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Question: How do I become an Oncology Specialist?

Malaysia tends to follow the UK system.

In Malaysia one has to get a job in an Oncology unit and prepare and sit for the FRCR (UK) exams, organised by oneself, or apply for the Masters in Oncology course run by University Malaya. Usually it is preferred that the trainees have a few years experience as a medical officer (especially in general medicine) after the housemanship before becoming a trainee in Oncology. On average it takes about 5 years before a doctor is able to get the necessary qualifications.

In the UK one gets a job as a trainee registrar in Clinical Oncology and prepare and sit for the FRCR part 1 and part 2 exams. Nowadays one needs to have the MRCP before applying for a trainee registrar job. After passing the FRCR the doctor then has to work a few years usually at the senior registrar level before being given the CCST (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training).

In the USA one has to apply for a residence training position/job in Medical or Radiation Oncology and usually after 4 to 5 years sit for the American Board Exams.

In Australia one has to get a job as a trainee registrar in Medical or Radiation Oncology and sit for the Australian Fellowship Exams.

So in the case with most types of professionals (eg Chartered Accountants, Chartered Engineers, Acturists...etc) one needs to acquire the knowledge, training and experience by working as a trainee and then sit and pass the professional exams.

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