So You Want To Be A Doctor? 2019 Edition


21 May 2019 update: Final sale! All our morning-only session tickets are sold out. We are selling our remaining full-day session tickets at $58, and afternoon session tickets at $28!!!

20 May 2019 update:
We are selling our remaining full-day session tickets at $68, and afternoon session tickets at 20% off ($38.40)!!

20 May 2019 update:
Thank you TODAY newspaper for featuring three of our speakers, Dr Alan Cheung, Mr Mark Goh and Dr Ngiam Kee Yuan, in your feature story on "So you want to be a doctor?"

Read the article here: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/why-allure-practising-medicine-remains-strong

Why the allure of practising medicine remains strong (TODAY newspaper)

13 May 2019 update:
Morning session tickets are selling out fast! Enjoy an additional 20% off afternoon session tickets!


Good news! So You Want To Be A Doctor? is back for a second run... bigger and better than before! The inaugural 2018 edition was a mega hit among prospective medical students, filling up the entire venue of more than 300 seats. This year, we've decided to extend it to a full-day event, providing more opportunities for everyone to attend.

Date: 25 May 2019, Saturday
Venue: NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

Full-day session: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (inclusive of lunch)
Morning session: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Afternoon session: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


So You Want To Be A Doctor? is targeted at IP, junior college, polytechnic and university students, as well as all individuals interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Featuring panel discussions, inspiring keynotes and networking opportunities, the unique seminar will introduce prospective medical students to the various career paths available in healthcare such as biomedical research, allied health, public health and healthcare technology.



10:00 AM: Keynote – Medical life is like a box of chocolates, are you ready to open it?
Associate Professor Toh Han Chong, Deputy Director of National Cancer Centre, Singapore and Chief Medical Officer of Tessa Therapeutics

10:40 AM: Tea break

11:20 AM: Panel #1 – How I earned my stethoscope
Mr. Mark Goh, Student, Duke-NUS Medical School
Dr. Leon Tan, President NTU LKCMedicine Alumni Association

12:00 PM: Panel #2 – Bringing health to the heartlands
Assistant Professor Chelvin Sng, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
Associate Professor Marcus Ang, Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School

1:00 PM: Lunch break

2:00 PM: Keynote – How I charted my medical career
Dr. Jade Kua, Former President, Association of Women Doctors Singapore

2:40 PM: Panel #3 – Bench to bedside and beyond
Dr. Alan Cheung, Ringside Doctor, ONE Championship and ONE warrior mixed martial arts events in Singapore
Assistant Professor Ngiam Kee Yuan, Group Chief Technology Officer, National University Health system
Assistant Professor Chester Drum, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

3:40 PM: Tea break

4:20 PM: Keynote – The path less wandered: A chat with Dr. Goh Wei Leong

Dr. Goh Wei Leong, Co-founder of HealthServe and The Straits Times Singaporean Of The Year 2017

5:00 PM: Closing note



"It was a good and encouraging talk to prepare me for my first year at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine." —university undergraduate

"I gained information and insights about the current healthcare system in Singapore." —junior college student

"The sharings were helpful, informative and insightful. It gave me an overview of the speakers' careers and motivations; therefore, inspiring me to consider my personal reasons for choosing medicine." —junior college student

"The panels allowed me to better understand the biomedical industry in Singapore." —secondary school student

"It gave me insights into the different skillsets that I might require in the future and opened my mind to the many other possible career paths with a medical degree." —secondary school student


Associate Professor Toh Han Chong

Assoc. Prof. Toh Han Chong is deputy director of the National Cancer Centre, Singapore and chief medical officer of Tessa Therapeutics, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company conducting the world’s largest Phase III T cell immunotherapy trial for any cancer indication. He is also an associate professor and college master at the Duke-NUS Medical School and adjunct principal investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research. Assoc. Prof. Toh received the National Outstanding Clinician Scientist Award 2018.

