Hjoe Moono writes;
What shocks me deeply is that MOST Medical Doctors in Zambia, after their first degree would rather not become specialists, but want to do Management courses so that they can be in the office rather than become expert clinicians.
I feel this is waste of clinical training!
We need to change the incentive structure so that those who practice in the wards get more than those who sign cheques in offices.
I find it absurd that a potential clinical specialist who would change medical practice should be competing for a management job with an Economist or Demographer who spent half the number of years of schooling of a medical Doctor.
The NGO sector has not helped: Many doctors leave medical practice and jump on donor funded projects traveling the country making allowances, becoming rusty in practice – adding less value to medical practice and overall health outcomes!
We have great talent, yet, this gets wasted when our medical specialists begin to pursue allowances and eye management jobs because they are less incentivised.
In my next life, I want to be a medical doctor, become a surgeon.
If you are a medical doctor, I beg that you pursue specialist clinical training and practice, leave signing of cheques to us, who didn’t have the intellectual requisite to study medicine.
Seriously, why should a Medical doctor be studying MBA? How will this help in conducting specialised surgery?