Many careers offer opportunities to help others, but few compare to what a career in healthcare offers. As a healthcare professional, I can physically reach out to those in need around me. This is undoubtedly the driving force of many of my mentors, seniors and peers at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
The opportunities we have as NUS medical students to contribute to society are endless. I have participated in multiple community health screening projects at various estates island-wide. During term breaks, many of my classmates and I travel to rural areas in surrounding regions to improve health literacy and to aid in health screening efforts for the less fortunate.
It is extremely fulfilling to take our medical training out of the classroom and into real-life situations, and even more so to witness how basic medical help can go a long way in transforming someone’s life.
A medical student is rarely seen without a pile of books. When it comes to exams, we do study hard, spending sleepless nights cooped up in the medical library or study rooms with the rest of our batch cramming away. But when it’s time to play, we play hard. The Medical Faculty comes together twice a year to put on theatrical productions, dubbed Playhouse and Operation Theatre, in which I am heavily involved. They display the enthusiasm and talent of medical students as well as their teamwork.
A description of medical students would not be complete without a mention of our sportsmen and women who represent our Faculty, University and country at various competitions locally and globally. Just this year, Team Medicine, comprising both trained semi-professionals and amateur, but hardworking, beginners, brought home the intra-Faculty games trophy. We also triumphed at the Medical-Law games and MUNUS (Monash University-NUS) games. They are annual friendly competitions aimed at fostering friendships and camaraderie.
Last but certainly not least, nothing beats the strong bonds of friendship that we foster throughout our five years in medical school. Be it while studying, or attending clinics, or at medical student conferences locally and abroad, we find like-minded individuals, who share in common the same goals, aspirations and passion for reaching out to the people around us – to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.