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Old 07-07-2020, 10:03 PM
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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.
Thanks. Appreciate the wise words.

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Thanks. Appreciate the wise words.
You are welcome.

I wish you all the best in your move to SG.

BTW I am the FM in Calgary.

Cheers!

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All the best to you and your family.

Each system has its own problems and benefits.

I would say the requirements of your personal life decide where you should practice.
My partner is very disturbed by the unrest in the US in the recent times and the ramifications of these unrest over the next few years. She does not feel safe raising our family in an environment like that...

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My partner is very disturbed by the unrest in the US in the recent times and the ramifications of these unrest over the next few years. She does not feel safe raising our family in an environment like that...
Singapore is also towards a more democratic society as the polls show.
Hopefully sinkies both extreme ends with their quality education can recognise the need to be less extreme in their views.

Peaceful civil society.
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Singapore is also towards a more democratic society as the polls show.
Hopefully sinkies both extreme ends with their quality education can recognise the need to be less extreme in their views.

Peaceful civil society.
Singaporeans have started to be more xenophobic. They are against foreigners going to Singapore to take up jobs.

So be prepared to face some hostility when you move to Singapore.
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Singaporeans have started to be more xenophobic. They are against foreigners going to Singapore to take up jobs.

So be prepared to face some hostility when you move to Singapore.
But he is local born sinkie that is moving back?
Generally sinkie patients dont discriminate against amdk, only ceca, due to pinkerton effect
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But he is local born sinkie that is moving back?
Generally sinkie patients dont discriminate against amdk, only ceca, due to pinkerton effect
That's not what I have seen and read.

Remember those mask drinking beer on boat quay?
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Singaporeans have started to be more xenophobic. They are against foreigners going to Singapore to take up jobs.

So be prepared to face some hostility when you move to Singapore.
I'm not really a "foreigner", just foreign-educated. I served my time digging trenches and 32km route marches too.
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I'm not really a "foreigner", just foreign-educated. I served my time digging trenches and 32km route marches too.
Then you should be very happy to come back home. What's the worry?

Why didn't you do medical school in one of the Singapore med schools?

US system is post grad for medical school. So it takes longer.
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I'm not really a "foreigner", just foreign-educated. I served my time digging trenches and 32km route marches too.
You should be welcomed home then, given the push away from globalisation we value foreign-trained Singaporeans to avoid the tendency towards academic inbreeding if we only rely too much on the NUS YLL/Duke NUS/NTU grads.

Plus Singapore should be for true blue Singaporeans after all.
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