Assoc Prof Lau Tang Ching, Vice Dean for Education at NUS Medicine giving the opening address on behalf of the Dean.




Welcome Dinner


At the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s inaugural Welcome Dinner on 28 July 2019, Phase I students gathered in the dining hall of the College of Alice and Peter Tan, to mark the beginning of their medical education. Through a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony with their professors, the new students pledged to set out on their journey with humility, integrity, respect and compassion. There was much banter and laughter over dinner with new-found family.

The five years that you are going to spend with us will be transformative ones that will shake you and shape you. Shake you, because much of what you will see, learn and experience will rattle your pre-conceived notions and ideas. Shape you, because the rigorous training that you will undergo will challenge you not just to become a competent doctor. …We want you to become the kind of doctor you yourself would choose to care for your loved ones.


- Prof Chong Yap Seng, Dean NUS Medicine

Dean, NUS Medicine, Prof Chong Yap Seng delivers a speech.


White Coat Ceremony


The annual White Coat Ceremony saw 280 first year students gathered at the University Cultural Centre, on 15 August 2019. For medical students worldwide, this significant robing ceremony is a rite of passage and symbolic start into the medical profession. Witnessed by their friends and family, these new students received their first white coats from their professors. The ceremony saw them taking the medical students’ pledge, promising to adhere to the conduct and practice of medicine, and exercise compassion, integrity, humility and respect in all they undertake.

This event is not a mere ritual. It signifies three important things: the beginning of a meaningful education in medicine; an acknowledgement of your potential as a doctor; and most crucially – a solemn promise that you will, henceforth, uphold the integrity of the medical profession that you are preparing yourselves for.


- Prof Chong Yap Seng, Dean NUS Medicine

Our patients and their families expect us to act respectfully, with integrity, compassion and humility. That is what the physician’s white coat symbolises, and I hope you will bear this in mind every time you put on one. This is also why Medicine is a “calling” and not just a “career"


- Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry

Panel discussion by guests (from L-R): NUHS Chief Executive, Prof John Eu-Li Wong; MOH Director for Medical Services, Assoc Prof Benjamin Ong; NUS Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), Prof Erle Lim; Johnson & Johnson Regional Director - Supply Chain Business Technology, Medical Services, Mr Bala Badinedi; Capgemini Director, Applied Innovation Exchange, Mr Steffen Schacher.


Healthcare Mass Induction


Students from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, NUS Dentistry and NUS Pharmacy were welcomed to the healthcare fraternity in Singapore at the inaugural Healthcare Mass Induction 2019. The occasion was held on the first day of school on 13 August to give the budding healthcare workers a sense of the healthcare landscape. Students heard from key leaders of the National University Health System (NUHS), their seniors from the various disciplines and joined in an interesting panel discussion on the impact of technology and digitalisation on healthcare.

Students were addressed by (from left to right) NUHS Chief Executive Prof John Eu-Li Wong, Prof Chong Yap Seng and Assoc Prof Lau Tang Ching on their first day of school.

Q&A session with the panelists.

Seniors from Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy share their learning experiences, giving first year students insight into what they could expect.