Choosing a speciality training pathway is one of the most important decisions a junior doctor has to make during the span of his/her career. Countries around the world have invested vast quantities of resources and expertise to provide junior doctors with programmes that both delivers training adequate to their requirements. They also strive to provide enough flexibility and practicality to entice doctors to carry forward their service in their country for the purpose of keeping the brightest minds within their healthcare system. There being that many countries that provide speciality training programmes, Malaysian junior doctors are more recently spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where they should train towards attaining the title of “Consultant”.
In Malaysia, two very common pathways are chosen by doctors, the first being the Master’s Programme offered by certain Malaysian universities and training hospitals, and the other being the more widely known Fellowship Programmes with the royal colleges of physicians, surgeons etc within the United Kingdom. Both these pathways, alongside all the other options provided by other countries have their benefits and drawbacks when it comes down to quality of training, duration of training, salaries, and practicality. The Malaysian Masters Programme is quickly earning popularity amongst trainee doctors as it is tailored to provide a good balance between these factors, and provides Malaysians with good training close to home. However, amongst undergraduates nowadays, information regarding these programmes are scarce, and opportunities to learn from past experiences of ex-masters students are equally so.
We at Malaysian Medics International have heard the voice of concerned medical students and have identified the need for more avenues where we can learn more about speciality training in Malaysia. Thus, we have organised a forum aimed at addressing the issues of specialising in Malaysia, the conditions of training, and also provide the audience with important insights about the programmes from people who have lived through it.