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Transforming Medicine

As the world increasingly grapples with new healthcare issues, it becomes paramount that medical leaders understand and adapt to the changes. Duke-NUS understands that pressing need and aims to develop medical practitioners who not only can treat, but drive the field of medicine in the years to come.

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Plans for a leading graduate medical school were hatched in 2001 in an attempt to produce highly-trained medical leaders who could support the Biomedical Sciences initiative, a drive to position Singapore as the biomedical hub of Asia.

The result of these plans was the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, a US-styled academic course that marries the best of both the American and Singapore system.
Five years after it first opened its doors to students in 2007, the school has made significant leaps in progress towards its goal, so much so that in 2010, the Singapore government decided to extend the collaboration between the two schools for another five years.

With so much to look forward to, the future looks bright and rosy for its current and future students. One of its students is Eric Cher, who shares with us why he decided to make Duke-NUS his choice.

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Helping Others, Growing Oneself

Being a social worker is not a career many students would have on their mind. We speak to a SingHealth scholar who was convinced that she had made the right choice, and she explains how her scholarship journey has impacted her.

By Benjamin Lim

From an early age, Sharleen Siow enjoyed helping people and influencing them positively. Being a Christian also taught her that investing in people was the most worthy pursuit.

Hence, when she was offered the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) Health Science Scholarship (HSS) to do a degree in social work, the Saint Andrew's Junior College alumna decided this career path would be the most suitable for her.

Currently in the fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Social Work at the National University of Singapore, Sharleen will be posted to one of the hospitals under the SingHealth Group to work as a Medical Social Worker after graduation. This is a very wide field and her job scope depends on the department she would be posted to.

Sharleen reveals that one of the most common responsibilities of a Medical Social Worker is to plan for the discharge of patients.

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Radioactive Passion

People say healthcare is a calling, a profession that no one gets into by chance. No one exemplifies this more than Patricia Gan, who truly displays the utmost passion and dedication for the healthcare profession.

By Kevin Lim

24-year-old Patricia Gan is a feisty young lady who becomes incredibly animated when talking about healthcare, a topic that she feels strongly for.

The Radiation Therapist at the National Cancer Centre Singapore takes a break from zapping cancer cells with radiation to sit down with us and unveil what drives her in life and her career.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the healthcare industry?

Patricia: I love interacting with people and making a difference in their lives, and the healthcare industry affords me that sense of fulfilment knowing I’m directly impacting others in life-giving ways.

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Opening the Doors of Health

While Singaporeans get teary-eyed over the latest Royston Tan short film on dementia, “Ah Kong”, there is an important health message in it that the organisation behind its makings hope the audience gets. It is this drive to promote greater health awareness and social change that attracts youngsters to join HPB’s cause.

By Wendy Ng

Herophilus, a Greek physician, once said, “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”

Indeed, health is an extremely important facet in everyone’s life.

For the average individual, he is usually only concerned about keeping himself in the pink of health.

However, the dedicated staff at the Health Promotion Board (HPB) has to manage the Herculean task of actively getting health messages out to Singaporeans and empower them with the knowledge and skills to actively manage their own health.

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Allied Health – Walking In Your Shoes

The healthcare sector consists of a myriad of possibilities for the health and science enthusiast, from dealing with visible body complications to investigating underlying internal conditions. Find out how a health science scholarship was the golden ticket to a bright future for a young scholar.

By Wendy Ng and Farhan Shah

In a world dominated by headlines of corporate greed and instant gratification, it takes someone special to stand up and decide that there is more to life than money and fame.

Throughout history, there have been a long list of luminaries that have made a difference to the world by lending a helping hand to those in need.

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A Healthy Future With NUHS

By Farhan Shah

Singapore’s healthcare industry model is widely lauded and copied throughout the world due to its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. One of the flag bearers in this field is the National University Health System (NUHS), which groups the National University Hospital (NUH) and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry under a common governance structure to create synergies to advance its tripartite mission of excellence in clinical care, research and education. This vision cannot be achieved without its team of healthcare professionals. .

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Lighting The Way

Throughout the years, there have been many selfless people who have devoted their lives to the care of others. Meet two people from NKF who believe that life is all about giving.

By Farhan Shah

They say nursing is a calling, a profession that no one falls into by chance. Florence Nightingale, celebrated English nurse, attributed her decision to dedicate her life to nursing because of the influence of God. For Nur Fazliana, she credits the influence of her aunt, a nurse.

“Seeing her sense of achievement and accomplishment as well as how content she was with her job made me attracted to the idea of nursing. However, it was looking at how she touched the lives of virtual strangers which truly inspired me,” the 23-year-old says.

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Growing As A Family

Each of their job scopes and length of experience may differ, but at JurongHealth, everyone starts out on the same footing.

By Cheak Hong Ian

In anticipation of Singapore’s ageing population, a new public healthcare cluster has been formed to facilitate and better serve the healthcare needs in the West.

Collectively named Jurong Health Services (JurongHealth), this new cluster manages Alexandra Hospital and the soon-to-be opened Jurong General Hospital (JGH).

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Careers in the pink of health

The many aspects of healthcare provide a wide range of health science career choices. For both Fang Yi and Jacintha, the MOH Health Science Scholarship has helped them to shine in the growing healthcare industry while assisting those in need.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Singapore’s aim of becoming a healthcare hub has led to a growing demand for qualified health science professionals. Several new hospitals and healthcare institutions will be completed in the next few years, which means that training and opportunities need to be given to those who want to contribute to the health science profession. For Ong Fang Yi and Jacintha Hee, the Health Science Scholarship by the Ministry of Health (MOH) presented an opportunity for them to pursue their respective interests in healthcare.

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The Need for Allied Healthcare Professionals

With an aging population, there is an increasing need for more professional healthcare providers. Ms Theresa Cheong, Head of Allied Health Sciences, EASB tells JobsCentral more about jobs in the healthcare industry.


1) How many allied health professionals are in shortage in Singapore at the moment? What is the estimated figure to be like in the next few years?

We have about 800 physiotherapists and this figure on a per population basis is way behind that of HK and Australia. The HK standard is 1 per 30,000 population, and Australia 1 to 10000 to 12000 population.

The comparative ratio for Singapore is 1 per 50,000 persons based on a population of four million. We will need another 500 physiotherapists to bring the comparative ratio down to 1 in 30,770.

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