Youth Programme: Inspiring Health for All




The 21st century healthcare professionals will understand what it means and what it takes to be patient centric, to deliver compassionate, value based, outcomes focus, data driven scientific care, framed within a system and design approach, enabled by technology, and become lifelong change agents for inspiring health for all.   This course will provide a glimpse into how NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) is training our future healthcare professionals to achieve the vision of “Inspiring Health for All”.

At the end of the programme, participants should be able to:

  • recognise the current health challenges in the world – ageing, chronic diseases, healthcare manpower shortage;
  • explain briefly the Singapore healthcare and its approach to affordability and also a regional health system model of healthcare delivery;
  • describe ambulatory care in Singapore – from cradle to grave, including the integrated care approach of the older people;
  • explain the importance of mental health and infectious disease management, especially in the midst of COVID19 pandemic and the approach Singapore adopts to maintain mental health in the community;
  • describe the clinical skills training for healthcare students in NUS Medicine, with particular emphasis on the role of simulation, technology and standardised patients;
  • explain how education can transform healthcare so that the vision “Inspiring Health for All” can become a reality in the near future.


Youth Programme Welcome by Dean
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Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE Tutorials conducted over Zoom


There is no pre-requisite for this course.


Second- and third-year undergraduate students from a medical college or majoring in medicine/nursing.


13 hours of online programme, including synchronous lessons and a group presentation.


  • Group presentation
 AProf David Allen

Associate Professor David Allen, 
Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, 
Associate Vice President (Health Innovation and Translation), National University of Singapore, 
Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, University Medicine Cluster, National University Hospital

Associate Professor David Allen was raised in West Texas. Following an undergraduate education at Rice University in Houston, Texas, he graduated with honours from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases training fellowship in New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center in New York City.

He was a Visiting Investigator at Rockefeller University and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center when he was recruited to Singapore to establish an Infectious Disease training program and to become the first Infectious Diseases Head of Department in the Communicable Disease Centre Singapore (now National Centre for Infectious Diseases).  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore and was Senior Visiting Fellow of the Courage Fund Singapore from 2011-2020.

He is currently Associate Vice President (Health Information and Transformation), National University of Singapore; Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and a Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital in Singapore.

 Prof Kua Ee Heok  

Professor Kua Ee Heok, Tan Geok Yin Professor in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Professor Kua Ee Heok is the Tan Geok Yin Professor in Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at National University of Singapore (NUS). He was trained as a doctor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; and obtained his postgraduate training in psychiatry at Oxford University and geriatric psychiatry at Harvard University.

He is a member of the World Health Organisation team for the Global Study of Dementia; formerly Head of Psychological Medicine and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at NUS, as well as CEO and Medical Director at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. He has published 370 research papers and 25 books on psychiatry, addiction and ageing. Professor Kua is editor-in-chief (with Norman Sartorius) of the 7-book series Mental Health and Illness Worldwide, published by Springer-Nature. He is also the author of the novel ‘Listening to Letter from America’, which is used in a module on anthropology at Harvard University.

 AProf Lau Tang Ching  

Associate Professor Lau Tang Ching, Vice-Dean (Education), Dean’s Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
Group Director, Education Office, National University Health System,
Senior Consultant, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital

Associate Profeesor Lau is a Senior Consultant Rheumatologist in the Division of Rheumatology, University Medicine Cluster in the National University Health System. He has been appointed as the Vice-Dean (Education) of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in June 2017 and Group Director of the National University Health System Education Office in February 2018.

He graduated in 1991 from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Physician in United Kingdom and the Master of Medicine (internal medicine) degree in 1997. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore since 2001. He also holds a Master of Medical Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology (University of Newcastle, Australia), a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and a graduate diploma in acupuncture (Singapore).

His main research interests are in Osteoporosis, Pharmacoeconomic Evaluation, Medical Education and Evidence Based Medicine. He has helped to coordinate the Health Service Development Program for osteoporosis (HSDP) in 2003 to 2007 in the NHG cluster, which was successful in improving adherence and reducing the recurrent fracture rates of patients who were at high risk of recurrent fractures. He is helping to coordinate the Osteoporosis Disease Management Program (OPTIMAL), which is an extension of the previous HSDP osteoporosis program. He is currently the chairman of the National Arthritis Foundation.

