Tuesday, 3 December 2013

MALAYSIA: Experts worry over quality of young doctors


Concerns are being 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 sub-standard local training, writes Yong Yen Nie for The Straits Times-ANN.

The Malaysian Medical Association, the main representative body for all doctors, 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 Those that have failed to meet the government's mandatory standards, it said, should have their accreditation withdrawn.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.

Entry into one of the nine publicly funded medical schools 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. But the 30 or so private medical colleges have much lower minimum requirements.

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