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DID YOU KNOW: Out of the 11 polytechnic graduates who scored places in the medical schools at National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this year, six are from SP — the highest number from a single polytechnic to be accepted into local medicine degree courses!

Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) graduates Kimberley Lim, Alicia Yip, Kenny Sung, 

Foo Yu Wah and Sylvia Phua, as well as Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT) graduate Peh Ting Yong, will be enrolling into NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. They join the pool of 27 SP graduates who have enrolled in local medicine degree courses since 2010.

The six of them took some time off their schedules to share how their interest in medicine was ignited, and some of their hopes for the future.

 Alicia Yip Swee Yan
Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS), Class of 2017
Admitted into NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alumnus of Riverside Secondary School
How did your interest in medicine and the healthcare sector come about?
I took up a voluntary week-long attachment at Alexandra Hospital, where I shadowed doctors on their daily ward rounds and got to see what went on behind the scenes. My experiences there left me inspired.
Name of interesting hightlight of your time in SP:
Choosing the research option in my course.The case-based learning style taught me how to work in groups and conduct presentations.I was also an avid member of Dancesport, and won multiple awards despite never having danced before poly!
 FOO YU WAH
Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS), Class of 2015
Admitted into NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alumnus of Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
Name one interesting highlight of your time in SP:
I was the VP of the Biomedical Science Student Council in Year 2. We organised customised enrichment programmes including trips to the National Heart Centre and hospitals. We also organised health-screening events for the National Health Group Diagnostics for three years!

Share your plans for the future!
I want to become a paediatricition, which is an interest that developed during my internship at the Murdoch Children Research Institute at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia in Year 2.

Peh Ting Yong
Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT),
Class of 2015
Admitted into NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alumnus of Compassvale Secondary School
How did your interest in medicine and the healthcare sector come about?
I remember deciding between becoming a doctor or a researcher. But I decided on becoming a doctor after joining SP First Aiders. At that time, I encountered individuals with deep cuts or injuries but I was not able to help them due to my lack of medical knowledge. Determined to help people around me, I decided to study medicine since then.
Share your plans for the future!
My interests lie in paediatrics and geriatrics, but I am open to all fields. In fact, I want to understand the various fields and job scopes before making a final decision.
 Kimberley Lim Ying Ying
Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS), Class of 2017
Admitted to NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alumnus of Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
How did your interest in medicine and the healthcare sector come about?
The healthcare sector appealed to me because I wanted opportunities to interact with people from all walks of life. Being from a single-parent family with a younger brother also helped me to develop empathy towards others at a young age. I see my heightened sensitivity towards others as a quality much needed in the healthcare sector!
Sylvia Phua Yi Hui
Diploma in Biomedical Sciences (DBS), Class of 2017
Admitted into NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alumnus of Compassvale Secondary School
Name one interesting highlight of your time in SP:
As a Youth Community Leader, I participated in an overseas community trip to Cambodia, and subsequently led a trip to Lijiang, China. We taught English, refurbished village school fences, painted murals and visited squalid areas to conduct the Rice Soup Programme. These experiences helped me discover the desire to become a doctor to serve the community.
Share your plans for the future!
To serve as a doctor! I worked as a phlebotomist in polyclinics before entering university.
Kenny Sung Yun Lai
Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS), Class of 2017
Admitted into NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Alumnus of East Spring Secondary School
How did your interest in medicine and the healthcare sector come about?
When I was in Year 1, a close family member was diagnosed with cancer, and this spurred me on to pursue my studies in medicine. Up until then, my dream was to in fact become a medical researcher.

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