Friday, February 16, 2024

MATVS "illegal" medical specialist program challenged

Reported in the Malay Mail Online yesterday of Medical Specialist questioning a program run by a Medical NGO as sub-standard and demeaning local Med School programs. 

The report in full below: 

Members challenge association for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for putting its training on par with IJN courses

By Anis Zalani

Thursday, 15 Feb 2024 5:14 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — A group of concerned members have disputed the Malaysian Association for Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery’s (MATCVS) assertion about the quality of its certification, accusing the group of implying this was possibly superior to those offered by local institutions such as Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and the National Heart Institute (IJN).

The group said the MATCVS was basing its claim on the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) branding attached to its diploma, which might hold true for less advanced nations with more rudimentary training.

“But compared to a more developed nation like Malaysia, which has a meticulously designed, MQA-approved Masters and Doctorate programme, there is a definite difference in the quality of training,” they said in a statement.

They said there has also been criticism about the experience of local trainers in the FRCS programme as well as its limited postings in key medical fields like general surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine, and cardiac anaesthesiology when compared to locally-offered masters and doctorate programmes.

The group further said that UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) disallowed the use of the FRCS International diploma for work applications, which called into question both its recognition and standards compared to the diploma taught and issued in the UK.

Earlier this month, MATCVS president Datuk Dr Basheer Ahamed Abd Kareem criticised the Malaysian Medical Council’s (MMC) rejection of specialist registration applications for the National Specialist Register (NSR) by four pioneer Cardiothoracic Parallel Pathway graduates despite their years of training under the scheme.

He said the parallel pathway was launched in 2016 by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the MATCVS, Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM), with the courses approved by the IJN, among others.

Dr Basheer also insisted that the diploma was accredited in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Brunei, as well as being accepted for registration in the UK.

The FRCS International program offered by the Royal College of Surgeon (Edinburgh) as championed by Dr Basheer does not fulfill the standard set by MMC, and not at par with the Masters in Surgery offered by Malaysian Universities. 

It does not fulfill the MQA of Malaysia and is not recognised for practise in the home country of UK, and countries such as Australia, Singapore and other Commonwealth countries. It is not par in term of quality and training with the normal FRCS program run by the Royal College of Surgeons in Scotland, England and Ireland. 

ABITW posed the question whether this program run by a certain local University with support by a former DG of MOH is a medical scam. Read HERE.    

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