Student Life: Moments of reflection from a Year 2 medical student

By Daryl Tan, Class of 2023

A learning surprise
It was easy transitioning from Team-Based Learning (TBL) in the Learning Studio to e-TBL at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, even though we were only informed of the change one week before it happened because LKCMedicine embraced the use of technology in classes. I was surprised that lessons could still be carried out smoothly despite the short notice. While I still prefer face-to-face interaction in class, e-TBL has allowed me to be more responsible for my own learning. As a result of my better time management, I can include more family and exercise time during this period. 

Bringing the clinical setting back to campus
The start of clinical postings has been postponed due to the pandemic. The news did not come as a surprise since continuing clinical postings may endanger both our lives and our patients’ lives. But I was worried about the lack of opportunity for patient interaction to complement my learning when I first heard about the change. However, to ensure that we do not miss out on learning, the School has made plans for more extensive use of online learning and patient simulation for our clinical skills and core clinical curriculum. The School will also provide make-up lessons once the pandemic is over.

Staying connected, showing you care

It was difficult not seeing friends during this circuit breaker period, but it has not stopped my friends and me from showing care for each other. I have seen many friends ordering deliveries of snacks for others. One of the most meaningful gestures I have received was from my group of friends outside of medical school who wished me to stay safe during this period so that I could contribute to the healthcare sector in the future. It is very heartening to see how we continue to show care and support to our friends in such a difficult time. I hope that this pandemic will be over soon so that we can all go back to our normal lives. 

Will we rise to the challenge?
The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded me about the reasons I chose to become a doctor. In this time of uncertainty and fear, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have risen to the challenge and are risking their lives in the line of duty. They inspire us as future healthcare professionals to work hard in school for the sake of our future patients. I hope that one day, we will also rise to the challenge when we are called on, just as they did.

Don’t be limited by separation, but united in purpose
Looking back at the short time spent in medical school, the Covid-19 pandemic has taught me to embrace change and cherish those around me. It is possible to carry on with our daily lives and continue learning despite the strict circuit breaker measures and possible future restrictions. It makes us more united spiritually when everybody plays their part by staying at home and showing care for their friends and family.