Alternate careers for medical graduates and house officers in Malaysia

Naicker, Amaramalar Selvi and Kailaivasan, Vinoshini Devi A. P. and Yuliawiratman, Brenda Saria and Alaga, Arvindran and Shan, Kevin Ng Wei and Naicker, Manimalar Selvi and Htwe, Ohnmar (2021) Alternate careers for medical graduates and house officers in Malaysia. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 76 (2). pp. 183-189. ISSN 03005283,

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Introduction: In recent years, many unresolved issues pertaining to house officers in Malaysia have led to a longer waiting time and a ‘glut’ of medical graduates with a surprising 20 dropout amongst those who join the housemanship programme. This appears to reflect the changing times, mindsets and work expectations of millennials who comprise this cohort reflecting a need to consider possibilities of career shifts especially so in these uncertain times. This study explores the perceptions, awareness and interest in alternative career options amongst recent graduates and house officers. Materials and Methods: This was a study done between 2018 and 2019 using a questionnaire which was shared on various social platforms. Data analysis was done using Excel spreadsheet. Results: A total of 450 house officers and 657 medical graduates responded. Expectedly 66.8 claimed lifelong passion whilst another 12.1 claimed family influence as their reason to do medicine. Most were aware of their career challenges and 40 of them were keen to consider career change and reskilling indicating a possible shift from traditional expectations of a medical career. Conclusion: Whilst medicine is often considered a true calling, current challenges will require mental and emotional flexibility to explore other career opportunities. Thus, engagement programmes should be directed at medical graduates and house officers to identify and support those open to career transitions. This will help address current issues of internship bottleneck and rising dropout rates amongst internees. Early career change engagements will give them insight into their true career goals whilst opening up opportunities for those who wish to change. © 2021, Malaysian Medical Association. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alternative careers; Career transition; House officers; Medical graduates
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Anaesthesiology Department
Faculty of Medicine > Pathology Department
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 10:24
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 10:35

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