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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


01 07 2007
派糖冇我份 捱苦有我份”01/07/2007



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?


Ktgss alumnus sharing on careers planning