Make all medical grads take exam, says don

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia should open its doors to all Malaysian medical graduates and ensure they take a qualifying examination, said Prof Datuk Dr Syed Ahmad Hussein. He said students should be allowed to study in any of the medical schools but they should take a common assessment examination after completing their studies. “I don’t think we…

Tak cukup tempat, kementerian cadang graduan perubatan kerja lain

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Mei — Kementerian Kesihatan mencadangkan agar graduan perubatan boleh berkhidmat di kementerian lain dalam menangani masalah kekurangan perjawatan bagi pegawai perubatan baharu di hospital kerajaan. Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan (Perubatan), Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran berkata cadangan itu sebagai alternatif ekoran ramai graduan perubatan terpaksa menunggu lama sebelum mereka dapat berkhidmat di hospital…

Health Ministry to boost nurses’ qualifications from diploma to degree

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry aims to raise all of its nurses’ qualifications from diploma-level to degree. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramniam said the majority of the 89,000 nurses in the public healthcare sector have diplomas, with only 652 possessing degree qualifications in nursing. “Efforts are being made to improve the nursing profession in…

Hospital Penuh, Kerajaan Syor Bakal Doktor Cuba Kerjaya Lain

Kementerian Kesihatan mencadangkan agar graduan perubatan boleh berkhidmat di kementerian lain dalam menangani masalah kekurangan perjawatan bagi pegawai perubatan baharu di hospital kerajaan. Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan (Perubatan), Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran berkata cadangan itu sebagai alternatif ekoran ramai graduan perubatan terpaksa menunggu lama sebelum mereka dapat berkhidmat di hospital kerajaan. “Pada waktu dulu, sistem…

MMA: Those keen on medicine must take aptitude test

PETALING JAYA: An aptitude test will be a better way to address the issue of young doctors quitting medical practice rather than helping them move to non-clinical practice after they have become house officers, said the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA). Its president Dr Ashok Zachariah Phillip said it was good that the Health Ministry was…

Allow medical grads to serve in other ministries

This can be a solution to the problem of medical graduates having to wait a long time to serve in hospitals and many dropping out, says Deputy Health DG (Medical) Dr S Jeyaindran. KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has proposed that new medical graduates be allowed to serve with other ministries in view of the…

Restriction on new medical courses to ensure quality of junior doctors

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on new medical courses in all local institutions will be extended for another five years, announced the Higher Education Ministry. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the moratorium would be extended from May 1 this year to April 30, 2021. “This is to ensure that there is a balance between…

Restriction on new medical courses to ensure quality of junior doctors

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on new medical courses in all local institutions will be extended for another five years, announced the Higher Education Ministry. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the moratorium would be extended from May 1 this year to April 30, 2021. “This is to ensure that there is a balance between…

Malaysia: Government considers licensing exam for foreign medical graduates

In addition to being saddled with a backlog in housemanship placements for medical graduates, the Malaysian Health Ministry has to contend with deteriorating standards among graduates of foreign medical institutions. To arrest this problem, the ministry is eyeing stringent licensing examinations to set a standard for doctors who want to practise in the country, whether…

Malaysia training more dentists

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is seeing an increase in dentists in the next five years, which will lower the dentist-patient ratio to 1:3,000 by 2018. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the current ratio of 1:5,100 (one dentist per 5,100 citizens) would be improved to that if the nation continued to produce about 1,100…

Medical Graduate Glut A Problem

PETALING JAYA: The huge number of medical students graduating each year has become a critical issue and an independent task force is badly needed to address it, says a medical faculty dean. Universiti Malaya medical faculty dean Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman said extending the moratorium on new medical courses was not enough. “People don’t seem…