Don: Doctors do more than just treat patients


COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented and dramatic changes to the world. Like many industries, medical education has undergone a significant revolution amid the pandemic.

While the journey to becoming a medical doctor remains challenging, the fight against the coronavirus has brought new meaning to the profession, SEGi University Faculty of Medicine Prof Dr Rebecca Wong Shin Yee (pic) said.

“We need to relook at what it means to be a doctor.

“We need doctors not just as clinicians to treat patients in the wards, but also as public health experts to strategise on the preventive measures for times like this.“We need doctors as researchers to conduct fundamental and clinical research related to Covid-19 for new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to fight the coronavirus.

“Taking the new coronavirus variant strains head-on with the next-generation vaccines and the quest for a curative treatment are equally relevant (to treating patients),” Prof Dr Wong, who has been a medical teacher for the past 17 years, said while stressing that now is an excellent time to study medicine.

She encouraged school-leavers who are passionate about medicine to embark on the fulfilling journey of becoming doctors.

“This world needs caring doctors with a kind heart and healing hands, and you can be one of them,” Prof Dr Wong, who was on Stanford University’s list of the top 2% of the world’s scientists in October last year, said in a press release.

Doctors, she said, could also become medical teachers to train tomorrow’s doctors and combat many other diseases, besides Covid-19.

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