leningrad: the great russian resistance
I met this hardworking medical student when I was a relatively young house officer back in the old general hospital where everything is plain lousy but by standard, providing minimum sufficient medical service to the public.
She would follow the ward rounds. After rounds, follow us to do scut job. Ask about almost everything under the sun in the charts. Tap a few clinical practical experiences under my colleague’s supervision.
I was amazed at how much she spent in the hospital and her initiative to learn.
I later found out that she was in her first clinical year, and she is studying in
I don’t see much of my colleagues doing attachment when we are in holiday, and I guess by far, at that point, I really think highly of Russian medical students. It was later that I found out she is probably the small minority.
My fellow friend POTS wrote a very interesting sarcastic entry on the house officers from
I guess by POTS’s excellent and perhaps precise sarcasm on the quality of Russian grads, it is only sensible for the students there, the agents who brought them there, the parents who chose the Uni there for their kids and also perhaps relevant government-related units to feel threatened or perhaps annoyed.
Of course, the most reasonable rebut would be there are bad apples everywhere, please do not generalize or make early assumption.
But here’s the thing, POTS opinion is purely observational. It is exactly like observing the nature. If the majority of soil of the land is loose, it will cause a landslide sooner or later. POTS is not putting a few pebbles thrown down the cliff by some baboons into the equation of the forecast of a landslide.
It is nature, just like, it is also observational that even graduates from the top local Unis are performing poorly and some are even pure menace even to themselves. No doubt.
Every department has a fair share of Russian grads.
The most memorable one that my department had did improve after lots and lots and lots of hardwork and perseverance. Initially, her knowledge (or grave lack of it) can be equal to a third year medical student. By simple assessment, one will find she is no difference from a fresh year 1 medical student. My humble specialists (even the most benign one) got totally shock. One even wrote a complaint letter to the Pengarah, 5 pages long. She gradually improved after more than one month of tagging and with kindness of the head, based on her working performance, attitude and her knowledge of recognizing the intra abdominal fat as omentum, she left the department without extension.
Needless to say, I also heard news about other house officers tagging till months in other department and was not given extension. Basically can’t wait to chase them away to other department. This is a conversation that my colleague overhead.
HOD 1: Hey, how do you actually let this Dr. X leave the department? (smirked)
HOD 2: Hahaha, now Dr. X is all yours (long smile)
Basically I do not have knowledge of how much red tape or paper work in other countries, but the Consultants in the hospital are loaded with clinical duties as well as receiving loads and loads and loads of paperwork plus multiple unnecessary meetings that somehow totally unnecessary and mostly were held simply for accreditation and not to improve the healthcare in any big way.
Therefore, critizing the
IMHO, like the old age word of wisdom, prevention is always truly better than cure. I propose MMC to let the Russian grads to have their final year training in our local university just to filter out the bad apples, plus to prove that the Russian Uni are the simply better than Malaysians’. By then, with the standard exams, one will see whether the general observation is truly statistically significant.
It will be harmful to the public once they donned the white coats and roamed the streets. Houseman training is not meant to develop perfect house officers, but rather to train one to be a sensible and functional medical officer. Therefore, house officers should not be judge by their efficient in doing ground work as house officers but also to have good clinical judgement and management of medical officer.
Back to memorable house officer, I guess if given more time to really build up her foundation she would have graduated well to function safely as a doctor, but sadly, she’s stuck in the system. Can’t go forward, can’t go back.
I think the major message that me (and perhaps POTS) trying to raise is an awareness for Malaysian to avoid going to Russian Uni to study medicine, but if you’re already there, do make extra, double, triple and quadruple effort to learn things in medicine, NOT just to pass.
One might pass the exam, but one may fail as a doctor.
One must realize the benchmark of providing a safe health care is pretty different from the benchmark of the exam.
If you really screwed up and brought up to the court,
that’s the end of your career and the total waste of your parents (or government’s) money.
By that time, you can’t go forward, can’t go back.
Likewise, everything is observational.
It is not who you are, or where you come from that matters, it is what you do.
There are 4 classes of people in this world.
Those who don’t know, but knows they don’t know.
Those who doesn’t know, but think they know.
Those who know, but think they don’t know
And those who know, and know they know.
Do not fall into the danger of becoming the 2nd class of people.
If you’re the 1st class of people, your perspiration will see you through.
No point getting depressed on the fact that you’re studying in Russian.
Probably, in the future; observation will see that the Russian grads will perform better than the local grads.
After all, we’re all products of the ‘good’ system.
P.S. if I'm still stalking that medical student.
P.S. if I'm still stalking that medical student.