KUALA LUMPUR: Medical graduates who fail to complete their housemanship or take more time to complete their stint are mostly ill-prepared for the demands of being a medical practitioner, says Universiti Malaya (UM) Faculty of Medicine dean Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman.
She said the two-year housemanship was a tough period because medical students must adapt to the transition from medical school to working in wards, and unfortunately a significant number was unable to cope.
“That is why the selection of medical students is an important step. They must have the right attitude. That is what we are doing at UM, instilling resilience.
“They should not enter medicine because their parents forced them to and they think it is a glamorous job with a lot of money to be made,” Prof Adeeba told reporters at the MEDxUM conference at UM yesterday.
It was attended by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
On April 11, Dr Dzulkefly told the Dewan Rakyat that 70% of the medical students completed their housemanship within two years, with the remainder taking a little longer and creating a backlog in the system for available vacancies.
In his keynote speech, Dr Dzulkefly said housemanship was the beginning of every medical student’s career and had to be fully appreciated.
“Treat it as a period to acquire knowledge and skills.
“Respect your teachers and they will train you to be better doctors,” he said. — Bernama