Nic is a medical student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and a researcher with the COIN (Comprehensive Ocular Imaging Network) Consortium.

In 2018, Nic commenced the BClinSc/MD programme at Flinders. Later that year, he was Winner of the Undergraduate Academic Excellence category of the SA International Student Awards. He was a two-time Chancellor’s Lister, and in 2020 was awarded the Horizon Platinum Award with Leadership Specialisation, the highest honour in the Horizon Award series.

Nic co-authored a peer-reviewed review article on COVID-19 and has published multiple articles in SMA News, The Quadriceps, and Placebo. In his service to the student body, Nic was International Students Officer of the University Student Council; Treasurer of SMSF; Clinical Sciences Representative of SMSF; Treasurer of SMSANZ. Nic’s interest in medical education and relevant advocacy work also led him to become an ambassador for AMBOSS, an appointment he still maintains.

Nic graduated early from Flinders with a BClinSc and returned to Singapore, after having accepted a transfer offer in May 2021 to NUS Medicine. In his commitment to finish what he started, Nic completed his term as SMSANZ Treasurer despite the medical school transfer. Moreover, in the Elsevier ClinicalKey Student Global Challenge 2021, a challenge which brought together over 7,500 medical students from over 100 countries, Nic rose the ranks to become one of only 15 world finalists. During the two-day-long leadership summit in London, where the finalists gathered for the world finals, Nic’s team of four (‘The Astrocytes’) emerged as the world champions.

Nic has been a member of the NUS Ophthalmology Clinical Student Interest Group (CSIG) since June 2021, and recently became an ExCo member of the CSIG in June 2022. Supervised by A/Prof Rupesh Agrawal, Nic is currently doing research involving the segmentation and analysis of thousands of optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans, with the goal of establishing greater use for the choroid vascularity index in ophthalmological clinical practice.

Nic’s latest CV (in pdf form) can be provided on request.

About Nic (as a pianist)

Nic began his journey on the ivories at age six under the tutelage of Mdm Helen Lee, a South Korean artist and concert pianist who currently resides in the US. After attaining the ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (Distinction), Nic went on to attain the ATCL in piano performance. He has performed solo at The Arts House, lunchtime concerts, at hotel events including the 53rd Singapore National Day celebrations at Hotel Intercontinental in Adelaide in 2018, and most recently at the 2021 Yishun Health Teachers’ Appreciation Day, where his solo piano performance was well received by educators and senior management. He maintains his YouTube channel which hosts more than 90 videos of performances of his own piano arrangements and piano pieces of various genres.