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Old 01-02-2020, 06:43 PM
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Hi everyone!
I'm a medical student located in Sweden and I'm getting close to finishing school and getting my medical degree.
I've visited Singapore before and I enjoy the country a lot. At least from a tourist perspective.

I wonder how is the general life as a physician in Singapore?
In Sweden, doctors usually work 5 days per week and spend maybe 9-10 hours at work daily. How much you have to work at night depends on what specialization your doing but you always get the "day off" after a night shift.

Salary is approx (singapore dollars):

After receiving license: 5000
Specialist program (working towards becoming a specialist): 6300
Specialists: 9200 - 12000

By law, everyone gets AT LEAST 4 weeks free from week during the year. This does not include holidays like christmas etc. Those days are usually free off work or give a lot of extra salary.

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As far as I've heard, most doctors in Singapore work far longer hours and more days than 5 days a week. But this seems to apply to a lot of countries outside of Scandinavia.
How are the salaries?

Thankful for any information about this.
Also, is it possible to work in Singapore only speaking English?

Our specialists earns more. I do see some Swedish profs working in Singapore. I think that is how we manage to attract them with a higher pay. Sweden pay structure is very fair And egalitarian.

Singapore side there are a lot of low wage workers and no universal healthcare. Higher GINI coefficient. But rewards the strong and enterprising.

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Our specialists earns more. I do see some Swedish profs working in Singapore. I think that is how we manage to attract them with a higher pay. Sweden pay structure is very fair And egalitarian.

Singapore side there are a lot of low wage workers and no universal healthcare. Higher GINI coefficient. But rewards the strong and enterprising.
Thank you for your answer!
Could you be more specific regarding working hours, pay and such things?

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Thank you for your answer!
Could you be more specific regarding working hours, pay and such things?
Starting pay after internship/housemanship is about 4500. 500 clinical allowance per month.

Working hours abt 7.30am to 6pm weekdays
Sat and sun have to come back for at least one morning.

Each week u get a overnight call. Which u get about 200-300 depending whether it is public holiday or weekend or weekdays.

Leave is about 3 weeks.

Overall is tolerable. Most ppl leave in 5 years to become general practitioner.

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Working at TTSH now. Leave is getting cancelled, everyone is getting activated for the wuhan mess.
Ridiculous situation esp with the pitiful bonus and zero gratitude the higher ups seem to be according to us
Think it is a known fact that juniors are always under appreciated in the public sector. After all we are small pawns being moved around in a large organization. Hence either you work your way up to the top or you leave the system and become a freelance (i.e locum)
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Think it is a known fact that juniors are always under appreciated in the public sector. After all we are small pawns being moved around in a large organization. Hence either you work your way up to the top or you leave the system and become a freelance (i.e locum)
In China, doctors are being attacked and pay is low. So I say the situation in Singapore is v gd
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Working at TTSH now. Leave is getting cancelled, everyone is getting activated for the wuhan mess.
Ridiculous situation esp with the pitiful bonus and zero gratitude the higher ups seem to be according to us
I swear all the people this generation all super soft one. When they meet some difficulties they will start complaining. Being a junior has always been this way, you have the least say as you have the least experience, you are not able to call the shots. This has always been the way in probably anywhere you go, everyone has been through that phase. I hope you became a doctor because you wanted to help people and not because you assumed that they are the biggest shot in the healthcare system.

Your life is not the worst, Doctors in Singapore back during the SARS crisis have been infected and even one died trying to treat the sick. Another user here also said that in China Doctors are attacked and are not paid well, many Doctors in China from other cities are also willing to risk their own lives and go into Wuhan to treat the sick. Would you have done the same? So just endure and do your job, remember why you’re in this line of work, to help the sick and the needy. If your whole goal is to just have an easy life, maybe dentistry would be something up your alley instead.
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I swear all the people this generation all super soft one. When they meet some difficulties they will start complaining. Being a junior has always been this way, you have the least say as you have the least experience, you are not able to call the shots. This has always been the way in probably anywhere you go, everyone has been through that phase. I hope you became a doctor because you wanted to help people and not because you assumed that they are the biggest shot in the healthcare system.

Your life is not the worst, Doctors in Singapore back during the SARS crisis have been infected and even one died trying to treat the sick. Another user here also said that in China Doctors are attacked and are not paid well, many Doctors in China from other cities are also willing to risk their own lives and go into Wuhan to treat the sick. Would you have done the same? So just endure and do your job, remember why you’re in this line of work, to help the sick and the needy. If your whole goal is to just have an easy life, maybe dentistry would be something up your alley instead.
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I swear all the people this generation all super soft one. When they meet some difficulties they will start complaining. Being a junior has always been this way, you have the least say as you have the least experience, you are not able to call the shots. This has always been the way in probably anywhere you go, everyone has been through that phase. I hope you became a doctor because you wanted to help people and not because you assumed that they are the biggest shot in the healthcare system.

Your life is not the worst, Doctors in Singapore back during the SARS crisis have been infected and even one died trying to treat the sick. Another user here also said that in China Doctors are attacked and are not paid well, many Doctors in China from other cities are also willing to risk their own lives and go into Wuhan to treat the sick. Would you have done the same? So just endure and do your job, remember why you’re in this line of work, to help the sick and the needy. If your whole goal is to just have an easy life, maybe dentistry would be something up your alley instead.
At the end of the day, doctors are part of the society, and are in no way superior/inferior/different from others. Hence if the millenial generation has gone soft, obviously doctors will be the same as well..
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how much does a fresh Assoc Consultant make these days?

200k pa all-in?
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I swear all the people this generation all super soft one. When they meet some difficulties they will start complaining. Being a junior has always been this way, you have the least say as you have the least experience, you are not able to call the shots. This has always been the way in probably anywhere you go, everyone has been through that phase. I hope you became a doctor because you wanted to help people and not because you assumed that they are the biggest shot in the healthcare system.

Your life is not the worst, Doctors in Singapore back during the SARS crisis have been infected and even one died trying to treat the sick. Another user here also said that in China Doctors are attacked and are not paid well, many Doctors in China from other cities are also willing to risk their own lives and go into Wuhan to treat the sick. Would you have done the same? So just endure and do your job, remember why you’re in this line of work, to help the sick and the needy. If your whole goal is to just have an easy life, maybe dentistry would be something up your alley instead.
Actually there were 2 doctors who died in Singapore during SARS.

Dr Ong Hok Su a Cardiology Medical Officer at TTSH who was aged 27 when he died.

Dr Alexandre Chao a vascular surgeon in SGH who was aged 37 when he died.
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