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Sharing with Students & Parents
- 01/1/2003 Recognition from MOE
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- Volunteerism
- Bringing Up Children

Sharing of Moral Values
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  1. Balloon
  2. 'Charity' Money - Integrity
  3. 'Charity' Money - Cause vs. Creative Fundraising
  4. Consequence
  5. Family Bond(yin shui shi yuan)
  6. Human vs. Animal-Mt Huang Shan
  7. Man-made Cattle
  8. I want to be a doctor
  9. "Jing Ying"
  10. Story of Xinglin
  11. The Reality of Giving
  12. Betrayal-Hindrance to Growth
  13. Sad Reality of Life

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"My Ambition" - Most students would have written a composition on this topic during their school days. Some students aspire to become doctors for a noble cause - to save lives in support of humanity.

There is a growing trend among primary schools to organize Entrepreneurs Day to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among the young children.

Will such a creative event make children become business-minded and materialistic? Will children having aspirations of becoming doctors, be influenced to seek after handsome monetary gains?

Can you imagine what will become of our future generation of doctors if they exercise their entrepreneur skills while treating the sick?

In our present materialistic society, we have already seen rogue doctors over-prescribing pills that can cause addiction, memory loss, organ failure and death, in order to reap handsome profits. Click here to read the article - "Docs too free with giving out pills? It's like trafficking", published in the Straits Times of 5 June 2004.

In this article, it stated that: "When doctors make a mockery of the Hippocratic oath they've taken, by which they promise to place their patients' welfare foremost, then they have lost the right to such protection."

What is Hippocratic Oath? Upon graduation, many medical students swear to the Hippocratic Oath, usually a modernized version.

Hippocratic Oath - Classical Version

Hippocratic Oath - Modern Version

A short-lived ambition that led to gift of lives

I would like to share an inspiring story of a young boy, Liang Yuan Ming, who aspired to become a doctor.

Yuan Ming was born and brought up by a single parent, Madam Serene Liang. Unfortunately, he contracted a serious illness at the tender age of four years old. Undaunted, Yuan Ming and his mother lived each day to its fullest. He was an obedient and independent child who could take care of himself while his mother was out at work.

While coping with his illness, he could understand the pain and suffering of the sick and wished to become a doctor to help them. After battling his illness for about 5 years, he succumbed to it in December 2002. Although he did not live to realize his ambition of becoming a doctor, he did not die in vain. His organs were donated to save three young lives and gave sight to two blind ladies.

Doctor pronounced him to be brain dead. Knowing Yuan Ming's ambition and compassion for the sick, his mother believed that he would donate his organs to give new lease of lives to others. Madam Liang somehow felt that Yuan Ming could hear her and attempted to seek his consent by talking to him even though he was in coma. Madam Liang told him about the organ donation and Yuan Ming understood it and responded with increased heartbeats as registered by the patient monitoring system.

Besides showing great compassion and love for others, he was so thoughtful that he left a last Christmas present for his mother - a self-made card with a lovely piece of origami. In it, he expressed his love and gratitude to his mother.

The noble act of Yuan Ming shall always be remembered, especially by the five recipients who are given a new lease of life. Taking Yuan Ming as a role model, children who aspire to become doctors must have the genuine desire to save lives rather than view it as an opportunity to make handsome profit based on other's misfortune.

Update: Sadly, Mdm Serene Liang contracted Thymic Carcinoma in May 2008 and passed away in November 2008.

Quotes From The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine

"A good healer cannot depend on skill alone. He must also have the correct attitude, sincerity, compassion and a sense of responsibility. The patient must also be aware of his or her body in order to recognize signs and symptoms and imbalances. That patient can then seek remedies at the earliest possible moment. When doctor and patient are in a state of harmony, the illness will not linger or become terminal."

"A physician needs to possess a moral conscience, ethical conduct, and a compassionate attitude toward those in need of attention. In all interactions with patients, the physician is always composed, takes the necessary time, remains objective, and performs every procedure with the utmost care and precision."

Hippocratic Oath - Classical Version

by Hippocrates
400 BC
Translated by Francis Adams

I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation - to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art. I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves. Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot!

Hippocratic Oath - Modern Version

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death.

If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.

Posted on 11 June 2004

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