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Being an avid traveler for many years, I have seen the ups and downs of life and I have always been thankful for the good life I was born with. After spending some time doing overseas volunteer work, as well as spending almost a month in the village hometown of my Indonesian maid tucked away deep in Central Java, I realized that happiness cannot be measured by one’s wealth. To a poor village kid, having a plain ice cube to suck on is a rare treat, but yet we take our flavorful ice creams for granted. While we enjoy turkey, ham and chocolate cakes for Christmas, an orphanage of 20 children were content with simply sharing one chicken, and meat was something they could only have a taste on festive occasions.

Hence, in November 2012, I was determined to start a donation drive because I wanted these orphans to experience the joy of Christmas just as much as I did, even if it meant having just a few candies and get together singing sessions. Together with the help of my boyfriend, Carl, and his mother Dr Ohmar Myint, we pulled together a meaningful Christmas.

The Duke-NUS volunteers with Prof. Tan Mann Hong (SGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Head) and Dr. Goh Seo Kiat (Consultant, SGH Orthopaedic Surgery)

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, ten Duke-NUS medical students joined the SGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for their annual bone health screening at the 103-year-old Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH). A joint effort between medical students, residents, consultants, administrators, nurses, allied health professionals, and researchers, the bone health screening was aimed at preventing and managing osteoporosis in the aging population.

Alice’s adventures in wonderland may have begun when she tumbled down a mysterious rabbit hole. For Duke-NUS students who had the opportunity to attend the 18th ASEAN Congress of Anaesthesiologists Airway Workshop on the 30th of October at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, it involved a fascinating voyage down the human airway.

The daylong workshop featured talks by anaesthesiologists from around the globe on some of the latest developments in the field. The large portion of the wokshop comprised of several interactive stations; some that encouraged one to think laterally and respond to medical scenarios and others that showcased the mind-boggling assortment of devices used in managing an airway.

By Trina Arifin, Class of 2014

By Eric Cher Wei Liang, Class of 2014

Being the first medical student to do an overseas elective in Uganda, Duke-NUS has provided tremendous support in making this intention a reality. I had the privilege of doing my elective in Orthopedics Trauma at Mulago Hospital, the national referral and teaching hospital in Uganda.

Mulago Hospital

Outreach program into the neighborhood

Orthopedics Department, Mulago Hospital

By Andrew Chou, Class of 2015

Got the itch to stitch? The surgical interest groups (SurgING, OB/GYN SIG, and The Orthopods) hosted a suturing workshop on 26 August 2013 aimed at equipping students with basic hand tying and suturing skills for their clinical postings.

Sponsored fully by Johnson & Johnson Medical, the workshop opened with a lecture on the basics of suture types and needles, followed by an opening speech by A/Prof. Tan Thiam Chye, the clerkship coordinator for the Obstetrics & Gynaecology, on the importance of suturing skills and peer teaching. Senior medical students and recently graduated alumni came back to teach junior students basic skills for surviving their surgical clerkships and tips on how to improve.

Camp Simba is a camp organized for young children whose parents have cancer or have passed away from cancer. To friends and teachers around them, these children appear normal. But with their loved ones fighting against disease or dealing with death, they are often left to fend for themselves, both in their daily lives and emotionally. The grown-ups have various sources of support, but the simple needs of these children are often overlooked.

Every year, students from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine come together to co-organize a fun-packed 3-day camp in June, and more than a couple additional excursions to local attractions throughout the year.

For more information, please visit the Camp Simba website.

   

By Kenneth Chin, Class of 2016

In medical school, time is a premium. In spite of the rigorous curriculum, it is still important to maintain a balanced life – the motto is to work hard and play hard.

In the spirit of inducing “play” in our lives, the Class of 2016 Dragon Boat team started in January 2013 and has since grown in numbers – close to a 20 member team! We are a multinational team with an equal mix of male and female members. On Saturday afternoons we embark on 2 hour training regime at the Kallang Basin area. These training sessions are beneficial as we get to enjoy the sun and keep fit. Furthermore, we enjoy a good view of the beautiful scenery of the city’s skyline and Marina Barrage from our training area - this keep us going when the training gets tough!

So, why Dragon Boat racing as a class sport?

Firstly, as healthcare advocates, keeping fit and staying healthy ourselves is of paramount importance. With a healthy body comes a healthy mind. More importantly for students like us, regular exercise refreshes, renews, and keeps the mind sharp.

A battle of skill, grit, wit and sheer hilarity! A great opportunity for interaction and to build camaraderie! A time to de-stress!

Watch snippets from the Duke-NUS 2012 Students Sports Carnival:

This video was produced by the Office of Communications and Development, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

By Tan Shih Jia, Janice , Class of 2016

World Autism Awareness Day falls on April 2. Every year since 2008, autism organizations around the globe has marked this day to celebrate and be involved in helping to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders.

This occasion was first celebrated in Singapore in 2011 through the initiative of students from Benjamin Sheares College, in collaboration with the different autism centers. Marked by resounding success, the event was held again the following year. This year, for the first time, we held it as World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW) which lasted from 2nd to 8th April! Working closely with our distinguished partners from Autism Association Singapore (AAS), Autism Resource Center, Singapore (ARC), Saint Andrew’s Autism Centre and Rainbow center, we celebrated this year by holding a roadshow at ION Orchard on the 5th April, followed by seminar series at Pathlight School the following day.

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