February 2015 | ISSUE 16
Volunteering is second nature to LKCMedicine students

​By Loh Kieng Wee
LKCMedical Society Community Service Representative & Class of 2018

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LKCMedicine students volunteering at a health screening for workers

​With Lunar New Year just around the corner, Year 1 and Year 2 students brought festive joy to patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Ren Ci Hospital by distributing gift bags and putting up performances on 11 February. Aside from bringing cheer to in-patients during this period, the event also gave us an opportunity to give back to the community and express our thanks to the School’s main teaching hospital.

Volunteering has been a focus of LKCMedSoc-organised activities from the beginning as giving back to the community is integral to our future profession. As students, it can be difficult to contribute monetarily, but it is easy to invest our time and offer our help.

Many of us also see volunteering as a form of service learning. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as delivering food to the needy or more complex like a health screening – everyone who volunteers undoubtedly learns from the experience, gaining something out of it. Even senior physicians take time out of their busy schedules to do some form of volunteering.

Over the last year, LKCMedicine students have volunteered with a range of organisations.

Some helped with community health screenings conducted by the National Healthcare Group (NHG) under their Central Region Needs Assessment project. Volunteers helped NHG staff at the screening stations, performing tasks such as taking blood pressure, assessing physical function and mood. Volunteers also conducted door-to-door interviews to identify residents who could benefit from a health screening, so that they were made aware and encouraged to attend.

Others volunteer their time as befrienders for terminally-ill patients at Dover Park Hospice. Volunteers chat, play games with and even sing songs to residents.

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LKCMedicine students regularly volunteer their time to support projects such as health screenings (left) and community welfare drives (right)

Some of us are also involved in cleaning the homes of elderly people living in one-room flats under Project Homeworks. Organised by Habitat for Humanity, volunteers participate in tasks such as bedbug removal, rubbish disposal and painting that the elderly find difficult to perform.

With a growing student body, we hope to offer our help and time to more projects in Singapore and overseas and hopefully make a difference to our society, however small.