143 upper secondary, year 2 junior college and final-year polytechnic students got a glimpse of how allied health professionals and nurses work. They were selected from over 700 applications – the highest to date – for this run of the Healthcare Attachment Programme (HAP), which is managed by MOHH's Healthcare Scholarships team. Launched in 2015, the HAP encourages students to pursue a career in public healthcare and become healthcare scholars.
From 5 to 7 June, the students shadowed their preferred healthcare professionals at various public healthcare institutions to observe their day-to-day tasks. The five most popular disciplines among the students were Pharmacy, Nursing, Diagnostic Radiography, Radiation Therapy and Physiotherapy. On 8 June, the closing ceremony included a hands-on nursing workshop and a scholars’ panel dialogue.
Quek Su Yin from Anderson Junior College said “the exposure and personal attachment to each professional was impactful and eye-opening” while Benita Wong from Temasek Junior College felt she “gained many valuable insights from healthcare professionals at Tan Tock Seng Hospital” and the HAP had reaffirmed her interest to work in public healthcare.