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.”
While most of his peers were busy study for exams, young biotechnopreneur
Fan Mingwei, skipped the rungs, took a break off school in fact for 3 years
and went straight to becoming his own boss. Mingwei made headlines in
2014 by setting up one of the region’s first 3D bio-printing companies capable
of printing human tissues, bacterial colonies and dietary supplements. He
continues to lead the way the unchartered territories of 3D bio-printing.
B.Sc in Biological Sciences (Hons)
Class of 2014
Current: Director & Co-founder of Bio3D Technologies Pte Ltd
“I graduated from SBS in 2014
after a 3-year break from studies to focus on my businesses. I was
enrolled in 2008 via the direct entry admissions track. During my time in
NTU, I have created several start-ups. Bio3D Technologies is one of my
biotech start-ups, started during my days in NTU. Running a biotech business is
something not everyone will consider and it requires a lot of
commitment. This also means less time for my studies in NTU. Fortunately
professors and office staff in SBS are very understanding. Not only have they
allowed me to take time off for my businesses, they have also given me and
fellow entrepreneurial students great support to pursue our
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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.