Angry Doctor

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Lessons from My Houseman Year - 2

Lesson 2 - It’s a job

Some say it’s a calling, some say it’s a privilege.

Get over it – it’s a job.

You get paid for doing it, you have bosses to report to, working hours, colleagues who will irritate you, 'clients' who demand things from you, and a performance review at the end of the posting.

There are things that are expected of you.


Know the rules and regulations of the workplace and the terms of your employment and the contractual obligations. Know what you are supposed to do, not just as a doctor, but also as an employee.

And when the day is done, go home.

You still have a life, you know.


  • Hmm I only really fully grasped that lesson after I served my time as an SAF MO.

    But it was good also lah. Cos it did help me when I went back to the hospitals as an MO!

    By Blogger Dr Oz bloke, At April 05, 2006 6:22 pm  

  • heyz. please rush out these lessons before HOship officially starts. ha. feeling tad queasy from my ultra-slack life, thinking that i'll be a working adult with incredibly heavy responsibilities in 2/52 time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 07, 2006 9:48 am  

  • Your real bosses are your patients.

    So cocky doctors should take note.

    Without patients, you don't have a job.

    Antagonise patients and soon, one way or another, you may find yourself wishing you're able to turn back the clock.

    By Blogger uglybaldie, At April 08, 2006 2:25 pm  

  • Well said, fully agree with you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 08, 2006 4:23 pm  

  • Good, solid advice that works for nurses, too!

    Love the Dilbert shot - do you read Scott Adams'blog?

    Okay, I have to ask, what does "lah" mean? I see it on many blogs from Singapore?

    By Blogger Kim, At April 09, 2006 2:34 pm  

  • huh, I mean I fully agree with uglybaldie

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 10, 2006 1:16 am  

  • "Your real bosses are your patients."

    That used to be true in all sectors of healthcare. It's changing today though.

    Try telling the HR department that you want to do a particular test for an employee of the company but the HR don't want to pay for it, and neither does the patient/employee!

    Or better, HR calls up and says, this patient cannot take MC because take too many MC liao! And then after you try to justify for the customer/patient, the company says "If you like that one, we will have to look for another company doctor liao!"

    After a while, whoever is the one paying is the customer!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 10, 2006 12:17 pm  

  • If I were the employee of that company, I would complain to my union, if there is one representing me. If not and I am of executive status, tell them to shaft the job up their ass and move out. If the assinine imbeciles in the HR department don't value you as an employee, their days in business is numbered anyway.

    Also, if it is later found that one has a serious ailment, and the HR department refuses to pay for the tests per employment contract, sue the company and the motherfucker in the HR department until he has to sell his grandmother to the brothel to pay for the damages.

    Ditto for the MC debacle. If you are sick and the doc. certifies so, any gerrymandering by the HR department is criminal and actionable in a civil suit as well.

    Forget about what a politician says of singaporeans being too litigious. One must right a wrong vehemently and in a demonstrable fashion. If his ass is on the line, he would sue too! So he is talking cock, as politicans would wont to do.

    Know your rights as an employee and ultimately even if you see a quack on company's account, you're still the quack's boss, in a manner of speaking.

    I never ever had any problems with seeing a company doctor. All necessary tests were done. And to my satisfaction. All mcs were given, although I, yes, I had on many occassions refused to take medical leave because I felt, I wasn't sick enough to be hibernating in bed whilst my colleagues were surging ahead fattening their bank accounts.

    Ok. Oz?

    By Blogger uglybaldie, At April 10, 2006 12:57 pm  

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