Shock treatment looms
By K. PARKARAN and M. KRISHNAMOORTHY
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,808 from the 15,500 SPM top scorers, who had applied for Public Services Department (PSD) medical scholarships, have been shortlisted to go through a “shock treatment” at government hospitals.
The students will undergo a mandatory three-day stint from Wednesday at the hospitals, including going to the mortuary and operation theatre.
The scholarship hopefuls will also be taken to other critical units in hospitals like the accident & emergency unit, outpatient clinic, and maternity and orthopaedic wards.
The students will be sent to 46 hospitals and will be required to do a written self-evaluation on their experience.
PSD director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Adam said they wanted the students to see doctors, among others, dealing with dead bodies, badly injured patients and also delivering babies to show them that one needed passion to become a good doctor.
“The stint will enable the students to know at the outset what being a doctor is all about and we will be able to choose those, who can really make it in the profession.
“Those who are still confident after familiarising themselves with the mortuary, operatingtheatre and other sections of the hospital will be called for the final interview,” said Ismail, who thanked the Health Ministry for its cooperation in facilitating the visits.
He told The Star that some of the scholarship applicants might not want to take up medicine after seeing what the profession entailed.
“Those who decide not to pursue medicine after the hospital stint would be allowed to apply for PSD scholarships in other fields,” he added.
Meanwhile, shortlisted candidates had started receiving letters from the PSD from Saturday – a day after the official closing date for scholarship applications.
PSD said those who had applied for scholarships to do medicine and had not received any letters, could check to see if they had been shortlisted for the hospital stint by calling the PSD Hotline at 03-8885 3397.
Those unable to attend the programme for any reasons should call the PSD hotline immediately to make alternative arrangements.
Y’know I’m really glad that they did this.. I remember once upon a long time ago, I really thought studying medicine and becoming a doctor was the most heroic thing to do in one’s life. Really. Looking back, I’d hit me so hard for being so naiive. Studying in Seremban Hospital was definitely an eye opener and I know that more experiences are to come, to open my eyes even bigger.
Yes, I’m gonna admit it, there are days I just WISHED I wasn’t so gutty to take up medicine. It’s expensive, it’s difficult, it’s tough, lol… all for the sake of wearing that glorious white coat. Hah. Even pharmacists and physiotherapists wear white coats. And let me tell you, white coats ain’t the best thing to wear in a local government hospital, trust me. 😉 It’s not as gaya as you think. I mean, think about it! I’ll never enter the working world of cool corporate meetings in fancy office rooms, with super cool corporate clothes, entering super high tech office buildings. Instead, I’ll be entering a hospital, probably stinking of urine, or strong detergent, high chance it’ll be a run down building, with poor lighting system and probably no airconditioning as well.. seeing ill and maybe even dying patients. Sigh. Exciting huh?
HOWEVER,.. the more I think about it. My life isn’t about me. It’s about giving. It’s about serving. There was a real reason behind me choosing medicine without me realizing it. It’s about being an instrument of helping the poor, helping the sick, being a listening ear, a pillar of strength for those who seek treatment for the illness which has been bothering them more than ever. Sometimes, we enter a phase of life, not knowing why we’re here, what in the world we’re doing in the present, but I know… I’ll look back 10, 20, 50 years from now, and see my life fulfilled.