Alumni Association Rotating Visiting Professorship (1998)
The Alumni Association was established more than 90 years ago as the Singapore Medical College Graduates’ Association. They were later joined by dentistry and pharmacy graduates, sister-disciplines.
In the early years of its proud history, the Association fought for professional recognition for medical officers in the government in terms of salary, status, working conditions and post-graduate study leave. The Medical Service was the first to do away with discrimination between expatriate and local doctors, paving the way for other Civil Service branches to follow in it wake.
The birth of the University of Malaya (NUS’ predecessor) also owes much to the Association whose prominent members, like Dr Chen Su Lan and Dr K Shanmugaratnam, pressed the colonial government to setup the University with the amalgamation of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College.
With the establishment of separate professional bodies, the Association moved away from its role as ‘professional guardian’ to a social platform. From 1997, students were welcomed to meet, learn and share ideas with their seniors. It is an egalitarian club. Students and young doctors mingle with deans, consultants and vice-chancellors in a friendly atmosphere regardless of seniority and rank. The Association organises reunions, field trips, dinners, talks and outings and brings doctors, dentists and pharmacists together to network and share experiences.
On the occasion of the Association’s 75th anniversary, its members decided to further strengthen their bond with the alma mater, and they backed up this commitment by supporting the establishment of a professorship at NUS.
NUS established the Alumni Association Rotating Visiting Professorship. As the Association consists of medical doctors, dental surgeons and pharmacists, the Professorship rotates between medical, dental and pharmacy Faculties, enabling the University to bring in distinguished visiting professors in these areas.
The Professorship is supported by the Singapore National Eye Centre and members of the Alumni Association of Medicine.
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