The Singaporean Lady With The Lamp

It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly – Stephen Ambrose. We talk to a student who has answered the noble profession’s call and her plans for the future.

By Farhan Shah

Much like Florence Nightingale, celebrated English nurse, 21-year-old Amy Kok wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and carve out a meaningful career. While Florence Nightingale was influenced by the call of God, Amy’s head was turned when she went for a 1-week nursing placement in a hospital, during her time as an officer in the St. John’s Brigade.

“During the placement, my perspectives on helping people changed dramatically. I felt inadequate because I was surrounded by sick people but I lacked the skills to look after them. It was that experience which aroused my interest in pursuing an enriching career in Nursing,” Amy shares.

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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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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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MOH: The Life-Saving “Photojournalist”

MOH Health Science scholar Leong Suet Fen takes “photos” that help detect health problems in patients before it is too late.

By Cheak Hong Ian

You do not need to be a doctor or a nurse to offer a healing hand to others.

Diagnostic Radiographer Leong Suet Fen, 26, is one of the unsung heroes of the health industry.

“A radiographic examination involves checking the patient's identity and whether or not there are contraindications, explaining the procedure to the patient, positioning the patient to achieve standard projections so that follow-up scans are comparable, exposing the patient to an appropriate dose of radiation, assuring the patient, and minimising discomfort to the patient,” she says.

Suet Fen likens her job to that of a “photojournalist who presents the truth in the form of images”. She captures pictures of the significant and provocative, which in this case is the unseen terrain on which doctors and nurses will battle diseases on – inside the bodies of patients. These scans help doctors diagnose a patient’s exact condition.

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MOH: Putting Her Best Foot Forward

Podiatry is not just about healing feet; for one MOH scholar, it’s also about touching lives.

By Azhar Jalil

“To me, podiatry is not a healthcare profession where there’s a strict ‘patient-clinician’ relationship,” says podiatrist Chelsea Law, 28.

“In many ways, patients often refer to us more personally – as a friend, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and even a confidante,” she reveals.

Given that many of her patients are diabetics seeking treatment for debilitating foot ulcers, such rapport is undeniably a valuable crutch for effective treatment.

“In my position, I have the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives by providing my concern and care for them,” she says.

The road to success
Chelsea has always had an interest in medicine and wound care. As such, the MOH Health Science Scholarship (aka previously known as the PSC-MOH Overseas Specialist Award (Paramedical) in the past) served as the perfect vehicle for pursuing her ambition to be in healthcare. Why the study of feet in particular? “My mum’s heel pain spurred me to take up podiatry,” she explains.

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