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Old 14-06-2021, 06:39 AM
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Actually doctors are really great. I think itís harder than law
I donít think I can ever stomach seeing someone die on the operating table
Dying on operating table does not happen often. If the patient is not fit for surgery they should not be on the operating table in fhe first place.

Surgeon and anesthetist will not agree to go ahead. Also all death on operating table becomes coroner case and puts both surgeon and anesthetist in the hot seat for possible negligence and malpractice lawsuit.

Seeing people die in ER is probably what you were referring to which is common.

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Old 14-06-2021, 09:09 AM
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Thank you for your answer.
I asked because 30 hours seem crazy, I can't even stay awake 20 hours. And I am not the smartest out there... no awards, no nothing. How do I know I can survive medicine before entering medicine. If the school selects you, does that mean you are good enough? That you probably can make it?
I wanted to do medicine because i want to work for doctors without borders. But people tell me its too idealistic and that to do medicine it is more than wanting to help people
I should be a therapist or a psychologist instead
Hey, keep your idealism and dreams to make an impact in this world!
At the same time, do explore and read up on people who have done so through other routes.
Read through profiles of people you look up to - politicians, economists, activists, entrepreneurs, tech gurus...
There are many ways to help people.

Most doctors help people on a one on one basis most of the time, even if you are Singapore's top surgeon with multiple fellowships all over the world.
Except maybe public health doctors, researchers, healthcare admin (prolly at least a good 10-20 years later once you are more established) - this group helps a larger group / wider population at one go.
I used to think that I would enjoy the one-on-one interaction, but now looking back after 7-8 years into the profession, I might have picked something else.

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Dying on operating table does not happen often. If the patient is not fit for surgery they should not be on the operating table in fhe first place.

Surgeon and anesthetist will not agree to go ahead. Also all death on operating table becomes coroner case and puts both surgeon and anesthetist in the hot seat for possible negligence and malpractice lawsuit.

Seeing people die in ER is probably what you were referring to which is common.
It's actually quite hard to die on the operating table.
Either a massive stroke or a massive heart attack. Nowadays rarely got complications from the surgery itself.

In the past , after a failed operation, the surgeons will send to surgical ICU with strict instructions to keep patient alive by hook or by crook for 24 hours. After that die, can sign up as pneumonia.

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Hey, keep your idealism and dreams to make an impact in this world!
At the same time, do explore and read up on people who have done so through other routes.
Read through profiles of people you look up to - politicians, economists, activists, entrepreneurs, tech gurus...
There are many ways to help people.

Most doctors help people on a one on one basis most of the time, even if you are Singapore's top surgeon with multiple fellowships all over the world.
Except maybe public health doctors, researchers, healthcare admin (prolly at least a good 10-20 years later once you are more established) - this group helps a larger group / wider population at one go.
I used to think that I would enjoy the one-on-one interaction, but now looking back after 7-8 years into the profession, I might have picked something else.
Indeed this one to one limitation is a big downside. It also limits leveragr.

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How do you take the smell the first time you go to a mortuary as a med student?
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Just curious, do HOMO always have to be in scrubs or only on certain days. How about AC/C, when do they wear scrubs or are they always in office wear
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Sounds a silly question, but are we allowed to claim transport via grab (for mohh employees) if we work on weekends/public holiday (e.g rounding /call etc)

My understanding is we can and have been claiming for years (since I started work in 2017) but just received an email from mohh saying I need to pay them back (all the grab fees) as we are not allowed to claim..
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Sounds a silly question, but are we allowed to claim transport via grab (for mohh employees) if we work on weekends/public holiday (e.g rounding /call etc)

My understanding is we can and have been claiming for years (since I started work in 2017) but just received an email from mohh saying I need to pay them back (all the grab fees) as we are not allowed to claim..
Lol there's a new policy. Cannot be for call as included already in call pay. How much did they ask u to pay back? They asked me to pay like 60 bucks ..
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Any benefits for medical doctors in learning skills like acupuncture and being accredited for it.
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Old 15-06-2021, 01:45 PM
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Lol there's a new policy. Cannot be for call as included already in call pay. How much did they ask u to pay back? They asked me to pay like 60 bucks ..
Mine is 500 bucks. Lol mohh so stingy nowadays..
Wondering what happens if you don't pay, they deduct from your salary?
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