August 2013|ISSUE 7
Our Inaugural Scholars

LKCMedicine is proud to announce five students are recipients of scholarships this year. The five have not only distinguished themselves academically, they also boast a stellar record of co-curricular activities.

These five students possess the qualities that will uphold the prestige and responsibilities that come with being a scholar. Besides impressing their interviewers with their intellect, they showed their maturity, eloquence and leadership potential.

In addition, they were selected from a shortlist of impressive students who exude confidence and character. Across the board, the students who were shortlisted showed keen interest in medicine as well as their willingness and a strong desire to help those in need.  

From left to right: Zachary Teo, Ryan Chen, Ang Jia Wei, Huang Baoxian, Stewart Retnam

Nanyang Scholarship

Recipient: Huang Baoxian

As the recipient of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship offered by Nanyang Technological University, Baoxian embodies the traits that LKCMedicine seeks in its students. Her two-year volunteer stint at Assisi Hospice exposed her to the frustrations patients experience when stricken with incurable illness, compelling her to pursue medicine so she can directly address patients’ needs. A full-time five-month internship with the National Cancer Centre Singapore where she experienced first-hand ward rounds, outpatient clinics and even overnight calls only strengthened her resolve to become a doctor.

LKCMedicine Scholarship

Recipient: Stewart Retnam

Stewart initially wanted to become a teacher but after a crippling bout of sinusitis, he realised there are others whose lives have been made even more difficult because of disease. Upon undertaking several hospital attachments where he witnessed doctors taking medical histories, noting symptoms and running tests in order to establish a patient’s diagnosis, Stewart realised medical practice was not only intellectually challenging, it would also allow him to fulfil his love for teaching as teaching opportunities are abundant in a medical career.

LKCMedicine Scholarship 

Recipient: Ryan Chen

One who enjoys new challenges with aspirations towards becoming a clinician-scientist in the future, Ryan was drawn to the intellectual challenge of medical study and unravelling the puzzle that is medical diagnosis. At the same time, he believes in the emotionally rewarding work of a doctor, where he can help people at their worst. Keen to be on the frontline, he hopes to help people better understand their ailments so they can be empowered to make informed decisions regarding their healthcare.

Toh Kian Chui Scholarship

Recipient: Ang Jia Wei

Jia Wei believes that a path in medicine is in line with her priorities in life as she enjoys working with and for people. Highly motivated to serve others and empower those in need, her volunteer stint as a mentor for primary school students needing help with their homework made her determined to pursue a career where she would be able to directly utilise her skills and knowledge to benefit others. An internship at the National Cancer Centre revealed the hard work and sacrifices that are required of a doctor but nevertheless, she is determined to put in her best so she can be a better doctor and person.

SAF Medicine Scholarship

Recipient: Zachary Teo

Intrigued by how the human body functions, Zachary’s interest in medicine was further fuelled after witnessing several medical incidents involving friends and family. The desire to help those in need and provide comfort to them cemented his interest and an attachment with the Department of General Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital gave precious insight into the life of a doctor, leading him to decide on medicine as his chosen career path.