SMSANZ Mentorship Programme 2021/2022 – Mentors’ Profiles

Mentor Introductions Page

Hello Mentees! 

The relevant information about your future potential mentors are listed down below, feel free to check it out and fill in the linked form by 31st of July (Saturday), 5pm SGT

Click here for the form: https://forms.gle/GbwdUyU5CyagoXbx5

Disclaimer: The mentor list is not final, and will be constantly updated throughout the week till 30th July (Friday). Please note that allocations will be done after 31st July after all forms have been submitted

Our Mentors:

  • Dr Ang Lai Lai
    • National University of Singapore
    • Position: Associate Consultant, Adjunct Associate Professor
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Bryan Lee
    • University of Tasmania
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2015
    • Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dr Caleb Loo
    • Monash University
    • Position: Houseman (HO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2020
    • Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dr Celine Yao 
    • University of Melbourne
    • Position: Houseofficer (HO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2020
    • Residing in: Warrnambool, Victoria   
  • Dr Chew An-Ning
    • University of New South Wales
    • Position: Resident 
    • Year of Graduation: 2017
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Colin Yeo
    • National University of Singapore
    • Position: Consultant, Clinical Assistant Professor
    • Year of Graduation: 2005
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Dave K
    • University of Adelaide
    • Position: Medical Officer (MO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2014
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Esther Ern Hwei Chan
    • University of Cambridge & Imperial College London, UK
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2014
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Ethan Tan
    • Monash University
    • Position: Houseman (HO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2020
    • Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dr Felicia Chua
    • Monash University
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2016
    • Residing in: Singapore 
  • Dr Jamie Phua 
    • University of Newcastle
    • Position: Medical Officer (MO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2019
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Koh Xuan Qi 
    • Monash University 
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2014
    • Residing in: Singapore  
  • Dr Mohamad Hasjmy Bin Mohamad Zailani
    • University of Melbourne
    • Position: Houseman (HO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2020
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Ng Wee Khoon 
    • National University of Singapore
    • Position: Consultant
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Lance Chan 
    • Monash University
    • Position: Medical Officer (MO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2018
    • Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria 
  • Dr Lee Oh Chong Leng
    • National University of Singapore
    • Position: Private Family Physician 
    • Year of Graduation: 1993
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Leong Choon Kit
    • National University of Singapore
    • Position: Family physician 
    • Year of Graduation: 1991
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Lim Ther (Lawson)
    • Flinders University
    • Position: Houseman (HO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2020
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Lu Yuyang Richard
    • University of Melbourne
    • Position: Resident
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Natalie Ng
    • University of Heidelberg, Germany 
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2017 
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Prasad Palanisamy 
    • Monash University
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2016
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Rene Wang 
    • Monash University
    • Position: Resident
    • Year of Graduation: 2017
    • Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dr Tan Wei Chong
    • Monash University
    • Position: Consultant
    • Residing in: Singapore
  • Dr Teresa Liew  
    • University of Queensland
    • Position: Houseman (HO)
    • Year of Graduation: 2020
    • Residing in: Townsville, Queensland
  • Dr Yongyao Kong
    • Monash University
    • Position: Resident 
    • Year of Graduation: 2013
    • Residing in: Singapore

Dr Ang Lai Lai

National University of Singapore

Position: Associate Consultant, Adjunct Associate Professor

Residing in: Singapore 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Be a partner in this initiative. Always have a special interest in the younger ones. Hope to be an instrument in their growth process to one day be a functioning doctor and someone’s teacher/mentor.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

One who welcomes a mentor and is happy to share his/her journey (journeying).

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Both mentor and mentee must be willing to share. Perhaps keep in touch on a more regular basis?

Dr Bryan Lee

University of Tasmania

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2015

Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

I hope to have the opportunity to guide students through the difficult journey of medical school while maintaining their sanity and equipping them with the tools to be capable and successful doctors.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

I’m not fussed – Ideally Melbourne-based so that we can have face-to-face meetings however I’m open to mentoring anyone anywhere.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Come prepared with any difficult patients or topics, ideas, or areas you would like support in.

Dr Caleb Loo

Monash University 

Position: Houseman (HO)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Hope to be able to assist and guide Med students who face issues that others may not be able to comprehend but someone who has walked the path before might be able to

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Happy for any kind of mentee

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Shared activities like food, games is always good

Dr Celine Yao

University of Melbourne

Position: Houseofficer (HO)

Residing in: Warrnambool, Victoria  

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Having been part of the SMSANZ/SMSV in previous years, I felt very supported in my final year in 2020 knowing I had seniors who were always willing to help out and answer questions whenever I had any. As a SMSANZ alumni who is currently working in regional Victoria (Warrnambool), I hope to provide the same support I received to those in their final or penultimate years who are keen on staying in Australia beyond medical school or are interested in learning more about working in the regional area!