Dr. Goh Wei Leong

Dr. Goh Wei Leong is a general practitioner and co-founder of HealthServe, a charity that provides migrant workers with affordable healthcare, legal aid, social assistance, skills training as well as free meals. Dr. Goh was a successful general practitioner for more than three decades before a life-changing humanitarian trip to Mongolia in 1995. He then traded his Maserati and comfortable life to coordinate disaster relief trips overseas and set up HealthServe. For his contributions, Dr. Goh was named The Straits Times Singaporean Of The Year 2017.

Mark Goh

Mark Goh is a graduate student at Duke-NUS Medical School. At age 12, Mark was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, undergoing years of treatment until a successful kidney transplant at 18. To pay it forward, he joined a commitee to organize an annual camp run by National University Hospital for children with chronic illnesses. After graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in physics, he decided to pursue medicine, successfully clearing the entrance exam despite not having a background in biology.

Dr. Leon Tan

Dr. Leon Tan is the founding president of the NTU LKCMedicine Alumni Association. As a recent 2018 graduate from Nanyang Technological University, Dr. Tan was awarded the first Anthony SC Teo-Gordon Johnson Gold Medal for attaining the best clinical skills results from years three to five. He is currently rotating through departments as a medical officer at KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Assistant Professor Chelvin Sng

Asst. Prof. Chelvin Sng is a consultant at the National University Hospital in Singapore, assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and honorary consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the largest eye hospital in Europe. She graduated from Gonville and Cauis College in Cambridge University with triple First Class Honours and distinctions as the top medical student in her college. Asst. Prof. Sng is co-author of a book, The Ophthalmology Examinations Review, which is used by ophthalmology residents who are preparing for postgraduate examinations.

Associate Professor Marcus Ang

Assoc. Prof. Marcus Ang is a consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre and associate professor at Duke-NUS Medical School. He is also the director at Singapore-based non-profit organisation, Global Clinic Limited. Driven by his goal to develop innovative and sustainable eye solutions, Assoc. Prof. Ang started a charity programme called the Mobile Eye Clinic for the underprivileged elderly in Singapore’s heartlands, providing them with access to eye care. For his contributions, he was named winner of the 2017 President's Award for Volunteerism and/or Philanthropy awards. Assoc. Prof. Ang is also a recipient of the prestigious Artemis Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Assistant Professor Ngiam Kee Yuan

Asst. Prof. Ngiam Kee Yuan is the group chief technology officer at the National University Health System (NUHS) Singapore, where he oversees the implementation of new technologies. In his capacity as an assistant professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Asst. Prof Ngiam focuses most of his research on artificial intelligence and its applications in healthcare. In addition, he specializes in minimally invasive surgery, having completed his training in robotic thyroid surgery at the Seoul National University Hospital, South Korea.

Dr. Alan Cheung

Dr. Alan Cheung is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sport injuries and reconstruction. A former rugby player and Brazilian jiujitsu enthusiast, he combines his passions for medicine and sport as a ringside doctor for ONE Championship and ONE Warrior mixed martial arts events and serves as match-day doctor for events such as the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens and Super Rugby. Dr. Cheung is the recipient of awards including the Sydney Long Prize in Surgery, the AW Beard Prize in Psychiatry, and the Howard Murray and FMR Walshe Prize in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Jade Kua

Dr. Jade Kua is a consultant with the Department of Emergency Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and former president of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore). As a managing committee member of Henderson Senior Citizen’s Home and program director of the Dispatcher Assisted First Responder program, the mother of six is actively involved in various volunteer programs related to her field.

Assistant Professor Chester Drum

Asst. Prof. Chester Drum is an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, a consultant cardiologist at the National University Hospital and director of the Clinical Trial Innovation Lab at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. He received his MD-PhD degree from the University of Chicago, US, and trained at the University of California, San Diego, US, and Harvard Medical School, US. Asst. Prof. Drum has over 20 years of clinical experience in managed care, private, public and academic healthcare settings and holds multiple patents.


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1. All purchased tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable
2. The organizer reserves the right to alter the programme, venue or speakers without prior notification

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NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House
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