When Dr Barbara Helen Rosario was asked to join Changi General Hospital, she saw a door of opportunity to further her interest in stroke and geriatrics and be closer to her extended family in Asia. Dr Rosario, who has three children, made the choice to relocate to Singapore and to continue her practice at CGH. Her two younger children aged 7 and 11 joined her in Singapore. She is currently in the final stages of completing a post-graduate degree, an MPhil in Neural Mechanisms of Speech Control explored through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at Sheffield University.
She wants to be close to her families
From Singapore, I can visit my family based in Hong Kong and New Zealand as well as for my children to see their grandparents in Mumbai. More importantly, I love the tropical weather in Singapore and really doesn’t mind the humidity – it beats being cold!”
CGH’s ethos are aligned with her aspirations
I have been a Consultant Stroke Physician and a Geriatrician for the last four years, so I was inspired when I learnt about CGH’s plans to address the re-enablement of older people. I felt that the ethos of the hospital was aligned with my own aspirations for care provision. I felt that CGH has a progressive vision concerning the care of older patients which was something I would like to work on and an area close to my heart. CGH’s commitment to work-life balance was also a consideration especially for individuals like myself who have young children.
The collegial culture at CGH
There is a strong collegial culture at CGH. You can definitely feel this. In the hospitals at UK, lunch breaks rarely happened but at CGH, the whole team lunches together and I am certain that this contributes to a happy team. When I just started working at CGH, the senior doctors also supported me in learning the new systems and the local nuances that were very important to providing care in a new setting. The administrative staff, who are an amazing asset to my department, also provide good secretariat support. Whenever I walk around the hospital, I just feel that everyone is beaming with friendliness and I like it.
Her one interesting incident
When I arrived at CGH with my two children for the first time, a staff at clinical services was shocked that we had walked to the hospital from where
we were staying. The distance was about one kilometer.
Apparently walking in the heat is not very welcoming in Singapore but I am still encouraging it – just make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen!”