- Chronicles of a House Elf (Apr 2021-Jun 2022)
- The Great Resignation (Jul 2022 – Oct 2022)
- Locum Lokun Life (Nov 2022 – forever?)
Chronicles of a House Elf (Apr 2021-Jun 2022)
The Chronicles of a House Elf is a monthly series I created to motivate myself to continue blogging despite the demands and intensity of my Housemanship/intern year.
I titled it as such because I was a huge fan of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia growing up, plus I resonate greatly with the house elves in Harry Potter. Y’know, those enslaved creatures wearing potato sacks and working endlessly for minimum wage.
Each monthly post was a recap of both the happier bits and uglier sides of life as a junior doctor in Singapore, because I refuse to sugarcoat the truth or hide the harsh reality of this job/lifestyle (especially for prospective medical students/their parents).
- Month #1: the harsh realities of being a junior doctor
- Month #2: baby steps in mental resilience
- Month #3: counting small blessings
- Month #4: mental health among junior doctors
- Month #5: recovering from burnout + a welcome change in environment
- bonus op-ed: the perfect storm for burnout in junior doctors in Singapore + pandemic fatigue + we don’t need #STcovidheroes we just need a break
- Month #6: halfway there + I’m getting used to 30-hour work days & 70-hour work weeks but I probably shouldn’t
- Month #7: why I’m not doing a residency + the virtues of ‘lying flat’
- Month #8: the bad thing about comfort zones
- Month #9: will the pre-call blues ever go away?
- Month #10: the eternal fight for work-life balance
- Month #11: the effect of bosses on workplace morale
- Month #12: becoming a Medical Officer + highlight reel of a chill HO year + what’s next?
- Month #13: my first chill month as a Medical Officer + about the MOPEX system/how to pick good MO postings
- Month #14: the fear of stagnation + career progression for doctors in Singapore
The Great Resignation (Jul 2022 – Oct 2022)
And then I decided to leave the public healthcare sector and *gasp* break my bond, the ultimate taboo. I wrote this series to elucidate my reasons and thoughts behind my life-altering decision:
- Part 1: the journey of a burnt-out doctor + why you shouldn’t rush into Med School at 19
- Part 2: the prestige trap + cognitive dissonance + jumping when you can afford to drown
- Part 3: The Alchemist + being a jack of all trades + the dangers of ‘先苦后甜/bitterness before sweetness’
- Part 4: status post-resignation & sabbatical + being my own Proof of Concept
Locum Lokun Life (Nov 2022 – forever?)
Although I’m no longer bound by the ticking months of Master M’s bond, I’m still going to publish a post for my new Locum Lokun Life* series on the 25/26th of every month – the date my batch started Housemanhip – because that was the milestone I counted down to month after month, checking off yet another month of
slavery indentured servitude.
*locums are freelance doctors + lokun is a local slang for doctor
This is for y’all, my dear med friends (and please break free whenever possible/join me on the happier side of doctoring).
All the posts (so far):
- #1: new beginnings + being a locum vs full-time GP
- #2: serendipity + manpower woes + no, you can’t have antibiotics
- #3: see you in Jan 2023!
Here’s the ultimate Spotify playlist containing all my monthly song recs from all the blogposts above, enjoy!
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If you’re interested in exploring my blog, click here for an index of all the posts I’ve ever written (travel, musings, doctoring), or check out my most read series below:
- the Chasing Dreams series: a multi-part series chronicling my thoughts, dreams & changing ideals over the years (since 2018), including burnout, quitting the rat race, migration and trying to find my path in life
- the (not-so-definitive) guide to doctoring: Getting into Med School & FAQs | Surviving your Clinical Years | MBBS Tips | Life as a M1 // M2 // M3 // M4 // M5 during COVID // Life as a Doctor (monthly series) | Chasing Careers series