A Doc's Life is a underground Medical Blog about some poor Singapore doctors. They are sibei sian and very buay song. Best practices not observed!
(Warning: Grammar is non existent in this blog. Those obsessively compulsive about good English please go no further and book an appointment to see your psychiatrist.)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Thank you, LKY

If you have followed my blog (and if you allow me to be narcissistic enough to think that I have fans who do), you would know that I am not the die-die-must-be-doctor type of doctor. Nor do I think that being a doctor is prestigious. There is also nothing elitist about being a doctor and you know that when those property agents don't really give two hoots about you when you go kay poh at launches.

Nevertheless, I have to acknowledge that doctoring does bring to the table a stable and good paying job. Many people still think that being a doctor is a big deal and many doctors still want their children to become doctors. I have many classmates who studied medicine because their doctor parents wanted them to. There are plenty of Dr families out there where the whole clan is in the medical field one way or the other.

Unfortunately, Dr Og is the low EQ and blur like sotong (that's why I hide in my clinic write blog) type and I am totally unaware of who is who and whose lao pek is who in medicine. For some strange reasons, I have no inclination towards 关系 building. I had zero connection when applying to get into medical school. I went through medical school without ever trying to network or rub shoulders with the who and who because I was totally blur about these things. As a junior doctor, I shied away from even going for department gatherings and if I had to, I cringed every time I see junior drs try and angkat the senior doctors and HODs. When I became more senior, I often find out too late that that junior dr I just gave an earful is the son or daughter of so and so (not that it would have made a difference).

Despite my limited EQ, I think I managed ok in my career. I was judged or at least I felt I was judged by my work, and not by my background (I had none) or by who I associated with. There are of course the typical stories of how so and so got into medical school because of a certain connection and how some cannot-make-it HOs / MOs got their traineeship in those prestigious specialties because their fathers and mothers were so and so. I would be a fool to think that favourtism or cronyism do not exist in some form or another in Singapore, but at least where I have worked, it is as minimal as it can get anywhere in the world. Despite all these, there was more than enough meritocracy for us, the unconnected sons and daughters of unconnected people, to get by.

We have our founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, to thank for a system based on meritocracy. I don't think I need to belabour the points given that there have been ample broadcasts about Mr Lee's ethos in nation building. Much have been said about him. Nothing more for me to say except... Thank you!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

Time flies and the mid autumn festival comes and goes each year.

Dr Og is not really a festive kind of person but mid autumn festival is a much lesser evil than dong dong chiang CNY. The music is not so annoying and relatives not so many (actually no need) to visit. So Dr Og can still tahan bring my gin nahs go jalan jalan with their plastic battery operated lanterns. If you are like Dr Og and cannot stand loud noise type, remember to bring a pen knife. No, no, no not to cut yourself if you buay tahan your life. But to cut the wire to the annoying music thingie in the lantern that keeps repeating that 90s-pop-song-I-no-longer-remember-the-name. The thing though, like a bomb, you either cut the red wire or the blue wire. If you cut the wrong wire, you end up with a lantern which does not light up and a crying kid that cannot stop. So surgeons don't try. Surgeons can cut human bodies coz human bodies will heal. Lanterns won't. Plus, anyone who cannot read guidelines to treat hypertension really shouldn't be cutting electrical wires.

Nowadays, seems like pharmaceutical companies under a lot of heat. The drug companies used to like to bombard Drs (especially surgeons) with mooncakes. Now it seems with new regulations, mooncakes cannot be given. Doh... come on la, doctors will not be swayed by the pharma companies by some mooncakes ok. Otherwise, you won't hear of so many of those sex scandals right???Last time everyone also give,  how to favour any company. Anyway, most doctors are sibei health conscious, most of the mooncakes also give away la.

Mooncakes now come in all sorts of shapes and sizes... and flavour. You've of course heard of the butt mooncakes. At least that is clever la, coz 八月十五 (15 August which is the date of mid autumn festival ((you shouldn't be reading this if you don't already know))) mean butt in Cantonese. But some of the rubbish that is dished out is ridiculous. There are actually more variety of durian mooncakes at Goodwood Park than there are variety of durian at my fave durian stall (not gonnah tell you where, the queue is long enough as it is)! I still say we respect tradition. I mean, if the mooncakes come in bright yellow snowskin and is luminescent in the dark, the Mongolians would have been suspicious and China will still under Mongolian rule today. How to revolt by putting secret messages inside???

Of course you will say Dr Og so spoil sport. Don't la, I already say I not festive person mah. Anyway, its not a PH (sob, sob). So Dr Og have to got back to my work. For those on call, do have some mooncakes (can buy from Polar if you never ta bao!). If you like, can switch on your handphone flash and pretend its a lantern (idea for an app!). Its full moon, A and E sure flooded, so beware. But if you so (so so so) lucky got time on call, you can read my old article on mooncakes, hahaha.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Singapore Lokun Si Sibei Cham.

Wah Dr Og just discover I din update my blog like six months! Aiyah, been too busy lor. Work long hours, have to jagar my si gin nahs and look after lao pek lao bu.

But recently, the Straits Times forum alot of doctors go and write in. Alamak, why doctors like to write so much. I think hor alot of doctors secretly want to be writer lor. Aiyah, you want to be writer than start blog like Dr Og la, don't anyhow write to ST forum can? But hor, their England not as powderful as me lor... hahaha

See la, now the people think lokun are money grabbing cheats, spoil our reputation. Even got someone suggest hor, private doctor should go back public hospital and provide free service. I mean its good if people want to volunteer la, but in the first place is buay song public hospital then leave, and now want them go back and let you buak kar chng FOC, funny le......

Aiyah, anyway, be lokun in SG is sibei pathetic. No guidelines for charging how people know what is the right amount to charge. Most of the lokun I see work hard earn money and get by like all other Singaporeans. You see the Ferrari and Maserati on the streets all own by bankers and businessmen one la, lokun all tired and sleep very early, won't vroom vroom around the road middle of the night.

Lucky Dr Og is just a fake lokun and clinic is imagine one. Aiyah, gotta go wipe my si gin nah backside after he poo poo.

Will write again soon.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Google is gonna kill you!

Well not really...

Nowadays hor, people really like to google. Even medical students and doctors use google to do research instead of pubmed. Some even quote wikipaedia. Wah lau, to junior doctors out there, if you tell me your reference is google or wiki, I will fail you.

But for the public, they have no access (and no business having access) to professional lokun stuff. So can understand la if they google to find out about their symptoms. But must take what you see online with a pinch of salt or you will sure panic!

Try googling lumps in the stomach and you get stomach cancer from the 4th - 6th results. Surely google can't be wrong!!! (When in actual fact, its very badly sagging breasts we are talking about here. Girls please wear your bra!)

Any way, I'm not trying to criticise Google but the act of irresponsibly googling medical condition. So Google, don't kill me can??

Right on the Spot!