Young SuT readers become doctors for a day

Many parents hope that their child will become a doctor one day. So, not surprisingly, the response to The Sunday Times/ Mount Elizabeth “Doctor For A Day” programme was overwhelming. The initial plan was to limit it to 200 kids but over 500 registrations were received after just one advertisement in The Straits Times. In order not to disappoint too many parents and kids, an additional 200 slots were opened.

On Dec 13, 400 kids, ages five to 10, decked up in doctor’s overalls at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. They enjoyed an interactive and experiential programme with role-plays in A&E, operating theatres and nursery rooms. They were also taught simple first-aid, how to conduct a surgery, and care for babies.

Six-year-old, Jayda clearly enjoyed herself. She expressed: “I like the nursing room activity the most because I learnt how to feed the ‘babies’ and change their diapers. The ‘babies’ are also very cute. I want to come back and be a doctor again!”

At the end of the educational journey, kids experienced an official graduation and were certified as ‘young doctors’. “I am impressed with how the event was organised. I will recommend other parents to let their kids participate in more role-playing activities as it is enriching and stimulating,” said Linda, 38, a media production professional.

Lionel Lio, Assistant Marketing Manager for Parkway Hospital, said: “The collaboration with The Sunday Times has been great. With details ironed out early in the discussion, much attention was focused on execution. Overall, great experience working with the team and looking forward to more collaborations in the future.”

For more information and partnership opportunities with The Straits Times / The Sunday Times, please contact Jean Pang at 6319-1274/ jeanpang@sph.com.sg or Niccolle Lum at 6319-4029 / nlum@sph.com.sg.