Training period for doctors from unrecognised varsities shortened

It's amazing that we have 250 medical graduates from unrecognised universities!!! Shortening the training period would benefit them... But I hope it will not jeopardize the quality of our medical services... I also urge students who want to be doctors to check with MMC before enrolling into Medical Institution for their degree studies...

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Training period for doctors from unrecognised varsities shortened
Source: NSTonline, 19/10/2008

PUTRAJAYA: Training period for medical graduates from foreign universities not recognised by the government has been reduced from three years to 18 months, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said yesterday.

He said his ministry had forwarded to the Health Ministry the problems faced by certain graduates and had proposed a shorter training period.

"After considering the problems, the Health Ministry has agreed to reduce the training period," he said in a statement.

Dr Subramaniam said his ministry had cited the age factor as one of the reasons, as many of the graduates were aged 40 and above and they felt the three-year training was too long.

He asked all the 250 affected graduates to immediately register with the relevant institutions to undergo training.

Director-general of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican had announced a new examination format for medical graduates from unrecognised foreign universities.

He had said the examination was arranged by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the Malaysian Medical Council and medical faculties of three local universities -- Universiti Sains Malaysia branch campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan; University Malaya Medical Centre in Petaling Jaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

The graduates were mostly from universities in Russia, Indonesia, India and Taiwan.

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