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Old 09-07-2019, 08:05 PM
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In all honesty will someone please clarify what will happen to doctors in Singapore when in the next few years a massive oversupply of doctors becomes a reality like what some countries are already experiencing.
Good evening, I was hoping to get some honest comments from practising doctors in Singapore. I am an Australian doctor and have recently obtained FRANZCP this month and will complete a subspecialty certificate mid next year. I am thinking of doing a brief locum stint in Singapore to see what it is like as a psychiatrist there and to suss out other factors like work/life balance etc, to help inform my decision about the possibility of a career in psychiatry in Singapore vs Australia. Lifestyle and money and professional development in Australia are all excellent. Only reason I am asking this is because I have close family in Singapore and some part of me is considering working there to be able to spend more time with them.

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Singapore vs Australia. Lifestyle and money and professional development in Australia are all excellent. Only reason I am asking this is because I have close family in Singapore and some part of me is considering working there to be able to spend more time with them.
Life is not all about money, best to come home to be with family and look after your parents.



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Life is not all about money, best to come home to be with family and look after your parents.
Brother, joke's on you if you don't have the time NOR the money to spend with or on your parents

If i were him i would stay put

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Brother, joke's on you if you don't have the time NOR the money to spend with or on your parents

If i were him i would stay put
Thank you for the comments. I think what you've said is quite realistic. In Australia the salary for consultants in public service is published online, state by state. If I were to work in Singapore it seems I will have to work for 2 years under supervised practice in order to go from conditional to full specialist registration? Are the work hours and remuneration decent there?? Are there other good forums I could look up, and is the pay scale transparent? I've heard alot of bad things about hierarchical structures, long hours etc for registrars in Singapore. That's not to say Australia or any other developed society is any better. my 2 cents is that all medical training systems are generally stacked against trainees and junior doctors, who have to survive rather than thrive in an increasingly complex digital and medico-legal landscape.


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Thank you for the comments. I think what you've said is quite realistic. In Australia the salary for consultants in public service is published online, state by state. If I were to work in Singapore it seems I will have to work for 2 years under supervised practice in order to go from conditional to full specialist registration? Are the work hours and remuneration decent there?? Are there other good forums I could look up, and is the pay scale transparent? I've heard alot of bad things about hierarchical structures, long hours etc for registrars in Singapore. That's not to say Australia or any other developed society is any better. my 2 cents is that all medical training systems are generally stacked against trainees and junior doctors, who have to survive rather than thrive in an increasingly complex digital and medico-legal landscape.
Life is good if you join as Consultant. Pay is slightly less but after tax not so disparate
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Just wondering how much does a medical consultant (non proceduralist) earns in Singapore? Understand that there is a basic pay of around 14-15k but after that, there are numerous add ons as well? (Depending on the amount admin work they do?)
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Thank you for the comments. I think what you've said is quite realistic. In Australia the salary for consultants in public service is published online, state by state. If I were to work in Singapore it seems I will have to work for 2 years under supervised practice in order to go from conditional to full specialist registration? Are the work hours and remuneration decent there?? Are there other good forums I could look up, and is the pay scale transparent? I've heard alot of bad things about hierarchical structures, long hours etc for registrars in Singapore. That's not to say Australia or any other developed society is any better. my 2 cents is that all medical training systems are generally stacked against trainees and junior doctors, who have to survive rather than thrive in an increasingly complex digital and medico-legal landscape.
you can expect your monthly pay to be half to two thirds that of the base pay in australia.
this is not taking into consideration your hours worked or the overtime pay australian doctors enjoy
forget having 3 meals a day, breakfast will be your first meal if you wake early enough and supper the other
forget weekends, 6-7 work day weeks are the norm
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you can expect your monthly pay to be half to two thirds that of the base pay in australia.
this is not taking into consideration your hours worked or the overtime pay australian doctors enjoy
forget having 3 meals a day, breakfast will be your first meal if you wake early enough and supper the other
forget weekends, 6-7 work day weeks are the norm
That sounds great. When I worked in North Korea, I had to work 8 days per week. And only 1 meal every two days. Count yourself lucky.
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you can expect your monthly pay to be half to two thirds that of the base pay in australia.
this is not taking into consideration your hours worked or the overtime pay australian doctors enjoy
forget having 3 meals a day, breakfast will be your first meal if you wake early enough and supper the other
forget weekends, 6-7 work day weeks are the norm
Is this really true, consultant psychiatrists in public service (full time) working 6-7 days/week? Surely this is somewhat exaggerated?
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That sounds great. When I worked in North Korea, I had to work 8 days per week. And only 1 meal every two days. Count yourself lucky.
9 days per week bro
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