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Old 03-07-2020, 11:15 PM
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I do prefer the education system and stricter laws in SG, so it will be a safer place to raise a kid. However, my career would also be a huge deciding factor.
Most doctors will usually stay where they trained. They are familiar with the system. They have built their contacts. Professionally it makes sense. It also takes a lot of effort and work to get licenced in another jurisdiction. Even within the same country eg USA, Canada, Australia you need to register with the state or provincial college. And they would ask for letters of reference, letters from the current college. It is a hassle.

Doctors usually move to a new country for personal reasons. eg family. Spouse has found work in another country. Extended family situation requires a move.

Very seldom is it for monetary reasons. Especially if you are talking about a doctor who is doing clinical work seeing patients, operating etc.

The fact that you are thinking of moving probably means you have strong personal/family reasons to do so. And you are trying to justify to yourself and reassure yourself that a move to Singapore will at least not be a downgrade on your career, and also convince yourself that it might be an upgrade.

For doctors moving from 3rd world to first world countries, there is no such dilemma. The problem is often more one of whether they can even get registration to practice in the new country.

Now for doctors moving from 1st world countries to a maybe pretty new 1st world or 3rd world country they often wonder if the move will hurt their career.

Don't think too much. If you need to move you gotta move. Make the best of it. If it doesn't work out you can always move back.

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Iím a non-medical person but my friend was recently told to lose weight prior to his residency posting. Is this for real LOL???

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Iím a non-medical person but my friend was recently told to lose weight prior to his residency posting. Is this for real LOL???
Depends on specialty

A doctor generally should be a role model to his/her patients.
How is a Fat/smoker/alcoholic GP Able to Convince his patient to lose weight/stop smoking/Stop drinking?

Bottomline
Aesthetics and derm docs you gotta look good.
Endocrine/bariatric surgery - you must not be fat
Paychiatry/addiction medicine - you should not drink or take drugs
Forsenic path - fat is actually good

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Depends on specialty

A doctor generally should be a role model to his/her patients.
How is a Fat/smoker/alcoholic GP Able to Convince his patient to lose weight/stop smoking/Stop drinking?

Bottomline
Aesthetics and derm docs you gotta look good.
Endocrine/bariatric surgery - you must not be fat
Paychiatry/addiction medicine - you should not drink or take drugs
Forsenic path - fat is actually good
Many doctors skip meals regularly. Have very little sleep. Work very hard to the point of exhaustion. Eat quick quick meals that may not have good nutritional value. Drink a lot of coffee.

Doctors don't particularly lead very healthy and balanced lives.


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Many doctors skip meals regularly. Have very little sleep. Work very hard to the point of exhaustion. Eat quick quick meals that may not have good nutritional value. Drink a lot of coffee.

Doctors don't particularly lead very healthy and balanced lives.
And so do female doctors.

And your IB and law counterparts for that matter.

Your job doesnít give u an excuse to be a fatso.
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Many doctors skip meals regularly. Have very little sleep. Work very hard to the point of exhaustion. Eat quick quick meals that may not have good nutritional value. Drink a lot of coffee.

Doctors don't particularly lead very healthy and balanced lives.
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What's the average working hours for a Consultant Rheumatologist in a govt hospital? Thanks guys.
Depends on the hospital. But generally.... Prepare to work weekends and have jam packed clinics 20-30 patients per session as outpatient. Inpatient service is slightly less busy but you will have sickies. Many many many referrals mostly for knee pain ankle pain or raised ESR with very little effort put into the referral per se... some Hospitals have middle grades and others donít. My cluster rheumies see about 3-5 blues a day on weekdays, Can hit 8-10 on a Monday or Friday.

Pay wise 15K is a good ballpark figure.
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Silly question here.
Currently a ho working in a covid ward, managing patients who are covid positive.
We wear full ppe during our encounters with these covid patients.

Can I ask, whenever we go to restaurant or public facilities, we are asked to declare if we come into contact with covid positive patients in last 14 days. Are we allowed to say no (otherwise we won't be allowed entry) given that we are in full ppe?
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Depends on the hospital. But generally.... Prepare to work weekends and have jam packed clinics 20-30 patients per session as outpatient. Inpatient service is slightly less busy but you will have sickies. Many many many referrals mostly for knee pain ankle pain or raised ESR with very little effort put into the referral per se... some Hospitals have middle grades and others donít. My cluster rheumies see about 3-5 blues a day on weekdays, Can hit 8-10 on a Monday or Friday.

Pay wise 15K is a good ballpark figure.
15k including base salary + allowance? How's the year end bonus usually like?
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Silly question here.
Currently a ho working in a covid ward, managing patients who are covid positive.
We wear full ppe during our encounters with these covid patients.

Can I ask, whenever we go to restaurant or public facilities, we are asked to declare if we come into contact with covid positive patients in last 14 days. Are we allowed to say no (otherwise we won't be allowed entry) given that we are in full ppe?
Say it as it is.

Yes. I work in covid ward. So I come into contact with covid positive patient every day. But I wear full PPE.

You are supposed to get free meals and proclaimed a hero.
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