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Honestly anyone who wants to be my mentee (:P), especially those keen on working in Australia or regional areas!

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Definitely bonding over food (happy to catch up over meals/coffee if COVID permits!)

Dr Chew An-Ning

University of New South Wales

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2017

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

To be able to help IMGs integrate into the Singapore medical system through my own experience. To be someone they can reach out to when they come back to sgp to work so it won’t feel so foreign and scary.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Someone keen to return to Singapore to work after graduating and preferably interested in the IM residency program

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Just be real, honest and get to know one other as friends.

Dr Colin Yeo

National University of Singapore

Position: Consultant, Clinical Assistant Professor

Year of Graduation: 2005

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Empower mentees with the fortitude to handle the challenges of working life, to re-discover or understand the reason why they want to do medicine. For those who realise that medicine is the wrong career, to discover sooner so that they have the courage to move on. Help mentees to discover their passion so that they can realise their talent.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Unassuming mentees who are willing to learn, open minded and not afraid to try new things.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Knowing mentees and engaging them with face to face meetings

Dr Dave K

University of Adelaide

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2014

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Just help people.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Doesn’t really matter

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

They can be ad hoc

Dr Esther Ern Hwei Chan

University of Cambridge & Imperial College London, UK

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2014

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

That medical students would know what I would have wanted to know at your that of my journey so that they can be better prepared for life as a doctor – not just in terms of career, but life as a whole! There is more to life than just our jobs.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Mentees have to be keen to learn, have an open mind and believe that its more about “the journey and not the end point” 🙂

I studied in UK and not ANZ so I hope mentees assigned to me will be understanding if I do not fully understand the ANZ medical school system. Also, I am a surgical trainee and a mother of 2 young kids, so perhaps my experiences may be more relevant to those who are keen to explore surgery as a career and female medical students who may have worries about juggling doctorhood and family life.

In exchange for my time and advice, I hope that the mentees assigned to me are responsible (eg. attend planned meetings on time, no “no shows” without legitimate reasons in advance), and are not too sensitive as I can be a bit blunt/direct at times (apologies in advance).

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Mentees have to participate actively in discussion instead of just “spoon-feeding” from mentors. It would be amazing if the smaller groups could meet in person over coffee but alas… COVID-19.

Dr Ethan Tan

Monash University

Position: Houseman (HO)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

As a Monash graduate PGY1 working at the Austin hospital, I hope to help junior Singaporean batchmates in the many challenges they might face as Singaporean students studying in Australia. Whether it may be questions about the pros/cons of staying/leaving, job applications, studying for exams or choosing a specialization, I hope to provide some insight, guidance and resources/networks which may help! Having benefited from my involvement in SMSV as a medical student, I hope to be able to give back to the community as an alumni.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Mentees who are intentional about the questions they hope to ask and what they would like to get out of the programme, reasonably outgoing and keen to connect with new people. In general, those who are keen to learn and share their challenges/questions so I can provide perspectives which may be helpful for them.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

– Ensuring the sessions are well structured, and that we make the most of the time we have

– Having mentees submit questions prior to the meeting so the session can be more focused on the mentees’ needs

– Having short presentations on topics of interest (whether academic or more practical) with a Q+A at the end

– Depending on the makeup of the group, having in person meetings where time and circumstances might permit with those in Melbourne, and doing job shadowing

Dr Felicia Chua

Monash University 

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2015

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Help others

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Any

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

WhatsApp group chat, ongoing advise

Dr Jamie Phua

University of Newcastle

Position: Medical Officer (MO)

Year of Graduation: 2019

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Hoping to alleviate any worries that I’m sure everyone had when they were just starting out!

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Anyone keen to learn and share ◡̈

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Food and games will be great!

Dr Koh Xuan Qi

Monash University 

Position: Resident

Residing in: Singapore  

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Hopefully mentees will be less clueless than I was as a HO..

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Mentees who have an idea what they want to get out of the mentorship so as to focus the sessions better

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

mutual sharing?

