By LIAN CHENG | firstname.lastname@example.org 02 May 2012
Way forward for medical grads in Malaysia
RULED AMENDMENTS: Holders of degrees not recognised by MMC allowed to sit exams at 16 institutions.
KUCHING: THERE is good news for those whose medical degrees have not been recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
The Health Ministry has made amendments to its rules and regulations to facilitate the processing of these degrees so that they could be recognised.
The first amendment involves the opening of all 16 medical institutions in the country so that the medical graduates can take the medical qualifying examination (MQE).
Before the amendment, the graduates could only sit the MQE at Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
"The Health Ministry now allows medical graduates from universities whose degrees are not recognised to sit the MQE in all medical schools in Malaysia, including private universities.
"We have 16 medical schools in Malaysia offering 17 medical programmes, and students from overseas universities, whose degrees are not recognised here, can sit their examinations at these universities," said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Another amendment will allow graduates of schools whose degrees are not recognised to take the MQE as many times as need be.
"All the students can take their examinations unlimited times. Last time, they can only take it three times.
"Now, they can sit as many times until they pass the examination. After that, they can be taken in as housemen, and registered as medical doctors in Malaysia," Liow said after meeting with a group of medical graduates whose degrees, obtained in China, are not recognised by MMC.
He said the Higher Education Ministry had recognised degree courses at 375 universities in China, but medical courses must have MMC accreditation.
"MMC will be visiting most universities in China to accredit their degrees. And we will focus on the top 11 universities first."
MMC secretary Dr Wan Mazlan Mohd Woojdy said the MMC had accepted about 100 graduates from Chinese universities. "They have performed well. The majority of the graduates coming back from China sat for the examination and passed."
John Hii, 27, who graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2008, said he appreciated the amendments made by the Health Ministry.
"With the change, medical graduates from Sarawak do not have to fly to the peninsula for the examination.
"We can now take the examination here at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) where the environment is more familiar to us."
Later, Liow said the ministry would table the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Bill in Parliament at next month's sitting. The bill is now being circulated for comments from other ministries.
LIST OF APPROVED LOCAL PROGRAMMES AND INSTITUTIONS OR EXAMINING CENTRES FOR THE PURPOSE OF MEDICAL QUALIFYING EXAMINATION (AS OF 30 APRIL 2012)
(Note: This list complements,and should be read in conjunction with, the Medical Qualifying Examination section)
|1||Universiti Malaya (UM)||Own Programme only|
|2||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)||Own programme in Kuala Lumpur; and|
Twinning programme with Padjadjaran
|3||Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)||Own Programme in Kelantan Campus only|
|4||Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)||Own Programme only|
|5||Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)||Own Programme only|
|6||Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)||Own Programme only|
|7||Penang Medical College (PMC)||Own Programme only|
|8||International Medical University (IMU)||Own Programme only|
|9||AIMST Universiti (Asian Institute of Medicine , Science & Technology)||Own Programme only|
|10||Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC)||Own Programme only|
|11||Royal College of Medicine Perak (RCMP)||Own Programme in Perak only|
|12||Monash University Sunway Campus||Own Programme only|
|13||UCSI University||Own Programme only|
|14||Cyberjaya University College Of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)||Own Programme only|
|15||Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)||Own Programme only|
|16||Management & Science University (MSU)||Own Programme in Bangalore only|