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Returning home to work: Malaysian students who studied medicine overseas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15203848     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
International students' medical training often includes an elective placement in their home country to prepare them for practice on graduation. Seven Malaysian students in their final year of medicine were interviewed pre- and post-graduation and asked to reflect on whether they felt adequately prepared for working in Malaysia. These seven international students, who studied medicine in Australia, all returned to Malaysia for six weeks for their elective, and the interviews canvassed their perceptions of this experience, along with their thoughts on how well their training in Australia had prepared them for working in their country of origin. The interview data were qualitatively analysed, and case studies were constructed. Main themes were identified and tabulated. Students voiced similar concerns about how ready they were for working at home. These included a lack of practical skills relative to their Malaysian-trained counterparts, language difficulties, medical communication skill incompatibilities across cultures, expectations to perform complex or unfamiliar tasks with minimal supervision and substantial burdens of responsibility with long working hours. These students did not feel greatly prepared for their return home to practise medicine. The elective placement was not well utilized by the majority of students in this study.
Anna Chur-Hansen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0142-159X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-18     Completed Date:  2004-11-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  343-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Education, Medical / organization & administration*
Foreign Medical Graduates / psychology*
Interviews as Topic
Longitudinal Studies
South Australia

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