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Old 16-09-2021, 08:41 AM
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haha didnt expect that.

anyways just thought of this- what specialties would you guys choose if not able to get into the specialty you want or things didnt work out as plan for whatever reason?

as for myself, on hindsight, i would prioritise two criteria- non patient facing and hibernating on-calls. money is not a deciding factor.
If money is not a factor maybe you should just find something else to do.

Or maybe go into volunteer work in the medical field. More rewarding. (non financial)

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Old 16-09-2021, 12:08 PM
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To those of us MOPEXs, good luck for the upcoming mopex selection exercise!

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Old 16-09-2021, 02:47 PM
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If money is not a factor maybe you should just find something else to do.

Or maybe go into volunteer work in the medical field. More rewarding. (non financial)
You're not me. Why would you say volunteering work is more rewarding for me? Silly you

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Old 17-09-2021, 04:46 AM
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You're not me. Why would you say volunteering work is more rewarding for me? Silly you
So rude. You're the one who asked

"anyways just thought of this- what specialties would you guys choose if not able to get into the specialty you want or things didnt work out as plan for whatever reason?

as for myself, on hindsight, i would prioritise two criteria- non patient facing and hibernating on-calls. money is not a deciding factor"

Volunteer work in healthcare admin satisfies your two criteria right? No calls. Non patient facing.

Non-patient facing basically mean no more practicing medicine isn't it?

Such rudeness. Just because it is not the answer you wanted to hear. Don't ask questions like this in a forum then cos you might as well reply to them ALL with the same answer


"You're not me. Why would you say XYZ work is more rewarding for me? Silly you"
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Old 17-09-2021, 06:20 AM
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So rude. You're the one who asked

"anyways just thought of this- what specialties would you guys choose if not able to get into the specialty you want or things didnt work out as plan for whatever reason?

as for myself, on hindsight, i would prioritise two criteria- non patient facing and hibernating on-calls. money is not a deciding factor"

Volunteer work in healthcare admin satisfies your two criteria right? No calls. Non patient facing.

Non-patient facing basically mean no more practicing medicine isn't it?

Such rudeness. Just because it is not the answer you wanted to hear. Don't ask questions like this in a forum then cos you might as well reply to them ALL with the same answer


"You're not me. Why would you say XYZ work is more rewarding for me? Silly you"
Non pt facing means no more practising in medicine? Are you a doctor to begin with? Hahaha
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Old 17-09-2021, 07:22 AM
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Non pt facing means no more practising in medicine? Are you a doctor to begin with? Hahaha
Diagnostic radiology and pathology are very important specialties, together with preventive health. Kenneth mak probably the most important person during covid 😂
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Old 17-09-2021, 08:58 AM
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Non pt facing means no more practising in medicine? Are you a doctor to begin with? Hahaha
There are only so many specialities that are non pt facing. No need to ask such question if you are a dr. Lol!
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Old 17-09-2021, 06:11 PM
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Diagnostic radiology and pathology are very important specialties, together with preventive health. Kenneth mak probably the most important person during covid 😂
kenneth mak still a practising doctor on top of admin duties, prolly half day or something a week
i recently saw a patient who's on regular f/u with him
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kenneth mak still a practising doctor on top of admin duties, prolly half day or something a week
i recently saw a patient who's on regular f/u with him
He is leading us in the wrong direction during Covid.
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Old 17-09-2021, 08:15 PM
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I agree with you that life overseas definitely better. However now given the covid situation, and the fact that SG post grad qualifications are largely useless overseas, I dont have the option to move (even though I graduate from UK); hence have to find next best solution.
I have no interest in QI, research or admin work, hence I figured that only option for me is GP land (hence I chose FM residency- right/wrong decision debatable i guess). If burnout from clinical work, then take a few days off/week PRN. Locum more flexibility but of course pay less if you work less. For me, taking on more teaching/research work to reduce clinical load is not viable


I am not sure about senior consultant working 30plus hours a week; maybe for certain specialties (e.g GM). I just completed my GS, ortho and IM postings (for which I did GM, neuro and gastro)
- I can safely say that most of the cons (even in GM) that I work with are more stressed than my Preceptors in OPS (most of my preceptors are consultant in FM- i.e completed fellowship)/friends in GP land
- When I was in GS/ortho, my consultant starts at 7am (rounding) and finished after 9pm daily. (how I know- cause he always ask me to help him to medical report after clinic/OT, I will usually finish by 8-9pm, and he is still there doing his research work with his assistant); I guess he is well paid, but he definitely works more than 30 plus hrs/week
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Gastro/neuro/GM not so bad, but I often see the consultants staying till 6-7pm as well (i often go to the admin block, where all the consultant offices are, to do some residency admin work/study as there are free computers and they are far away from the ward Lol)
Actually, you can get GMC registration with a UK/Irish degree even if you've done your HOship in Singapore. That's what I did earlier this year. Am not sure if the same would work for an Aussie grad tho. (Getting an Aussie registration w an Aussie MBBS + Singapore HOship)
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