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Old 15-02-2020, 11:01 PM
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Does anyone know about the job prospects for telemedicine?
One month ago it was bad.
But now it Looks good with the pandemic.

I believe face to face consultation will still be the main form of delivery.
But e consult for minor ailment is likely and will gain market share

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Old 17-02-2020, 05:16 PM
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Hi all, I have a general question that I would like to ask.
Can I ask how much do people here spend on health insurance per mth? I mean working as a mo made me realize that sg healthcare is super ex, so I am just not sure how much I need to spend on insurance..

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Hi all, I have a general question that I would like to ask.
Can I ask how much do people here spend on health insurance per mth? I mean working as a mo made me realize that sg healthcare is super ex, so I am just not sure how much I need to spend on insurance..

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I spend around 800 dollars a month for insurance, (term, life, critical illness and hospital coverage rider)
Not sure if that is a lot..

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Usually fm residents continue to stay in polyclinic as they have an mmed.
So they have a comparative advantage over peers with mmed in polyclinic. The pay with mmed and progression is quite respectable and income is not too bad plus dont need to work nights and sun.

Gps are usually gdfms. They go rotate sufficient mopexes see the world locum a bit. Then leave for pte sector.
May I ask what's the pay range for a family physician with mmed (i.e graduated FM residents) in polyclinic? And how does it compare to GPS outside?


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May I ask what's the pay range for a family physician with mmed (i.e graduated FM residents) in polyclinic? And how does it compare to GPS outside?


I feel that both are about the same once you consider the weekends and nights off
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HOs and MOs, how do you stay awake on 30+h long calls?
do you feel safe during each shift?

do you have to continue work the next day or do you have a day off?
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HOs and MOs, how do you stay awake on 30+h long calls?
do you feel safe during each shift?

do you have to continue work the next day or do you have a day off?
Coffee is the answer... Most people will get the post call afternoon off, but have to work the next day.
To be fair, ho have to endure but once you become a mo, you can always choose slightly easier postings like ops, Ed (if you don't mind shift work) or others like lab medicine, comm hosp which are less brutal on your well being.nlol
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Not sure about FM, but lots of residencies need citizenship or at least PR to get into noawadays.

As of now to be a GP:
finish medical school -> HO/F1 -> MO/SHO level until you get full registration (no training programme, essentially trying to aim for F2 jobs that will make you a better GP) -> leave to become GP. You can do a graduate diploma (GDFM) as well
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finish medical school -> HO -> MO -> FM residency

From what I heard the first route might change in time but not too sure

Not sure about UK post CCT GP to singapore GP, I think it should be possible but will have to work in public polyclinics till you get full registration. If you google "family medicine singapore mrcgp", I believe MRCGP can get you admission as a member of the college of family medicine physicians.

From what I know, you have you have to be a Singaporean citizen to be a private GP (along with full registration).

Not sure why you want to come to singapore, are you of Asian descent or have family here? While UK GPs are already struggling with their 10 min slots, GPs in the public polyclinics can see 50 patients a morning. GP is quite popular now that residency for other specialties have over recruited, so there could be more difficulty getting a private clinic job in the future.
There is no EWTD to protect you here either as a MO, you will be slogging it out hard with 30h on-calls, and also have to learn the local languages for history taking. Without citizenship it might also be hard to get full registration.

UK GP is a pretty good job if you locum, even salaried GP is not too bad. Alternatively, finish UK GP and go to Australia, NZ or Canada, those are probably better gigs than Singapore.

I advise you to read all 100 pages of this thread, you will get a better insight into Singapore's working life, although there is a fair bit of spam and idiots replying.
Thanks so much for the info.

I am half Singaporean but born in the UK, I have a lot of family in Singapore and this along with the quality of life there has been a driving motivator for me to move over.

Can anyone second the detail of it being necessary to be a Singapore Citizen to be a private GP in Singapore? Are there no foreign national, foreign-trained GPs working in Singapore in the private sector, or even public for that matter?

One option I was hoping to consider was finishing my GP training in UK and trying to move to Singapore with MRCGP to work privately (e.g. Raffles). Is this pathway not possible? Or would it only be possible to work at a polyclinic? And would I be able to do this right away or have to go back to working as an MO until I get full registration?

Many thanks guys, I did a read of the second half of this thread and it has mostly (minus the occasional gynae-fetish dude) been really helpful.


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International Grad singaporean here. Thinking of doing a competitive specialty in SG like Cardiology.

1. Where can I find any info about competition ratios into residency specialties in Singapore? (This info is freely available in the UK)

2. What are the chances a young fresh overseas consultant get a consultant job in singapore government hospital? (I would obv love to jump straight to private sector but need to serve out the provisional SMC licence)

Would really appreciate if anyone knows or have personal experience.
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International Grad singaporean here. Thinking of doing a competitive specialty in SG like Cardiology.

1. Where can I find any info about competition ratios into residency specialties in Singapore? (This info is freely available in the UK)

2. What are the chances a young fresh overseas consultant get a consultant job in singapore government hospital? (I would obv love to jump straight to private sector but need to serve out the provisional SMC licence)

Would really appreciate if anyone knows or have personal experience.
We need more cardiologists. The incidence of diabetes and as a consequence by definition stage 1 heart failure is very high in singapore.

Furthermore diabetes increased risk of ischemic heart disease. sinkies are quite sedentary, eat too much char kway teow. We Definitely need a lot of heart doctors to do pci to unclog the grease

Worsening this is we have high life expectancy. is close to 85.

I believe we lack cardiologists in public sector. Too often they move to pte sector. Our public heart failure clinics, post mi clinics are quite full.

Joining cardiology senior residency will also let you participate in research. You can expect to have a fulfilling career as a clinician scientist, with 0.5 fte research and optimizing outcomes for our population. No doubt it is competitive, but it is also very meaningful
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