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As future doctors, we cannot operate alone.

Instead we need strong collaboration from everyone else in the healthcare system. The experiences I gained from growing up in Indonesia, a country with multicultural diversity, and from pursuing my education and career in the U.S. have made me realize how much I value diversity. Learning from diverse health care professional colleagues at Duke-NUS who bring their unique life perspectives will not only augment my experience but also will better prepare me to be a leader in global medicine. I am very excited in serving a country such as Singapore with its harmonious co-existence of multicultural diversity patients.

WIJAYA MARTANTO Class of 2014 BS, Chemical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) with minor in Chemistry, University of Minnesota Twin Cities PhD, Chemical Engineering with minor in Management, Georgia Institute of Technology 2005 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Best Doctoral Dissertation Award


It is the patient we are treating and their lives we are changing.

I aspire to be an outstanding surgeon and a medical device inventor. With a fulfilling undergraduate experience working on numerous orthopedic related projects, I seek to apply my engineering knowledge into the development of clinical products that are not only innovative, but practical and patient centric. As a doctorengineer, my future practice will be constantly challenged and motivated by an inquisitive mind – one that seeks to shape and improve our current healthcare practices.

ERIC CHER WEI LIANG Class of 2014 B.Eng, Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore NUS Faculty of Engineering 23rd Research & Innovation Award


Why did I choose to study medicine?

To put it simply, I started to understand the complexity and the intricacy of medicine in university. I have always been involved in the science part of medicine but medicine is way more than the science behind it. I began to realize that for me to make an impact in medicine, it is important to start from the perspective of an empathetic physician having understood the challenges faced by patients and physicians at the front line. The purpose of medical research is to push medicine forward, and research will have meaning to patients only when it directly improves their care. That is where I am placing myself, and that is the reason why I chose to study medicine.

LAU HIU YEUNG Class of 2014 B. Sc Molecular & Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University National Science Scholarship (BS/PhD), A*Star


Why did I choose to study medicine?

To put it simply, I started to understand the complexity and the intricacy of medicine in university. I have always been involved in the science part of medicine but medicine is way more than the science behind it. I began to realize that for me to make an impact in medicine, it is important to start from the perspective of an empathetic physician having understood the challenges faced by patients and physicians at the front line. The purpose of medical research is to push medicine forward, and research will have meaning to patients only when it directly improves their care. That is where I am placing myself, and that is the reason why I chose to study medicine.

LAU HIU YEUNG Class of 2014 B. Sc Molecular & Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University National Science Scholarship (BS/PhD), A*Star


I grew up in a family of doctors so I found that passion for medicine very early on.

It helps me because I am surrounded by people who can teach me what I need to know, which is discipline, drive and enthusiasm. My Aspirations? What I hope is to become a good representative of Duke-NUS, make my seniors proud and continue the pioneer spirit and be a leader in whatever I choose to do and hope that one day I can come back to Duke-NUS to impart my knowledge to my future juniors.

GISELLE REINOSO Class of 2014 B.Sc (Hons) Neuroscience, University of Toronto 1 – 3rd yr Honor student; University of Toronto Admissions and Awards Volunteer Research Assistant, National Neuroscience Institute


Medicine really attracted me because it gives me a very real experience interacting with people and with patients.

I get to connect with people at a much deeper level especially during times when they are down in doubts and at this point, relationships between people became really meaningful. Medicine as a career provides me with a lot of opportunities to be doing many things and in the 21st century, seems to be like a very versatile career choice. I am really interested in pushing interests in scientific discoveries and also in the arts; peripheral to medicine but very integral in the medical arena. I think there is a lot of interaction between the arts and medicine that can be harnessed.

JOSH CHUA YAOZHANG Class of 2014 B.A, Business Admin (Accountancy), University of Washington B.Sc, Biology & Physiology with Distinction, University of Washington Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship


To me, Medicine is one of the most meaningful careers to pursue.

I hope to become well trained and stringent in whatever I order for my patients in the future. Patients are always on the top of my top list. I am a very pragmatic person and I think medicine is one of the most meaningful careers to pursue. I also hope to be well trained during my time here at Duke-NUS and during my residency training so that I can be knowledgeable and skilful enough to take care of my patients.

ZHU GUILI Class of 2014 B.Sc Life Science, National University of Singapore Scholarship for Undergraduate Studeis in Singapore, MOE Undergraduate Research Fellowship, California Institute of Technology


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