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World Autism Awareness Day

Contributed by Debra Quek and Anu Pandey, Class of 2015.


Ion Orchard in Singapore, all lit up in blue

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2 April World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Events to commemorate this day are organized all around the world.

Last year, students of Benjamin Sheares College spearheaded the first celebration of WAAD in Singapore, bringing together various autism centres in Singapore to organize a one-day seminar for caregivers. The event was well received and even drew participants from outside Singapore! This year, we had the privilege of collaborating with 5 autism centres in Singapore, namely, Autism Association (Singapore), Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Rainbow Centre, Shoulders Singapore and St. Andrew’s Autism Centre to organize this year’s activities for WAAD 2012.

Eric Cher

Interestingly, about one third of our student population hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. One of our success stories, Dr Lim Kheng Choon, was a Mechanical Engineer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force  before he joined us as a medical student at Duke-NUS. To futher spur on these group of "engineers turned medical students", an interest group MedTech has also been set up at Duke-NUS. In this blog post, we talk to Eric Cher, a current 2nd year student about his journey from engineering to medicine thus far.


Eric's Journey so far.

Project Karen Duke-NUS


Stopping by for a picturesque shot at the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia


Project KAREn

I am always been a firm believer that great things will happen for those who take risks. It has been nearly 3 years since I enrolled at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School as a medical student. Like most of my international classmates, we took the risk to embark to this new school, live in a new country, meet new people, move away from family/friends/love ones, integrating into a new society/culture and learning how to appreciate a good chicken rice!

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