This teachers' day, we celebrate the educators amongst us in SCH – our colleagues who go beyond their everyday duties to inspire and nurture many others with their passion, knowledge and skills.
1. Jayachandran Amudha, Nurse Educator, Nursing, OCH
I teach…Existing nursing staff, new nursing staff and nursing students.
I was inspired to take up this role as an educator because…I really enjoy interacting with the staff and students, introducing them to a field which is my passion, and equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills.
I remember once when…I had a student who was often late to clinical postings, paid little attention to instructions and seemed like he lacked interest in learning. However when I engaged him personally, I found out that he was dealing with many family issues and was struggling to juggle studies and family. We then offered to help him in whichever way possible and counselled him. This incident showed me how easy it is to judge someone on the surface. Teaching has taught me to be more patient and to always keep an open mind especially when interacting with new people.
I believe that…The learning journey varies for every individual, and it is important to keep this in mind while both teaching and learning.
2. Jason Lai, Senior Physiotherapist, SKCHI teach…Physiotherapy students from the Singapore Institute of Technology who are doing their clinical attachments with us.I was inspired to take up this role as an educator because…It gives me great satisfaction and keeps me motivated whenever I see students making improvements along the way, being able to provide appropriate patient care and helping patients progress in their recovery. Teaching also deepens my understanding and broadens my view about the subject. I remember once when…I was hospitalised after a surgery, and the therapist who was helping me with recovery was actually an ex-student of mine whom I remembered to be very hardworking and we had a good working relationship during her clinical placement with us previously. It instantly felt like our roles have changed, with me as the patient and my student as the therapist. As educators, we nurture juniors and students every day but little do we know how they might help us as well one day! I believe that…There is no bad or worse student, everyone has their own talents and strengths!
3. Dr Ginny Quek, Associate Consultant, Post-Acute & Continuing Care, SKCHI teach…Medical students from Duke-NUS, junior doctors who are sitting for medical examinations and I also supervise a fellowship programme under the College of Family Physicians. I was inspired to take up this role as an educator because…Being able to impart what I have learnt through my own experiences and hopefully impact the learner is something that resonates strongly with me. I enjoy meeting different people from different backgrounds, getting to know what motivates them, sharing my own experiences with them and also hearing from their experiences. I try to engaged my students by…Being personal, contextualising my teaching to their learning needs and also sharing personal anecdotes with them generously. I believe that…We can all learn from each other regardless of profession, discipline or rank. It is important to stay humble and continuously learn from those around us. I also believe in reflective learning, where we reflect upon our own experiences, good or bad.
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