Be­come a li­censed US med­i­cal spe­cial­ist from Malaysia

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

YOU have just grad­u­ated from a med­i­cal school and feel like the weight of the whole world is on your shoul­ders.

You have just spent five years of your blood, sweat and tears com­plet­ing your med­i­cal de­gree and now you are in a po­si­tion where you do not know what to do.

Ev­ery­one ad­vises to “spe­cialise”, but ques­tion is in what.

Be­ing close to Malaysia, the “go-to” coun­tries have al­ways been Aus­tralia and the UK.

Gone are the days when com­plet­ing a med­i­cal post­grad­u­ate pro­gramme in these coun­tries are easy.

For decades, Malaysian med­i­cal grad­u­ates have been go­ing to these coun­tries to pre­pare for their spe­cial­i­sa­tion but nowa­days, the com­pe­ti­tion is at its high­est.

Malaysian med­i­cal stu­dents and grad­u­ates now have a new pro­fi­cient path­way to achieve their spe­cial­ist ca­reers.

The cur­rent ideal place for med­i­cal grad­u­ates to do their spe­cial­i­sa­tion is in the United States with the United States Li­cens­ing Ex­am­i­na­tion (USMLE).

The US is cur­rently fac­ing a se­vere short­age of med­i­cal physi­cians and this short­age is ex­pected to con­tinue till 2025.

In the last five years, the US has been em­ploy­ing in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal grad­u­ates (IMG) from all around the world to re­ceive spe­cial­ist train­ing and one of those coun­tries is Malaysia.

This year, about 53.5% of IMGs got matched in the US spe­cial­i­sa­tion train­ing pro­gramme (Med­i­cal Res­i­dency).

Ka­plan be­ing the premier test-prep­ping cen­tre in the US prepares med­i­cal stu­dents world­wide for the USMLE.

Pro­gramme spe­cial­ist at Ka­plan Med­i­cal in Malaysia Ha­reen Theivasiga­many pro­vides free sem­i­nars and uni­ver­sity talks on the de­clin­ing num­ber of med­i­cal physi­cians in the US and the lack of spe­cial­ists in Malaysia.

He urges med­i­cal stu­dents to pur­sue their spe­cial­i­sa­tion.

The flex­i­ble three-step spe­cial­ist li­cens­ing ex­am­i­na­tion pro­vides ev­ery­thing a med­i­cal stu­dent or grad­u­ate needs to be­come a pro­fi­cient spe­cial­ist.

Upon com­plet­ing the USMLE ex­ams and res­i­dency (a paid spe­cial­ist train­ing in the US), stu­dents can prac­tise in med­i­cal fields such as surgery, car­di­ol­ogy, or­thopaedics, der­ma­tol­ogy and more.

The true beauty of the USMLE is that, stu­dents can sit for the first pro­fes­sional exam while in med­i­cal school.

This al­lows them to be­come a spe­cial­ist by the age of 30.

With the in­creas­ing num­ber of Malaysian Med­i­cal Grad­u­ates go­ing to the US for the spe­cial­i­sa­tion train­ing, Ka­plan has made its train­ing pro­grammes flex­i­ble.

Stu­dents have the op­tion in train­ing and com­plet­ing the first two steps of the USMLE ex­ams in Malaysia.

Ka­plan pro­vides on­line and live on­line train­ing in Malaysia.

Med­i­cal physi­cians are highly paid in the US and upon com­plet­ing the res­i­dency pro­gramme, grad­u­ates can con­tinue work­ing in the states or in other coun­tries like New Zealand, Aus­tralia and even in Malaysia as med­i­cal spe­cial­ists.

Nu­gra­han is the na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Ka­plan Med­i­cal in Malaysia and has as­sisted many med­i­cal stu­dents achieve their spe­cial­ist ca­reer in the US.

Those who call now can re­ceive a free one-on-one con­sul­ta­tion about the USMLE and spe­cial­ist train­ing in the US.

■ Con­tact Ha­reen at 016-377 2853 or e-mail en­quiries to ha­reen. ka­ to se­cure a fu­ture in the med­i­cal ca­reer.

They can also call 03-2166 2740, toll-free 1800 222 939 or visit www. face­­gra­hanusmle.

United States has been em­ploy­ing in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal grad­u­ates (IMG) from all around the world to re­ceive spe­cial­ist train­ing and one of those coun­tries is Malaysia.

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