Tuesday July 17, 2012
Chua: Clinical training needed
By FOONG PEK YEE
BIDOR: Many junior doctors lack clinical training opportunities due to an oversupply of medical practitioners, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Citing a district hospital with about 400 beds and 180 doctors as an example, he said the doctors would not be able to get adequate opportunities for their clinical training.
“Clinical training and experience are very important for doctors.
“The lack of it will have serious repercussions on their abilities,” said Dr Chua.
He added that there were more than 300 recognised universities for medicine and about 4,000 medical graduates from local and foreign universities joining the workforce yearly.
He said those who were not offered medicine at public universities should be given science-related courses instead.
“The same principle should be applied to other types of courses,” he said after opening a karaoke competition and dinner here on Sunday.
Earlier, SMJK Sam Tet student Lee Kee Hon appealed to Dr Chua for help to get into dentistry.
Kee Hon, whose CGPA (cumulative grade point average) is 4.0, had put dentistry as one of his first two choices but was offered a course in food science and nutrition instead.
Meanwhile, an MCA Youth spokesman said students could forward a copy of their appeal to MCA Youth Education Bureau, 7th Floor, Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.