Karen Wee is no stranger to the media, often quoted in local newspapers such as The Straits Times, Mind Your Body section, she embodies a new generation of young physicians, well-versed in both the western biomedical sciences and traditional medicine. From the pioneering batch of the double degree program in SBS, Karen blazes a trial for her juniors bringing to healthcare industry an east meets west medical knowledge and application. Karen currently works at Renhai clinic and her passion often sees her sharing her knowledge on TCM at UniSIM and the Confucius Institute.
B.Sc in Biomedical Sciences (Hons) &
B.Medical (Chinese Medicine)
Class of 2010
Current: TCM Physician, Renhai Clinic
“Being the pioneer batch of the Double Degree course, I must admit that it was indeed a challenging and fruitful five years for me. The 2 years in Beijing had opened my eyes to TCM and I was amazed and intrigued to see how effective TCM is in treating chronic illnesses such as cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes and gynaecological problems. The knowledge and skills that I had gained in those five years have definitely laid a strong foundation for me in my practice today. Of course, not forgetting the Biomedical Science knowledge which has come in useful during diagnosis, hence, allowing me to give my patients a more comprehensive treatment regime. Equipped with both Biomedical Science and TCM knowledge, it gives me an edge to interpret and explain TCM in biomedical terms to the general public so that they will have a better understanding in TCM.”
Driven and passionate, Benjamin Foo aced the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Management Associate Programme’s interview and secured a position prior to graduation. Management Associate commonly seen in financial sectors has made its way to healthcare industry where top graduates with outstanding leadership qualities are groomed for healthcare management careers in the organisation.
B.Sc in Biological Sciences (Hons.)
Class of 2016
Current: Management Associate, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Charting his course
There are two things I highly value in a job: purpose and opportunities for personal development. The TTSH Management Associate Programme (MAP) offers both of them. To me, ensuring patients' wellbeing is an extremely meaningful cause while the rotational nature of the programme provides exposure to the inner workings of a hospital, affording me a holistic development. Naturally, a position in the TTSH MAP is my career of choice.
A passion to touch lives
Healthcare is indispensable for all. Its role in Singapore is ever-increasing especially as Singapore prepares for our ageing population. Knowing that I have made and am continuing to make positive impacts to the lives of many as well as play a part in assisting Singapore overcome the oncoming challenge is a huge career motivation for me.
How prepared am I?
Curriculum in NTU School of Biological Sciences constantly challenges one beyond their limits and provides opportunities to hone qualities such as analytical skills. Specifically, the Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology courses encourage innovative thinking and improves one's problem solving skills. These qualities that I have acquired during my time in NTU Biological Sciences programme made me to stand out from the other candidates and better prepare me for future challenges.
A word of advice to my juniors J
Work on your strengths more than your weaknesses; they are what that will differentiate you from the rest.
Going to medical school felt like a natural progression for Lim Shu Han, from his community work to his experience during hospital internship gradually led him to his calling in Medicine. Shu Han shares with us how his journey began and his word of advice for those intending to pursue Medicine.
Lim Shu Han
B.Sc in Biological Sciences (Hons.)
Class of 2013
Current: Graduate Medical Student, Duke NUS
1) Why did you choose to pursue graduate medical studies?
I believe that it was a calling that brought me to Medicine. Through community service and hospital internships, I grew to feel that helping patients give me a deep sense of warmth and satisfaction. In times of illness, I feel a strong need to be at patients’ bedsides fighting their disease with them instead of being at the sidelines. Moreover, I enjoy interacting and building rapport with people from all walks of life and this was something I felt Medicine allows me to do.
2) How has NTU SBS programme prepared you for medical training?
When NTU SBS introduced the new Industrial Internship Programme (IIP) in my final year, I grabbed this wonderful opportunity instead of the traditional Final Year Project. I wanted to broaden my perspectives in the field that I was intending to pursue: healthcare.
I completed a six-month internship at a hospital administration department at Singapore General Hospital. It is a department that oversees the quality and safety of medical practice. From there, I grew to understand the complexity of our healthcare system, what can go wrong and what is being done to improve the safety and quality of care to patients. What I learnt from this fruitful experience still follows me even up till this day.
3) What advice would you give current SBS undergraduates who intend to pursue their dream to be a medical doctor?
I strongly encourage all who intend to pursue Medicine to take up shadowing or internships in a hospital or clinic. It is crucial to gain some experience on the daily work of doctors. While an intern’s experience may not be the most accurate of representations, any experience can potentially be insightful and motivating.
Talk to as many medical students as possible, especially students from the school that one intends to apply to. The style of learning and curriculum of each medical school may be unique and may not be suitable for everyone. It is important to have an idea on what life in medical school is like as this phase constitutes a good three or four years.
The road to medicine is long and rigorous. There may be many times along the way where one would feel fatigued and demoralized. Sometimes, it can take several tries before one can be successful in the admission process. Thus, it is most important not to neglect family and friends in your focused pursuit. They will be your pillars of support in the toughest times.
Blessed with brains and beauty, Ng Zhi Hui is passionate in whatever she does! From becoming an SQ cabin crew after graduation to landing a job in of the Big 4 top accounting firm, she shares with us her job as a risk consultant, tapping on her knowledge in life sciences and skills in analytics and innovation!
Ng Zhi Hui
B.Sc in Biological Sciences (Hons.)
Class of 2009
Current: Consultant (Risk Consulting), Deloitte & Touche
How did you end up with a career with Deloitte Singapore?
I crave challenges! One of the most appealing aspects of risk consulting in Deloitte is the huge variety of projects that I am exposed to. Here, I am constantly challenged to do things that I may not have done before. Most of my time is spent in the foresights of life sciences and healthcare industry. It makes me feel good that I am playing a part in shaping the landscape of better healthcare globally. My journey with Deloitte has no doubt instilled in me an extraordinary amount of discipline and exposure to risk consulting techniques at a level of intensity and focus that is difficult to find elsewhere.
How has NTU SBS programme prepared you for your role as a Risk Consultant?
SBS curriculum is a very specialized program. At the same time, the curriculum allows us to explore courses out of sciences. This flexibility cultivates scientific and analytical skills while instilling innovative thinking across disciplines. The acquired skills and knowledge can be translated easily into my role in management consulting. My job primarily focuses on helping businesses augment their performance by analyzing challenges facing their business and proposing solutions. There is a vast scope in gathering industry experience at both macro and micro levels. This is coupled with the rigorous training in intense analytical thinking and innovative finesse, contributing a long way towards my personal development.
What advice would you give current SBS undergraduates wish to enter the business sector?
There’s nothing you can’t achieve with time, attention and effort. Be bold and move out of your comfort zone.