|Early Career Johnite Initiative (ECJI)|
For Juniors who aspire to go to Singapore
Let me introduce myself, Im From Batch of 1997 (UG) and MS Ortho (2006),currently working in Singapore
At the outset I would discourage any Johnite Post MBBS to take this Route,for a simple fact that the system is undergoing a great change.Till 2009 they were following the UK based system where Students after House officership/Internship would become Medical officers in rotation for 6months each in their chosen departments,in due course they would be applying for BST (basic specialist training) once you exit from BST would need to Go for Advance specialist training (AST) ,This was the system till 2009-10.
Now they have adopted the American system and started the Residency program which will take off in a Phased Manner first batch set to Join in May 2011.
This year Residency results were quite disappointing only few foreigners were selected,that too for less competitive specialities like Geriatric Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine.
Here they are in need of people but not for training posts they need at service level, so you should be extremely Lucky to Get into Training with the present Circumstances,where they are mainly taking the locals,followed by perminant residents.
The requirement is such that i applied for Paeds Ortho fellowship but The HOD asked me to Take up a service job where i will be given privileges of a fellow.
Further more its a very small country so naturally oppurtunities are limited.
Having said this If somebody still wants to come in i would say try for 2 years and after that its not happening then try alternate routes.Its Ok after post PG if you come in and work for 1-2 years it will be counted as overseas experience.But Post MBBS its a big gamble if you dont get placed then its kinda of waste of precious time.
However we need to see and asses for 1-2 years more to form an opinion because the Residency programme is still in its Phase 1 so once its fully operational a better clearer picture would evolve. But as of now its a big gamble for interns to take this route compared to USMLE.
Hope this was useful and clear for the students who are aspiring for a career in Singapore
Further,should you need any more clarifications you may reach me on
+65- 91133917 willing to assist any johnite who needs help
Kind Regards Sumanth