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Old 12-05-2021, 10:51 PM
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Thanks for the laugh. Whatever happened to living below your means?
The responses were also funny in their seriousness. Live a little. Bungalows are not important in life.
Even if I live way below my means, like staying in 3 bedroom HDB in Jurong x 20 years, I still cannot afford a bungalow in 20 years time as property prices will have gone up even more by then.

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Quit and job and be lawyer .. Then u can get ur gcb
Even lawyer also cannot afford bungalow, let alone GCB. Just look at the number of law firms in People's Park...

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Even if I live way below my means, like staying in 3 bedroom HDB in Jurong x 20 years, I still cannot afford a bungalow in 20 years time as property prices will have gone up even more by then.
Hey, so you just like the rest of us Drs lah. Realize the money not so good in medicine. But study so many years liao. Already work quite established. Money also is not bad just not great or good enough. So how? Find that very hard to convince self to quit medicine and start new career right? So just resigned to complaining. You are not alone. Part of me sometimes wish they cut salary of drs become so low that it makes sense to quit medicine. Govt very clever keep it at a certain level where it is not bad can still survive quite ok. If cut to like $1500 a month it will free many drs to justify quiting medicine and do something else!Young that time dunno how to assess properly what to study and what career to take.

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May I check. For those doctors employed under an institution eh TTSH and not MOHH, do they get the AWS the performance bonuses all those around 4-6 months ?
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Hey, so you just like the rest of us Drs lah. Realize the money not so good in medicine. But study so many years liao. Already work quite established. Money also is not bad just not great or good enough. So how? Find that very hard to convince self to quit medicine and start new career right? So just resigned to complaining. You are not alone. Part of me sometimes wish they cut salary of drs become so low that it makes sense to quit medicine. Govt very clever keep it at a certain level where it is not bad can still survive quite ok. If cut to like $1500 a month it will free many drs to justify quiting medicine and do something else!Young that time dunno how to assess properly what to study and what career to take.
Just console yourselves that you have at least fulfilled parents' desire to tell neighbors, family and friends , " My son/daughter is a medical doctor "
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this forum is sad, i was just thinking of spending my savings to pursue graduate medicine...
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this forum is sad, i was just thinking of spending my savings to pursue graduate medicine...
If you feel like throwing your savings away for a low paying gut wrenching job slaving under a ft doctor with a two years career advancement (due to no NS) over you, then sure go ahead and apply for medicine.

If you are just a kind and generous person, I suggest donating the money away to a charity of your choice would be a better option.
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If you feel like throwing your savings away for a low paying gut wrenching job slaving under a ft doctor with a two years career advancement (due to no NS) over you, then sure go ahead and apply for medicine.

If you are just a kind and generous person, I suggest donating the money away to a charity of your choice would be a better option.
Graduate medicine course got bond or not?


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Hey, so you just like the rest of us Drs lah. Realize the money not so good in medicine. But study so many years liao. Already work quite established. Money also is not bad just not great or good enough. So how? Find that very hard to convince self to quit medicine and start new career right? So just resigned to complaining. You are not alone. Part of me sometimes wish they cut salary of drs become so low that it makes sense to quit medicine. Govt very clever keep it at a certain level where it is not bad can still survive quite ok. If cut to like $1500 a month it will free many drs to justify quiting medicine and do something else!Young that time dunno how to assess properly what to study and what career to take.
You describe my feelings perfectly. It's like a huge sunk cost... It's good to know what I am not the only one feeling this way. Can't really talk about this to my colleagues since most of them are super gungho.

Any plans on how to advance beyond this ceiling? Climb hospital administrator route? Cosmetics?
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You describe my feelings perfectly. It's like a huge sunk cost... It's good to know what I am not the only one feeling this way. Can't really talk about this to my colleagues since most of them are super gungho.

Any plans on how to advance beyond this ceiling? Climb hospital administrator route? Cosmetics?
Change the game you are competing in. Eg sailing you point the sail to get you in the right direct deapite the direction of the wind. Everyone in the sailing competition. You cant win or compete. So what do you do? Change. Join motorboat speed race. Or even better get out of the water ans go on land. F1. Motorcross.


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