While their parents watched with quiet pride, the 297 first year students slipped into white coats, helped by the teachers who would be guiding them through the next five years of their medical undergraduate studies.
Earlier, HealthServe founder and Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2017 Dr Goh Wei Leong (Class of 1985) had encouraged them to be doctors who give of themselves unstintingly in the service of their patients and the community. “I am, because you are,” he told his audience. Reach out, and lift that struggling person up, because that is what communities do. It’s humanity in action and expressed in the African word, Ubuntu, Dr Goh added.