NST: Prove yourselves worthy


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I'M writing in response to the report "Mediocre students becoming doctors" (New Sunday Times, Feb 20).

Nineteen years ago, when I did my housemanship at Ipoh Hospital, I had the opportunity to work with people who graduated from various medical colleges all over the world.

At that time, there were not as many house officers as today. The majority of us graduated from India (both from recognised as well as unrecognised medical colleges), from the three medical faculties in Malaysia (including my wife and I), Pakistan, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Iraq and Belgium (who brought reference books in Flemish).

Initially, I could sense "favouritism" among the medical officers, clinical specialists and consultants towards house officers who graduated from certain universities.

As my wife and I graduated from the youngest local medical faculty from among the three, word went around that we were not as good as graduates from the other two faculties.

However, our attitude, dedication, commitment, accountability and passion during our housemanship earned us their respect.

I have had a colleague, who graduated from a prestigious medical college in the UK, asking me how to take blood from a patient because in the UK, she never had to do that (it was done by a phlebotomist).

She learnt and became an expert.

On the contrary, I also had a colleague who graduated from a well-known medical college in Australia who could not cope with the workload. It came to a stage where, during ward rounds, the consultant would prefer to ask the nurse about the patients' progress because the consultant did not trust the doctor's judgement.

On the second day after reporting for duty, a colleague took me aside. She was my senior in that department and had graduated from a recognised medical college in India.

She told me that she was assigned to teach me how to do an insertion into a central venous line.

She mentioned that she had performed many such procedures during her college days as well as during her posting at the department.

But I found that she was not doing it right. She, however, insisted that her method was correct.

In the end, the patient ended up with no central venous line but surgical emphysema and bilateral pneumothorax. The medical officer had to intervene and the patient had to have bilateral chest tubes inserted.

What I'm trying to say is that we should not prejudge our medical graduates based on where they graduated from. As graduates, they would have attained similar basic knowledge where medicine is concerned. What is lacking in some of them are the skills they should have acquired during their housemanship.

To those who have graduated from so-called low-ranking medical colleges, please do not feel disheartened. I challenge you to prove the critics wrong.

With the right attitude, dedication, commitment, accountability and passion to learn, you are not far from the quest to become a good doctor.

To the rest of you who have graduated from recognised medical colleges, discard the arrogance and be humble because without the right attitude, dedication, commitment, accountability and passion to learn, you are nowhere near to being a good doctor.

P/S: This letter rejuvenate many medical students! Let us prove to all that we can be great medical doctors one day. WE ARE THE BEST UMMAH and LETS STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE THE MAQAM of BEST MUSLIM... InsyaAllah


fathiah said...

agree :) it based on the person actually :)

The Medical Duo said...

Yes..kdg2 sentimen macam ni salu buleh buatkan kita down. Tapi take it on a bright side.. and always make some improvement :)

dayanaazhar:) said...

plus, sensitive comments on russia's graduates la...kesian my friends yang pi sana...anyhow, I couldn't say more sbb belum masuk medical college, but I do think during housemanship, everyone is similar throughout. semua diwajibkan belajar dan cooperation is vital in the learning process.

The Medical Duo said...

i agree with u dayanazar.. kena amik positive site jugak la i gez. I ni pon salu owg kate masuk medic sbb duet. This thing happen as i study kat kolej swatsa. Pdhal i nak msuk sini MARA mintak all my qualification..SPM till matrik. SO now, kita kena buktikan la yg kita boleh rite? Kwn2 I kat IPTA pon salu bg tunjuk ajar.. :) Alhamdulillah

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