29 medals but unemployed: MBBS graduate talks ‘sifarish’ culture

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Dr Hafiz Waleed Malik.  — Instagram/@dr.waleed.malik
Dr Hafiz Waleed Malik. — Instagram/@dr.waleed.malik

Dr. Hafiz Waleed Malik – who graduated last year with an MBBS degree – has won 29 gold medals for topping in various subjects. However, he has revealed that he has not yet landed a job in a hospital.

A few days ago, Dr. Malik responded to a question on Instagram and said that he had applied to multiple hospitals but had not been offered a job. He also said that the situation of jobs is ongoing sipharic instead of merit.

“Applied for more than 20 hospitals, did not get a job. Job situation is 99% sipharic and 1% merit. I could be wrong, but that’s what I observed. Merit alone must prevail, but this system is beyond repair,” he had said.

— Instagram/@dr.waleed.malik
— Instagram/@dr.waleed.malik

Soon after, people took a screenshot of his story which went viral in no time.

Speak against BBCDr. Malik said that last year he completed his MBBS from Amiruddin Medical College in Lahore and then took a job at Lahore General Hospital.

“When my house job ended, I started applying to private hospitals. Recruitment in government hospitals had not started yet,” said the 24-year-old.

Commenting on the recommendation culture that hinders jobs in the medical field in Pakistan, Dr. Malik said, “Usually there are no vacancies in private hospitals, and even when they are available, medical graduates are hired on the recommendation of professors.”

“I think there’s a culture of getting jobs through recommendations. This is a reality.”

He continued BBC that the “sipharic culture” is a reality in the country – both for a normal student and a top student. He said he did not want to go viral on social media.

Dr. Malik said things should be neutral in public and private institutions.

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