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Old 25-10-2020, 11:39 PM
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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?
The HO days will be over soon.
Just follow instructions.
Dont think too much.
We employ to work not to think about your future career prospects.
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HO in my days, we dont even think about the future.
Just get the full reg first.

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Old 26-10-2020, 10:40 PM
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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?

the blunt truth?

Things will get worse.

I know how you feel. Hours are long. Work is demanding. Scary as hell the responsibilities. Terrible as hell some of the difficult patients who are emotional vampires.

It is all going to GET WORSE!

Problem is you went into the trap already.

Medicine. Spend so much time and effort to study and train. Pass exams. I don't know if you disrupted from NS that's another part of the trap.

And then the bond.

So you are stuck for 5 years post grad.

After 5 years you going to quit medicine?

The money is good but not great. But just enough that it is very hard to find some other entry level position that matches your clinical work salary.

It is all designed to TRAP YOU.

So even if you hate medicine you cannot logically justify getting out without quite major sacrifice.

My advice is if you have the means and you do not like medicine get out as fast as you can. Show them the middle finger pay the bond and move on.

You still have your Dr. You still have the MBBS. You still can keep your SMC registration.

Find some other work that deals less with so many low level people.

You would rather be dealing with a small number of high net worth value clients and pander to their whims and fancies and peculiarities than the hundreds of patients speaking all kinds of languages who mostly are middle to low middle to low socialeconomic status.

It's the same level of bending over to let people screw you except you are screwed way more times and paid much less.

Go for jobs that deal with far less people. People are the problem.

And in this day and age the authorities have gone politically correct and pander to the masses too. You are there for patients to **** and screw.

Get out if you can.

If you cannot and choose to continue then just slowly learn to accept being ****ed and bullied for the rest of your working life.

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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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