Dr Mohamad Hasjmy Bin Mohamad Zailani

University of Melbourne

Position: Houseman (HO)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

To build relationships with future colleagues, and to improve mentoring skills.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

People who want tips on coming back to SG, or are on the fence between coming back or staying, or just someone who needs some direction through med school.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Connecting through activities – I think it’s the best way to develop a relationship

Dr Ng Wee Khoon

National University of Singapore

Position: Consultant 

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

To hope to help our overseas Singaporean students ease back into working in Singapore.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

All are welcome. Most importantly, students who are keen to have mentors and are willing to help initiate the meetings.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

At the current moment, will probably need to be engagement virtually in view of the local COV8D-19 situation.

Dr Lance Chan

Monash University

Position: Medical Officer (MO)

Year of Graduation: 2018

Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Just connecting with juniors and trying to help out

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Mentees interested in crit care, happy to take the non-hwa chong/raffles kids (i’m not from a top school so it would be nice to help people who were in a similar situation as me, but not fussed)

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

makan sessions coupled with mentorship sessions

Dr Lee Oh Chong Leng

National University of Singapore

Position: Private Family Physician 

Year of Graduation: 1993

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Not really to get anything – but perhaps to get better trained and rightly motivated doctors

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Motivated, resilient, personal responsibility. It takes 2 hands to shake.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Less theory, more practice.

Dr Leong Choon Kit

National University of Singapore

Position: Family Physician

Year of Graduation: 1991

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Developing the next generation of Family Physicians

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Those who aspires for greater things like changing the world or transforming healthcare

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Many. Heart to heart talks, sharing of visions etc

Dr Lim Ther (Lawson)

Flinders University

Position: Houseman (HO)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Just want to give an opportunity for juniors to be able to ask for advice, seek guidance and have someone to talk to about difficult experiences

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Any!

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Nothing particular. I would probably run simple ice breaker exercises.

Dr Lu Yuyang Richard

University of Melbourne

Position: Resident

Residing in: Singapore 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

I hope to be able to connect with medical students in Australia/NZ and share some of my personal experiences as a previous medical student and current working and training in Singapore.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Anyone who is keen to find out about working in Singapore and future career options especially in internal medicine.

Dr Natalie Ng

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Position: Resident

Residing in: Singapore 

Year of graduation: 2017

Position: Houseman (HO)

What do you hope to get out of this programme? 

Not so much to “benefit from the programme per se, but to keenly guide fresh grads/soon-to-be Drs entering the local workforce, to ease the transition when they start out as House officers. Generally the learning curve overseas-trained HOs is steeper and can be challenging, hoping to guide mentees and provide practical tips, good habits as a HO, ways to improve/ work faster and more efficiently, adapt to the system better, sharpen their clinical acumen & encourage them. These are advice that I wish me and my colleagues had when we first started out years ago, so that our journeys were less rocky and smoother. Other aims (if they’re keen) guiding them if they’re exploring residency training programs (e.g. not just FM), interview tips & how to prepare their portfolios.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing? 

Final yr medical students/ soon to be Drs

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging? 

stay relatable and empathetic

Dr Prasad Palanisamy

Monash University

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2016

Residing in: Singapore

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Guide students during the transition to work life

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Those interested in surgery

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Tailored to the mentees

Dr Rene Wang

Monash University

Position: Resident

Year of Graduation: 2017

Residing in: Melbourne, Victoria 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Feel more connected to Singaporeans, esp in pandemic times where travel is impossible

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Open to anything! Happy to discuss settling down in Aussie e.g. visa/PR, house buying, locuming, work life balance etc. Happy to teach clinically but probably less good w theoretical stuff like… anatomy. It’s been a long while since med school, okay.

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Idk. Will treat to food.

Dr Tan Wei Chong

Monash University

Position: Consultant 

Residing in: Singapore 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

To be able to help guide and mentor students who are thinking of retiring to Singapore to practice.

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Medical Students thinking of coming back to Singapore to practice (students of Monash University would be ideal as I graduated from there, and this am more familiar with what students in Monash would expect to go through)

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Generally I think sessions should be more mentee directed, based on what mentees feel they need and would benefit from. Would then tailor sessions according to these.

Dr Teresa Liew 

University of Queensland 

Position: Houseman (HO)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Residing in: Townsville, Queensland 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Medical students interested in continuing a career in Australia/ interested in surgery/ or would like to explore ways to build up on your medical CV as a student

Any ideas on keeping these sessions engaging?

Happy to schedule meetings as frequent/infrequent as required by mentees!

Dr Yongyao Kong 

Monash University

Position: Resident

Residing in: Singapore 

What do you hope to get out of this programme?

Teach students. Pass it on pass it on pass it pass it pass it on. (As in. Knowledge. No spirituality involved)

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Anyone 

What kind of mentees do you wish to take under your wing?

Fries