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Old 07-03-2020, 07:57 AM
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I meant that before when I first applied I was actually thinking that working there would be nice because I just came home from a vacation there (this was in august after summer).

Since then I've talked to students from there and also searched the web and I've heard that working conditions are not the best.

Now when I got the answer from school, I wasn't really sure anymore.

I might save the money or take an exchange somewhere else.
Thank you for your advice... So it is really that bad?

How long are you a "junior doctor" and have to work so many hours?

Why haven't adopted the way of working as western doctors? It is a rich country and could do that.
To keep healthcare cheap and gain neccessary experience, it is imperative that junior doctors work longer.
Actually 80 is very good. It used to be 160 hours, with calls every other day and no extra pay for the calls last time. Practically stay in hosp every day.
Anyway it is a rite of passage. And conditions are really good now compared to last time.

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not 80 hours. more like 90-100+ hours/week for junior doctors, sometimes more
1 call alone (30++ hours) is 2/3 of the number of hours you work in a week
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I meant that before when I first applied I was actually thinking that working there would be nice because I just came home from a vacation there (this was in august after summer).

Since then I've talked to students from there and also searched the web and I've heard that working conditions are not the best.

Now when I got the answer from school, I wasn't really sure anymore.

I might save the money or take an exchange somewhere else.
Thank you for your advice... So it is really that bad?

How long are you a "junior doctor" and have to work so many hours?

Why haven't adopted the way of working as western doctors? It is a rich country and could do that.


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Old 07-03-2020, 10:51 AM
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not 80 hours. more like 90-100+ hours/week for junior doctors, sometimes more
1 call alone (30++ hours) is 2/3 of the number of hours you work in a week
dont come

36 hours if you come at 6am and leave at 6pm the following day.

But now life v good. They go post call at 12pm next day. So just 30hours

But then they also dont really come at 6am. More of come at 7am so 29hours.

Usually they will have at least 3-4 meal breaks of half to 1 hour each. So become 26hours.

Plus they talk cock sing song in MO room so minus 2-3 hours, so 23 hours.

Then on call, they go back call room to catch forty winks, so minus another 2-3hours, so 20hours.

So the 30+ hours is overestimate. My own experience is about 20 working hours per call.
Granted you are physically in hosp for that 30hours but you are only working or about 20 or less.

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To keep healthcare cheap and gain neccessary experience, it is imperative that junior doctors work longer.
Actually 80 is very good. It used to be 160 hours, with calls every other day and no extra pay for the calls last time. Practically stay in hosp every day.
Anyway it is a rite of passage. And conditions are really good now compared to last time.
Haha...even if u are dumb, don't assume we are.
160 hours a week equals 23 hours a day.
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Hello, Anyone knows any info about NUH and night floats? I heard they do night float but dont really know what that means. Is it only residency that they do night float or even HO and MO do night floats. Night float = more chill vs on 36hrs calls?
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Hello, Anyone knows any info about NUH and night floats? I heard they do night float but dont really know what that means. Is it only residency that they do night float or even HO and MO do night floats. Night float = more chill vs on 36hrs calls?
HO they scrapped night floats so only MO and only for the medical side.
Honesty i find night floats slightly worse than calls.

Coz ur sleep cycle gets disrupted during night float, then next week go back to daily working hours.


Whereas for call, you sleep cycle dont get disrupted. You just get sleep deprieved for one night that alls. Then next day go back to same sleep cycle.
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my wife is a doctor, who got her master and bachelor degree in VN. IS MRCP good enough/ required for her to work as doctor in Singapore?thanks
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my wife is a doctor, who got her master and bachelor degree in VN. IS MRCP good enough/ required for her to work as doctor in Singapore?thanks
Yes. Mrcp is good enough for her to work in singapore.

I seldom see vietnamese doctors though, as i believe they tend to take french qualification which is less recognised in singapore
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I'm a Malaysian who will be working permanently in SG soon. My fiancee is currently a Malaysian HO (in malaysia), having graduated from a private uni there (IMU).

What is the best (highest probability to get employed) pathway for her to practice in SG eventually (several years timeline is acceptable)? Based on our initial research, specialization via MRCP is a good option? Can anyone advise?
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I meant that before when I first applied I was actually thinking that working there would be nice because I just came home from a vacation there (this was in august after summer).

Since then I've talked to students from there and also searched the web and I've heard that working conditions are not the best.

Now when I got the answer from school, I wasn't really sure anymore.

I might save the money or take an exchange somewhere else.
Thank you for your advice... So it is really that bad?

How long are you a "junior doctor" and have to work so many hours?

Why haven't adopted the way of working as western doctors? It is a rich country and could do that.
Hi I'm the one who told you to come here as a tourist instead.

I am sure you can see what I mean.

Things have improved from what I have heard but the reason why Singapore is "rich" and has a "cost effective excellent healthcare system" is because of the BLATANT EXPLOITATION OF LABOR.

They exploit young doctors who work to the bone for very little money. They also exploit people from 3rd world countries. Pay them pittance for hard labor eg construction, janitorial work, and 24h in home domestic help.

Singapore is rich because it exploits slavery. That's the truth.

If you do want to go to Singapore to work, it is best that you finish all your specialty training so that you can go to Singapore to exploit and not BE EXPLOITED.

I hope you understand what I am saying.
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