“Medical Graduates risk losing basic skills if not working for a year, FPMPAM”
Press Statement in response to the article “Medical Graduates risk losing basic skills if not working for a year, FPMPAM” The Sun Daily, 11 August 2016.
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society supports the FPMPAM’s stand to allow medical graduates to work as assistants to medical practitioners.
The plight of the medical graduates waiting for their houseman-ship posting is similar to the pharmacy graduates who have been waiting for their PRP posting for a year or more.
The way forward for these medical and pharmacy graduates is to keep themselves relevant by working as assistant to pharmacists or assistants to medical practitioners while waiting for their placement. The risk of losing basic skills in a very real threat and should be addressed accordingly to ensure that patient safety is not compromised when these graduates finally get their posting.
The government is also urged to conduct training courses or continuous medical/pharmacy education sessions for these graduates while they await their posting.
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society reiterates its call for the government to impose a moratorium of at least 5 years on pharmacy programmes due to the severe lack of training posts for those who graduated in Malaysia. Refer to “MPS calls for a freeze on pharmacy programmes” The Sun Daily, 2 June 2016
Mr Amrahi Buang
Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society 2016-2018