Cultivating our ability to adapt

At the second Raffles Dialogue hosted by NUS Medicine in September 2017, Professor John Wong, chief executive of the National University Health System (NUHS), in his opening address, urged the audience to consider Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, published in the mid-1800s, which emphasised that neither intelligence nor physical strength was the critical factor for survival. Instead, the key to survival is the ability to adapt to change. More than 200 years later, this need to adapt is more pressing than ever.

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More ‘generalists’ needed in healthcare

The Deans of Singapore’s three medical schools highlighted the importance of training more "generalist" doctors, who are specialists in fields such as geriatrics or internal medicine, where the focus is typically on the patient as a whole – rather than a specific organ or body part.

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Keeping frailty at bay

While growing old is inevitable, becoming frail is not necessarily so, said health experts.

“Getting enough exercise and the right nutrition (having adequate protein in one’s diet) can delay or even reverse the condition,” said Associate Professor Reshma Merchant, Division Head of Geriatric Medicine at NUS Medicine.

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Extending our healthy years

Singaporeans are living longer, but health experts and the authorities want to shorten their years spent in ill health. There is potential for even more gains to be made through greater health literacy, diet and lifestyle changes as well as prevention of falls and urinary tract infections, said experts.

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Attracting youths to practise healthy lifestyle

Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman Hanifah Marican, an undergraduate from NUS Medicine, will be introducing various activities targeted at youths as part of an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle. Mr Ahmad, who is the head of the youth wing of Geng Sihat SG, said that the activities planned include a futsal competition and trampoline jumping.

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Neighbourhood Health Service 2017

Elderly residents of Eunos Crescent received free health screening from NUS medical, nursing and social work students on 9-10 Sept. The student-led Neighbourhood Health Service (NHS) is an annual community health screening that focuses on the elderly and residents from lower income families living in rental blocks and reconnects them to the healthcare system.

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Asia’s best and world’s 22nd

NUS has moved up two spots to 22nd in the world in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, making this its best performance since the Rankings began in 2004. The University also continues to occupy the top position in Asia, marking its third consecutive year as Asia’s best.

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