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Old 18-11-2019, 01:12 PM
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How much can you earn as a newbie GP who just completed GDFM?

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Old 19-11-2019, 06:40 AM
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How much can you earn as a newbie GP who just completed GDFM?
Depends if u stay in public sector polyclinics or come out into private to be GP. Private if u set up yr own clinic or do fulltime locum or be an anchor Dr in a private clinic.

I am an adhoc locum and been a locum fulltime for 10 years. Really depends for me what r the jobs available and how hard I want to work. Jobs r there esp if u don't mind working nights and weekends. Rates r variable, generally about S$80-$100 per hr. Sometimes lower if slack or new clinic and higher if very busy clinic snd u r able to see many patients. As some clinics give tiered rates, u can also try to negotiate higher rates if last minute slots or if u r good at bringing in sales like for health screening and vaccinations and u r a regular locum.

Not sure about private clinics basic pay range now. But as a locum, if u work hard, u can bring in more than S$10k a month. My best was S$15k one month but that was several years ago. I cannot work too many hrs and don't like odd hrs so I am sure many other male locums do better than me a female with family ie kids' commitments.

I like the freedom being a locum brings with the ability to plan yr own timings of work. But no cpf nor paid leave like mc and annual and hospitalisation leave nor bonus.
I experienced how difficult it is to get mc as an employee even when pregnant. Much easier as locum when leave is unpaid. Can take long breaks if I feel like it too.

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Why don't more GPs go into the aesthetics/cosmetics business?
cos they have the same reputation as snake oil seller?

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cos they have the same reputation as snake oil seller?
What is the opinion on asthestic medicine within the medical community? (Do people frown upon it?)
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Currently an Singaporean going to study medicine in Australia, Ive been hearing rumours that Singaporeans abroad are being denied a PGY1 spot in Singapore. Is this true? Even though there are 100+ schools that are cut from the second schedule? I will be finishing Med school in 6 years, will the problem improve as years pass if true? My school is still on the second schedule. Thanks
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The model answer to this qn is:

Prof (as long as they are adjunct asst prof and above, just call them prof) then you continue saying. I believe age is not a factor. There are many young doctors who are pgy 2, fresh from completing their hoship, just got their full registration and they break bond. There are also many more experienced doctors that are still in their public service even though their bond has ended long ago. In fact you look at the mopex list you can find some mcr that starts with 08XXX. So seniority is not a factor


I do not have the intention of breaking bond and quitting this program. If i did I would have done it long ago, and i would not bother with applying for residency.

Furthermore, im truly interested in this program.
I came from a poor family, was funded partially by bursaries. I feel that it is my duty to continue in public service.

So they will be okies.

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Other than trying to test your thinking, they are also Really concerned about residency attrition. Must make them feel at ease
The rates are higher for older docs like you.

How high is the residency attrition rate nowadays? (Is it worse for certain specialities?)
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Currently an Singaporean going to study medicine in Australia, Ive been hearing rumours that Singaporeans abroad are being denied a PGY1 spot in Singapore. Is this true? Even though there are 100+ schools that are cut from the second schedule? I will be finishing Med school in 6 years, will the problem improve as years pass if true? My school is still on the second schedule. Thanks
Yes in the next 2-3 years max we wouldn't be opening our doors to foreign grads. But you can still do posting in australia though
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Why dont some of you consider migrating?

I migrated to Canada in 2010.

Took the exams and then did family medicine residency at the University of Calgary. Got my CCFP.

Family Physician now since 2015. I now specialize in Medical Cannabis.

If anyone wants more information let me know
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Old 23-11-2019, 05:57 AM
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Anyone tried using the MOHH preset grab function to pay for grab premium? (The one that costs like $40-50 a trip) s that allowed? I want to fully utilise the benefits they give me hahahaha
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Why dont some of you consider migrating?

I migrated to Canada in 2010.

Took the exams and then did family medicine residency at the University of Calgary. Got my CCFP.

Family Physician now since 2015. I now specialize in Medical Cannabis.

If anyone wants more information let me know
Where did you get your basic medical degree from? (Eg MBBS/MD). Whats the process for migrating there, I read you need to be PR first before you can get a residency there after you take their medical licensing exam. Hows the life as a physician there and hows the pay? Lastly, what made you migrate there compared to where you once were? Thanks.
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