 Dr Lew Yii Jen version 2  

Dr Lew Yii Jen, Chief Executive Officer, National University Polyclinics

Dr Lew Yii Jen is Chief Executive Officer of the National University Polyclinics. A practicing family physician, Dr Lew obtained his Masters of Medicine, Family Medicine from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians, Singapore, FCFP(S). Dr Lew previously served as the Senior Director of Clinical Services at National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) where he oversaw the clinical quality and patient safety matters of the nine polyclinics. He coordinated with the nurses, care managers, allied health professionals and the operations staff in the team based comprehensive care of chronic patients, as well as communicated with the regional hospitals in the integration of care of patients across different institutions. Dr Lew was also responsible for the overall coordination of the emergency preparedness of the polyclinics under NHGP in the areas of civil and national emergencies including pandemic situations.

Having a keen interest and being passionate about the training of the doctors to be competent Family Physicians, Dr Lew continues to service as a faculty member of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and has been involved in the annual Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM) clinical examinations, as well as the Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) mock examinations and clinical examinations for many years. Dr Lew previously served as a member of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Expert Committee on Immunisation, the MOH Inter-Agency Committee on Mental Health Integration, and the Agency of Integrated Care GP Advisory Panel.

He is also active in important medical covers for international events, the most recent being the setting up of medical centres for the SEA Games and Para Games in 2015. He currently sits in the MOH Chronic Disease Management Programme Clinical Advisory Committee which advise on the latest medical conditions to be Medisave claimable under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP).

 AProf Poh Kian Keong  

Associate Professor Poh Kian Keong, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore,
Director of Research, Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore 

Associate Professor Poh Kian Keong is presently a Senior Consultant and Director of Research at the Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore.

His training in cardiology took place in Cardiac Department in the National University Hospital. Subsequently, he worked in St Elizabeth Medical Centre, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston on therapies for cardiovascular conditions, including stem cell therapies. He then proceeded to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School for training in echocardiography. He is certified by the National Board of Echocardiography (USA).

A/Prof Poh graduated with medical degrees from Cambridge University, United Kingdom, obtained his Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine from the National University of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

In addition, A/Prof Poh is also a Past President of the Singapore Cardiac Society and a Specialist / Cardiologist registered with the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the American College of Cardiology AIG and SE Asia Consultant for International Relations of the American Society of Echocardiography.

 Dr David Tan version 2  

Dr David Tan Hsien Yung, Senior Consultant Family Physician,
Deputy Director, Family Medicine Department, National University Polyclinics Programme

Dr David Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S), and completed his Master of Medicine in Family Medicine. He completed his Fellowship programme with the College of Family Physicians, Singapore. He developed as a Family Physician in Jurong Polyclinic, then the busiest polyclinic in Singapore, where he held the roles of Key Trainer and Deputy Head, and was concurrently an Assistant Director in the Family Medicine Division of the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics. He then took on the clinical lead role to develop Pioneer Polyclinic, and served as the Head of Pioneer Polyclinic, National University Polyclinics (NUP) from 2016 to 2019.

Dr Tan is also the Program Director for the NUHS Family Medicine Residency Program. He tutors postgraduate doctors undergoing the Master of Medicine in Family Medicine and Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine courses, as well as medical students from NUSMed and LCKSOM. He did fellowships under the MOH Health Manpower Development Plan in 2012 and 2019 in the areas of Respiratory Medicine in Primary Care and Medical Education in San Francisco and the UK, and continues his work in respiratory care as the Head of the Respiratory Specialty Advisory Group in NUP and sits on committees to improve the service delivery of Asthma and COPD. He is also a Council Member of the College of Family Physicians Singapore, and an examiner for various Family Medicine examinations in Singapore.



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of completion can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Group Sign-up:
30 January to 4 February 2023
in collaboration with Hangzhou Antioch Health Advisory Co., Ltd

17 January 2023