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Congratulations

Graduating Class of 2020!

Duke-NUS Medical School is delighted to celebrate our School’s Graduation and Hooding Ceremony on 17 April 2021. The Class of 2020 comprises the School’s 10th cohort of MD and 6th cohort of MD-PhD and PhD students.


Class of 2020

The Event

17th April 2021 (Saturday)
 9:30AM

Graduation and Hooding Ceremony

Event Highlights


 
Graduation and Hooding Ceremony 2020
The physical Graduation and Hooding ceremony was held to celebrate the graduates from the Class of 2020. Ten months ago, the Class marked the official end of their time at Duke-NUS with a Hippocratic Oath ceremony, which was held virtually in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore.


Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Health

Guest-of-Honour Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Health and a former Associate Professor at Duke-NUS himself, also shared words of encouragement with the graduates:

“That trust that is reposed in you allows you to transform societies as well as the lives of individual patients. Your compassion for humanity, your integrity in your personal conduct and by demonstrating the professionalism of holding up yourselves to the highest ethical standards, I am sure you will do all of this.”

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Leadership representatives from Duke University, the National University of Singapore, SingHealth and the School’s Governing Board
Among the distinguished guests attending the ceremony, in person and via Zoom, were leadership representatives from Duke University, the National University of Singapore, SingHealth and the School’s Governing Board.

This was followed by speeches by MD-PhD graduate Dr Justin Hsieh and MD graduate Dr Aditya Subramaniam.


Dr Justin Hsieh

Dr Hsieh reminded the cohort of their strong bonds forged over the years:

“We have picked each other up when we felt we may never get enough data for publication and have shared in the joy when that paper was published. We have cheered each other on when we felt that we may never be competent enough to treat patients and celebrated together when we passed the final year exam. We have become friends, and I want to remind all of us to never forget these bonds forged, and to always support each other no matter where we end up.”

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Dr Aditya Subramaniam

Dr Subramaniam emphasised the need for all of them to continue learning from their experiences, even the tough moments:

“Take pride in the fact that every time you chose to get back up, you chose to care. As long as we all keep getting back up, as long as we all keep caring for our patients, we continue to care. The day we stop caring – that will be the day we have truly failed.”

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Graduates presented with scrolls

Graduates were then presented with awards and their graduation hoods and scrolls.


Family and friends of the graduates joined via zoom
Family and friends of the graduates, as well as well-wishers from the faculty and School who joined via Zoom, were asked to turn their cameras on and join in the ceremony by waving to the audience.

Graduation Awards

 

Xue Bai
Xue Bai
SingHealth Top Student Gold Medal
SingHealth Prize in Family Medicine
Singapore Medical Association-Lee Foundation Achievement Prize
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize (Top Score in the Graduating Class on the US Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Knowledge)
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize (Top Score in the Graduating Class on the US Medical Licensing Examination Step 1) 
Ng Guan Yee
Ng Guan Yee
Academy of Medicine, Singapore Medal for Outstanding Leadership 
Singapore Medical Association-Lee Foundation Teamsmanship Award
Chen Yoong Wend
Chen Yoong Wend
SingHealth Seah Cheng Siang Gold Medal in Medicine
Singapore Medical Association-Lee Foundation Teamsmanship Award
Kwan Yu Heng
Kwan Yu Heng
SingHealth David Sabiston Gold Medal in Surgery
Chia Ming Hao Dominic
Chia Ming Hao Dominic 
Duke-NUS Humanism Award 
Singapore Medical Association-Lee Foundation Teamsmanship Award
Voon Siew Lian
Voon Siew Lian
SingHealth Prize in Paediatrics
SingHealth Prize in Neurology
NUSS Medal for Outstanding Achievement 
David James Gill
David James Gill
SingHealth Prize in Obstetrics & Gynaecology 
Jimin Suh
Jimin Suh
Institute of Mental Health Prize in Psychiatry 
Lim Wen Lin Mark
Lim Wen Lin Mark
College of Family Physicians Singapore Prize in Family Medicine
Aditya Subramaniam
Aditya Subramaniam
Singapore Medical Association-Lee Foundation Teamsmanship Award
Zhang Fuquan
Zhang Fuquan
Singapore Medical Association-Lee Foundation Teamsmanship Award
Chia Xintian
Chia Xintian
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize 
Ng Chang Zhi
Ng Chang Zhi
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize 
Natalia Sutiman
Natalia Sutiman
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize 
Yip Yuen Ting Michelle
Michelle Yip Yuen Ting
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize 
Lim Ka Keat
Lim Ka Keat
Duke-NUS Achievement Prize 

Our Graduands' Thoughts

 

Chia Xintian, Class of 2020
Having the virtual Hippocratic Oath Ceremony, with less- than-perfect-synchronized voices, pixelated screens and variable internet bandwidths is a perfect reminder - that the core of medical ethics and values must remain steadfast despite evolving circumstances.
Chia Xintian
Justin Hsieh, Class of 2020
Being a doctor most fundamentally means to make the sick feel better. And to me, the best way to achieve that is to become a clinician scientist who can both directly treat the illness of my patients and also to take the observations I see while treating them to arrive at new and better ways to improve clinical care for the future.
Justin Hsieh
Lee Li Wen, Class of 2020
I joined medical school to “save lives” but I’ve come to realise that medicine is a calling to serve, even at the expense of our comforts or personal schedules. It’s a day in, day out commitment between me and my patients, no matter how the day has been.
Lee Li Wen
Lim Gim Hui, Class of 2020
Beyond medical training, Duke-NUS gave me many opportunities to volunteer and lead overseas medical trips. I will definitely treasure the mentorship and friendship forged with my peers, college and staff during my time in Duke-NUS.
Lim Gim Hui
Alice Lo, Class of 2020
I think it’s an exciting and challenging time to become a doctor. I am glad to serve in the battle against Covid-19 but I am fully aware at the same time of the responsibility and the sacrifices involved.
Alice Lo
Dave Ng, Class of 2020
Studying medicine in Duke-NUS is a very unique experience. A very heterogenous pool of people made up my class, and I had the opportunity to study alongside peers who are so similar (in our passion towards medicine) yet so different (our previous life experiences).
Dave Ng
Sabina Sayeed, Class of 2020
None of us could have envisioned marking the culmination of our life-long dream in these unsettling times. But now more than ever, I am reminded of the privilege to be of service and an honor to be a part of the medical community.
Sabina Sayeed
Xue Bai, Class of 2020
The more I see, the more I agree that it is a privilege to learn and practice medicine. I am excited about this transition, and will continue on my journey with years and decades of learning ahead. Stay humble and curious. The best is always yet to come.
Xue Bai
Michelle Yip, Class of 2020
The opportunity to study at Duke-NUS is one of the blessings I have been lucky to receive. It has given me a strong medical foundation, clinical acumen and life-long friendships that have been and will continue to be a pillar of support.
Michelle Yip


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