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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:58 PM

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This guy must have true grit.  Wow.

 

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:19 PM

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Must see the reason why he dropped out of school lo. Some people are smart and might be good in studies but due to some reasons cannot continue their studies.
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 12:41 AM

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True grit indeed, 👍🏼 To him.

All the best!
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 12:41 AM

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Thank goodness some positive news about NUS at last.
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 12:58 AM

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:11 AM

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Thank goodness some positive news about NUS at last.

Correction

ITE actually

Hahhahah
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:45 AM

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Rare.

Most likely a fluke that got corrected.

Now this dude must make it out the ten years. Getting out of medical school is harder than getting in.

The dukes .... hahahaha. No comment.

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:51 AM

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:58 AM

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He failed his a level maths....

Let's hope he can do mental sums properly....

Sigh.... I wonder how the other 1001 student who got rejected feel... more like a publicity stunt.

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 09:06 AM

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 09:16 AM

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True Grit and Perseverance, and "Genuine"

 

Qualities of a Future Good Doc  [scholar]

 

 

 

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 09:25 AM

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He failed his a level maths....

Let's hope he can do mental sums properly....

Sigh.... I wonder how the other 1001 student who got rejected feel... more like a publicity stunt.


'A' level maths not so much on mental sums. Can use calculator. It's the stuff like trig, calculus that trips people [laugh]

As for medical course, need a strong memory and lots of time spent acquiring the stuff to memorize. He don't need calculus and complex numbers.

It's just that our society still has this hang-up over meritocracy drummed in over the years. Just score as many A grade as possible in addition to stellar CCA. We get comfortable with this system because it is objective.

But now govt is trying to shift mindsets to accept a more "grey" subjective system, covering more holistic stuff and this naturally makes people uncomfortable.

In western countries, going to med school and being a doctor or taking a pilot license and being a commercial pilot are just professions like any other. People from diverse educational backgrounds can take it up, even mid-career switch.

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 09:58 AM

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'A' level maths not so much on mental sums. Can use calculator. It's the stuff like trig, calculus that trips people [laugh]

As for medical course, need a strong memory and lots of time spent acquiring the stuff to memorize. He don't need calculus and complex numbers.

It's just that our society still has this hang-up over meritocracy drummed in over the years. Just score as many A grade as possible in addition to stellar CCA. We get comfortable with this system because it is objective.

But now govt is trying to shift mindsets to accept a more "grey" subjective system, covering more holistic stuff and this naturally makes people uncomfortable.

In western countries, going to med school and being a doctor or taking a pilot license and being a commercial pilot are just professions like any other. People from diverse educational backgrounds can take it up, even mid-career switch.

 

my two cents is that there is a big difference between A and F...

 

I guess he could have other redeeming qualities but being smart and a good doctor is not mutually exclusive. I assumed he tried his very best at preparing for his "A" level maths and still only get an F. That does say something about his IQ. 

 

I rather my doctor to be both smart and caring, ie wizard's second rule....


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 10:08 AM

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Rare.

Most likely a fluke that got corrected.

Now this dude must make it out the ten years. Getting out of medical school is harder than getting in.

The dukes .... hahahaha. No comment.

I agree

Getting in ok.

Clearing it, that’s the challenge. I’ve seen many who get in but leave after 2/3rd yr

But let’s not dampen his efforts. I wish him every success
The other consideration is many now exit residency but there are no positions for them

End up doing Family med. something about the manpower planning that got screwed up in the last few years
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 10:24 AM

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my two cents is that there is a big difference between A and F...

I guess he could have other redeeming qualities but being smart and a good doctor is not mutually exclusive. I assumed he tried his very best at preparing for his "A" level maths and still only get an F. That does say something about his IQ.

I rather my doctor to be both smart and caring, ie wizard's second rule....


Yes, but as I mentioned the selection system which used to be meritocratic is now grey-er. So things like his practical experience in nursing now gives poly dip holders a leg up for univ courses pick.

Anyway medical course is not cheap, that is another obstacle but looks like his family can afford.

