The Ministry of Health has updated the list of recognised post-graduate degrees in their latest circular issued last month as attached below. You can also view the document here http://www.mma.org.my/Portals/0/Surat%20Pekeliling%20Ketua%20Pengarah%20Kesihatan%20Bil.%2015-2012.pdf. Once the new medical act is amended (currently in Parliament), the national specialist register(NSR) will be made compulsory and everyone will need to fulfill the criteria mentioned before he/she can be recognised as a specialist. I also heard that the UKAPS unit of MOH has asked all private hospitals to submit the NSR registration of consultants in their hospitals. The “so-called” specialists from certain countries who came back and happily practising in private hospitals may get into trouble if they cannot produce enough evidence of training.
If you look at MRCP and MRCPCH qualification, a new gazettement criteria has been included. You must have at least 4 years of internal medicine training which should include 1 year post qualification training before even going for gazettement process. The question is whether the gazettement process after this 4 years training is going to be 18 months or 6 months as it is not mentioned in the circular. I am sure those who have been reading this blog are aware of this coming changes since I have been saying this for quite some time now.
I just hope this criteria will apply for those who are coming back from overseas “training” as well, as I have written before http://pagalavan.com/2012/04/04/trained-specialist/
It is also interesting to note that UiTM has started atleast 3 Master’s programme in just about 8 years of their existence. Wonder whether it is open for Non-Bumis……………. I am sure you know the answer.