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KUANTAN: Twenty-five per cent housemen who graduated from medical universities outside Malaysia were under stress to complete their housemanship in hospitals throughout the country, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya today.

Source: 25pc doctors stress, quit during housemen | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News

Editorial Comment

It all goes back to reasons someone does medicine. Giving students a realistic expectation early on rather than ‘take the money first’, would save them the embarrassment of not coping at a later stage.

Although culture shock has been faulted in this article, medical schools should equip a doctor with skills at adapting to their environment. ¬†Challenging environments don’t just exist in Malaysia but in every country.

Perhaps the authorities should start screening and re-accredit foreign medical schools. Poor admission criteria will allow students that do not have the basic qualities in being good doctors, enter medical school.

Medicine is an area where quality and meritocracy should not be compromised. Yet, this has been allowed to the peril of the profession and the patients that they are to (mis)treat.