Reprieve for medical graduates

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Dec 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dec 31 deadline for medical graduates of unrecognised overseas universities to sit for a competency test has been extended by a year.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the Cabinet agreed on Friday to extend the deadline as most of the graduates had difficulty finding places in local institutions to take the test.

The ruling affects some 200-odd graduates, who opted to transfer their credits to local institutions by sitting for an 18-month programme to test their competency.

The programme was shortened to 18 months from three years in July as the graduates, many of them aged 40 and above, felt that the three-year period was too long.

Graduates from unrecognised institutions are required to pass the competency test before they can register with the Malaysian Medical Council.

Dr Subramaniam said the Cabinet had instructed the Health Ministry to work with the Higher Education Ministry to help the graduates get places at local institutions.

“The students (graduates) will be divided and placed in existing government medical colleges,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Subramaniam said that after sitting for the test, the graduates could be placed in approved local universities to take the required courses and pass the university examinations needed to obtain a degree.

“They will then be placed as medical officers in hospitals,” he said.

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