How to Become a Doctor in Malaysia?
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When choosing the right course to study in Malaysia, one of the criteria that students should look at is the job demand and salary. Presently, there is an oversupply of general practitioners in Malaysia but we have a great need for Specialist Doctors. There are 42 accredited training hospitals in Malaysia with trainees who are doing their housemanship and the waiting time for an available slot is as long as 9 months now or more. Although, there are too many GPs in Malaysia, if you plan to become a Specialist, you should have no worries about a career in the rewarding field of medicine.
Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision. We will share about the education pathway from after SPM or O-Levels to becoming a Specialist in Malaysia.
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Medical Programme or MBBS Education Pathway in Malaysia
After SPM or O-Levels, it will take a total of 9-10 years to be a fully registered doctor, and an additional 3-6 years to become a specialist in Malaysia.
Students after SPM or O-Levels would need to choose the right Pre-University Programme before entering into a Medical Programme or MBBS in Malaysia. STPM and Matriculation are affordable choices but the seats are very limited and highly competitive to enter into the medical degree at public universities or IPTA.
The other pathway for students is the private universities. If you don’t plan to go overseas for your medical degree, you may consider the Foundation in Science at the private university offering the Medical Programme. The Foundation in Science is 1 year in duration and cheaper than the external Pre-University programmes.
A popular external Pre-University programme for entry into the MBBS is the A-Levels. The A-Levels is 18 months in duration and will prepare students well to handle the rigours of the medical programme in Malaysia. The entry requirements for the Pre-University programme and Medical degree are higher therefore students need to check whether you qualify for entry.
Upon completion of the Pre-University programme, students need to choose a university with a medical programme that is recognised and accredited by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and MQA.
A 5-year MBBS (Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery) programme that is approved by the Malaysian Medical Council is required in order to qualify for the medical qualifying examination. This exam will help to assess your core knowledge and gauge if you are eligible to practise as a doctor. Passing this exam will enable you to practise medicine in Malaysia after completing the 2-year housemanship and 1-year government service.
In 2015, the government announced that the Ministry of Health will no longer arrange internship placements and that medical graduates are to apply to the government hospitals that offer internship themselves. This may result in a longer wait for internship as there are limited vacancies and an increasing number of medical graduates.
Housemanship is basically the first two years in doctor’s lives upon graduating. As a Houseman, one can earn an average of RM3500 to RM4,400 a month. Upon completing 2 years of housemanship, a houseman would then be promoted to the rank of Medical Officer (MO). New housemen will be placed in the UD43/UD44 bracket. After 3 years of serving as a Medical Officer, they’ll advance to the UD 48 bracket. MOs will then be promoted to UD47/UD48 following another 4 years of service, and UD52 after 3 more years. Additionally, one can move into private practice as an MO, which may pay more.
Upon completing a year as a Medical Officer, you can continue on to specialise which can take you 3-6 years depending on which discipline. In order to be a registered medical specialist in Malaysia, 4-5 years of postgraduate study is needed in addition to 2-4 years supervised training as a specialist.
Some specialisation choices are
- Cardiology (heart)
- Pulmonology (lungs)
- General surgery
- Neurology (brain)
- Dermatology (skin)
Average Salary for Medical Doctors in Malaysia:
- Houseman – RM3500 – RM4,400
- New Medical Officer (MO) – RM4,300 – RM5,200
- Medical Officer with 3-6 years experience – RM5,900 – RM6,800
- Medical Officer with 7-9 years experience – RM 6,549 – RM7,449
- Medical Officer with more than 10 years experience – RM6,871 – RM8,200+
- Specialist – RM10,000+ (Government)
- Specialist RM15,000 – RM30,000+ (Private)
Medicine Degree Entry Requirements at Top Private Universities in Malaysia
The entry requirements below serve as a guideline for entry into private universities in Malaysia. The entry requirements will vary from university to university. Please contact us for the exact entry requirements for Taylor’s University, UCSI University and MAHSA University.
Students after SPM or O-Levels will need to complete a Pre-University programme before entering into the Medical Programme or MBBS.
Entry Requirements for the Foundation in Science Leading to Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in Malaysia