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9 months ago

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Afterschool Counsellors

Member since May' 2018

Answered 9 months ago

Hi Zulaikha. Upon graduating, you will definitely get a job as a houseman, where you will spend 2 years in various rotations in the hospital you apply to. However, the wait can sometimes be long. This can be anywhere between 4 months to slightly over a year. This depends on various factors such as how picky you are when choosing a hospital to rotate in (hospitals on the outskirts are normally easier to get into) as well as which university you attended. 

Most students get part-time jobs will awaiting their posting. You should try to get something in the medical field (such as a medical assistant), as many students who end up waiting for a long time will be a bit rusty when they start their housemanship. Having said that, getting a part time job in any field is also fine, so long as you constantly refresh your memory by going through your med books. 

The wait may be long, but for those who are passionate, it will most definitely be worthwhile. 

New answer posted

1 year ago

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Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Aug' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Sanjida,

In order to serve as a doctor in Malaysia's public service industry, you would need an SPM-level BM qualification no matter what MMC-recognized MBBS degree you have. However, you can still apply for a housemanship if you don't have it. Since medical graduates without an SPM-level BM qualification are eligible for housemanships, we would suggest for you to apply for housemanship first and take the SPM-level BM certificate while waiting for a placement, or even while serving the two-year housemanship contract. Hopefully by then you would have obtained the certificate and be eligible to serve as a doctor in in the public service industry.

Wishing you all the best! 

New answer posted

1 year ago

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Afterschool Counsellors

Member since May' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hello Khairunnisa,

Time is subjective, as different people perceive it very differently with their own lifestyle habits and experiences. Seeing that studying medicine will require plenty of time spent studying as compared to other courses, we suggest you create a timetable to plan your schedule so you can fit in time with your family too. One tip to create an effective timetable is to set your priorities right, where you should arrange the most important things in your life first before filtering in other minor tasks.

You can also use the same method once you are a doctor with hectic long hours in the hospital. With this, keeping important things close to you should not be a very difficult task.

Here is an article that might help you manage your time wisely, but please take it with a pinch of salt ;)
https://afterschool.my/students-life/how-to-study-last-minute-and-ace-your-exams

We hope this clears your doubts. We wish you all the best!

New answer posted

1 year ago

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Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Aqilah,

To be a doctor, you will first need a Science stream pre-university course (STPM, Matriculation, Foundation in Science, etc.). Then, you will have to take the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine) degree which is 5 years in order to become a doctor. If you want to specialise in a specific course like psychiatric or anesthesia, you will have to have another 3-4 years of study to become a specialist.

Currently, the job demand for general doctors are low as Malaysia is saturated with too many general doctors. However, if you were to specialise in something, your job demand increases by a lot as Malaysia has a shortage of specialists. The time it takes to be a specialist might be overwhelming, but rest assured that you will be highly sought after for jobs after graduation.

Hope this helps :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Wani,

We've contacted the university to enquire about this but they will need to see your certificate, SPM and MUET results first to determine your eligibility. Could you please send a clear image of all those documents to our FB inbox here: https://www.facebook.com/Afterschool.my/ We will transfer your documents to the university and get back to you if they accept your application.

Looking forward to receive your documents on FB soon :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Izyan,

Unfortunately, this is not possible. It is compulsory to complete an MBBS (degree in Medicine) for 5 years and 2 years of housemanship before anyone can become a licensed Medical Officer. The only way to be a doctor now is to do an MBBS. There is no age limit to this so you are still eligible to apply for it as long as you meet the entry requirements.

Hope this answers your question. Feel free to ask if you have further queries :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Ain,

All of these are different professions and would lead to different results in your career. It depends on how you define 'financially worthy'. You need to weigh the pros and cons of each course, see its pathway, job demand and your interest.

Allow us to give you a few examples:
1) A course in Medicine would cost the most as compared to other courses but if being a doctor is what you love doing because you get to help people, then you should go for it. Once you become a specialist or work long enough, you will receive a high pay. But you need to prepare yourself for some serious studying and endure longer duration of studying if you take up this course.
2) Some people just love teaching so being a lecturer is a no-brainer. A lecturer earns a decent salary. You can also opt to be a part-time lecturer where you have more flexible hours.
3) A Clinical Psychologist would require you to study biology as well, just like a doctor, but you'll have to deal with patients who are of unsound mind. Choose this course only if you can take the stress because patients will be pouring out their anger and frustration and probably behaving badly in front of you.

Malaysia needs more medical specialists so it would be good to take up MBBS and then pursue your postgraduate in a specific field to become a specialist.

Hope this helps. Good luck :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Toh,

That would not be the best option for you. If you have set your sights on practicing Medicine in Malaysia, it's best to do your entire study programme and housemanship in Malaysia itself because of the recognition. Malaysia only recognise some Medical degrees from overseas institutions. All Medical graduates are required to be registered with the Malaysian Medical Council to practice Medicine in Malaysia. According to MMC, medical graduates who hold a basic medical degree from institutions not listed in the Second Schedule, Medical Act 1971, he or she will be required to sit and pass the Examination for Provisional Registration (EPR) that consists of theory and clinical components. This exam is held twice a year.

So technically, you can study overseas and practice here, but you'll need to take the exam first to ensure that you meet the requirements of a doctor and know how its done in Malaysia. You can check out if your university is listed here: http://www.mmc.gov.my/index.php/list-of-medical-institution

Furthermore, all Medical Officers in Malaysia MUST undergo housemanship before they can become a doctor.

Hope this helps.

