Malaysian students studying at 11 medical schools in China are one step closer to getting full recognition from the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
It was revealed yesterday that the Federal Cabinet had given the nod for MMC to carry out the full accreditation process for these medical schools as soon as possible.
The medical schools are Shanghai Medical University, Beijing Medical University, Jinan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tongji Medical College, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Tianjin Medical University, Peking Union Medical College, Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine Wuhan University and The West China College of Medicine Sichuan University.
These 11 institutions are chosen because they are considered the top medical schools in China. SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin told parents of some of the affected medical graduates that he would bring the matter up to the Federal Cabinet again this Wednesday to set the date on how soon the accreditation process could begin.
A concerned parent, Wong Ching Yong, said this assurance was most welcoming, “We have made a lot of progress on this with the help of Datuk Seri (Chin), so we will wait and see what’s next,” he told reporters after a meeting with Chin at SUPP headquarters here.
The matter came to light when 17 Sarawakians who graduated from medical schools in China made a call to the Government to recognise them, following their claim of unfair treatment when taking the intensive course with a public university in Peninsular Malaysia. The intensive course is a requirement for all medical graduates who come from unscheduled universities. Upon its completion, they need to sit for the Medical Qualifying Examination (MQE). Furthermore, they need to fork out a lot for the course and MQE.
The students claimed that some of the doctors were not willing to teach those who graduated from China and this contributed to their failing the MQE because of little learning opportunities. Following this, the students and their parents sought the help of SUPP requesting for full recognition of the medical schools in China as well as allowing medical graduates residing in Sarawak to sit for the MQE in Unimas because it was more costly to take the examination in the peninsula.
They also hoped for unlimited attempts to sitting for the MQE. They even met with Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai on May 1 here.
Liow then announced that MMC had approved 16 institutions in Malaysia to conduct the MQE, unlimited attempts for the MQE, Unimas as MQE examination venue for Sarawakian medical graduates and the availability of PTPTN loan for this.
Earlier, Wong said there would also be a meeting with Unimas on July 26 to finalise the intake of these medical graduates for the MQE. Asked on what was holding things up, he replied that the delay was probably on the administrative part since the MQE was a professional examination.
Upon passing the MQE, these medical graduates could go on with their housemanship.