To Wee Zhen Yang, having integrity, compassion and patient-centredness are essential in taking up a healthcare scholarship.
Why did you choose this scholarship?
The key factor in searching for a scholarship is to see yourself working in a fulfilling and rewarding career with the scholarship provider. Taking up the JurongHealth Scholarship gives me the unique opportunity to participate in the exciting challenges of setting up the new Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital. Previously, I had done a six-week pharmacy preceptorship programme at JurongHealth and I saw this environment as an enriching place to gain new knowledge and learn new practice skills. Overall, this scholarship gives me the prospect of excelling in my interest in healthcare.
What’s different about this scholarship?
Besides covering my tuition fees, the JurongHealth’s Health Science Scholarship for Bachelor in Pharmacy also provides monthly allowances that help reduce my family’s financial load. Because of this scholarship, I had the rare opportunity to experience and contribute to the transition and setting up of a new healthcare institution.
As a JurongHealth scholar, one is given many opportunities to nurture essential career developments such as communication and presentation skills. For example, scholars are often invited to schools to share their university or work-life experiences with college students. JurongHealth also offers the Overseas Health Science Scholarship, where scholars would have the opportunities to enjoy new experiences from abroad.
What do you think are your strengths that land you the scholarship?
I would say that hard work and the willingness to accept new challenges in life are my strengths. In this career, I look forward to the transformation of healthcare that focuses on the needs of patients. A value which I uphold strongly is patient-centredness, which is one of JurongHealth’s core values. As a healthcare provider, a heart of compassion is also of utmost importance and it will be the driving force towards quality care for my patients.
What is the nature of your job on a daily basis?
A day as an inpatient pharmacist typically starts off with roll-call in the main pharmacy to keep up to date with important announcements. Subsequently, I will proceed to the inpatient satellite pharmacy where I process prescriptions for immediate ward supplies and for patients who are ready for discharge. Once done, I will move to the wards to review the medications supplied for each patient and make appropriate medication interventions if required.
The roles of a pharmacist involve advising on the selection of proper medications as well as the appropriate dose, frequency, duration and route of administration. For each patient, the effects of medication therapy are monitored continuously to ensure that new treatments are compatible with existing medications.
How is the transition from school life to working life?
Education is a life-long process and I have to consistently acquire new knowledge and apply critical thinking at work. The first thing that struck me was the steep learning curve in real-life pharmacy practice. Working as a pharmacist involves more than just the reliance of textbook knowledge acquired from school. One has to continually keep up-to-date with new medical guidelines and current practices in this rapidly changing environment. Social and communication skills are also important when interacting with fellow colleagues and other healthcare professionals. I am very grateful to be surrounded by kind and helpful colleagues who are always willing to lend a helping hand and share useful advice.
What gives you the most job satisfaction?
I feel most happy when I see my patients recover well from their medication therapy. A warm smile from patient can easily brighten me up and keep me going through the rest of the day.
Tell us about your interests outside of work.
My interests include swimming and meditation. At times when work becomes busy and demanding, I will cope with the stress by doing light breathing meditation when I reach home. During weekends, I would love to go for a swim at the public pool near my house.
Health Science Scholarship
Attained: Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)from NUS
Now: Pre-Registration Pharmacist