Fitness to practise for doctors and medical students with mental issues in Malaysia / Muhammad Darwiis Abdullah … [et al.]

Abdullah, Muhammad Darwiis and Ahmad Fuad, Aiman Faiz and Rahman, Hafiz Ilmie and Tan, Mark Kiak Min (2019) Fitness to practise for doctors and medical students with mental issues in Malaysia / Muhammad Darwiis Abdullah … [et al.]. Journal of Clinical and Health Science, 4 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0127 – 984X

Abstract

Mental illness is expected to become the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians by 2020. Doctors and medical students are more prone to mental illness compared to the general population. However, they are often reluctant to and resist seeking help because of stigma and a (strong) sense of shame. This can lead to detrimental consequences for themselves and their patients. That said, a doctor with a mental illness receiving appropriate treatment and who is in a stable condition may still be permitted to practise provided patient safety is not compromised. Determining this is a key responsibility of a healthcare regulator like the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC). Using some prominent cases to illustrate this point, this article reviews the MMC guideline on ‘Managing Impaired Registered Medical Practitioners’. In the absence of similar local guidelines for medical students, we also allude to the UK General Medical Council’s guideline on ‘Supporting Medical Students with Mental Health Conditions’. The article recommends that doctors and medical students with mental illness should seek help; outlines a number of factors to consider in deciding whether a doctor should continue practising; and explores alternative career paths in instances where they should not. The article concludes that appropriate support goes a long way for doctors and medical students who grapple with mental health issues in that there is hope and a way through a seemingly devastating situation.

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Abdullah, Muhammad DarwiisUNSPECIFIED
Ahmad Fuad, Aiman FaizUNSPECIFIED
Rahman, Hafiz IlmieUNSPECIFIED
Tan, Mark Kiak MinUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal Medicine > Specialties of internal medicine > Immunologic diseases. Allergy
R Medicine > RC Internal Medicine > Specialties of internal medicine
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Medicine
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical and Health Science
Journal: UiTM Journal > Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences
ISSN: 0127 – 984X
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-8
Official URL: https://jchs-medicine.uitm.edu.my/images/manuscrip...
Item ID: 30075
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fitness to practise, mental health, mental illness, mental disorder, suicide, doctors, medical students, medical practitioners, Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/30075

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