• Nurses: 3 reasons to improve your interpersonal skills
    In healthcare, where everything is fast-paced and busy, patients and nurses alike can easily get stressed out and become agitated at short notice. As such, advanced interpersonal skills are required to resolve situations with high tension, and smoothly resolve any problems that arise from misunderstandings.
  • Why every healthcare practitioner should aspire to write a book
    Each of us has our own stories, but the prospect of encapsulating our experiences in words can be quite daunting. Yet, leaving your imprints on timeless pages can open doors to not just your own transformation but also your patients’.
  • Pharmacists: Relocating to Malaysia, Australia or the United States (Part III of III)
    Part III of this series on Singapore pharmacists that reside and work overseas will highlight the requirements for three countries in particular – Malaysia, Australia and the United States.
  • Hiring for your medical practice: The right questions to ask
    Hiring someone for your medical practice is no easy task. If you are not thorough in the interview process, you might end up with an incompatible and unprofessional candidate, which will be bad news for your medical practice.
  • The pregnant resident: Handling two tough roles simultaneously
    The life of a resident physician is tedious. There are patients to attend to, reports to write, exams to study for, charts to fill up and many more tasks that need to be fulfilled. It is not an easy task, but doable by all means. However, throw pregnancy into the mix, and the workload of the pregnant physician seems nigh impossible to complete.
  • Tips on how to brand your medical practice
    Brands are not just about clothes, food and drinks. Nowadays, branding is also an important concept for physicians and medical practices, and it is essential for them to establish their own brands.
  • The patient’s differential treatment of nurses and doctors
    Due to a common - but not usually true - generic image of the nursing profession that has developed over the years, it is sadly also common for a patient to show less respect to nurses than doctors or other healthcare professionals.
  • Pharmacists: Preparing to immigrate to a job overseas (Part II of III)
    Part I of this series has covered a brief overview of pharmacists residing and working overseas. Despite the challenges, many pharmacists have still chosen to work in another country, and part II of this three-part-series will detail the preparation work pharmacists need to undertake to successfully immigrate.
  • 5 ways to diminish your perioperative patient's anxiety
    Patients can often feel anxious, especially close to surgical procedures. While anxiety is a perfectly normal human reaction, if it is not controlled, it can pose a serious health problem. Here are five ways that you can effectively diminish your perioperative patient’s anxiety.
  • Listening to music while performing surgeries – relaxing or distracting?
    Above the beeping of monitors, the clanging of instruments, shuffling of feet and bellowing of orders there is a harmonious tune being played. From Symphony No. 9 to Smoke on the water, the surgeon can be cutting to his or her own set of beats. Listening to music during surgery may not be a norm in Asian countries, so let's take a look at some of the pros and cons to this.
  • Four excellent customer service standards your pharmacy should aspire to meet
    A pharmacy is not just about selling drugs – it is a people business, a patient business, and the centre of this business is excellent customer service. It is vital to acknowledge that satisfying a pharmacy customer today is vastly different from satisfying customers a decade ago. 
  • Pharmacists: Residing and practising in a foreign land (Part I of III)
    In the 2015 annual report from the Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC), there were 2757 pharmacists on the registry. Of the total number of pharmacists registered with the SPC, 199 (7.2%) were reported to be residing overseas. This is a slight decrease of 2.5% as compared to 204 in 2014. In this three-part-series, part I will give an overview of the immigration of pharmacists, and examine the pros and cons of practising as a pharmacist in a foreign land.
  • Dismissive behaviour: A threat to a doctor’s workplace and career
    Dismissive behaviour among doctors is a serious matter and can be very damaging to the people involved. In a study published in Clinical Medicine, researchers found that a third of the doctors in the survey conducted reported that they experience rude, dismissive or aggressive communication from their colleagues [1]. The prevalence of this culture in healthcare institutions can have a negative impact on the abilities and experiences of doctors.