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Old 27-10-2020, 09:57 AM
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Yes it does get better. Life in Medicine is very varied and exciting. Find company
In your peers who are suffering the same fate.
Hardship in descending order: HO>REG>AC>MO>CON

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Would like to ask for some genuine advice. I am currently a HO into my 2nd posting. I am feeling super tired. (We were told to start hoship earlier due to the covid pandemic, obviously no grad trip due to travel restriction, leave also restricted due to manpower. I understand that everyone is suffering to some extent, so can't complain too much)

Would appreciate some career advice from seniors. In the long term, I am looking for a routine job with good work life balance and a stable paycheck. I am ok even if I am paid slightly less than my peers as long as I am not overly stressed with my job.


Lots of people claim that FM has better work life balance than specialist? Is that really true? I remembered when I was a student being posted to polyclinic or community hospital, people there seem super busy as well. Whereas now working in hospitals, i sense that when the consultants are not covering the ward, life doesn't appear too bad. (Usually just need to run some clinic and do some admin work or qips)

Currently I have no interest/preference in any speciallity as I am so jaded. Most of the time when I reach home, I go straight to bed after dinner. I have kinda lost interest in studying/reflection on the management of my patients (as we are always encouraged to do). Everyday feels like survival for me.

I am not sure if this is just hoship and if things become better if I become mo. (I.e mopex)
I am also not sure if I am suited to join residency (if I am struggling with hoship, how to cope with residency?)

What should I do?

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Yes it does get better. Life in Medicine is very varied and exciting. Find company
In your peers who are suffering the same fate.
Hardship in descending order: HO>REG>AC>MO>CON
You sure ac life tougher than mo?

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You sure ac life tougher than mo?
I think he meant ac that exited but waiting for ac jobs

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Does anyone know personally any doctor trained in SG MBBS that migrated to a First World Country and is successfully practicing medicine fully licenced?

How did they do it?
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Does anyone know personally any doctor trained in SG MBBS that migrated to a First World Country and is successfully practicing medicine fully licenced?

How did they do it?
There's a Family Doctor who successfully immigrated to Calgary. He had to redo two years of residency though.
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There's a Family Doctor who successfully immigrated to Calgary. He had to redo two years of residency though.
Was it easy for him to get into residency? He was CON?
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Was it easy for him to get into residency? He was CON?
I believe you have to apply and become a Canadian Permanent Resident, to be eligible to apply for residency training.
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I believe you have to apply and become a Canadian Permanent Resident, to be eligible to apply for residency training.
So after getting the PR can apply for training? Need MMed Fam Med?
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anyone applying for residency this year? hows it going?
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You sure ac life tougher than mo?
Yes.
reg is busy but always got people oversight you.
AC is u are independent. It's like the duck paddling furiously under the water while top appears calm.
Con is when u know what is happening and more experienced, so u more chill.

To the jaded HO, that's normal.
You are suffering from burnt out, very common. Possibly depressed too. Esp in sg, however becuase sg med takes in only the brightest and best, few seldom totally crack or show signs of cracking externally.

I suggest talking to your pastoral care guy in Ur health group to seek some help.

Haha, I don't know why FM is seen as the ,' oh I cannot make it elsewhere ,let me go do FM , so I can have a normal life ' kind of speciality.
What you are talking about is GP , if so, complete your bond , get your gdfm, and find an anchor position in one of the GP group.
True FM as practiced in the polyclinic or community hospital is as vigorous as any speciality.
M.med family med is like your mbbs exam X 5 standard.
Polyclinic work not easy. It's either high numbers like 50 walk in a day with increasingly complex cases from the 1 month old baby to the 100 year old dying to dealing with idiots with hba1c in the double digits.
I really miss those come in geng MC NSF a lot.

Also, to the guy who spam about only treating high ses people, may God bless your soul. There are indeed irritating asswipes everywhere. Try not to dwell on them. My job is to get them out of the room asap without complaints and hope they die a terrible diabetic death with their limbs rotting with maggots. May God save my soul too. But I think there are those who truly benefit from me helping them. All I need is one auntie to say thank you, ask for my name and ask if I can see her again next time to brightness my day.
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