Career Seminar – Career Path After HO-ship

In what should be one of the final career seminar talks for the academic year, the focus was on what constitutes a good house officer (intern).

Dr Soumen (Medical Officer) gave “A junior professional’s perspective on HO-ship”
Dr Goh (Consultant) gave “A senior professional’s perspective on HO-ship”

Unfortunately J. was indisposed until the latter part of Dr Goh’s talk and arrived only in time to hear her regaling the audience with a story of a house officer who gave a “chemotherapy drug” to the wrong patient. Fortunately, it happened to be the high dose steroid part of it, so it didn’t do toooo much harm to the young patient with treated otitis media.

What interested many of us was the third part of it.

Prof Lee gave a talk on the “Career path beyond HO-ship“.
(Prof Lee’s degrees, accomplishments and posts held are too numerous to list here).

Interestingly, most of the specialties ranked by the Ministry of Health as high competitive start with “O“. These include:
Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT).
Trainees in these courses have to co-pay to the sum of $300/month for Basic Specialist Training (BST) and $600/month for Advanced Specialist Training (AST).

Specialties that can take in more trainees (i.e. unpopular) have an interesting mix. Pathology, Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine (General) are a few. The training allowance is increased by 10%.

The contents of the talk are too much to list here, but it was wonderful to see the possible paths laid out before us. Taking this professional degree, the number of paths we can take are largely fixed as compared to the other degree holders from NUS, for instance. Still, the choices are varied, from the Clinical to Research and even to Administration.

On a personal note, the talk has rekindled in J. a competitive flame that had dwindled in the past months. J. has decided to heed Prof Lee’s advice once again, has picked a path and will move steadily towards it.


One response to this post.

  1. The recap was good. esp since i couldn’t go cos’ of a tutorial…


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