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Old 16-02-2019, 08:39 AM
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I am a final year student in UK. Planning to return to Singapore for housemanship. (Due to family reasons) Really worried that I will struggle to adapt. Would to ask if it is common for overseas trained ho to fail their job postings? (Do we get any leeway in the first few weeks of work?

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Old 16-02-2019, 12:19 PM
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Wherever there is reasonable money and respect , people will flock to it. And make it saturated like law.
there will always be a band. the top band will be specialties occupied by the most stellar candidates with amazing portfolios and many others trying to get selected. people stress themselves out trying to compete here.

the less prestigious routes like being a gp or rp offers more average money but always needs people to fill the ranks

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Hi, this is a question for GPs. I am currently a 3rd year mopex mo. (I am Singaporean but graduated overseas). I have done mainly medical postings so far as an mo but I do plan to do a/e soon. I want to be a gp and would like some advice.
A) is it possible for me to work as a gp in polyclinic long term if I didn't go through the residency system? (It is quite difficult to get mopex posting in polyclinic)

B) if I go private, I have no plans/money to open my own clinic. Hence I will probably have to join large chain GPs like raffles medical/healthway etc.
- can I check which are the large chain GPs in Singapore (other than raffles/healthway which I know). And is it difficult to get a job with them?; Are they looking for people with post graduate qualifications? (I am doing gdfm for now, will consider doing mmed after).
-finally what sort of pay can I expect from them given that I am still quite new to the gp scene?

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Hi, this is a question for GPs. I am currently a 3rd year mopex mo. (I am Singaporean but graduated overseas). I have done mainly medical postings so far as an mo but I do plan to do a/e soon. I want to be a gp and would like some advice.
A) is it possible for me to work as a gp in polyclinic long term if I didn't go through the residency system? (It is quite difficult to get mopex posting in polyclinic)

B) if I go private, I have no plans/money to open my own clinic. Hence I will probably have to join large chain GPs like raffles medical/healthway etc.
- can I check which are the large chain GPs in Singapore (other than raffles/healthway which I know). And is it difficult to get a job with them?; Are they looking for people with post graduate qualifications? (I am doing gdfm for now, will consider doing mmed after).
-finally what sort of pay can I expect from them given that I am still quite new to the gp scene?

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You full or conditional reg?

For ops, you can join at 6.5k rp pay. Go Email several ops director Of your intention to join as rp. Beg them for a mopex posting and indicate your intention to join as rp. whether conditional or full, pay is the same, of 6.5k. But their bonus better than pte. All Sundays free, and you get to have family dinner every night.

For pte,conditional able be to fetch 9-10k but the schedule can be xiong. Like 55hrs. Need to work weekend. And most nights are burnt.

For full reg, you can negotiate up to 15k or more for 55hours schedule. Breaks not included.

I think all the chains are the same. No preference.

Gdfm is affordable . Total fees plus exam is about 10k if you pass on first try.
Do note mmed however is very expensive. About 23k excluding exams fees. I don't think mmed is very useful in pte sector.


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You full or conditional reg?

For ops, you can join at 6.5k rp pay. Go Email several ops director Of your intention to join as rp. Beg them for a mopex posting and indicate your intention to join as rp. whether conditional or full, pay is the same, of 6.5k. But their bonus better than pte. All Sundays free, and you get to have family dinner every night.

For pte,conditional able be to fetch 9-10k but the schedule can be xiong. Like 55hrs. Need to work weekend. And most nights are burnt.

For full reg, you can negotiate up to 15k or more for 55hours schedule. Breaks not included.

I think all the chains are the same. No preference.

Gdfm is affordable . Total fees plus exam is about 10k if you pass on first try.
Do note mmed however is very expensive. About 23k excluding exams fees. I don't think mmed is very useful in pte sector.
Many thanks for your advice. I am conditionally registered and bonded to moh for another 1.5 years. (so 3 mopex postings). I will probably get full reg once my bond finish. Will try to get experience in the relevant postings in the meantime..
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I am a final year student in UK. Planning to return to Singapore for housemanship. (Due to family reasons) Really worried that I will struggle to adapt. Would to ask if it is common for overseas trained ho to fail their job postings? (Do we get any leeway in the first few weeks of work?
I have heard 1 person graduated from UK failed one of the postings during HO, had to redo a posting, so his HO took 16 mths I think
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Have any local graduates on this forum broken their bond and moved to australia/new zealand to work? How did the process pan out?
australia seems unlikely, australian grads cant get internship spots and would be hard to get training. i think it would be difficult unless you have done residency already

NZ not so sure, I only know of the malay GP who passed away a few years ago. They are recruiting GPs I believe, could stand a chance to go there but unlike sg all GPs go through a training programme so that can be an obstacle

seems quite a rare thing to break a bond with singaporean degree, do you have any other classmates wanting to do the same?
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You full or conditional reg?

For ops, you can join at 6.5k rp pay. Go Email several ops director Of your intention to join as rp. Beg them for a mopex posting and indicate your intention to join as rp. whether conditional or full, pay is the same, of 6.5k. But their bonus better than pte. All Sundays free, and you get to have family dinner every night.

For pte,conditional able be to fetch 9-10k but the schedule can be xiong. Like 55hrs. Need to work weekend. And most nights are burnt.

For full reg, you can negotiate up to 15k or more for 55hours schedule. Breaks not included.

I think all the chains are the same. No preference.

Gdfm is affordable . Total fees plus exam is about 10k if you pass on first try.
Do note mmed however is very expensive. About 23k excluding exams fees. I don't think mmed is very useful in pte sector.
How many months of bonus you get in private gp sector working for these large chain gps? Conditionally registered doctors can work as private gp??


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Hi, I am a currently a mopex mo. (Just returned from UK having completed ho there)
I plan to become a gp/ family physician. Just wondering will it be better to join FM residency or should I just try to do the relevant postings (Ed/paeds/polyclinic) and then quit mohh once bond finish (either to become RP in polyclinic or private gp?)
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Hi, I am a currently a mopex mo. (Just returned from UK having completed ho there)
I plan to become a gp/ family physician. Just wondering will it be better to join FM residency or should I just try to do the relevant postings (Ed/paeds/polyclinic) and then quit mohh once bond finish (either to become RP in polyclinic or private gp?)
Do you become a fam med consultant once you exit from the residency?
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