Medical Graduates Suffering from Depression?

I've always thought that people who wants to become doctors should have passion in the field, dedicated to save lives. Hence, I can't comprehend or should I say I can't accept the reason given that they are depressed because they were trained in another place which has a different culture. That sounds a little pathetic to me. Doesn't it?! Medicine is a field without boundaries. It is a field to save lives regardless of race, background and culture. The graduates and doctors wannabe should have known this before they enter the field in the first place.

It is utterly unacceptable to say, "Because they were trained in a Russian, Indian, Polish, Indonesian, British or Irish environment, thus they can't/don't know how to treat Malaysians, therefore they are depressed". Is this in anyway logical? With the ever rising medical problems, new diseases, virus mutating, advances in medical technologies, Doctors are supposed to be critical and creative in their thinking and adapt to the changes to provide the medical care to the patients who entrusted their lives to the medical professionals.

In the news report, the term "weaker students" were used, I wonder how weak are these students. Does it refer to academically weak? I'm very curious. "Having difficulty relating and working"? Aren't doctors supposed to be people who are able to speak to others, interact and communicate with patients and colleagues? How did these people pass the screening/interview to get scholarships to go overseas to study medicine? Is there a flaw in the screening process? To become a 'good' doctor, not a successful one, isn't easy, passion and dedication is of utmost importance, not just straight A's or from a wealthy family, I think people should start to understand this.

"Schools have increased but teaching hospitals have not"?? Isn't this under the purview of the ministry of education and health? Shouldn't they monitor the situation? As mentioned in the article, the standards and quality of patient care should not be compromised, hence, isn't it wiser to regulate the license given out to private colleges to offer medical programmes? I'm sure the public doesn't want crappy doctors to treat us, don't we???


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Many medical students suffer from depression
By M. KRISHNAMOORTHY
Source: TheStar Online, 01/12/2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Many Malaysian medical students overseas who take examinations in a foreign language suffer from depression when they return.

Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility (PPSR) vice-president Datuk Dr Abdul Hamid Abdul Kadir said that large numbers of young Malaysians were being trained in foreign medical schools in Indonesia, Russia, India, Poland, Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

At a forum on Saturday organised by the PPSR, it was highlighted that at least five such houseman are found to suffer from mental illnesses every month.

“These countries have varied systems of medical training and different types of patient care, based on the emphasis of the country. As a result, many of the students who go there undergo a culture shock,” said Dr Abdul Hamid.

“Coming from different universities, backgrounds and experiences, they have difficulty relating and working, especially the weaker students,” he said, adding that there had been a sudden sprouting of many public and private medical schools.

While the schools have increased, however, the number of teaching hospitals have not.

Dr Abdul Hamid said that although there was an increasing demand for doctors, the standards and quality of patient care should not be compromised.

“These are the major concerns which the country’s healthcare and medical educational planners have to constantly bear in mind so that the value systems governing the training of our doctors are never lost sight of in the short term and the long term.”

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