Materia Medica Malaysiana

January 29, 2007

Enough Medical Schools In M’sia For Now

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 9:43 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 (Bernama) — The eight public medical schools and nine private ones producing about 1,400 new doctors annually is enough for the country’s needs for now, Malaysian Medical Association (MMA)’s Medical Education sub-committee chairman Datuk Dr N. Athimulam said.
“At the moment that is enough for the country’s present 22 million population. Definitely we would need more (medical schools) in future, but let the growth be in tandem with future needs and availability of resources.
“There is also not enough big hospitals, logistical support, lecturers and other facilities to train more medical students now,” he told reporters after attending Russia’s Kursk State Medical University and Magaram Enterprise students briefing here Sunday.
He also advised students who wanted to pursue medicine overseas to check thoroughly the institutions’ recognition status and reputation with the Malaysian Medical Council, Public Service Department and Higher Education Ministry in order to avoid being duped by fake agents.

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