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Old 30-11-2023, 09:12 PM
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Can I ask the seniors here, where would be a good place, outside of ops/CH, to practice fm, so that one does not lose the knowledge gained from completing mmed?

I have been looking around and locuming at various gp groups, but most seem to be very corporate in nature, or simply just seeing acute self limiting conditions.

I don't like ops, but I do enjoy seeing chronic patients, potentially also looking at home care in the long run, but was wondering if there are any good places to practice in?

I am looking at fmc, but they don't seem to be hiring now.
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try FMCC at SGH or CGH or the FM department at TTSH
alternatively you can do outpatient work at St luke.

u can also setup your own clinic and offer the full suite of chronic care like OPS. But likely cannot make money.

but ah, dun get too proud with a m.med la.
beginning only my padawan

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Old 30-11-2023, 09:46 PM
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also gives him opportunity to stay in aussie t work, better work life balance, pays well for specialist if your friend eventually gets in something lucrative like anaesthetics/radiology
Radiology is lucrative? anyone knows

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transition care
try FMCC at SGH or CGH or the FM department at TTSH
alternatively you can do outpatient work at St luke.

u can also setup your own clinic and offer the full suite of chronic care like OPS. But likely cannot make money.

but ah, dun get too proud with a m.med la.
beginning only my padawan
Not proud at all man. I passed last year (2022) and went locum for past 11 months since Jan. I think I regress to gdfm level already. I scared if I locum another year, will regress to mbbs level. But I really don't like ops/inpatient work(i.e ch) so finding alternatives

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Old 01-12-2023, 01:56 AM
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Not proud at all man. I passed last year (2022) and went locum for past 11 months since Jan. I think I regress to gdfm level already. I scared if I locum another year, will regress to mbbs level. But I really don't like ops/inpatient work(i.e ch) so finding alternatives
Congrats now you realise that FM sucks in every setting.
Poor career choice. Not much you can do now except suck it up.
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Old 01-12-2023, 06:57 AM
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Congrats now you realise that FM sucks in every setting.
Poor career choice. Not much you can do now except suck it up.
FM is just a nicer name for generalist.
In all fields it is not good to be a generalist. The pay is lower. Demand is lower as well.
But as a generalist it doesn't mean you cannot move on to specialize or go into niche sub sectors. But need to work on it and find those opportunities.
A common example is Aesthetics. But this example has been used to death frankly.
I am not saying it is easy to find a niche market or to specialize on your own. But there are possibilities. From a non procedural point of view, a generalist can educate themselves to have as much knowledge as a specialist. What they lack though is experience.
Having depth in knowledge is good. But if you don't use the knowledge you will lose it. And as a generalist unfortunately you will usually see all the very common things. So you will lose the fringe knowledge. The specialists will keep up cos they see what they are supposed to see. What is a FM supposed to see? Complicated esoteric cases? I don't think so.
From a career perspective it will be very tiring to try to be everything to everyone and yet be totally aware you are not going to replace the specialists anyway.
Disheartening.
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Old 01-12-2023, 07:34 AM
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FM is just a nicer name for generalist.
In all fields it is not good to be a generalist. The pay is lower. Demand is lower as well.
But as a generalist it doesn't mean you cannot move on to specialize or go into niche sub sectors. But need to .,.....
Delete your big wall of text.
Demand where low? Gp or FP can easily find jobs , full time , part time etc
U not gonna make bank but can live well
Can work into your late 70s
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Not proud at all man. I passed last year (2022) and went locum for past 11 months since Jan. I think I regress to gdfm level already. I scared if I locum another year, will regress to mbbs level. But I really don't like ops/inpatient work(i.e ch) so finding alternatives
Lolz. Gdfm if they learn probably from the modules actually teach a lot more content than m.med
M.med via residency is the exposure and the
guidance from senior more than anything.
U Sian go do further training lo.
Get a sports med RP job then try get into training
or palliative or rehab med.
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Not proud at all man. I passed last year (2022) and went locum for past 11 months since Jan. I think I regress to gdfm level already. I scared if I locum another year, will regress to mbbs level. But I really don't like ops/inpatient work(i.e ch) so finding alternatives
Eh same batch as me leh! Which cluster one?

Not regress la. The system just isn't setup for you to practice at MMed level.
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Delete your big wall of text.
Demand where low? Gp or FP can easily find jobs , full time , part time etc
U not gonna make bank but can live well
Can work into your late 70s
As opposed to make bank and retire in the 60s?
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R u intending to leave for Pte or stay at nuh/sgh

If leaving for Pte, the Anderson
If you want to stay on long term at nuh sgh then harvard
I enjoy academia but might go private in the future if I hate the bureaucracy. I don't want the old birds to have a leash around my neck just because i want to stay in academia.

Wouldn't the Harvard reputation help to attract more patients in pte though?

Although MD Anderson is recognized among our peers, I feel like most uncles and aunties have never heard of it. They may have heard of Mayo clinic or Cleveland Clinic, but MD Anderson idk...

I know I will be better trained if I attend MD Anderson. But give up Harvard??
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