Doctor is a humane profession and a noble one. To be one you have to go through a five year undergraduate program for future doctors. However places in medical colleges are limited.
When one’s ambition is to be a doctor be honest and realistic. Public medical colleges requires excellent academic grades where the demand for places is very high. Private medical schools may take candidates with lower grades but the fees are quite high. Pursuing medical course overseas can be very expensive venture.
One should decide whether to study locally or overseas depending grades or finance. The pre-university qualifications necessary for entry to a public college are STPM or the Ministry Of Education Matriculation courses. Other pre university courses are not recognised. The fees charged by public university are minimal as the government heavily subsidize. Please take note you have to include living expenses when calculating the entire cost.
All established public university medical degrees are recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council, The newer medical colleges are in the process of obtaining accreditation. However Malaysia medical degrees are not often recognized overseas and to practice outside Malaysia it is necessary to take an additional qualifying test e.g. USMLE for practice in the United States.
At the Melaka Manipal Medical College, the Penang Medical College, Monash Medical College and the Allianze College of Medical Sciences the first phase of the course is conducted overseas and the student returns to Malaysia to complete the training. In private colleges they recognize a wider range of pre-university qualifications which includes STPM, Ministry of Education Matriculation, A-levels, International Baccalaureate, South Australian Matriculation (SAM) etc. The minimum entry qualifications also vary from school to school.
The more established private medical schools are recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council while the newer ones are in the process of being accredited. The partner medical schools of the IMU are all recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council.
Medicine offers a wide variety of respected job opportunities. There is a high demand for doctors in Malaysia. Medical graduates will go to work in clinics and a few of them will pursue a career in non clinical work like medical research, occupational health, medical journalism or administration.
It is compulsory for students who has graduated from medical school to work in the Government Hospital under housemanship program for a duration of three years. Every practitioner has to serve a minimum period of continuous total period of not less than three years within the public services upon being given full registration as a doctor. This service may be completed in a government healthcare facility the Ministry of Health or other government agencies as determined by the Director General of Health.