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Old 28-05-2019, 08:29 PM
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Not surprising at all. Some doctors I know drive grabhitch to make a living now. Economy is terrible.
not at all the economy - doctors wages have remained stagnant for 20+ years
no minimum wage
more medicolegal issues and paperwork
more patients from population increase
nonhealthcare staff deciding on manpower allocation



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not at all the economy - doctors wages have remained stagnant for 20+ years
no minimum wage
more medicolegal issues and paperwork
more patients from population increase
nonhealthcare staff deciding on manpower allocation
But the truth is doc starting pay at 3650 is still higher than many of the other universities grads. It offers 100% employment rate.

A levels students know it. Each year local medical school is oversubscribed by 10x. Even post graduates are willing to spend another 4years to get a medical degree.

For equilibrium to reach, a thirty percent pay cut is needed to reduce the applicants number.
Right now demand for medical school spaces are still high.

I would say doctoring is still a very rewarding career. As long as wages stagnate or drop by less than 30%.

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But the truth is doc starting pay at 3650 is still higher than many of the other universities grads. It offers 100% employment rate.

A levels students know it. Each year local medical school is oversubscribed by 10x. Even post graduates are willing to spend another 4years to get a medical degree.

For equilibrium to reach, a thirty percent pay cut is needed to reduce the applicants number.
Right now demand for medical school spaces are still high.

I would say doctoring is still a very rewarding career. As long as wages stagnate or drop by less than 30%.
I think doctors will be homeless after a 30% pay cut don't you think? Many sectors have starting pay of 4k or more. Banking industries sometimes pay interns nearly 9-10k for them just to gain experience in their company and possibly work for them in the future. Lawyers have starting pays or 15k. Is $3650 starting pay a lot for a fresh grad now? I don't think so. They barely make a living.

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I think doctors will be homeless after a 30% pay cut don't you think? Many sectors have starting pay of 4k or more. Banking industries sometimes pay interns nearly 9-10k for them just to gain experience in their company and possibly work for them in the future. Lawyers have starting pays or 15k. Is $3650 starting pay a lot for a fresh grad now? I don't think so. They barely make a living.
Which company has a starting salary of 15k for lawyers?


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Just curious, for one to get into a training program in Singapore, (i.e residency), does he/she needs to be outspoken, proactive/or have an alpha personality in general?
I am currently a junior doctor in SG, and I am generally a passive person, can be very quiet/introverted in daily life, certainly not the very ambitious/proactive type. (I.e not leadership material)

I wish to get into residency mainly for the training and education (i.e to gain medical and clinical knowledge in the relevant field) and certainly have no interest in doing other administrative tasks (like man power/roster planning or quality improvement projects which I see many residents doing) or taking on any leadership position (like chief resident etc..)

Just wondering if people like myself (with such personality) are actually suitable to join residency or we just condemned?
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Just curious, for one to get into a training program in Singapore, (i.e residency), does he/she needs to be outspoken, proactive/or have an alpha personality in general?
I am currently a junior doctor in SG, and I am generally a passive person, can be very quiet/introverted in daily life, certainly not the very ambitious/proactive type. (I.e not leadership material)

I wish to get into residency mainly for the training and education (i.e to gain medical and clinical knowledge in the relevant field) and certainly have no interest in doing other administrative tasks (like man power/roster planning or quality improvement projects which I see many residents doing) or taking on any leadership position (like chief resident etc..)

Just wondering if people like myself (with such personality) are actually suitable to join residency or we just condemned?
Just condemned.

As a consultant to be, you are expected to handle administrative stuff of department, engage in new projects, think of quality improvement work for Dept. In addition to basic provision of clinical service.

Residents are expected to shoulder the department burden.
Roster planning of calls is a basic requisite.
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Just curious, for one to get into a training program in Singapore, (i.e residency), does he/she needs to be outspoken, proactive/or have an alpha personality in general?
I am currently a junior doctor in SG, and I am generally a passive person, can be very quiet/introverted in daily life, certainly not the very ambitious/proactive type. (I.e not leadership material)

I wish to get into residency mainly for the training and education (i.e to gain medical and clinical knowledge in the relevant field) and certainly have no interest in doing other administrative tasks (like man power/roster planning or quality improvement projects which I see many residents doing) or taking on any leadership position (like chief resident etc..)

Just wondering if people like myself (with such personality) are actually suitable to join residency or we just condemned?
Can be difficult if you stay in public sector/become a specialist. Think Mopex followed by gp (locum) may be the best option?
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Just curious, for one to get into a training program in Singapore, (i.e residency), does he/she needs to be outspoken, proactive/or have an alpha personality in general?
I am currently a junior doctor in SG, and I am generally a passive person, can be very quiet/introverted in daily life, certainly not the very ambitious/proactive type. (I.e not leadership material)

I wish to get into residency mainly for the training and education (i.e to gain medical and clinical knowledge in the relevant field) and certainly have no interest in doing other administrative tasks (like man power/roster planning or quality improvement projects which I see many residents doing) or taking on any leadership position (like chief resident etc..)

Just wondering if people like myself (with such personality) are actually suitable to join residency or we just condemned?
May be difficult if you become specialist. Think gp land or RP (if you are keen on hospital work) may be the way forward?
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Just curious, for one to get into a training program in Singapore, (i.e residency), does he/she needs to be outspoken, proactive/or have an alpha personality in general?
I am currently a junior doctor in SG, and I am generally a passive person, can be very quiet/introverted in daily life, certainly not the very ambitious/proactive type. (I.e not leadership material)

I wish to get into residency mainly for the training and education (i.e to gain medical and clinical knowledge in the relevant field) and certainly have no interest in doing other administrative tasks (like man power/roster planning or quality improvement projects which I see many residents doing) or taking on any leadership position (like chief resident etc..)

Just wondering if people like myself (with such personality) are actually suitable to join residency or we just condemned?
May be difficult for specialist, maybe consider GP land or RP (if you are interested in hospital work?)
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Just curious, for one to get into a training program in Singapore, (i.e residency), does he/she needs to be outspoken, proactive/or have an alpha personality in general?
I am currently a junior doctor in SG, and I am generally a passive person, can be very quiet/introverted in daily life, certainly not the very ambitious/proactive type. (I.e not leadership material)

I wish to get into residency mainly for the training and education (i.e to gain medical and clinical knowledge in the relevant field) and certainly have no interest in doing other administrative tasks (like man power/roster planning or quality improvement projects which I see many residents doing) or taking on any leadership position (like chief resident etc..)

Just wondering if people like myself (with such personality) are actually suitable to join residency or we just condemned?
Residency programs are looking for residents who can contribute to their program. It's a two-way street.
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