New answer posted

9 months ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since May' 2018

Answered 9 months ago

Hi Zulaikha. Upon graduating, you will definitely get a job as a houseman, where you will spend 2 years in various rotations in the hospital you apply to. However, the wait can sometimes be long. This can be anywhere between 4 months to slightly over a year. This depends on various factors such as how picky you are when choosing a hospital to rotate in (hospitals on the outskirts are normally easier to get into) as well as which university you attended. 

Most students get part-time jobs will awaiting their posting. You should try to get something in the medical field (such as a medical assistant), as many students who end up waiting for a long time will be a bit rusty when they start their housemanship. Having said that, getting a part time job in any field is also fine, so long as you constantly refresh your memory by going through your med books. 

The wait may be long, but for those who are passionate, it will most definitely be worthwhile. 

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Aug' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Sanjida,

In order to serve as a doctor in Malaysia's public service industry, you would need an SPM-level BM qualification no matter what MMC-recognized MBBS degree you have. However, you can still apply for a housemanship if you don't have it. Since medical graduates without an SPM-level BM qualification are eligible for housemanships, we would suggest for you to apply for housemanship first and take the SPM-level BM certificate while waiting for a placement, or even while serving the two-year housemanship contract. Hopefully by then you would have obtained the certificate and be eligible to serve as a doctor in in the public service industry.

Wishing you all the best! 

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since May' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hello Khairunnisa,

Time is subjective, as different people perceive it very differently with their own lifestyle habits and experiences. Seeing that studying medicine will require plenty of time spent studying as compared to other courses, we suggest you create a timetable to plan your schedule so you can fit in time with your family too. One tip to create an effective timetable is to set your priorities right, where you should arrange the most important things in your life first before filtering in other minor tasks.

You can also use the same method once you are a doctor with hectic long hours in the hospital. With this, keeping important things close to you should not be a very difficult task.

Here is an article that might help you manage your time wisely, but please take it with a pinch of salt ;)
https://afterschool.my/students-life/how-to-study-last-minute-and-ace-your-exams

We hope this clears your doubts. We wish you all the best!

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Aqilah,

To be a doctor, you will first need a Science stream pre-university course (STPM, Matriculation, Foundation in Science, etc.). Then, you will have to take the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine) degree which is 5 years in order to become a doctor. If you want to specialise in a specific course like psychiatric or anesthesia, you will have to have another 3-4 years of study to become a specialist.

Currently, the job demand for general doctors are low as Malaysia is saturated with too many general doctors. However, if you were to specialise in something, your job demand increases by a lot as Malaysia has a shortage of specialists. The time it takes to be a specialist might be overwhelming, but rest assured that you will be highly sought after for jobs after graduation.

Hope this helps :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Wani,

We've contacted the university to enquire about this but they will need to see your certificate, SPM and MUET results first to determine your eligibility. Could you please send a clear image of all those documents to our FB inbox here: https://www.facebook.com/Afterschool.my/ We will transfer your documents to the university and get back to you if they accept your application.

Looking forward to receive your documents on FB soon :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Izyan,

Unfortunately, this is not possible. It is compulsory to complete an MBBS (degree in Medicine) for 5 years and 2 years of housemanship before anyone can become a licensed Medical Officer. The only way to be a doctor now is to do an MBBS. There is no age limit to this so you are still eligible to apply for it as long as you meet the entry requirements.

Hope this answers your question. Feel free to ask if you have further queries :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Ain,

All of these are different professions and would lead to different results in your career. It depends on how you define 'financially worthy'. You need to weigh the pros and cons of each course, see its pathway, job demand and your interest.

Allow us to give you a few examples:
1) A course in Medicine would cost the most as compared to other courses but if being a doctor is what you love doing because you get to help people, then you should go for it. Once you become a specialist or work long enough, you will receive a high pay. But you need to prepare yourself for some serious studying and endure longer duration of studying if you take up this course.
2) Some people just love teaching so being a lecturer is a no-brainer. A lecturer earns a decent salary. You can also opt to be a part-time lecturer where you have more flexible hours.
3) A Clinical Psychologist would require you to study biology as well, just like a doctor, but you'll have to deal with patients who are of unsound mind. Choose this course only if you can take the stress because patients will be pouring out their anger and frustration and probably behaving badly in front of you.

Malaysia needs more medical specialists so it would be good to take up MBBS and then pursue your postgraduate in a specific field to become a specialist.

Hope this helps. Good luck :)

New answer posted

1 year ago

A

Afterschool Counsellors

Member since Mar' 2018

Answered 1 year ago

Hi Toh,

That would not be the best option for you. If you have set your sights on practicing Medicine in Malaysia, it's best to do your entire study programme and housemanship in Malaysia itself because of the recognition. Malaysia only recognise some Medical degrees from overseas institutions. All Medical graduates are required to be registered with the Malaysian Medical Council to practice Medicine in Malaysia. According to MMC, medical graduates who hold a basic medical degree from institutions not listed in the Second Schedule, Medical Act 1971, he or she will be required to sit and pass the Examination for Provisional Registration (EPR) that consists of theory and clinical components. This exam is held twice a year.

So technically, you can study overseas and practice here, but you'll need to take the exam first to ensure that you meet the requirements of a doctor and know how its done in Malaysia. You can check out if your university is listed here: http://www.mmc.gov.my/index.php/list-of-medical-institution

Furthermore, all Medical Officers in Malaysia MUST undergo housemanship before they can become a doctor.

Hope this helps.

New answer posted

1 year ago

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