housemanship, these doctors will be licensed to practice medicine on their own. I hope relevant authorities will take this seriously because the lives of the rakyat (people) is at stake here.

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Blogger Paul Long said...

What universities are our doctors graduating from? The govt should list the universities and not send our students there.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Paul,

I believe the article covers both local and overseas universities.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Paul Long said...

I know as we do not have 300 local universities :-) What I was wondering is why the govt doesn't list them or remove them from the "approved lists" so that we do not send students there or students do not sign up for such universities.

After all the govt has a JPA list of approved universities for various degress.

6:45 AM  

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