108 NTU medical students get their white coats, double the number from inaugural class

108 students were inducted into the medical profession at NTU's white coat ceremony on Aug 8, 2016.
108 students were inducted into the medical profession at NTU's white coat ceremony on Aug 8, 2016.PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
(From left) Mr Jonathan Loke, Ms Nadia Nasuha Mohammad Nazri, and Mr Zenneth Lim.
(From left) Mr Jonathan Loke, Ms Nadia Nasuha Mohammad Nazri, and Mr Zenneth Lim.PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - For medical student Nadia Nasuha Mohammad Nazri, being a doctor is all about the human touch.

She recalled how a doctor at Changi General Hospital soothed her grandfather's fears when he was warded for a month for surgery.

"(The doctor) was very empathetic to patients like my grandfather, who has a fear of surgery," the 19-year-old recalled. "She treated him very well - not just verbally but her body language - and she was really a role model."

Ms Nadia was one of 108 students at the Nanyang Technological University's white coat ceremony on Monday (Aug 8) - where aspiring young doctors are given the white coat that symbolises the knowledge and compassion that they must exercise in the future.

This year's cohort is the university's largest to date, and is double the size of the inaugural class of 54 students in 2013.

Included in this year's intake are 20-year-old Zenneth Lim, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate whose interest in medicine turned into a passion during his polytechnic years; and 21-year-old Jonathan Loke, who spent four months in Geneva earlier this year on an internship with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Mr Loke recalled how inspired he was by the stories of his colleagues in Geneva. "They were willing to step out of their comfort zones and do something for the greater good," he said.