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KTGSS Alumnus Sharing on Careers Planning. Medicine Dr. Lau Kai Kee (1998) 3 June 2008. So you want to be a doctor…?. Want to help people? Social status? Prospect? Money?. Road to be a doctor. A Level in Biology / Math stream MBBS / MBChB 5 years Houseman 1 year

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ktgss alumnus sharing on careers planning

KTGSS Alumnus Sharingon Careers Planning

Medicine

Dr. Lau Kai Kee (1998)

3 June 2008

so you want to be a doctor
So you want to be a doctor…?
  • Want to help people?
  • Social status?
  • Prospect?
  • Money?
road to be a doctor
Road to be a doctor
  • A Level in Biology / Math stream
  • MBBS / MBChB 5 years
  • Houseman 1 year
  • Resident / Medical Officer (6-9 years)
  • Specialist
hkale grade
HKALE grade
  • Data of 2007
  • HKU MBBS Prog. Code: 6456
  • CUHK Medical Studies, Prog Code: 4501
  • MBBS 25th/50th/75th percentile AAA/AAB/AAB
  • LLB 25th/50th/75th percentile ABC/BBB/BBC
  • BEng(Civ) 25th/50th/75th percentile ABB/BBC/BCC
  • BBA(Law) 25th/50th/75th percentile AAB/AAC/AB

Data from Dr Jacobus Ng, HKU

employment opportunities
Employment opportunities
  • Hospital Authority (85-90%)
  • Private hospitals
  • Private practice
  • University
  • Department of Health
postgraduate specialist training
Postgraduate Specialist training
  • MBBS / MBChB: 5 years
  • Full registration (HK Medical Council): 1 year
  • Specialist trainings: 6 - 9 years
  • Other trainings: variable
  • Bottom line: lots of studying even after graduation (Continuous Medical Education)
life of a doctor public hospital
Life of a doctor (public hospital)
  • 6:45am Wake up
  • 7:50am Arrive at hospital
  • 8:00-12pm Start ward round (20 inpatients) +- outpatient
  • 10:30am Investigation Procedures / surgery
  • +- 1:00pm Lunch (usually less than 1 hr)
  • 2:00pm Outpatient clinic (40 patients) / surgery
  • 5:30pm Second ward round (newly admitted patients, investigation results)
  • 6:00-6:30pm Home / Continue on call duties
working hours
Working hours
  • HA targets at 65hours per week
  • 1-2 calls per week (~30 hrs per call)
  • Usual work hours in other disciplines: 44 hours per week
  • Total no of hours in one month: 168
  • i.e At least 39% of your life at work (usually more), not including your time for studying / exam preparation
salary
Salary
  • Resident / Medical Officer: $33,355 + allowance
  • 15% gratuity
  • Maximum: about $110,000
prospects promotional opportunities
Prospects & Promotional opportunities
  • Promotion in public hospitals: Very slim
  • “公院升遷不揀「網外人」”--Apple Daily 10/8/2007
  • Very few doctors will / can actually change their job
social status
Social status

Doctors are targets of criticism rather than targets of appraisal (except during SARS epidemic)

other ways to become a doctor
Other ways to become a doctor
  • Overseas
    • Premed generally required (another few years)
    • Need to pass licentiate examination (LMCHK) in HK before eligible to practice
other careers in health care
Other Careers in Health Care
  • Chinese Medical Practitioner
  • Dentist
  • Veterinary doctor
  • Allied Health (Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists)
  • Nurses
summary
Summary
  • Long trainings, Life long studying
  • Devotions to work / long working hours
  • Salary: Not the best pay
  • Prospects and promotions: slim
  • Social status: not as before
so you want to be a doctor1
So you want to be a doctor…?
  • Want to help people?
  • Social status?
  • Prospect?
  • Money?
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