Varsities losing medical lecturers

The USM medical campus in Kubang Kerian is one of the worst affected public universities. Thirty-eight senior lecturers have left in the last six months.

PETALING JAYA: The exodus of medical lecturers from public universities is biting deep, with Universiti Sains Malaysia losing 38 lecturers in the last six months. Universiti Malaya lost 21 clinical lecturers last year.

Most of them are attracted by the better salaries and less workload in private medical schools and hospitals.

With the situation worsening, the Education Ministry has set up a high-level committee to look into improving conditions for medical lecturers in the public service.

Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Morshidi Sirat said the ministry’s secretary-general II Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang would head the panel.

“Universities with medical faculties will also be represented in the committee,” he said yesterday.

Dr Morshidi added that the committee was set up about two weeks ago following instructions from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister.

Dr Morshidi said there were nine public universities with medical faculties and 20 private institutions of higher learning with medical programmes.

“The ratio of lecturer to student is 1:4 (clinical) and 1:6 (non-clinical). They must adhere to these ratios by the Malaysian Medical Council if they are to be given accreditation,” he added.

Sunday Star front-paged a report that medical lecturers were leaving public universities in droves after complaining of years of being overworked and underpaid.

Ma­­laysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Thar­masee­lan claimed that some clinical lecturers were stuck for more than 20 years without a promotion despite being specialists and qualified surgeons with years of experience.

USM public relations head Mohamad Abdullah said the university had also set up a special committee, chaired by former Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, to study “all issues” related to USM’s medical programmes.

The committee also includes the university’s medical personnel and Board of Governors chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Zulkefli A. Hassan.

“We are taking in foreign lecturers as a temporary measure and we have new lecturers returning from their training and sub-specialisation (courses),” he said, adding that USM had also forwarded its request to the Education Ministry to improve the service scheme and to increase collaboration among medical schools.

To reduce the rampant staff pinching, the USM Board of Governors recently approved more promotions for its clinical lecturers.

Related stories:

Students paying the price for AUCMS fiasco

Don: Many of us left because we feel unappreciated

Lure of the lucre for the clinical lecturers

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

No political motive for state of Emergency, but a matter of life and death, says Takiyuddin
PMO: RM35.43mil allocation to build three public halls in Pagoh, not one
Cops arrest man in suspicion of throwing petrol bombs, red paint at several houses
Ten-year-old boy who met Dr Wee a decade ago now accepted at Stanford University
Only students sitting for SPM, STPM exams allowed in school from Jan 20
Sabah govt to roll out Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 2.0, says CM
Cops say man seen at R&R was not wearing a pink tag
Authorities using all possible means to reach victims of natural disaster in Pitas
We have lost a gem, says Wee on Salleh Abas’ passing
Explosion at Pasir Gudang factory kills one, two injured

Stories You'll Enjoy