The path of becoming a specialist in Malaysia can begin with the master programme offerred in local universities or to complete a diploma in MRCP, MRCOG or MRCPCH.
However, the training of specialist had not completed yet. After a doctor obtains he or her master degree or MRCP (I took medicine field as example), he/She must be undergo 4 years of sub-specialist in the one of following medical fields:
Nephrology, Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Nuclear Medicine, Advance General medicine, Hematology, Respiratory medicine, Geriatrics
The training of sub-specialist can only be commenced after they obtained government gazettement (for MMed 6 months and MRCP 18 months).
In Malaysia, there are many newly MRCPIANS who opted to go south (Singapore) for the training due to the fact there is zero waiting period.
Today, news reported that the ministry of health is offerring scholarships to specialists.
One may ask when the training need scholarship since the Trainee are paid with specialist paid.
Most of the programme: for example Neurology or Hematology, required one year overseas attachment. Trainee can opt to go to UK, Australia or even Singapore for the training. That when the money came it.
Recently, I’d met with my former classmate (who is 10 years seniority in medical field); He is a foot and ankle specialist; After he obtained his Master in Orthopaedic, he got the scholarship and went to train in foot and ankle surgery in New York and in Singapore;
The government is making the right steps in ensuring the proper training of specialists;
It’s even worthwhile of doing so rather then spending millions of riggit sending JPA scholars to overseas( most of them have not come back to serve the rakyat)