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General Medical Council recognises Malaysian House Officer training for first time

General Medical Council recognises Malaysian House Officer training for first time


Malaysians who study medicine at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) and carry out their postgraduate clinical training programme in selected Malaysian hospitals can now apply for full registration as doctors with the UK General Medical Council (GMC) as well as the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).


This is the first GMC approved overseas programme for provisionally registered doctors to convert to full registration. The GMC is the UK statutory body that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice. The GMC standards define what makes a good doctor by setting out the professional values, knowledge, skills and behaviours required of all doctors eligible for registration with the Council.


CEO and Provost of NUMed, Professor Reg Jordan said: “This is an important milestone for NUMed. We were the first British medical school to set up overseas; this is a natural next step and one that will bring real benefit to our graduates. It means that young doctors successfully completing the approved overseas programme will be fully prepared to continue their career development and specialty training in the full knowledge that they have met the stringent requirements for registration with both the GMC and the MMC. GMC approval of this new programme for provisionally registered doctors is also highly deserved recognition of the quality of the Malaysian House Officer programme.”


When students complete the five year long Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme at NUMed they graduate with a degree that is conferred by Newcastle University, UK, which is, a UK Primary Medical Qualification. Upon graduation NUMED graduates become eligible for provisional registration as a doctor with both the GMC and MMC.


Datuk Dr Jeyaindran, the Deputy Director General of Health , Ministry of Health  said:  “House Officer training is a crucial part in the transformation of a medical student into a doctor. It is the time when their theoretical knowledge will be translated into medical practice. As such, it is imperative that this is done in a structured and comprehensive manner, which ensures that on completion of their house officer training, they will have acquired the necessary core knowledge and clinical skills that will be the basis of a  strong foundation for their further career development”.  


The close collaboration between the Ministry of Health and NUMed has resulted in a pilot project where the GMC has recognised the house officer training in five MOH hospitals 

Upon successful completion of the house office training programme in one of five Malaysian hospitals the trainee doctors from NUMed can convert their provisional registration to full GMC registration. The five hospitals currently in the scheme are Hospital Sultan Ismail, Hospital Sultanah Aminah and Hospital Kluang in Johor, and Hospital Queen Elizabeth in Sabah and Kuching General Hospital in Sarawak.


Professor Reg Jordan added “The GMC recognition is a testament to the high standard of training that is being delivered in Malaysian hospitals. We are delighted to be working with the Ministry of Health to introduce this programme for the first time to and believe it will support Malaysia’s commitment to develop quality healthcare services across the country.”


This announcement marks another first for NUMed. Newcastle was also the first UK University to establish a fully-owned medical campus overseas. The state-of-the-art campus located in Nusajaya, Johor was purpose built in 2011. Today there are 100 staff and almost 500 students studying at the international campus. The growth target is for 1,000 students and 180 staff by 2020.


Chow Paik Hwa  a NUMed MBBS graduate who is currently carrying out her postgraduate clinical training programme at Hospital Sultan Ismail said: “The learning experience at NUMed coupled with the experience gained during the postgraduate clinical training has been first class, and recognition from the GMC as well as the MMC is a testament to these high quality programmes. Registering with the GMC is an exciting prospect from my perspective as it will allow me to broaden my horizons, further develop my career, and help ensure that international best practice is applied to patient care in Malaysia.”


NUMed plans to become a leading Southeast Asian centre of academic medicine – based upon Newcastle University’s strength in medical and biomedical teaching and research.  It also aims to support the nation’s aspiration to become an international education hub, and a global healthcare player.


The origins of medical education at Newcastle can be dated back to 1834 when a School of Medicine and Surgery was established in the Northern UK city.


About NUMed

Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc), and opportunities for postgraduate study. The programmes of study are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees. By choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students will obtain a reputable UK qualification, from an internationally recognized university, at a cost significantly less than that of studying in the UK. The undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) degrees were launched in 2009 and BSc degrees in the Biomedical Sciences were launched in 2013. Both programmes offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK.


published on: 11 June 2015