Duke-NUS Medical School holds ceremony for 62 graduates who studied under the conditions of Covid-19, Singapore News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Dr Low Zhen Luan was a nurse for four years at Singapore General Hospital, but felt she could do more for her patients.
The 31-year-old, who graduated in 2013 with a nursing degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS), said: “There was a knowledge gap between what I knew and what I practiced. I had a good nursing learning experience where I met many role models who motivated me to do and learn more. “
So in 2017 she decided to go back to school – enrolling in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Medical School.
She was one of 62 graduates on Saturday May 29 who attended a virtual ceremony to mark their graduation ceremony.
They included 54 graduates from the MD program, two from the MD-PhD program and six with doctorates.
The Minister of Manpower, Tan See Leng, was the guest of honor.
He congratulated the 2021 class for completing their studies in the difficult conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his speech, Dr Tan, who is also the second Minister of Trade and Industry, said he hopes graduates can continue to transform the face of medicine in Singapore through research and innovation. to improve the lives of Singaporeans.
He noted that equity in health care is a growing concern in Singapore.
Dr Tan said that as health treatment costs continue to rise, there is a need to balance treatment options for low-income families.
“Research and innovation are needed not only to break the ceiling on technological progress, but also to improve efficiency and access to care and support for low-income segments and the general population who may benefit from it. -be more needed but who have difficulties. to access it, ”he added.
Dr Tan was joined at the virtual event by Duke-NUS Dean Thomas Coffman, NUS President Tan Eng Chye and SingHealth Group Managing Director Ivy Ng.
The graduates were led by Duke-NUS Associate Dean of Education Ian Curran in reciting the Hippocratic Oath for the second time, having first promised it in their freshman year. When a person is admitted to the medical profession, they claim to respect professional ethical standards.
Dr. Geraldine Goh, who earned her PhD, also won the Duke-NUS Achievement Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Student or MD-PhD Student.
She had worked with Professor Wang Linfa, one of the world’s foremost experts in zoonoses, bat immunology and pathogen discovery.
Dr Goh, 30, said she focused her research on bat immunology because she was fascinated by the difference between animal immunology and that of humans and other animal hosts .
When asked how she would like to contribute as a doctor, she said: “For me, it never forgot that we have a shared humanity and therefore a great responsibility towards our patients to be in a place where they can share their burdens.
“And, in this way, (we can) play a part in relieving suffering and being a beacon of hope.”