Background Yesterday, I went to get a haircut and while I was en-route to the barber, I encountered a sign which advertised the list of aesthetic services offered by a GP clinic, which itself was a member of a chain of GP clinics. Interestingly, aesthetic medicine isn't recognised as a specialty or subspecialty in Singapore. … Continue reading 04(12): Aesthetic medicine – does it deserve such a bad rap?
Introduction During my first week of the IM (Internal Medicine) rotation almost a year ago, I remember being asked by a doctor to perform an examination of a particular patient's cranial nerves. The patient had been diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt syndrome. That encounter left an impact on me. Now, whenever I encounter the eponymous syndrome or … Continue reading 04(11): Justin Bieber – a case study on facial nerve palsy and basic neurolocalisation
Background & Introduction **Scroll to the bottom of this post for a tl;dr summary if you'd rather not read the details!** In perhaps the first quarter of 2021, I encountered a fellow Singaporean medical student’s retweet on Twitter. The retweet promoted an online event, specifically a global competition for medical students, that had been organized … Continue reading 04(10): Being world champion of the finale of a global challenge that was held in London, and sightseeing in the city
What a pleasant surprise to receive this in my inbox (see the following attached screenshot of the email correspondence that has been partially redacted). Yishun Health (consisting of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 邱德拔醫院, 90 Yishun Central and Yishun Community Hospital) had their Teachers' Appreciation Day on 1 March to demonstrate their thanks for the indispensable … Continue reading 04(06): An unexpected appreciation for my piano arrangement of “The Road Ahead”
NB: This was adapted (mainly refinements on grammar, sentence structure, and a few additions to content) from a physical diary entry I made today.---Today, I experienced a renewed urge to become truly disciplined again with respect to my academic work - to work on my Anki reviews (ensuring that they are completed promptly every single … Continue reading 04(05): A renewed urge to get disciplined again in the pursuit of the deep life
How the quote ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ originated “Comparison is the thief of joy”. This well-known quote is attributed to the 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). Attached below is an image of him (taken from Wikipedia ). Variations of this advice are common as well. In the US, a particularly well-regarded place … Continue reading 04(03): Comparison is the thief of joy; dealing with regret and feelings of inadequacy
Skincare routines are not limited to use by women It isn’t challenging to appreciate the sheer number of beauty, skincare, and facial products that are marketed primarily towards the female demographic in society. It’s everywhere: physical advertisements at bus stops, MRTs, shopping malls; advertisements along the side of the page as you surf the web. … Continue reading 04(02): Establishing a basic skincare routine – my experience as a novice
In this post, I share my journey of how I was diagnosed with myopia and rotated through several glasses as the years passed until I settled on my current pair which I deeply enjoy.
What a ride it has been. I just concluded the penultimate week of the Year 3 Family Medicine (FM) posting. Specifically, I just completed the second of two weeks of the GP component of the FM posting, and I must say that the fortnight that I have spent here at this clinic has been the … Continue reading 03(03): I potentially saved a life on Thursday afternoon
Today is the last day of the 1-week-long ICOPE (Integrated Care of Older Persons) component of my Family Medicine posting. While I spent my time at the community hospital (specifically at St. Andrew Community Hospital from Monday through Thursday), today was spent entirely at home, where I participated in the following lectures virtually via Zoom: … Continue reading 03(02): There’s more to it than “just exercise more”