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I am planning my medical elective for next year (current UK based 4th year) and am hoping to go to South East Asia, ideally Singapore. I would love to have a chilled elective as I'm planning on taking my two children and partner with me for a month but have heard its pretty long hours in Singapore. Does anyone know if there are certain Singapore hospitals/departments/specialities which are more relaxed than others and do not require long hours?

Any advice much appreciated!!

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The only Singapore electives I've heard of required a pretty high level of dedication.

Caribbean/NZ/Fiji on the other hand...
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Hi

I am planning my medical elective for next year (current UK based 4th year) and am hoping to go to South East Asia, ideally Singapore. I would love to have a chilled elective as I'm planning on taking my two children and partner with me for a month but have heard its pretty long hours in Singapore. Does anyone know if there are certain Singapore hospitals/departments/specialities which are more relaxed than others and do not require long hours?

Any advice much appreciated!!

Thanks
As @nexttime said the placements are usually busy. I do have a few friends who went to SG for their electives, the culture and the ethos is based on hard-work, so you will be required to be with the team virtually all the time and possibly stay late and come in early.

Consider going elsewhere if you wanted to have a relaxing time! I heard (note: legend not factual) someone literally spending 3 weeks on the beach and then getting signed off (for doing 3 weeks' work) from a certain Caribbean country.
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Consider going elsewhere if you wanted to have a relaxing time! I heard (note: legend not factual) someone literally spending 3 weeks on the beach and then getting signed off (for doing 3 weeks' work) from a certain Caribbean country.
In New Zealand the consultant actively told me to go and enjoy his country and come back at the end! I hung around for 2.5/4 weeks anyway though...

Caribbean I attended every day, mainly because the consultant was a friend of mine, but routine hours were 8-11/12 or so. Maybe until 3 on theatre days. Most amazingly, that was his routine as well. What a job!
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In New Zealand the consultant actively told me to go and enjoy his country and come back at the end! I hung around for 2.5/4 weeks anyway though...

Caribbean I attended every day, mainly because the consultant was a friend of mine, but routine hours were 8-11/12 or so.
Awww that's nice you have a friend consultant overseas! I have honestly heard the worst (i.e. skivving) stories from Caribbean hospitals
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The only Singapore electives I've heard of required a pretty high level of dedication.

Caribbean/NZ/Fiji on the other hand...
Is it difficult to get an elective in Singapore?
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Is it difficult to get an elective in Singapore?
I don't know.
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Friend is just back from his sinagpore elective. They were in from 7.30am ish till 8pm most days. They were in ortho though so other areas may be more relaxed.
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Friend is just back from his sinagpore elective. They were in from 7.30am ish till 8pm most days. They were in ortho though so other areas may be more relaxed.
Hey!

It would be amazing if he had any tips for someone wanting to apply there for an elective!
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Thanks for your responses.I think Singapore is out the window now but I’m interested in New Zealand. Nexttime which island and hospital/speciality were you based at?Thanks
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Go to Malaysia, chilled out and right next to Singapore
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