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 10:41 AM

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Kudos to him. In all honesty, especially in Singapore,getting into medical school is still the one and only holy grail of parents and students alike. Everyday I see all parents and students striving so hard is perhaps to get into medical school. I guess the prestige and perceived high income helps. If an ITe grad made it to NIE to be teacher,it wouldn't have made the news. But this is life....
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 12:08 PM

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Another Nicholas, luckily it is positive news this time... :D

 

Joke aside, I admire his courage to take up the challenge. With no full bio and chem background, I see a tough road ahead of him. And maths kills... I sincerely hope he can do miracle and be a role model for all aspiring youngsters who did not do well in their "O" level.

 

All the best Nicholas Chan! :a-m1212: Write a history for yourself and do your parents proud! :yuush:

 

 


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 12:22 PM

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my two cents is that there is a big difference between A and F...

 

I guess he could have other redeeming qualities but being smart and a good doctor is not mutually exclusive. I assumed he tried his very best at preparing for his "A" level maths and still only get an F. That does say something about his IQ. 

 

I rather my doctor to be both smart and caring, ie wizard's second rule....

 

Oh.

i assumed he got the necessary grades to get in. 

 

F for a level maths. Ouch. 

I got a B and I'm still unhappy with it to this day. Only one in my class to get B.


I hope he's ready for the step up.

 

The learning curve is really steep in med school.



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Posted 18 May 2019 - 12:28 PM

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Medicine is an art of using science to heal. 

 

Someone very good with math, physics, chemistry and even biology might shine in the individual fields. 

 

Someone very good in language, history, arts, sociology might excel in those fields.

 

But if you think that plucking any of them and plonking them in medicine will guarantee success, you will be sorely disappointed. 

 

Why i say it is an art, because it is not just hard scientific facts, not just black or white, you have to be able to work with greys.

 

Not every human body and individual is alike. Even simplest illness like a common cold, using the same medicine, different people will have different level of severity in presentation, even with the same symptoms, they respond very differently to the same medication.

 

Another factor that needs to come into play is human to human interaction. This is probably the only professional field that has the highest degree of direct human contact be it verbal, face to face and skin to skin. (excluding diagnostic radiology/lab based/mortuary specialties) 

 

Many a times have i seen exceptional Dean's list medical students coming out to working life in hospital flounder when it comes to managing the human interaction and practiceal application of their brilliant mind. Many by natural selection, start to steer towards specialist fields that have minimal patient contact. No right no wrong. We need good people in all fields if medicine.

Just highlighting some seldom mentioned phenonemon outside of the medical circle. 

 

From my experience, grade is not everything in med school. I have seen better doctors produced from non-elite junior colleges Bs medical students than those straight As with full complement of S papers. 

Of course that is my own subject assessment of what constitute good... But in essence, to be able to heal, provide comfort and alleviate patient suffering not just clinically but psychologically is what I feel is the epitome of complete healing. I myself am still working hard to achieve that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'A' level maths not so much on mental sums. Can use calculator. It's the stuff like trig, calculus that trips people [laugh]

As for medical course, need a strong memory and lots of time spent acquiring the stuff to memorize. He don't need calculus and complex numbers.

It's just that our society still has this hang-up over meritocracy drummed in over the years. Just score as many A grade as possible in addition to stellar CCA. We get comfortable with this system because it is objective.

But now govt is trying to shift mindsets to accept a more "grey" subjective system, covering more holistic stuff and this naturally makes people uncomfortable.

In western countries, going to med school and being a doctor or taking a pilot license and being a commercial pilot are just professions like any other. People from diverse educational backgrounds can take it up, even mid-career switch.

 


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I think this "genuine" part discredits the other 1000+ applicants every year who have worked hard to get the grades to apply every year.

There's nothing less genuine about their effort.

I'm sure steelblue's and mason's kids both tried their hardest to get the best grades/CV they could possibly get as well.

 

I mean it's not like this guy got a bad roll of dice in life (unless it's not reported with family issues etc).

I have peers and met juniors that really overcame physical disability, broken families etc to be able to do what they do.

 

It's like saying Lebron James/messi is not genuine cos he's talented. That kinda logic really doesn't roll...  [;)]

 

 

True Grit and Perseverance, and "Genuine"

 

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