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Old 07-06-2021, 10:42 PM
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gfdm fp and m.med fp is different level much as gdfmers dont like to believe.
One is part time course over 2 years with 8 hour lecture per module for 8 module. Only requirement is attendance. Exam is 100 mcq. Clinical is easier with 10 minute station where the sp and the examiner is same person. You don't even have to exhibit real clinical exam skills. U tell them what u want to check , they tell u the clinical findings. This exam test that u can handle 80 percent of office consults

M.med diff ball game lei. You got to pass each of the rotations with regular osces. You die from the variety of rotations. Lots of Procedure to sign off. Courses to attend. Research, audit project requirements. Seniors sit in with u for consults and critise u. Regular clinical competency committee track Ur progress and see whether u can advance or not. It's like sitting for Ur MBBS part 2 in hell mode.

Exam 250 mcq. Standard of mcq is one that the usa use to certify their fp. Clinical is proper sp. Patient have real signs. Cases are complicated. There's more stations and exams take place over 1 month. The exam is designed to make sure u can handle the remaining 15 percent of strange office consults that pop up now and then.
When u finish it, u feel accomplished.

M.med ran for 30 to 40 years and there's like 600 plus of them. Gdfm run for 18 years already got 1200 plus Liao.

U go overseas no such thing as diploma fp one.
Does Singapore allow drs with just MBBS to go out and set up their own private GP clinic? Or must have GDFM or MMed Fam Med?

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Being a doctor is a great accomplishment. It's not an easy job at all and you have to study hard in order to become one. I am currently studying medicine and I am hoping that one day I will be able to become a surgeon. Good things take time and I am sure that if I am going to put in the work, everything is going to work out for the best. I am also learning about medical equipment maintenance since this is also something that is crucial when it comes to this domain. There is no place for mistakes here, trust me

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Being a doctor is a great accomplishment. It's not an easy job at all and you have to study hard in order to become one. I am currently studying medicine and I am hoping that one day I will be able to become a surgeon. Good things take time and I am sure that if I am going to put in the work, everything is going to work out for the best. I am also learning about [URL="s://.biomedics.com.au/resources/medical-equipment-testing-maintenance-guide/"]medical equipment maintenance[/ since this is also something that is crucial when it comes to this domain. There is no place for mistakes here, trust me
It is good that you are still so positive and full of enthusiasm, energy and optimism. Hope you don't ever become jaded and disillusioned. I wish you a very happy career in medicine.

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Does Singapore allow drs with just MBBS to go out and set up their own private GP clinic? Or must have GDFM or MMed Fam Med?
MBBS can Liao. Call yourself a GP, and not a FP.
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Old 09-06-2021, 08:54 AM
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hello there, i am a student. Do you have to be really really smart to be a doctor? Is it way harder than the A levels?
How hard is the houseman years, is it true that it can be 30 hours without sleep?
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It is good that you are still so positive and full of enthusiasm, energy and optimism. Hope you don't ever become jaded and disillusioned. I wish you a very happy career in medicine.
Lol you're a doctor and you cant tell that you are replying to a spam bot?
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hello there, i am a student. Do you have to be really really smart to be a doctor? Is it way harder than the A levels?
How hard is the houseman years, is it true that it can be 30 hours without sleep?
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MBBS can Liao. Call yourself a GP, and not a FP.
Patients dont know the difference between GP and FP. Especially when it comes to paying for consult fees.
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Not the smartest idea to tell/ask your PD about going private?
Hahaha it depends on your relationship with your PD and how your PD is.
Only OP would know best.
I’ve spoken to my boss before about leaving.
Candid conversation.
If you’re good, people wanna keep you.
Nothing wrong with an open conversation.
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hello there, i am a student. Do you have to be really really smart to be a doctor? Is it way harder than the A levels?
How hard is the houseman years, is it true that it can be 30 hours without sleep?
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Hi,
In the working world, ‘smart’ takes on a different meaning altogether.
It really depends on your outlook and priorities in life.
As a student, smart = deans list / scholarship.
As you would discover (hopefully sooner rather than later), life is much more than that.
And you will look back and think about what it truly means to be ‘smart’.

To answer your question more directly,
Yes it is way harder than A levels.
There are many examinations to clear
And after med sch, it isn’t enough just to be book smart
You actually have to apply / think on your feet, interact with patients, work with other professionals, lead and teach your juniors. AND continue to clear more examinations at the same time.

Houseman year will be challenging. But it is not impossible.
It will be stressful physically, emotionally, mentally.
But many have gone through it and came out alive.
Few who are not so resilient / get into really tough spots like patient complaints or unreasonable bosses may crash.
The hours are long when you’re on call.
Come to work at 6/7am, work overnight all the way till next morning, finish your work and hopefully leave by 12pm. Sometimes later. Go home to rest and then report the following day at 6/7am again and life goes on. This continues all the way until you become a consultant (which can take anywhere between 6-10 years after med sch).

At the end of the day, being in medicine, you have to realize that it is a life of service - as cliche as it may sound. For the time finance blood sweat tears risks involved, the remuneration is not great.
Many people write beautiful essays to enter med sch. But after med sch, some just want an easy life / go for prestige and money. Nothing wrong with all these, but if these are your only motivations then you will be really disillusioned along the way.
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