TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Nur Aziman Muhamad Sakri grabbed the coveted ‘Young Doctor’ award at the National Young Doctors Convention 2011 held at Tabung Haji Complex in Penang.
Nur Aziman from Pahang, who also won the state-level ‘Young Doctor’ award last month in Maran, Pahang, said he was pleasantly surprised with his victory over 13 other nominees.
“Winning at the state-level was great but the winning the national level award is beyond my expectation,” quipped Nur Aziman.
He was chosen as the winner on Thursday based on his involvement in the ‘Young Doctor’ programme and his level of participation in other school activities.
Other than that, his communication skills was also tested by a panel of judges during an interview.
Despite his tender age, Nur Aziman, who is the president of the Young Doctors Club in his school, already has a clear view of his direction in life.
The youngest child out of four siblings aspires to be either a psychiatrist or a private investigator when he grows up.
His passion in the field of medicine stems from his involvement with the Doktor Muda (Young Doctors) programme since he was seven years old.
“I believe it is important for young people to be aware of health issues so that we can work towards creating a healthy society,” said Nur Aziman, who is also a member of Futsal Club in his school.
A total of 607 participants consisting of members of Young Doctors programme and teacher advisors attended the four-day convention which was held from July 5 to July 8.
The Young Doctors programme, involving the upper primary school students, was initiated in 1989 before being recognised by the Ministry of Education in 2006.
For the fourth edition of the convention, there were a number of competitions contested such as Young Doctors Quizzes, exhibitions as well as Excellent Young Doctors School award.
Present at the event were Education director-general Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud and Health deputy director-general (public health) Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman.